gkr karate world cup 2024World Cup Schedule 2024

 

Friday evening 9th August  – All Team Events

Doors will open at 5pm for a start time of 6pm.

Team Kata

First up will be the Team Kata categories with teams consisting of three people (all female, all male or any mix of). Teams are judged on the synchronicity among the 3 team members, as well as their overall technique. There is no limit to the number of Kata teams. Any GKR student who fulfills the criteria for individual entry is welcome to form their own team and enter the World Cup. Please note that teams cannot be put together on the day – all teams must be pre-registered/entered by the due date.

Categories include:

  • Junior Team Kata (U/13) Male & Female* – 8th kyu to 4th kyu (yellow to red belt)
  • Junior Team Kata (U/13) Male & Female* – 3rd kyu & up (brown belt & up)
  • Junior Team Kata (13-17yrs Incl.) Male & Female* – 8th kyu to 4th kyu (yellow to red belt)
  • Junior Team Kata (13-17yrs Incl.) Male & Female* – 3rd kyu & up (brown belt & up)
  • Senior Team Kata (18+) Male & Female* – 8th kyu to 4th kyu (yellow to red belt)
  • Senior Team Kata (18+) Male & Female* – 3rd kyu & up (Brown belt and up)

* All team kata divisions are mixed male and female. Individual teams may also be a mixture of both if desired.

For all team kata divisions, 2 teams will compete side by side with Judges awarding one team the winner via the flag system. The winning team will them advance to the next round.

All events will continue until the draw reaches the semi-finals. Semi-finals and Finals will be conducted on Sunday (Finals Day) in the main stadium for all spectators to enjoy both the competition and podium presentations.

Team Kumite

When team kata categories have reached the semi-finals, team kumite will start immediately thereafter. While team kata has no cap on entries, team kumite is a ‘selection only’ event with a maximum of 2 teams permitted from each Australian state, as well as two teams for both New Zealand and the UK.

Senior Instructors in each area will select the best students to represent their state or country. This ensures the very best are pooled together to compete for these coveted titles.

Teams consist of 5 people (with male and female categories separated). Each team member will compete against one other person, with the team that wins at least 3 bouts out of the 5 moving through to the next round.

Categories include:

  • 14-17rs (Male): Minimum grade permitted is 4th kyu (red belt)
  • 14-17rs (Female): Minimum grade permitted is 4th kyu (red belt)
  • 18yrs plus (Male): Minimum grade permitted is 4th kyu (red belt)
  • 18yrs plus (Female): Minimum grade permitted is 4th kyu (red belt)

Once again, when the draws reach the semi-finals, the event will conclude with the finals to be held on Sunday (Finals Day) in the main stadium.

 

Saturday 10th August  – Preliminary Rounds and Finals in some divisions

Doors will open for competitors and spectators at 7.45am. The Opening Ceremony will commence at 8.30am and events will start at 9.30am.

Saturday is dedicated to the preliminary rounds for most individual categories, but some divisions will compete all the way to Gold, Silver, Bronze presentations. Here is a breakdown:

  • All 8th-7th Kyu (Yellow to Orange belt) events will run right through until a World Champion is decided on the day.
  • All 6th-4th Kyu (Green to Red belt) events for competitors up to 11yrs of age will run right through until a World Champion is decided on the day.
  • All 6th-4th Kyu (Green to Red belt) events for competitors 12yrs and above will progress as far as the semi-finals on Saturday. Kata and Kumite finalists will return on Sunday (Finals day) to compete in the main stadium.
  • All 3rd kyu + (Brown and Black Belt) events will progress as far as the semi-finals on Saturday. Kata and Kumite finalists will return on Sunday (Finals Day) to compete in the main stadium.

The morning session will conclude at around 12.30pm, at which point there will be a lunch break on the majority of rings. During this time, however, the rounds of both Junior and Senior Open categories will take place in the main stadium. This will allow all competitors and officials to relax and watch some of GKR Karate’s top students compete.

Afternoon events will commence at around 2pm and continue through to 6pm.

 

 Sunday 11th August  – Finals Day and 40th Anniversary/WC After Party

As we are yet to know our competitor numbers, it’s possible that that Sunday morning will also host some individual rounds. If this is necessary it will likely be some of our 35 yrs + Black Belt categories, showcasing many of our most longstanding and experienced karate-ka. Once again, the rounds will progress no further than the semi-finals, with the kata and kumite finalists resting prior to the Medal rounds in the early afternoon.

The finals on Sunday will start with the 12-13yrs Green to Red belt divisions and move up through the ages and ranks throughout the day. The weekend’s schedule is designed to showcase GKR’s very best competitors on the final day and to award the World Champions on a podium in front of all spectators.

2024 also happens to represent GKR Karate’s 40th anniversary as a club. To celebrate this milestone, we will be holding a combined 40th Anniversary and World Cup afterparty on the Sunday afternoon/evening. This event will be held either at the World Cup venue or at a location nearby. We will be finalising details over the coming weeks so stay tuned to our social media pages for further information.

 

 

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