12th Annual Fall Tournament

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
@ Eastern Middle School


General Information

The karate tournament will take place on Sunday, December 2nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Eastern Middle School in the GYM - located at 300 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901.  This competition is restricted to only Kaizen Karate students.  Students must be green belt or higher to compete at this special event.  Students will be grouped based on age & belt rank.  The tournament will consist of two areas: (1) Master Form - kata competition &  (2) Sparring (Point Fighting).

Registration & Start Times


KATA (master form) & SPARRING (point fighting)

Green Belt - 9:00am

Purple Belt - 10:15am 

Blue Belt - 11:15am

Brown Belt - 12:45pm

Red Belt - 12:45pm

Registration closed on Sunday, November 25th @ 11:59pm.  At this time, we will create divisions based on age & belt rank for the sparring competition.  Parents will be emailed a full detailed schedule of expected start times by Wednesday, November 28th.  Please keep in mind that we will schedule green, purple, & blue belts towards the first half of the day and brown and red belts towards the second half of the day. This is a pre-registration event only.  Students must pre-register in order to participate.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

*All competitors must have a waiver signed by a parent / guardian on the day of the tournament at the registration desk before entering the tournament.

There is no spectator fee. Friends are welcome to watch. 

Although participation is optional, it is strongly recommended that each student participate. A strong participation by students will make the event more competitive and fun. Please remember that competition is healthy when approached in the right manner. This tournament is designed to help students set goals, learn to participate and practice good sportsmanship skills. 

Competition Rules

(1) Kata:  scores will range from 6-10 with judges giving scores based on belt level, age, and complexity of the kata performed.  Both the presentation of the kata and the kata itself are scored as one.  Only Master Form will be judged.  Any other katas / forms will not be scored at the tournament. All belt levels are allowed to compete in this division.

Time Limit:  Each kata routine must be three (3) minutes or less.  The time starts once the competitor enters the competition ring.  Any competitor that goes over the allowed time limit is automatically disqualified.   At the 2 minute 45 second mark of a competitor’s form the time keeper will shout out “FIFTEEN SECONDS”. 

(2) Sparring:  No contact to the face.  Light touch to the head guard and body is permitted.  No striking below the belt or at the neck, throat or back.  Points are awarded for well-controlled moves at the face, chest, stomach and ribs.  Each match lasts a full two minutes with total points determining the winner OR first person to 5 points.  Single elimination.  Students are matched by age and belt level.  Two warnings for facial contact or excessive contact is automatic disqualification for the striker.  All fighting participants must wear the completed set of protective equipment (head, hand, foot, mouth and cup for male participants).

Judging:  Red and Black belts ONLY are allowed to judge at the tournament.  Mandatory judging meeting will be held at 8:00am on the day of the tournament @ Eastern Middle School in the GYM - located at 300 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901.  All rules will be reviewed and this time.  If you would like to judge please let Coach V know as soon as possible via email.


QUESTIONS: email us at coach.v@kaizenkaratemd.com or call 301-938-2711.