Search This Blog


New kumite rules for Japan!新ルールの10センチの話!

Last Monday I attended a Tokyo High School Karate Federation (Kotairen) official's seminar explaining the changes in the WKF rules. From this autumn the Kotairen will begin using them.

The seminar was led by Mr. Tomonori Namiki Sensei, who is a WKF Referee, Chair of the AKF Referee Council and Secretary-General of the Gojukai. Recently I have attended several of Namiki Sensei's seminars and he has been an excellent instructor, very kind and matter of fact.

He explained clearly that the 10 cm rule for Cadets and Juniors starts at zero on the face mask and moves out from there. Any movement or impact of the head warrants a penalty. So the emphasis on control is even more important.