2023 oZAWA CUP

International Karate Tournament


BLACK BELTS (black belts only)

 ADVANCE BELTS (black & brown combined into one division)


The Tournament Director reserves the right to combine divisions where he sees fit.

  • All contestants must wear a clean, white karate gi.

  • Toenails and fingernails must be trimmed short.



FOR ALL BLACK BELTS & ADVANCE  BELTS (black & brown belts combined into one division)


  1. 2-MINUTES: 17 years old & under.

  2. 3-MINUTES: 18-34 years old.

  3. Light, non-injurious contact or “skin touch” to face, head/neck area using a punching or striking technique is allowed in adult black belt divisions only.


  1. Mouth guard is mandatory for all competitors.

  2. Male competitors must wear a groin protector .

  3. Shin guards, foot pads or instep pads optional

  4. Chest guard is optional for female competitors.

  5. Only Naugahyde type fist guards allowed. No cloth gloves.

  6. SHIRO can use white or blue fist guards, AKA can use white or red fist guards.

  7. We encourage you to wear the same gi for Kata and Kumite.

  8. Only safety glasses with restraining band or soft contact lenses are allowed.

Winning: To win a competitor must

1. Score a combination of Ippon and Waza-ari totaling to 3 points before his or her opponent. 

2. Be ahead in points by the end of the time. 

3. If tied, competitor who scores the first point in a one-minute Enchosen wins the match

4. If there's another tie then Hantei will be called whereupon the refereeing panel must vote for either AKA or Shiro


IPPON:  An Ippon is awarded when an exact and powerful technique, which is recognized as decisive, is delivered to the recognized scoring areas under the following conditions:   

  • Good speed and good form (technique, position and balance).

  • Strong Kime (strong vigor) with good Zanshin

  • good sporting, non-malicious attitude,   

  • Proper timing and distancing.

Examples of effective techniques to be considered as an Ippon:   

  • When an attack is delivered with perfect timing and the opponent started to move towards the attacker.   

  • When an attack is delivered immediately as the opponent was unbalanced by the attacker.   

  • When a combination of successive and effective scoring techniques are used.   

  • The combined use of tsuki and keri techniques.   

  • The combined use of tsuki, keri and nage techniques.   

  • When the opponent has lost their fighting spirit and turned their back to the attacker.   

  • Effective attacks delivered on the undefended parts of the opponent.   

  • Effective jodan geri techniques.

WAZA-ARI:  A Waza-ari is awarded for a technique almost comparable to that needed to score an Ippon. The refereeing panel must look for scoring an Ippon in the first instance and award a Waza-ari if the techniques does not warrant or meet the criteria for an Ippon score in the second instance.



  1. Excessive contact to the target

  2. Attacks to the upper and lower limbs, hip joint, knee joints, insteps, shins, groin or throat.

  3. Open hand techniques to the face, throat, and neck.

  4. Jumping techniques and dangerous leg sweeps or ashi barai without a follow-up technique or that land high on the leg and could cause knee injury.

  5. Dangerous throws.

1st warning: Atenai

2nd warning:  Atenai chui

3rd warning:  Atenai hansoku (Disqualification)

KINSHI:  Prohibited behavior such as

  1. Jogai - going out of bounds

  2. Mubobi - lack of defense

  3. Wasting time

  4. Feigning or faking an injury

  5. Unsportsmanlike conduct or disrespectful behavior

  6. Lack of Zanshin after delivering a technique.

1st warning: Kinshi

2nd warning: Kinshi ni

3rd warning: Kinshi chui

4th warning: Kinshi hansoku (Disqualification)



  • Beginner:  7th Kyu and below

  • Intermediate:  6th , 5th , and 4th Kyu

  • Brown Belt:  3rd Kyu, 2nd Kyu, and 1st Kyu

  • Advance:  black and brown belts are combined together into one division

  • Black Belt:  black belts only