Open to all Traditional Karate Styles, Organizations, & Ranks. This is the Club’s annual fundraising event and is one of the most popular & well-attended traditional karate tournaments in Minnesota. Founded in 1967, the U of M Shotokan Karate Club is one of the oldest sports clubs at the University. Please come and support the club and its members!
Current UMN COVID protocols will be followed. All competitors, judges, and spectators must wear a mask.
Kata | Team Kata | Kumite
Youth 6-17 | Adult 18-49 | Senior
9-10:30am: Athlete Check-In
11am: Tournament Begins (youth & adults simultaneously)
4pm: Estimated End of Tournament
Post Tournament Party: To Be Determined
$35 per person
• fee includes unlimited events
• families pay no more than $60
Graduate Minneapolis (formerly The Commons)
615 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
This hotel is on campus and immediately adjacent to the tournament. It’s located on a Light Rail stop that can take you to the Mall of America, Airport, and Downtown Minneapolis. We have not blocked rooms at this hotel.
Fly to (MSP) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Light rail is available from Airport directly to the Hotel & Tournament venue.
• Mall of America
5 minutes from hotel by car or Light Rail (Nickelodeon Universe & SEA Life Minnesota Aquarium)
• Historic Fort Snelling
5 minutes from hotel by car
• Downtown Minneapolis
10 minutes from hotel by car or 30 minutes via Light Rail
• Target Field
Home of the Minnesota Twins | Downtown Mpls
• US Bank Stadium
Home of the Minnesota Vikings | Downtown Mpls
• Mississippi Riverfront District
• Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes
10 minutes from hotel by car
University of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center | 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
There will be 3 different types of kumite offered based on age and experience:
Ippon Kumite (stationary 1-step sparring) | 10th-8th kyu
Jyu Ippon Kumite (semi-free 1-step sparring) | 7th-6th kyu
Jyu Kumite (free sparring) | 5th Kyu and higher
General Kumite Safety Rules:
Ippon Kumite Rules (stationary 1-step sparring) | 10th-8th kyu
Ippon Kumite is non-contact, 1-step sparring with specified attacking & defending sides. There will be 3 exchanges for each competitor.
As prompted by the Center Referee
Attacker starts from left leg forward down-block position – defender starts from standing position. Attacks are in this order:
Attacker announces each single attack and defender must block and counter each time.
1.) Step-in Punch Head
2.) Step-in Punch Stomach
3.) Front Kick Stomach (back leg only)
Defender must block and counter each attack. After each attack and defense, the athletes start a new sequence. Judging is by show of flags at the end of all six sequences. Athletes are judged cumulatively on their overall skill in form, posture, power, spirit, distance, and timing. Contact beyond the surface of the skin will be penalized.
Jyu Kumite Rules (free sparring) | 5th Kyu and higher