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Players & Equipment

All competitors in Karate kumite competitions are required to wear a traditional Karate suit known as a gi and this should be plain and without stripes or embroidery. Instead of wearing the belt colour that signifies their rank, one contestant wears a red belt and the other a blue belt to help distinguish them. Other prescribed pieces of equipment are:

Groin guards can be worn but are not mandatory.


The result of a bout is determined by a Competitor obtaining a clear lead of eight points, or at time-up, having the highest number of points, first unopposed point advantage (SENSHU), obtaining a decision (HANTEI), or by a HANSOKU, SHIKKAKU, or KIKEN, imposed against a Competitor.एक मुकाबले का परिणाम एक प्रतियोगी द्वारा आठ अंकों की स्पष्ट बढ़त प्राप्त करने या समय-समय पर निर्धारित किया जाता है,

सबसे अधिक अंक होने पर, पहला निर्विरोध बिंदु लाभ (SENSHU), एक निर्णय प्राप्त करना

(HANTEI), या एक HANSOKU, SHIKKAKU, या KIKEN द्वारा, एक प्रतियोगी के खिलाफ लगाया गया।



1. Scores are as follows:

 a) IPPON Three points

 b) WAZA-ARI Two points

 c) YUKO One point

2. A score is awarded when a technique is performed according to the following criteria     to a scoring area: 

a) Good form

b) Sporting attitude

 c) Vigorous application

d) Awareness (ZANSHIN)

e) Good timing

f) Correct distance

3. IPPON is awarded for:

a) Jodan kicks.

 b) Any scoring technique delivered on a thrown or fallen opponent.

 4. WAZA-ARI is awarded for:

      a) Chudan kicks.

5. YUKO is awarded for

     a) Chudan or Jodan Tsuki.

     b) Jodan or Chudan Uchi.

6. Attacks are limited to the following areas:

       a) Head

       b) Face

       c) Neck

       d) Abdomen

       e) Chest

       f) Back

       g) Side



 CHUKOKU is imposed for the first instance of a minor infraction for the applicable category.

  1. KEIKOKU: 

KEIKOKU is imposed for the second instance of a minor infraction for that category, or for infractions not sufficiently serious to merit


 HANSOKU-CHUI: This is a warning of disqualification usually imposed for infractions for which a KEIKOKU has previously been given in that bout although it may be imposed directly for serious infringements, which do not merit HANSOKU.


 This is the penalty of disqualification following a very serious infraction or when a HANSOKU CHUI has already been given. In team matches the fouled Competitor’s score will be set at eight points and the offender’s score will be zeroed.


This is a disqualification from the entire tournament including any subsequent category the offender may have been registered for. SHIKKAKU may be invoked when a Competitor fails to obey the orders of the Referee, acts maliciously, or commits an act which harms the prestige and honour of Karate, or when other actions are considered to violate the rules and spirit of the tournament. In team matches the fouled Competitor’s score will be set at eight points and the offender’s score will be zeroed