SideKick Karate Tournament


Saturday, October 12, 2019


Continuous Sparring (3 rounds)

Empty-hand Kata

Weapon Kata


SideKick Karate of Salisbury

520 South Main Street

Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Legendary Judges:

The Honorable Lawrence McSwain

Jay Bell

Garry Dillingham

Bill Morrison

Randy Smith

Stokes Hairston

Norman Bivens

Joe Martin


One Event: $45

Two Events: $75

Three Events: $95

Spectators: $3 (At the door only)

All competitors receive a 4-foot trophy for their first event, a customized medal for their second event, and a Bushido Warrior Championship Award for their third event. 

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


Doors Open at 11:30 PM

Black Belt Meeting at 12:00 PM

Tournament Begins at 12:30 PM

12:30 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 twelve rules help provide a fair, fun, and safe tournament for every competitor.  Please read, study, and understand these rules before competing.

In a continuous sparring match, the judges tally the points on a scorecard after each round using a 10-point must system, rather than stopping the bout and calling each point.  Penalties are tallied on the scorecard also.

  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 a 30 second rest.  Ages 4-8 will be 45 second rounds.
  3. Officials consist of  a tournament arbitrator, center referee, three judges (one appointed as head judge), and time keeper.
  4. Judges will determine the winner of each round on a 10-point must system (similar to a kickboxing match without the 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.  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.
  5. Judges will determine the winner by most points scored, deduction of penalties, execution of hand and foot combinations, control of technique (kime), ring savvy, and sportsmanship.  Kicks weigh more than punches and head kicks weigh more than body kicks on the judges scorecard.
  6. Penalties will be deducted on the scorecard according to the center referee, such as excessive contact, kicks below the belt, wild uncontrolled technique (no brawling), more than 3 punches (excluding jabs and back fists) in a combination without a kick (no headhunting), kicks to the back, or evading an attack by running out of the ring or falling down.  The head judge may also call fouls at any time by raising their right hand and pointing to the fighter committing the foul, but the foul must be verified and called by the center referee.
  7. Time should only be called by the center referee to explain a foul situation or allow a fighter to recoup after a foul.  If a fighter stops fighting for any reason without a time out, they will be disqualified for that round (no resting).
  8. The center referee will call for each judge to point toward the winner and the majority vote 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.
  9. The duty of center referee is to control the ring, break and call penalty points, break and separate the fighters after an exchange or clash, call for the judges' decisions and announce the winner by raising their hand.  The center referee can disqualify a fighter for being disrespectful, showing unsportsmanlike conduct, or using continuous excessive contact.
  10. No hard contact is allowed.  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.
  11. 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 (mismatch).  Fighters may volunteer to fight more than one match if they are needed (they will receive a medal).
  12. 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 11:30 p.m.

Judges meeting at 12:00 p.m.

Tournament starts at 12:30 p.m.


12:30 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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