548th Annual East Coast
Shotokan Karate Championships
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Dear Club Instructors,
The Washington, D.C. Shotokan Karate Club is looking forward to hosting you at the 48th Annual ECSKA Karate Championships on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
Youth events begin at 7:30 am sharp, and adult events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 am. We encourage participants to register Friday evening at the hotel. Competitors who are late will be disqualified and not allowed to compete.
This packet contains everything you need to register, make hotel reservations, and find the hotel and tournament sites. The tournament will take just one day, and we’ve included some information on local activities in case you want to take advantage of the DC area in spring.
To simplify registration, we have created a single registration form. A paper copy of this form is included with the copy of this packet that we are mailing to you. The form and packet are also available on at We encourage you to complete this form in Excel and email it to us; the spreadsheet will automatically summarize the number of participants by event, and calculate your fees. You may also mail the registration form. Please note that fees, medical forms, waivers and parental consent forms must be signed and mailed even if you use the electronic registration form.
Deadlines for registering are as follows:
Monday, March 14All electronic registrations must be emailed. If you choose to use paper, the paper copy of your completed registration form must be postmarked by this date.
All medical, waiver, and consent forms, and fees, must be postmarked by this date.
Cut-off for group rate hotel reservations
Wednesday, March 23Final deadline for us to receive late registrations. Registrations received after March 23 will not be processed, so you may wish to use FedEx if you register late.
Please mail all materials for your dojo in one package. For questions regarding registration, you can call our club President, Linda Naiditch, at 202-544-7568 or email .
We look forward to seeing you in April.
David Ernst, Chief Instructor
Washington DC Shotokan Karate Club
48th Annual East Coast
Shotokan Karate Championships
Information Packet and Forms
Fees and Admission Prices
Registration Submission Checklist
Transportation and Directions
Schedule of Events
Youth Division – General Information
Adult and Senior Divisions – General Information
Registration Instructions and Sample Form
Tournament Sign-Up Form (for Internal Club Use)
Competitor’s Medical Questionnaire
Parental Consent and Release Form
Tournament Program Advertising Form
48th Annual East Coast Shotokan Karate Championships
General InformationTournament Basics
Date / Saturday, April 16, 2011 for all preliminaries and finals
Time / 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location / West Potomac High School
6500 Quander Road
Alexandria, VA 22307
Check-in / Friday, April 15, 6:00-11:00 pm at Hampton Inn
Saturday, April 16 at West Potomac High
Youth: 7:00 to 7:30. Youth events begin at 7:30 am.
Adult: 9:00 to 10:15. Adult events begin at 10:30 am.
All judges, please check in by 7:15 am.
Monday, March 14 / All paper registration packets must be postmarked by this date.
All electronic registrations must be emailed by this date. All medical, waiver, and consent forms, and fees must be postmarked.
Cut-off for group rate hotel reservations.
Wednesday, March 23 / Deadline for us to receive late registration. Additional fee of $20 per competitor or team registered late. Please use guaranteed shipping method.
NO REGISTRATIONS OR SUBSTITUTIONS ACCEPTED
AFTER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011
Checks payable to: / Washington DC Shotokan Karate Club.
Email registrations to: /
Send all fees and paperwork to: / Washington DC Shotokan Karate Club
912 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20003-3938
General questions / David Ernst – 202-352-6855
(except from March 23-30, please contact Linda Naiditch)
Registration/fees / Linda Naiditch – 202-544-7568
Hotel / Hampton Inn & Suites, Alexandria Old Town Area South
5821 Richmond Highway (Route 1)
Alexandria, VA 22303
Rates / Group rate=$109/night for two full beds
Group Name / “East Coast Shotokan”
Reservations / 1-703-329-1400 or 800-426-7866
Website for reservations /
Parking / Free parking available
Fees and Admission PricesCompetitor Registration Fees
Youth Division (ages 8-17) / $20 / Individual, single event
$30 / Individual, both events
$35 / Team kata (per team)
Adult Division (ages 18-44) / $30 / Individual, single event
$40 / Individual, both events
$45 / Team kata and kumite (per team per event)
+Senior Division (ages 45+) / $30 / Individual, single event
$40 / Individual, both events
$45 / Team kata (per team)
Spectator Admission Prices
General admission / $5
Children (6 & under), with an adult / Free
Competitors in uniform / Free
Registration Submission Checklist Competitor registration form or Excel worksheet
Judge sign-up form or Excel worksheet
All competitors' medical questionnaires
All competitors' waiver/release agreements
Youth competitors' parental consent and release forms
Tournament program advertising form
Ad artwork digital file
Fees (Individual events, T-shirts, team events, ad fee)
Competitor Checklist Mouthpiece–mandatory (can be purchased at the tournament site)
ISKF Fist Protectors–Approved by the ISKF Technical Committee
(can be purchased at the tournament site)
Current 2011 ISKF membership card (or onsite purchase for $50)
Standard white karate gi
Transportation and DirectionsGround Transportation
From Dulles Airport / Washington Flyer Taxi to hotel (approx. $71)
Washington Flyer Coach Service to West Falls Church Metro ($10), + $4.95 Metro fare during rush hour (see
Super Shuttle 800-258-3826 ($34 1st person + $10 additional)
From National Airport / Taxi (approx. $20) or Super Shuttle 800 258 3826 ($16 for 1st person)
From Amtrak or Metro (subway) / Amtrak arrives at Union Station. Take Metro to Huntington (yellow line).
Hotel provides shuttle to/from Huntington Metro station. Service is based on availability of van. Call hotel front desk to arrange: 703-329-1400.
Directions to Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites, Alexandria Old Town Area South is located at 5821 Richmond Highway (Route 1) in Alexandria, VA 22303. It is just south of the Washington Beltway (495/95).
From the beltway, take Exit #177A (Route 1 South) towards Ft. Belvoir. Then immediately follow signs to Fort Hunt Road (it can be accessed from either the left-most lane or the right lane).
Once on Fort Hunt Road, make an immediate left at Huntington, then another quick left onto the hotel's service road.
Directions from Hotel to Tournament (about 1.7 miles, 5 minutes)
The tournament location is West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA 22307.
Exit the hotel parking lot on the service road and go left onto Fort Hunt Road
Turn right onto Belle View Blvd, the 2nd stop light.
Turn right onto Quander (there is a stop light)
Turn left into the school parking lot when you see the sign for West Potomac High School. It is actually the second driveway for the school. Door 13 is the entrance for the tournament.
Pass Door 13, then turn left. Extensive parking is straight ahead.
Local ActivitiesTourism in Alexandria, VA
The tournament will take place not far from historic “Old Town Alexandria” in Virginia. Old town has wonderful shops, restaurants, galleries, and a scenic waterfront. To help you plan your trip, or to find accommodations in Old Town, visit:
Tourism in Washington, DC
We suggest visiting Washington DC’s official tourism website to help you find activities of interest. The site contains information on attractions and tours, as well as a listing of activities by date. The website includes 100 free or almost free activities in DC. You can also use it to order or download a printed visitor’s guide.
is a site that can help you figure out how to get around while you are here.
The Metro system trip planner is also invaluable:
Schedule of EventsFriday, April 15, 2011 / Hampton Inn
6:00 –11:00 pm / Competitor check-in
Saturday, April 16, 2011 / West Potomac High School
7:00 am / Youth contestants, officials and judges arrive
7:00 – 7:30 am / Youth check-in
7:30 – 11:30 am * / Bow-in; Youth eliminations and finals
8:00 am / Food concession opens
9:00 – 9:30 am / Adult and senior contestants arrive
9:00 – 10:15 am / Adult and senior check-in
10:30 am / Adult and senior eliminations begin, followed by finals
Team kumite (adults only)
5:00 * / Awards ceremony and closing
*These times are approximate and will depend on number of contestants.
Starting at 6:00 am, the hotel will serve a complimentary buffet breakfast, including continental fare as well as eggs and bacon or sausage.
A tournament concession will offer:
Breakfast from 8:00 am: Bagels, fruit, coffee, juices
Lunch 11:00-2:30: Sandwiches (curry chicken, grilled chicken, smoked turkey, tuna salad, egg salad, vegan and non-vegan veggie wraps, peanut butter and jelly), potato salad, chips, granola bars, fruit, sodas, juices.
The tournament location is a short drive from several restaurants on Route 1.
With the fast pace of the tournament, competitors may not have time go offsite for food.
Youth Division – General InformationAge-Rank Qualifications and Rules
All youth competitors must be between age 8 and 17 on the day of the tournament, with a current ISKF membership card.
The competition may include up to five age categories as follows; the divisions will be adjusted as needed based on the number of competitors in each age/rank group.
Ages 8–9, 10–11 / Boys and girls may be combined in the following groups:
Ungraded to 7 kyu / kata / kumite
6 kyu to 4 kyu / kata / kumite
3 kyu and above / kata / kumite
Ages 12–13, 14–15, 16–17 / Boys and girls may be combined in the following groups:
Ungraded to 7 kyu / kata / kumite
6 kyu to 4 kyu / kata / kumite
For age 12-13, boys and girls 3 kyu and above may be combined for kata but will be separate for kumite.
For ages 14-15 and 16-17, boys and girls may be combined for kata but will be separate for kumite.
Team kata will be open to all ages, rank and gender and limited to only one team per club. There will be no team kumite for youths.
Contestants may not perform kata in competition higher than that required for their next promotion examination. The table below indicates the appropriate kata for each rank.
In the case of team kata, the kata performed must be in accordance with the status of the lowest ranking member of the team.
Rank / Permitted Kata
Ungraded / Heian 1
8 kyu / Heian 1, 2
7 kyu / Heian 1, 2, 3
6 kyu / Heian 1, 2, 3, 4
5 kyu / Heian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
4 kyu / Heian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Tekki 1
3 kyu to 1 kyu / Heian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Tekki 1, Jion, Bassai Dai, Empi, Kanku Dai
Shodan & above / Any kata from The Best Karate series #5 - #11
4th kyu or below / Kumite matches, team or individual, the method of the contest is ippon kumite (one-step sparring). The technique and target will be announced before each attack. At the start of each match, aka (red side) will initiate the attack.
Ranks from beginner to 7 kyu will attack four times, using oi zuki to the face and mid-section with both right and left hands, but initiating the attack with the right side.
Ranks from 6 kyu to 4 kyu will attack three times, using oi zuki to the face and mid-section, and front snap kick (mae geri), initiating the attack with the right side.
The defending side must demonstrate two (2) different countering techniques among his/her defenses. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Only one counterattack is permitted.
In the case of a draw during an ippon kumite match, the referee shall instruct the contestants to repeat ippon kumite as above, but aka (red side) attacks with the left side first.
3rd kyu or above / The method of the contest is jiyu ippon kumite (one-step free sparring) or jiyu kumite (free sparring). For jiyu ippon kumite, the technique and target will be announced before each attack. At the start of each match, aka (red side) will initiate the attack.
- Warnings, Fouls and Disqualifications
- During an ippon kumite contest in which the defensive/counterattacking side does not employ at least two different types of counterattacks to the four offensive attacks, that contestant shall be disqualified. This disqualification shall be administered at the completion of the individual contest.
- During ippon kumite matches, a contestant who utters verbal noises or engages in feints, false starts and/or other attempts to distract the opponent shall be given a warning. Upon a second instance, the contestant shall be disqualified.
- During an ippon kumite match, if the offensive/attacking contestant announces one target area, then delivers a technique to a different area than that which was announced, that contestant shall be given a warning. A second violation shall lead to disqualification.
- Prohibited Techniques When Counterattacking: The defensive contestant is not permitted to employ: sweeping techniques; any technique below the waist; nukite (spear hand strike) to the face or neck; wristlocks, joint manipulation or any technique aimed at a joint; grabbing; other techniques deemed dangerous by the judges. Use of any of these techniques will result in disqualification.
- When counterattacking for an individual offensive technique, the defensive/counter-attacking contestant shall not employ multiple counterattacks as counter measure for a single offensive attack.
- When announcing the target area during an ippon kumite match the following shall apply:
- The announcement of the target area must be of significant volume to be heard by all of the judges for the match.
- The announcement of the target area must be made after the offensive/attacking contestant has assumed a stationary, forward stance position.
- When delivering a technique, the offensive/attacking contestant may follow in the direction of the defensive/counterattacking contestant if the defensive side moves/shifts on an angle
- CONTACT IS NOT PERMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
- Jiyu-Ippon Kumite: In matches in which the rank of either contestant is 3 kyu or above, either team or individual, the method of the contest is jiyu ippon kumite (semi-free sparring), to employ ISKF rules.
- The essence of jiyu ippon kumite, offensively, is to make one strong attack in order to catch your opponent defenseless. Defensively, one needs to make a strong counter-attacking measure, by itself or coupled with a block. The defending side must demonstrate two different countering techniques.
- At the start of each match, aka (red side) will initiate the attack. Each attack must be clearly and loudly announced in the order of jodan oi zuki, chudan oi zuki, chudan mae geri and chudan yoko geri kekomi. The offensive side may use their favorite side to attack.
- Prohibited Techniques
- The offensive side may not use feints or noises to distract the opponent.
- The offensive side must make the attack once within the correct distance. Once the correct distance has been established, the competitor cannot hesitate, stalk, or pursue the opponent without an offensive technique, or the referee will issue a warning.
- The offensive side, upon completion of an attack, must maintain kamai
(attack posture) and not immediately draw back the attack technique or step back out of counterattacking distance.
- The offensive side cannot block counterattacking techniques or avoid them by body shifting (must maintain attack posture).
- The offensive side cannot jump or slide with the lunge attacks.
- No grabbing or holding will be permitted by the offensive or defensive side.
- Escaping out of bounds by the defensive side will result in the following:
2nd time: / jogai chui / warning
3rd time: / jogai hansoku / disqualification, loss of match
- In final matches in which the rank of both contestants is 3 kyu or above, the method of the contest will be jiyu kumite (free sparring), according to ISKF rules. Each attack must be clearly and loudly announced in the order of jodan oi zuki, chudan oi zuki, chudan mae geri and chudan yoko geri kekomi.
Important Safety Note:
- In kumite matches, mouthpiece and ISKF-approved white, non-absorbing hand protectors are required for all competitors, regardless of rank. No competitor will be permitted to compete without both.
- Only safety glasses will be permitted to be worn during kumite events.
- Absolutely no jewelry of any type will be permitted to be worn by competitors or officials.
Adult and Senior Divisions – General InformationAge-Rank Qualifications and Rules
The East Coast Shotokan Karate Association Tournament is open only to International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF)/East Coast members with a current ISKF membership card. Competitors must be 3 kyu or higher to compete in the adult or senior division. One's age on the day of the tournament determines whether a competitor is in the Adult or Senior Division.
- Competitors 18 to 44 years of age must compete in the Adult Division.
- Competitors age 45 or older must compete in the Senior Division and may not compete in any Adult kata or kumite event (team or individual).
Adult Individual Events
Brown and black belt adult division individuals will compete in separate events, but for the senior division, they may be combined for kata depending on the number of competitors. There will be senior men’s and senior women’s individual kumite if there are sufficient competitors.
Kata / Initial rounds are Heian #2-5 and Tekki 1. Subsequent rounds are sentei kata (Bassai-dai, Jion, Empi, and Kanku-dai), followed by personal choice of kata.
Shodan and above must perform any kata from The Best Karate series #5 – #11.
Each ISKF East Coast Club may send one men’s adult team, one women’s adult team, and one senior team which may be men, women, or mixed.
Each ISKF East Coast Club may send one men’s and/or one women’s kumite team. Each team will consist of three members and one alternate who must all be registered in advance with no substitutions made after registration. There will not be a Senior’s kumite team event.
Important Safety Note: