America’s Cup – Shotokan Shobu Ippon-Sanbon Tournament



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March 14, 2018

Dear Sensei/Competitors

It is with great pleasure and pride that we invite you and your students to the 2018 America’s Cup Invitational Shotokan Championships, sponsored by the AJKA-I of New York And sanctioned by AJKA-I USA, to be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

This event will utilize modified WSKA rules. The championships will be held at the Elmcor Athletic Center, 107-20 Northern Blvd., Cornona, Queens NY 11368.

Enclosed you will find all the relevant information for you and your students. We offer divisions for all ages & level, both in individual and team events.

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED in order for the event to run smoothly. Kindly avoid the late fees and register @ by September 17, 2018. Registration will close on September 21st, at midnight.


We hope that you and your students can join us in this very special event at the Elmcor Athletic Center, 107-20 Northern Blvd., Corona NY 11368. We are personally looking forward to seeing you there.

Please encourage your students to register early.

Sincerely yours,

Sensei Avi Azoulay,
Championships Director

4th America’s Cup Karate Championships
AJKA International event presented BY AJKA-NY
AJKA-I USA Sanctioned event

Date & TimeSunday September 23, 2018
Referee Meeting 8:30am / Opening Ceremony @ 9:00am
Pre-registrationOnline Registration
Registration closes Friday 9/21/18 @ 11:59 pm- No registration @ the door!
LocationElmcor Athletic Center
107-20 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens NY 11368
Entry Fee1 or 2 Individual Events =$65.00; Team Kata=$30.00; Team Kumite = $30.00
Spectator fees: Adults = $10.00, Children = $5.00, Toddlers = Free
Competitor CANNOT compete in more than ONE Individual category!
Awards1st, 2nd & 3rd place will receive medals in all divisions.
America’s Cup Team Kata/Kumite Champions will receive a trophy award
Competitors Dress CodeTraditional white gi, no jewelry in competition, trimmed nails are required
Referee Dress CodeWhite shirt, blue tie, navy blue jacket, gray slacks, black shoes
KataContestants must perform SHOTOKAN Kata ONLY!
Beginners (0-1 year of training;7th kyu or below) - Heian Nidan or below.
May repeat Kata.
Novice (1-2 years of training; 6th to 4th kyu) - Heian Godan or below.
May repeat Kata.
Intermediate (3-4 years of training; 3rd to 1st kyu) - Bassai-Dai; Jion; Empi; Kanku-
dai. May repeat Kata.
Advanced (4 years or more of training; Shodan and above) can perform any
Shotokan Kata. MUST perform a different Kata in the final round.
18-34 Advanced – See separate Kata Competition rules.
Flag system will be used for all belt level.
Team KataTeam Kata will be divided by Age category only, Regardless of rank.
Team may perform any Shotokan Kata.
Point system will be utilized for this event.
18-34 Advance KataFirst Round (until 16 left) – Shitei Kata Group – Judge’s choice. Flag System.
Second Round (until 4 left) – Sentei Kata Group – Judge’s Choice. Flag System.
Final Round (Last 4 competitors) – Tokui Kata Group – Competitor’s choice.
Point system. MUST be different from 2nd round kata.
Shobu Sanbon/Ippon
Modified WSKA rules: light head contact is permitted (Adult black belts only)
Uncontrolled techniques will result in penalty or disqualification
Children/Teens divisions will run 1 minute stop time, Sanbon Shobu.
18-34 black belt kumite will run 2 minutes, stop time.
All preliminary matches Shobu Ippon. Final match Shobu Sanbon (3 minutes).
All other divisions matches will run 1 1⁄2 minutes, stop time.
Team KumiteTeam Kumite – 3-member teams, ages 18 and Over, regardless of rank. Team must be all female or all male – not a mix.
Matches will be 2 minutes long, stop time, utilizing Shobu Ippon scoring.
EquipmentMandatory protective equipment: Hand gloves, Mouth guard, protective cup (male), chest protector (female). Safety glasses with restraining band will be allowed for sparring. Head gear and Shin-instep guard allowed in 17 & under divisions only. Competitor MUST have their own equipment.
CoachingCoaching will be allowed in Kumite ONLY.
Dojo/Club track suit and Coaches Pass is MANDATORY.
NoteIn the spirit of karate-do, proper conduct is required from competitors and instructors alike, or else suspension will result from all future AJKA-I/NYKEC events.

The director of the event has the right to break or combine any division due to quantity of competitors.

Heian ShodanBassai DaiJiin
Heian NidanEmpiTekki Nidan
Heian SandanKanku DaiTekki Sandan
Heian YondanJionGankaku
Heian GodanBassai Sho
Tekki ShodanKanku Sho
Gojushiho Dae
Gojushiho Sho

4th America’s Cup Karate Championships- Divisions Chart

Advanced Adult Men's (18 -34)
Kumite Open- 5hobu lpponS1
Advanced AdultWomen's (18 - 34)
Kumite Open- 5hobu lpponS2
5 & Under (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK3/S3
Novice-Blue, Green, PurpleK4/S4
5 & Under (Girls)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK5/S5
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK6/S6
6- 7 (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK7/S7
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK8/S8
6-7 (Girls)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK10/S10
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK11/S11
Team Kata- 3 member team
12 & Under- mixedTKl
13-16- mixedTK2
17 & Older- MenTK3
17 & Older-WomenTK4
8-9 (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK13/S13
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK14/S14
8-9 (Girls)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK17/S17
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK18/S18
Intermediate -BrownK19/S19
10-11 (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK21/S21
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK22/S22
Intermediate- BrownK23/S23
10-11 (Girls)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK25/S25
Novice- Blue,Green, PurpleK26/S26
Intermediate- BrownK27/S27
Advanced -BlackK28/S28
12-13 (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK29/S29
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK30/S30
12-13 (Girls)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK33/S33
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK34/S34
14-15 (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK37/S37
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK38/S38
Intermediate- BrownK39/S39
Team Kumite- 3 member team
17 & Older-MenTS1
17 & Older-WomenTS2
14-15 (Girls)
Beginner- White, Yellow, OrangeK41/S41
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK42/S42
16-17 (Boys)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK59/S59
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK60/S60
Intermediate- BrownK61/S61
16-17 (Girls)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK63/S63
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK64/S64
18-34 (Men)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK45/S45
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK46/S46
18-34 (Women)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK48/S48
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK49/S49
35 & Over (Men)
Beginner-White, Yellow, OrangeK51/S51
Novice -Blue,Green, PurpleK52/S52
35 & Over (Women)
Beginner- White, Yellow, OrangeK55/S55
Novice-Blue,Green, PurpleK56/S56
Advanced- BlackK58/S58

The tournament director reserve the right to change or combine divisions if less than 3 contestants are present.
All fees are final and non-refundable.

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