36thAnnual Madison Traditional Karate Tournament

November 10, 2018


Every fall, our club holds a tournament open to traditional karate practitioners - adults above the age of 18, and youths 6 to 17. Our goal is to provide everyone with a fun, safe and exciting opportunity to enhance our karate training.

The 36th Annual Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the James Madison Memorial High School gymnasium, 201 South Gammon Road, Madison, WI 53717. Check-in starts at 10:00, and the tournament is scheduled to start at 11:30 am.


The school has a large parking lot with a lot of space, and it is only a mile away from the tournament hotel.


We have a block of rooms at the AmericInn by Wyndham Madison West hotel for $75.00 a night plus taxes. Only 15 rooms are available at that rate.

To reserve your room, please call the hotel at +1-608-535-4712 and ask for the “Mad City Karate Room Block”. This rate is only available until November 1st.

The hotel offers free parking, free breakfast, free WiFi, has an indoor pool, and a fitness center. It is close to several nice restaurants, and to West Towne Mall.

If you missed the deadline of November 1st, or if you you would like to check out other possibilities, there are other special rates for this event at Hotels.com.

Registration information

The registration form for the tournament is available online, and you can install an app on your phone or tablet to register. The registration form is also available in PDF format. Online registration will be available without late registration fees until 10 pm Central Time on Thursday, November 8th. If you choose online registration, you will have to bring the signed registration form (which will be e-mailed to you) and your payment when you check in. If you use the PDF form, please fill it out, print it, and mail it by Monday, November 5th to avoid late registration fees.

The registration fee is $25 for one event, and $35 for 2 or more events. The cost for late registration is $40 for one event, and $55 for two or more events.

Adult events

We have adult divisions based on rank in the following events:

  • Individual kata (mixed men and women)
  • Individual kumite (separate men and women divisions)
  • Fukugo
  • Team kata
  • Team kumite
  • En-bu

Check in for competitors will start at 10:00 am, the referee and judges session will start at 10:30 am (competitors are welcome to participate), and the tournament will start at 11:30.

The tentative order of events will be:

  • Individual Kata
  • Team Kata
  • Enbu
  • Break
  • Kobudo - Weapons Demonstration by the UW Shorin Ryu Club
  • Fukugo
  • Individual Kumite
  • Team Kumite

The rank categories are determined for each tournament depending on the number of competitors with different ranks. These categories for individual events are usually:

  • Beginners (9 to 7 Kyu)
  • Intermediate (6 to 4 Kyu)
  • Brown Belts (3 to 1 Kyu)
  • Shodan
  • Nidan and up

The adult participants will have the following choices of individual kumite events:

Youth Events

This year we will have youth divisions (under 18 years old). In addition to rank, there will be divisions based on ages as well. The youth events are as follows:

  • Individual kata (mixed boys and girls)
  • Individual kumite event
  • Fukugo (using Kogo Kumite)
  • Team kata
  • Team kumite (using Kogo Kumite)
  • En-bu (same gender or mixed gender together)

What is Shobu Ippon Kumite (One Time Attack)

The one time attack event is an alternating attack and response, starting from a fixed initial position. Please review the one time attack rules, and feel free to ask us any questions.

What is Jiyu Ippon Kumite (Semi-free Sparring)

The semi-free sparring event is an alternating attack and response, starting from a dynamic fighting position. Please review the semi-free sparring rules, and feel free to ask us any questions.

What is Ko-Go Kumite?

The goal of Ko-Go kumite is to develop the use of combinations in sparring for both the attacked and the defender. The Ko-Go kumite rules are based on the WTKF rules.

What is En-bu?

The En-bu event is a two person pre-arranged encounter where an attacker and a defender demonstrate the use of karate techniques for self defense. The encounter should last for about one minute (40 seconds for 4th kyu and below), and participants are judged on the same principles as kata. This year, there is a single division for same gender or mixed gender partners. Based on participation, the division may be split by age, or rank.

What is Fukugo?

The Fukugo event is a single elimination event where the final round is free sparring (Jiyu Kumite or Kogo Kumite for youths), and each preceding round alternates between performance of the Kitei compulsory form, and free sparring. This event is for brown and black belts only.

Important Dates

Thursday, November 8th

All online registrations must be submitted by 10:00 pm Central time. Late fees will be added to any online registrations after that.

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