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Score Calculation




Tie Breaker
Children 12 and under
A tie breaker will not be conducted. It means multiple competitors can share the same placement and medals.
1st to 3rd competitors of each category will receive a medal.
Teens and Adults 13 and older
An extra performance to determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd of each category will be conducted when multiple competitors score the same points within the top three placements.
Top three competitors of each category will receive a medal. The 1st place winner will receive a trophy.

* By not implementing tie breaker at the step 4 above, we aim to increase the chance for children to place within the top 3. For example, we could see two gold medalists in the same division. It is to award more children and their efforts. But with this system, the organizer cannot tell in advance how many children will be awarded. If we order a certain number of trophies, we could end up being short. If we order an excessive number of trophies, it would significantly affect our budget which would lead to raising the entry fee. That's why we can only prepare medals but not trophies for the children's divisions. Thank you for your understanding.


Progressive Assessment Scoring System for Kata (PASS)

We’re introducing a growth-based scoring system that primarily evaluates the overall kata performance and is focused on rewarding a student’s achievements instead of penalizing mistakes. We created a new framework that emphasizes 5 distinct stages of kata development to serve as judging criteria.

01 The Learning Stage

Scoring Range 6.0 - 6.5

This competitor has found their confidence to perform in front of a large audience.

  • Some incorrect movements or the kata was too fast 

  • Some wrong blocks/strikes

  • Stepping/turning poorly or incorrectly

  • Missing or a low kiai 

  • Mostly poor stances

  • No speed or power in techniques

  • Poor balance and coordination

02 The Understanding Stage

Scoring Range 7.0 - 7.5

This competitor has begun to think less about memorizing the sequence of moves and has started to focus on the effort they place in each movement.

  • Punches in the general body-level, but not accurate to a specific body part

  • Understands which arm or leg leads; turning and stepping is correct

  • Some power, strength or speed has developed in techniques

03 The Developing Stage

Scoring System 8.0 and 8.5

This competitor’s motions are beginning to exert effective traditional fighting techniques. Balance and coordination has improved and has become more fluid as a result. Kiai is loud and clear.

  • Has used speed, power and proper tempo

  • Stances are fairly good/good

  • Very few inaccurate strikes; 

  • Balance and coordination is good

  • Beginning to emphasize gaze and kime

  • Loud and clear  kiai

04 The Refining Stage

Scoring System 9.0 - 9.5

At this level the competitor displays effective karate techniques with an increased amount of power, speed and accuracy.

  • Increased power, focus, speed, accuracy

  • Footwork is fluid, transitions are strong, and gaze is improving

  • Use of back-hand in techniques are correct

  • Some telegraphing motions between movements

05 The Thriving Stage

Scoring Range 10.0 - 10.5

The competitor has developed a profound understanding of the kata’s technical execution. Their performance exceeds the judges expectations.

  • Proper hands and foot positions throughout

  • Angles are optimal with good speed and power

  • Displayed effective traditional karate techniques

  • Competitor displays a profound understanding of the kata

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