SideKick Karate Tournament


Saturday, October 12, 2018


Continuous Sparring (3 rounds)

Empty-hand Kata

Weapon Kata

New location

SideKick Karate of Salisbury

520 South Main Street

Salisbury, North Carolina 28144


One Event: $45

Two Events: $70

Three Events: $90

Spectators: $3 (At the door only)

All competitors receive a 4-foot trophy in their first division, customized medals in their second division, and framed certificates in their third division.  Note: If participants are pre-registered by Friday, October 5th, their name will be printed on their certificate. 

Concessions (grilled hot dogs and hamburgers) provided by the Boy Scouts (Pack 306)


Doors Open at 12:00 Noon

Black Belt Meeting at 12:30 PM

Tournament Begins at 1:00 PM

1:00 p.m./Ages 4-8/Weapon Kata, Empty-hand Kata & Sparring

3:00 p.m./Ages 9-12 Weapon Kata, Empty-hand Kata & Sparring

5:00 p.m./Ages 13 & up Weapon Kata, Empty-hand Kata & Sparring

Continuous Sparring Rules

These rules help provide a fair, fun, and safe tournament for every competitor.  Please read, study, and understand them before competing.

  1. Each competitor will be matched according to time-in training/belt rank, age and size.
  2. Each match will be 3 rounds of continuous sparring.  Each round will be 60 seconds with 30 second rest.  Ages 4-8 will be 45 second rounds.
  3. Three judges will determine the winner of each round on a 10-point must system (similar to a kickboxing match without hard contact).  If there is no clear winner of a round, it will be determined a tie with 10 points going to each competitor.  If there is a clear winner, the winner receives 10 points and the loser receives 9 points.  A point can be deducted for an awarded penalty (usually after a warning) from the score of that round such as excessive contact, low kicks, wild uncontrolled technique, kicks to the back, or evading an attack by running out of the ring or falling down.  For example, if the competitor wins the round, but receives two penalty points, they can receive 8 points for that round.  The total of all three rounds will determine the winner on each judge's scorecard.
  4. Judges will determine the winner by most points scored, execution of hand and foot combinations, control of technique (kime), ring savvy, and sportsmanship.  A kick must be executed in a combination of more than three head punches (no headhunting).  Kicks weigh more than punches and head kicks weigh more than body kicks on the judges scorecard.
  5. The center referee will call for each judge to point toward the winner and the majority wins.  If the judge determines a tie, that judge will point to both competitors.  For example, If judge (1) calls one way, judge (2) calls the other way, and judge (3) calls a tie, both fighters win (draw).  There can be a split decision, unanimous decision, or draw.
  6. The duty of center referee will be to control the ring and call penalty points; call break and separate the fighters if there is a clash, brawl, or a fighter throws more than three head punches without a kick; call for the judges' decisions and announce the winner by raising their hand.
  7. The center referee can disqualify a fighter for being disrespectful, showing unsportsmanlike conduct, or using excessive contact.
  8. Light contact is allowed to the head and medium contact to the body.  A warning and then point deduction will be given for excessive contact (rocking the head back) unless the receiving competitor cannot continue, which will result in a disqualification for the fighter that committed the penalty.
  9. If a fighter is clearly mismatched, the fight will be stopped and fighters will be matched again.  Younger fighters should not be allowed to be overpowered by a higher ranking or larger fighter (mismatched).  Fighters may volunteer to fight more than one match if they are needed (they will receive a medal).
  10. Foam rubber safety gear (hands and feet), headgear, and mouth piece are mandatory.  Head gear must have a face shield for younger students and under black belts.  Boxing gloves may be substituted for hand gear.  No MMA gloves with uncovered fingers are allowed.  Shin pads and groin cups are highly recommended.

For more information call or text Edie at 704.202.6454


SideKick Karate of Salisbury

520 South Main Street, Salisbury, North Carolina 28144, United States

Next to Salisbury Elks Lodge


Doors open at 12:00 noon

Judges meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Tournament starts at 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m./ages 4- 8/weapons, empty-hand kata, and sparring 

3:00 p.m./ages 9 - 12/weapons, empty-hand kata, and sparring

5:00 p.m./ages 13 +/weapons, empty-hand kata, and sparring

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