10th Annual Spring Tournament

Sunday, May 5th, 2019
@ Silver Spring International Middle School


8:30am - 9:15am - white belts - all divisions

9:15am - 10:30am - orange belts - all divisions

10:30am - 11:45am - yellow belts - all divisions

11:45am - 1:15pm - green belts - all divisions

1:15pm - 3:00pm - purple & blue belts - all divisions

3:00pm - 5:00pm - brown & red belts - all divisions

General Information

The karate tournament will take place on Sunday, May 5th from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Silver Spring International Middle School in the GYM - located at 313 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  This competition is restricted to only Kaizen Karate students.  All Kaizen Karate students are allowed to compete at this special event.  Students will be grouped based on age & belt rank.  The tournament will consist of four areas: (1) Ironman / Ironwoman - fitness competition (2) Master Form - kata competition & (3) Sparring (Point Fighting), (4) Board Breaking.

Registration & Start Times

Registration closes on Sunday, April 28th @ 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, May 1st.  Please keep in mind that we will schedule white, orange, yellow, and green belts towards the first half of the day and purple, blue, 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) Ironman / Ironwoman: white belt - green belt will compete in sit-ups, push-ups, and burpees. 1min will be given for each part of the competition for a total of 3min per competitor. Total points wins. This competition is only open to white, orange, yellow, and green belts.

(2) 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. Green belt rank and higher 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”. 

(3) 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).

(4) Board Breaking (also called tamishiwari competition): green belts and higher only are allowed to compete. Competitors decide the size of the board they wish to break - 4", 6", or 12" inch boards at the time of online registration. Students also decide the strike to break the board and will be given 3 boards to break. Judges will determine the winner based on creativity and difficulty of break. Competitors will only get two attempts and partial breaks will be scored and may not be retried. Green belts and higher only are allowed to compete. 


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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 @ Silver Spring International Middle School in the GYM - located at 313 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  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.