2016 Shuhari Cup

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2016 Shuhari Cup
North American
Traditional Karate

The Shuhari Cup is our inaugural tournament featuring athletes from the US, Canada, and more.  It is an excellent competition alternative for traditional karateka seeking high level competitors, experienced judges, and no affiliation requirements.  Open to traditional karateka of all ages, ranks, and affiliations.

The event includes both Youth and Adult Tournaments for all ranks and a Judge’s Seminar hosted by experienced international judges. We will be using traditional karate rules.

Events: Kata | Team Kata | Enbu | Kumite | Team Kumite
Type of elimination for each event will be dependent on the number of competitors.

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


Friday, April 22, 2016
• 12:30-5pm | Judge’s Seminar (open to public)
• 5-6pm | Dan Exam

Saturday, April 23, 2016
• 8:15-8:30am | Youth Competitors MUST check in
• 8:30am – Noon | Youth Tournament
• 10-11:45am | Adult Competitors MUST check in
• Adult Tournament starts immediately after Youth Tournament is complete.
• 6pm | Post-Tournament Dinner Banquet
…….RSVP Required – see banquet info below (this page)
…….Poor Richard’s CommonHouse
…….8301 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55438


• Adult Athletes: $55 (unlimited indiv events)
• Youth Athletes: $45 (unlimited indiv events)
• Team Events:  add $10 per athlete
• Judging Seminar $20
…..Required for all officials | Open to public
…..Participation is encouraged
…..(free to judges & athletes formally participating in the tournament)
Free to Spectators


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


Shuhari Institute & JKA International of Canada



The Official Tournament Hotel is:
Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America.
3800 American Blvd East, Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-2100  |  Website
(we had rooms blocked for $109/night, but the block has expired.)

This hotel is immediately adjacent to the airport and Mall of America and just 5 Minutes by car from the Seminar Location.  It is also located on a Light Rail stop that can take you to the Mall of America, Airport, and Downtown Minneapolis.

Please note that the Tournament is just minutes North of the airport and “hotel alley.”  Also, we do not have any tournament-related events planned at a hotel, so it’s not imperative that you book at anywhere specific.  You may find better rates just shopping online for any of the MANY hotels available in this area.  Any hotel in Bloomington, MN will be close to the event location.


Promote Your Business or Cheer for Your Athletes!
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 pro quality ad for you for free.

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

Deadline:  April 15

Just email the Event Contact and we’ll get started.


Pearl Recreation Center  |  414 E Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Parking:  There is a small parking lot at the Center – additional parking is on Hampshire Drive.


Fly to (MSP) Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport  |  You’ll need a car for travel from the tournament to the hotel and any local attractions. Contact the Event Contact (on this page) for a ride from the airport.


April is spring in the Twin Cities and it’s a wonderful time to visit.  The weather varies greatly, but expect reasonable temperatures ranging from 50°F to 63°F  (10° to 17º C). Bring a light jacket.


Mall of America – 5 minutes from hotel by car or Light Rail
…………(Nickelodeon Universe & SEA Life Minnesota Aquarium)
Historic Fort Snelling – 5 minutes from hotel by car
Downtown Minneapolis – 10 minutes from hotel by car or 30 minutes via Light Rail
Target Field – Home of the Minnesota Twins | Downtown Mpls
US Bank Stadium – Home of the Minnesota Vikings | Downtown Mpls
• Mississippi Riverfront District | Downtown Mpls
• Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes – 10 minutes from hotel by car

The Twin Cities are also home to an astounding array of Museums and Performing Arts Venues.  We are also a “foodie” culture – contact the Event Contact for good dining recommendations.


Rank Category Definitions

White = 10th Kyu     Yellow = 9th Kyu     Orange = 8th-7th Kyu    Green = 6th Kyu
Purple = 5th-4th Kyu     Brown = 3rd-1st Kyu      Black =  Shodan & up
It is fine to wear a different colored belt for your kyu level – the above categories just serve to simplify the process for table officials.

• Age Divisions & Rank Categories may be split or combined depending on attendance.
• If a youth athlete is too small or big for their age, they may be entered into a different age group.
• Youth athletes may choose to compete in the Adult Tournament in Kata, Enbu, or Team Kata.


Description: Athletes perform any traditional karate kata of their choice.  (no limits on chosen kata)
Youth Scoring:  Flag Scoring |  2 athletes per match | All athletes face everyone in their pool once.  (Brown/Black category will use Point Scoring)
Adult Scoring Point Scoring
Note: Elimination events may require multiple rounds depending on the number of athletes.

Age 5-8    White-Orange
Age 5-8    Green & up  (combined)
Age 9-11    White-Orange
Age 9-11    Green-Purple
Age 9-11    Brown/Black
Age 12-14    White-Orange
Age 12-14    Green/Purple

Age 12-14    Brown/Black
Age 15-17    White-Orange
Age 15-17    Green/Purple
Age 15-17    Brown/Black

Women 18+    White/Orange
Women 18+    Green/Purple
Women 18+    Brown
Women 18+    Black
Men 18+     White/Orange
Men 18+    Green/Purple
Men 18+    Brown
Men 18+    Black

Team Kata  (all mixed gender)             

Description:  A 3-person team performs any traditional karate kata of their choice simultaneously.
Scoring:  Point Scoring  | Bunkai required for Adult Brown/Black teams only

Age 5-11     White/Orange
Age 5-11     Green/Purple
Age 5-11     Brown/Black
Age 12-17     White/Orange
Age 12-17     Green/Purple
Age 12-17     Brown/Black

Age 18+     White/Orange
Age 18+     Green/Purple
Age 18+     Brown/Black

Enbu (all mixed gender)                             

Description:  A 2 or 3 person team performs a choreographed kumite demonstration for 45 seconds.
Scoring:  Point Scoring  |  Any mix of boys/girls or men/women is permitted.

Age 5-10     Mixed Ranks
Age 11-17     Mixed Ranks

Age 18+     Green – Brown
Age 18+     Black

Kumite   see “Rules” tab for specific kumite procedures

Description:  Non-contact Jyu Ippon/1-Step or Jyu (free sparring) Kumite.
Scoring for Free Sparring = Point Scoring resulting in Win/Loss
Scoring for Jyu Ippon (semi-free/1-step) = Flag Scoring
Note:  Elimination events may require multiple rounds depending on the number of athletes.

Age 5-8     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Age 5-8     Green and up      (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Age 9-11     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Age 9-11     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Age 9-11     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
Girls 12-14     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Girls 12-14     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Girls 12-14     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
Boys 12-14     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Boys 12-14     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Boys 12-14     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
Girls 15-17     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Girls 15-17     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Girls 15-17     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)
Boys 15-17     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Boys 15-17     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Boys 15-17     Brown/Black     (Free Sparring)

Women 18-49     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Women 18-49     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Women 18-49     Brown     (Free Sparring)
Women 18-49     Black     (Free Sparring)
Men 18-49     White/Orange     (Jyu Ippon – semi-free/1-step)
Men 18-49     Green/Purple     (Free Sparring)
Men 18-49     Brown     (Free Sparring)
Men 18-49     Black     (Free Sparring)
Women 50+     Black Belt only     (Free Sparring)
Men 50+     Black Belt only     (Free Sparring)

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.

Ring Size & Judge Arrangement:
• Adult events use 26.25’ regulation ring   |   Youth events use a modified (20’) ring
• Kata, Team Kata, and Enbu events include 5 Judges Total (4 Fukushin + 1 Kansa)
• Kumite Events include 6 Judges Total (1 Shushin + 4 Fukushin + 1 Kansa)

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  (If Time Permits Inclusion of this Event)

• 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 will pick one member to fight to break the tie; the match will be for one minute “Sudden Death” match – the athlete that scores first is declared 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.

Jyu Ippon Kumite  (Semi-Free/1-Step Kumite)
Jyu Ippon Kumite is non-contact semi-free 1-step sparring with specified attacking & defending sides. Attacker attacks 3 times and defender must block and counter each time.  The attacks are completed in this specific order:  1.) Step-in Punch Jodan;  2.) Step-in Punch Chudan;  3.) Front Kick Chudan (back leg only).  Defender may defend with any block and any counter (both are required).  After each attack and defense, the athletes start a new sequence.  Judging is by show of flags at the end of all six sequences. Athletes are judged cumulatively on their overall skill in attacking, defending, and avoidance of penalties.
>> Match Procedure:
• One athlete wears a red belt or sash and is called Aka (red) – Aka’s opponent (without a belt) is called Shiro (white).
• Both athletes start from Shizentai (standing natural stance) on their respective marks.
• Aka (red) side always attacks first.
• Shushin starts match with the respective announcement indicating the side attacking and the attacking technique  i.e., “Aka, Kogeki, Oi Zuki Jodan…Hajime!”  (red side – attacking – step-in punch head – begin!)
• Both sides engage immediately by assuming fighting position (Jyu Kamae) and attacker may attack at any time.
……..• Just like regular sparring, athletes can move freely around the ring.
……..• Athletes can attack or defend with either leg forward.
……..• Attacker may commence their one attack at any time and must remain still after each attack.
……..• Attacker must attack within 30 seconds or that sequence will be forfeit to the defender.
……..• Out of bounds (Jogai) or any excessive contact will result in a forfeiture of that sequence to other athlete.
……..• Attacker should not try to block the defender’s counter.
……..• After each sequence, athletes return to their starting points in Shizentai.
• After Aka completes the three attacks, Shushin will repeat the sequence with Shiro as attacker.
• After all six sequences are complete, athletes return their starting points and Shushin calls for a winner by show of flags by the 4 corner judges.
• In the case of a tie, Shushin shall decide the winner.
NOTE:  Athletes should memorize the sequence and the Japanese words for the three attacks in advance.

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 required for Jyu Kumite (free sparring)
• Hand protectors required for free sparring regardless of rank, age or sex.
For medical safety, hand protectors cannot be shared between athletes.
• Breast protector for women & groin protector for men are optional.

Judge Checklist  (Applies to all Shushin & Fukushin)

Dress Code:
• All judges are required to wear a Black Hakama over a White Traditional Karate Gi
(please don’t wear your karate belt over 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.

Checklist for Officials & Volunteers
(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: Water will be provided by the Tournament for free at the event, but please pack your own snacks as we are prohibited from distributing any food items at the event.   Volunteers working the entire day at the event will be provided a lunch box by the tournament.


Those interested in testing for Dan rank should contact the Event Contact in advance for an orientation on the process.  The exam will be officiated by members of the Shuhari Technical Fellowship and their invited guests.  Testing requirements are available here.

Certificates will be issued by the Shuhari Institute.  Cost for all Dan examinations is $99 plus $5 for postage (if applicable) and includes a custom designed & signed certificate with hand-stamped Hanko and Wariin seals.  Formal registration is also included. Certificates will be mailed to examinees after the event.


• Anyone is invited (including guests)
• Costs and gratuity will be paid by attendees directly to server (not included in tournament costs)
• For convenience in terms of ordering there will be a limited menu of entrees & cash bar.  (If we don’t limit the menu we’d have to wait too long to get our food.)

Available Entrees:

The Waldorf Salad $10.99
Roasted chicken, diced apples, red grapes, celery, cranberries, can- died walnuts, Minnesota rice on a bed of romaine lettuce tossed with classic waldorf dressing.

Mediterranean Chicken $14.99
Marinated sautéed chicken breast, spinach, artichokes, tomatoes aged balsamic, oregano-feta cheese sauce, served with vegetable du jour and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Served with House Salad.

Salmon $16.99
Pan seared filet of salmon basted with orange-ginger teriyaki glaze, topped with avocado-mango salsa, served with lemon risotto. Served with House Salad.

Peppercorn Beef $16.99
Julienne beef tips, sautéed onions and mushrooms, brandy-peppercorn sauce, served with vegetable du jour and roasted garlic mash potatoes. Served with House Salad.

Captain’s Chicken Tenders $9.99
Hand-cut chicken breast strips rolled in Cap’n Crunch, fried golden brown, served with zesty mustard dipping sauce and fries.

Cheeseburger $9.99
With Cheddar cheese and fries.

Drinks and any extras are billed separately.

Please RSVP your Name and Entree to info@ShuhariInstitute.org on or before WEDNESDAY