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Summary slides of the WKF new rule changes for 2023

Since the new WKF 2023 rules changes are published for the public, below are 60 summary slides as presented by the World Karate Federation in November 2022. 

3 key points;

ONE. The 2023 rule changes are probably the biggest in number since its large 1999 updates.

TWO. Different 2023 rules changes affect 3 separate competition levels;

a) WKF world level events only (i.e. red, blue & gold branded uniforms, electronic scoring)

b) WKF & national and/or continental levels (i.e. new video review)

c) All levels: local, provincial, national, continental and various WKF world levels (i.e. return to almost the original kata scoring system, new approach to kumite penalties & warnings)

THREE. Sometimes the reason for a rule change is obvious, but sometimes the reason for a change is not clear and an explanation is actually needed.

My suggestions for the WKF;


About Kenzen

Karate Kenzen is a beginner friendly karate club and we welcome newcomers to try a free trial class anytime. ‍

Our club is a warm dojo community with both male and female instructors, where students get stronger and more focused through practical karate and fitness training.

Kenzen students are training in one of the highest technical systems of Japanese karate since we are directly affiliated with leading karate associations in both Canada and Japan.

To provide the best karate instruction by age and skill level, our karate programs are “Samurai Kids 4-6yrs”, “Juniors 7-11yrs” , “Teens 12-15yrs" and "Adults 16yrs+”, plus our optional Team Kenzen competitive program and accelerated after school karate program. ‍

To enhance everyone’s karate experiences, the club hosts numerous karate events and tournaments, plus regularly receives guest instructors from around Canada and Japan. ‍

Kenzen is a member of the Suzuki-ha Shito-ryu Karate-do  Association of Canada as part of the famous Seikokai Karate-do Association in Japan. Through this connection, we regularly interact with our sister Vancouver sister club, the prestigious Kingsway Odokan Dojo led by Kaz Hashimoto Sensei and Mark Stacey Sensei.

We are also a fully participating member of Karate BC, which gives our students access to provincial-level opportunities, including tournaments, seminars, and pathways to BC Games, BC Team and National team tryouts.

Kenzen is an old popular Japanese word that means "complete health" and it was chosen by former Japan national team coach Toshiaki Maeda Sensei for our club.


Mayors Open Martial Arts Expo, March 12, 2022

Mayors Open Martial Arts Expo is a wonderful project that has been rewarding to organize.

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Podcast Season 3!

Season 3 of the podcast has been start and stop a few times, but the new plan is in place to get it started again. Stay tuned!