• Kumite: 18, 19, 20 years old
  • Kata: 16,17,18, 19, 20 years old  


  •  Kumite, Kata 21 years and over 


  • All competitors must have a JKA Dan grade (Dan or minimum 1st Kyu)
  • Copy of the certificate will be asked for verification – all licenses will be checked

Definition of Age
The age of contestants for each category is considered as that on the day of tournament, April 1st, 2023.


  • Kumite individuals: Men, Women; max. 4 competitors in each category.
  • Kata individuals: Men, Women; max. 4 competitors in each category.
  • Kumite Team:  3 Men (+ 1 Reserve), 3 Women (+ 1 Reserve)
  • Kata Team:       3 Men (+ 1 Reserve), 3 Women (+ 1 Reserve


  • Until 16 – Flag System: SHITEI KATA: Heian 2 – Tekki 1
  • Until 8 – Flag System:     SHITEI KATA: Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion, Enpi
  • Until 4 – Point System:   SENTEI KATA: Bassai Dai, Kanku Dai, Jion, Enpi, Hangetsu
  • Finals – Point System:     TOKUI KATA: JKA SHOTOKAN KATA


  • Eliminations: IPPON SHOBU; JKA Rules
  • Finals: IPPON SHOBU (JKA Rules) except senior men SANBON SHOBU; JKA Rules



  • Any contestant who is required to stop or withdraw from the match by the official appointed tournament medical doctor will be disqualified and unable to continue.

Preparation of protection gear

  • Each contestant should bring one’s own protection gear: gloves, mouth guard (white), chest protectors (for ladies) are compulsory. Groin protections is recommended for men. Gloves should be JKA approved (only white).
  • Any contestants who wear contact lenses should bring their own spare lenses. Contestants are required to fit spare lenses that have fallen out during a bout within 2 minutes.
  • One-country – one-delegation

Other matters

  •   Officially appointed tournament doctors and staff will be present and administer first aid. The doctors hold the decision-making authority to decide if any injured contestant can continue the event or should withdraw from it.
  •  Each contestant must carry personal health insurance and is responsible for his / her own health care and will have no claims to the tournament medical team.
  • Each competitor is required to sign a disclaimer as part of the application process. 
  • It is each representative country’s responsibility to check their visa requirements for entry into the country.  The organizing country cannot be held responsible for any refusal of entry to the country.
  • Even if more than one organization exists in one country, they must communicate with each other to comply with the regulation, which limits each country to one delegation.

The Championship will be run on five or six competition areas.


  • Bura Sensei will be Technical Director for the Championships.
  • Each country is allowed to send maximum 6 referees.
  • Only referees with a JKA Europe or JKA World Federation C-license and above are accepted.
  • All referees have to wear a dark blue blazer, white shirt, dark grey pants and official JKA tie.

Dress Code JKA Europe Championship

  1. Judges:
  2. Judges must wear the official uniform designated by the JKA Technical Committee. This uniform must be worn at all tournaments, courses and examinations.
  3. The official uniform will be as follows:
  • a single breasted navy-blue blazer, only with JKA referee badge
  • a long-sleeved white shirt
  • an official JKA judge tie
  • plain light grey trousers
  • unpatterned dark blue or black socks, and black shoes for use outside the match area
  • No shoes or socks will be allowed when Refereeing or judging a match.


  • The contestants shall wear a clean, white and a plain white karate-gi.
  • No taping to cover publicity or advertising.
  • The jacket, when tightened around the waist with the belt, must be of an overall length that it covers the hips.
  • The sleeves of the jacket must come at least half the way down the forearm and may not be rolled up. The sleeves may not cover the wrist.
  • The trousers must be long enough to cover at least two-thirds of the shin.
    They may not cover the ankle.
  • The belt must be of an overall length that leaves approx. 15 centimeters of extra length on both ends after it has been properly tied around the waist. It should also be around 5 centimeters in width.
  • A national badge may be worn. The maximum size of the badge is 10 cm by 10 cm. The position of the badge on the karate-gi is on the left breast
  • Teeth protectors : transparent – white
  • must have a JKA dan registration number

Other matters

  • Each contestant must keep his/her hair clean and cut to such a length that does not obstruct the smooth conduct of the match.
  • Hachimaki (head band) will not be allowed.
  • Should the Referee consider any contestant’s hair too long and/or unclean, he may, with the Chief Judge’s approval, disbar the contestant from the match.
  • Hair slides are prohibited, as are metal hair grips.
  • Contestants must have short fingernails and must not wear metallic or other objects.
  • Soft contact lenses can be worn at the contestant’s own risk.
  • The wearing of unauthorised clothing or equipment is forbidden.
  • In the case of women, a plain white t-shirt may be worn beneath the karate gi.
  • Women may wear the authorized additional protective equipment approved by the Technical Committee.
  • Each competitor must wear an identification number on the chest or on the back.
  • In Kumite Match and in Kata Flag System, one of the contestants shall, for identification purposes, fasten a red belt around their waist. The contestants don’t have to take off their own belt.

General tournament information