2018 Shuhari Cup
Traditional Karate

We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Shuhari Cup in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring athletes from across the US, Canada, and more.  The Shuhari Cup is an excellent competition alternative for traditional karateka seeking high-level competitors, experienced judges, and no affiliation requirements.  As always, it is open to traditional styles, ranks, and affiliations.

The event includes both Youth (age 6-17) and Adult Tournaments for all ranks and a Judge’s Seminar hosted by experienced international judges.
We will be using traditional karate rules. Kata competitors should come prepared to perform any 2 traditional kata of their own choice. Kumite will be Shobu Ippon Jyu Kumite (free-sparring) for those 6th kyu and above.  7th kyu and below will have a simplified kumite option (details to follow).

Events:  Kata | Team Kata | Enbu | Kumite | Team Kumite (adults only).  The type of elimination for each event will be dependent on the number of competitors and determined once registration is closed.

Medals to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners | Certificates for all participants.  All attendees and spectators receive a free commemorative tournament program.


Friday, April 20
..• 9-5pm | Judge’s Seminar – Jinsendo Karate
..• 3-6pm | Athlete Check-In – Marriott Hotel
..• 6-6:30pm | Tournament Draw – Jinsendo Karate
..• 6:30-9pm | Dan Exam – Jinsendo Karate
Saturday, April 21
..• 8am-1pm | Youth Tournament – Smyrna Community Center
..• 1-6pm | Adult Tournament Smyrna Community Center
..• 7:30pm | Tournament Banquet – Jinsendo Karate
Sunday, April 22
  • Noon | Hotel Check-Out


• Athletes: $75 (unlimited events)
• Judging Seminar $25
…..Required for all officials | Open to public
…..Participation is encouraged
…..(free to judges & athletes formally participating in the tournament)
Free to Spectators




Marriott Galleria Atlanta Northwest
200 Interstate N Cir SE, Atlanta GA 30339

Reserve early as the entire hotel WILL get booked! There is no hotel shuttle from the airport or to the tournament location.  Please plan to rent a car at the airport.

The hotel is 23 miles/32 minutes from the ATL Airport and 3 miles/13 minutes from the tournament location (Smyrna Community Center) .



(612) 310-8247 | Info@ShuhariInstitute.org


Shuhari Institute & Jinsendo Karate


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Please consider placing an ad or inspirational note in the Commemorative Tournament Program.  The program is distributed for free to all attendees & spectators. Submit your ad or we can design a great ad for you for free.

1/4 Page ‐ $50 | 1/2 Page ‐ $75
Back Cover (full page) ‐ $150

Deadline:  Friday, April 14
Just email Info@ShuhariInstitute.org and we’ll get started.


Smyrna Community Center
200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna GA 30080


Fly to ATL  – Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The tournament and hotel are 30 minutes from the airport.
We strongly suggest renting a car for the weekend as we do not have a shuttle service for the tournament.


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Rank Category Definitions

• Age Divisions & Rank Categories may be split or combined depending on attendance.
• Youth athletes that are significantly smaller or bigger for their age may be entered into a different age group.
• Youth athletes may choose to compete in the Adult Tournament in Kata, Enbu, or Team Kata (not Kumite)
• Senior athletes (50+) may choose to compete in any 18-49 Adult Division.


Description: Athletes perform a traditional karate kata of their choice.
Note: All competitors should come prepared to perform two different kata.   (10-8th kyu only need to know Heian/Pinan Shodan)
Youth Kata & Kyu Rank Adults: may perform ANY kata they choose from round-to-round.
Adult Black Belts: The kata performed in finals must be different from that performed in their previous round.

Team Kata  (all mixed gender)             

Description:  A 3 or 4-person team performs any traditional karate kata of their choice simultaneously.
Scoring:  Point Scoring  | Bunkai is not required this year.


Enbu (all mixed gender)                             

Description:  A 2 or 3 person team performs a choreographed kumite demonstration for 1 minute.
Scoring:  Point Scoring  |  Any mix of boys/girls or men/women is permitted.

Jyu Ippon Kumite (modified kumite for youth/lower ranks)
………..(all mixed gender)

Note: Kumite athletes must choose between Jyu Ippon OR Jyu Kumite.
Jyu Kumite is non-contact 1-step kumite featuring 3 pre-determined attacks.
Scoring:  Flag Scoring


Jyu Kumite (free sparring)                               

Note: Kumite athletes must choose between Jyu Ippon OR Jyu Kumite.
 Non-contact free sparring.

Team Kumite                                          

Description:  3-person teams free spar for 3 consecutive matches.
Scoring: Cumulative points totaled at the end of all matches.

General Safety Rules:
• No eye glasses or safety glasses will be permitted to be worn during jyu kumite (free sparring).
• No jewelry of any type will be permitted to be worn by athletes (male or female).
• Only soft hair accessories will be permitted.
• Fingernails and toenails must be trimmed short.
• Hair must not impede the vision of the athlete.
• No headgear, footpads, shoes, shin guards, or hard plastic/metal braces may be worn.
• Kumite athletes must wear gloves like the ones available HERE.

Team Competition Rules
• Athletes may compete on only one team per event.
• Age Division/Rank Category for teams are calculated by average age/rank of all team members.

Team Kumite
• Kumite Team Captain must turn in the names of team mates to the ring table including the alternate and the order they will be fighting.
• Once submitted, the list can only be changed if one athlete can’t continue and the alternate is needed.
• In case of a draw, team captains pick one member to break the tie; the match will be for one minute “Sudden Death” match – athlete scoring first is winner.

Jyu Kumite (Free Sparring)
• Traditional non-contact “Shobu Ippon-Style” Kumite
Ippon = 10 points / Wazari = 4 points / Keikoku Penalty = 2 points / Chui Penalty = 4 points
Winner declared with 1 Ippon OR 2 Wazaris OR the highest number of points at the end of the match.
• 1.5 minute matches (calculated using “action time” not “running time”)
>>Please note the following technical clarifications:
• Punching with back heel coming off the floor does not automatically disqualify a point.
• For punches, spine should be perpendicular to the floor to qualify as a point.
• Mawashi or Ushiro Mawashi Geri using top or bottom of foot IS considered a qualified technique/body part for attacks to Jodan only.

Athlete Checklist (applies to all athletes)

Dress Code:
• Traditional White Karate Gi  |  No rolled or cuffed pants or sleeves are allowed

Required Equipment:
• Mouth Guards are required for Jyu Kumite (free sparring) – a limited supply will be available at the event.
Kumite Gloves are required for free sparring (not semi-free sparring) regardless of rank, age or sex.
…….>> Order official Kumite Gloves here
…….For medical safety, hand protectors may not be shared between athletes.
• Breast protector for women & groin protector for men are optional.

Judge Checklist  (applies to all Center & Corner Judges)

Dress Code:
• All judges are required to wear a Black Hakama over a White Traditional Karate Gi
…..(please wear your karate belt under the hakama and don’t hike up the sides.)
• Judges wear no socks or shoes when judging.

Required Equipment:
• Whistle
• Rulebook

Time Schedule:
• Youth Tournament: report to event by 8am for ring assignments
• Adult Tournament: report to event by Noon for ring assignments
• Judges officiating at the event must attend the Judges’ Seminar held before the tournament.
• Final selection of judges will be made during Judges’ Seminar held before the tournament.

Official & Volunteer Checklist
(Recorders, Scorekeepers, Timekeepers, Runners, Registrars, & Concession Staff)

Dress Code:
• Tournament T-Shirt (provided by Tournament) any pants, socks, & comfortable shoes.

Time Schedule:
• Report to your respective assignment at least 30 minutes prior to commencement.

NOTE: Volunteers working the entire day at the event will be provided a lunch box by the tournament.


Download Testing Requirements Here.  The exam will be administered by Sensei Toru Shimoji and Sensei Amy Sperling of the Shuhari Technical Fellowship as well as a limited number of other examiners to be determined. Those interested in testing for Dan rank should contact Scott Parkin at (612) 310-8247 for a brief orientation on the process.

The examination fee is $132.  Passing examinees will receive a hand-signed and sealed Shuhari dan certificate and lifetime registration with the Institute.  If you don’t pass your exam, the Institute will apply a $44 certificate fee refund when you re-test in the future.

Results will be announced immediately following the exam.  Examinees passing their Shodan exam during the event may choose to compete in either the Brown or Black belt division at the Tournament.