Helping At The Fall Classic Karate Tournament

Parents, As you probably heard over the past few days, I need your help! The Dojo of Karate's Fall Classic Karate Tournament won't run by its' self, and therefore I need several parents to step up and help us make this a smooth tournament.

Where Do We Need You?

Judging Kata

When you judge a competitor in Kata, you will be looking for the following characteristics.
  • Confidence - Do they enter the ring with confidence?  Do they say their introduction with confidence? Do they perform their kata with confidence, or are they hesitant in their moves?
  • Balance - When the set forward to punch, block, kick, or strike, are they landing their moves with balance?  Are they wobbly when they transition from move-to-move?
  • Focus - Are they looking around the floor when performing, or are they engaged in their kata?  Do they look you in the eye when they do their introduction?  Are they easily distracted?
  • Power - Do their moves actually have power behind their technique?  Or are they just going through the motions?
  • Precision - Are they landing their stances correctly, and not readjusting?  Are they punching down the center of the body?  Are they looking the correct direction when executing techniques?  Are their kick, punches, blocks, and strikes hitting the same location at all times, or is it always changing?
  • Continuous - Did the student start over at any point?  Did the student make a mistake, realize they made a mistake, looked confused, and started over? Did the student ask you to start over again?  Did the student do their kata, continuously, with no hesitation?
As a judge, you can not judge them if they did their kata incorrectly, because you are not a Black Belt in Wado Kai Karate -- even though you watch nearly all our classes.

Scoring Kata

I will be giving all judges a range of 7.50 to 8.50, with a baseline of 8.00.  What does all this mean?
  • 7.50 = The competitor either made a mistake and started over, didn't attempt to finish their kata, or kept starting over multiple times.  If any of these things happens, then you have to give them a score of 7.50 or slightly higher.  They can not be in the running for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.  It would be unfair.
  • 8.50 = The competitor basically did the best kata in the ENTIRE world.  They are so amazing, they should be teaching classes at The Dojo of Karate today...  Judges, no one gets a score of 8.50.  Now you can score close to it, but this is the highest score you can give.
  • 8.00 = This is the baseline for all competitors, meaning you start them off at 8.00 and either go up or down from there, based on the characteristics that you are suppose to follow for judging.  Usually, all students should score above an 8.00, but in certain circumstances, it is OK to score below an 8.00.
Please make sure you use your one-one hundredth of a point freely.  This prevents ties.  We only do tie breakers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  That's it.  Everyone else will get a finalist medal.

Judging Sparring

When judging sparring, there will need to be 3 judges.  1 center judge and 2 corner judges.  The center judge controls the match by saying "start", "stop", "call point", etc.  The corner judges do not control the matches, rather follow what the center judge asks the ring to do. This is what I mean... If a corner judge sees a point scored, they yell "point" and raise their hand in the air.  If the center judge see's that movement and hears their corner judge, then they will stop the match and call for point.  Even if the center judge NEVER saw the point, they can simply call "no see" by placing their hand over their face, while the corner judge points to the direction of the competitor that scored. Keep in mind, you need a majority of points a competitor to get the point.  So, if one judge points to the 'Red Competitor', one judge points to the 'White Competitor' and the final judge points to the 'Red Competitor' -- then the 'Red Competitor' gets the point. If you are a judge and you DO NOT see a point scored, simply place your hands over your face, which means "I didn't see it".  If you know for a FACT that it wasn't a point, or BOTH competitors hit at the same time, you make an 'X' in from of you with your arms, meaning "clash" or "no point". Judging sparring is probably one of the best things to do because you are right in front of the action.

Score Keeping & Time Keeping

I won't go into too much detail for these two volunteer positions, but it's probably one of the easiest tasks to do when helping a ring out. Score Keeper either keeps track of the score for sparring competitors or adds up the scores for kata competitors. Time Keeper keeps track of the clock when a sparring match is going on. Very simple... If you have questions, please email or ask me personally at the Karate school, and I'll try to make sure I can answer and clarify your questions. We TRULY appreciate all of you help in making the Fall Classic Karate Tournament smooth! Sensei Lozano  

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