KATA

wmo

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR KATA AND FORMS 

  1. General Principles
  2. Kata Area
  3. Competitor
  4. Judges
  5. Judges Responsibilities
  6. Duties of Judge
  7. Divisions
  8. Disability Division
  9. Team forms Guidance
  10. Japanese Hardstyle
  11. Korean
  12. Chinese/soft Style Forms
  13. Traditional Weapons
  14. Creative Weapons
  15. Musical Creative Weapons
  16. Extreme Musical Weapons
  17. Creative Open Hand
  18. Extreme Musical Open Hand
  19. Team forms
  20. Scoring & Evaluation of Kata/Forms
  21. Criteria for Judging
  22. Complaints and Appeals process
  23. Guidance of forms weapons
  24. Guidance on Music
  25. WMO Divisions
  26. Running Order for Divisions

  1. General Principles
  • The rules set forth within this document are for the process of ensuring a competition which is fair and just for all competitors.
  • All competitors, judges, coaches and supporters of Kata within the WMO and all affiliated tournaments, must abide by these rules to ensure that all competitors are treat as equals.
  • These rules will be reviewed on a yearly basis by WMO Kata judges from all member states.
  • A meeting will take place prior to the WMO world championships each year and all relevant issues or queries regarding Kata will be discussed and where required amendments made via a majority decision process.
  • All proposed amendments will updated and implemented ready for the following years championships. 

  1. Kata area
  • Full respect to the kata area will be maintained at all times.
  • The kata area will be a minimum of 7×7 metres in size.
  • Each kata area will have five judges (1 centre and 4 corner judges) and they will have relevant experience in the divisions being judged and WMO rules.
  • There will be two table persons, who will note scores for each division. These will consist of judges or individuals trained in this area.
  • Only competitors for the division called will be allowed around the kata area, and a member of the judging team will lead them to where they are to stand.
  • All competitors, equipment, coaches and spectators will remain behind the barriers at all times.
    • This is to help the tournament organisers adhere to health & safety and risk reduction, especially in divisions where the use of weapons is required.
    • It allows all spectators the ability to view the kata area safely.
    • It allows the judges to perform their intended roles within the tournament free from external influencing factors.
    • It ensures that all competitors are not distracted by any external factors such as bystanders walking on the kata area.
  • On entering the kata area, each competitor will ask permission from the centre judge by show of open hand.
  • Once the centre judge has nodded his/her approval then the competitor may step onto the area to begin their kata.
  • Announcing will depend on the division and style and will be discussed in style specific section further in this document.

  1. Competitor
  • Each country can enter 3 competitors in each division, these should be the 1st 2nd 3rd place medallists from their national championships.
  • All competitors must be able and ready to compete in their relevant division.
  • The competitor/coach/instructor should ensure that the techniques performed within the kata are suitable for the capabilities of the competitor and do not put them at risk of injury.
  • Competitors must demonstrate appropriate etiquette towards the tournament, peers, spectators and officials at all times.
  • Competitors will ensure that they have the correct attire and equipment relevant to their division and country (this will be detailed for each division).
  • No jewellery will be worn during the divisions. Any piercings that cannot be removed must be covered with a tape or plaster.
  • No excessive make up or nail varnish/false nails are to be worn by competitors
  • Competitors must ensure that they have entered the correct division for their practicing discipline.
  • Competitors must adhere to the rules set forth within this document.

  1. Judges
  • All judges will give an impartial judgement based on the WMO competition rules and regulations.
  • All judges will wear the correct attire as an official. This will be black trousers and white shirt/blouse
  • Where possible all five judges will be from different countries to eliminate bias. If this is not possible, a judge from a neutral country, with no competitors in the division will be used. This would be the only time when 2 judges from any country will be allowed on a mat judging together.
  • If a judge has a student or child competing in a division, they must step out of the division to eliminate bias or accusations of such.

  1. Judge Responsibilities
  • Carry out his/her duties responsibly, impartially and conscientiously.
  • Maintain good professional integrity.
  • Become familiar with basic martial art techniques and routines from all styles.
  • Become fully conversant with the WMO competition rules and regulations.
  • Make every effort to attend WMO judge refreshers courses which will be ran twice yearly.
  • Not be influenced by personality or other factors.
  • Always carry out their duties to the full and not deviate from their objectives.
  • Make every effort to ensure that participants and audience alike enjoy the competition event by showing fair and unbiased judging and taking time to explain fully why the WMO rules and regulations exist

  1. Duties of a judge
  • Keep their martial arts learning and knowledge up to date.
  • Ensure their evaluation is solely based on the contestants’ performance on that day and points deducted as per specifications.
  • On no account should they presume the score of an individual before they have competed.
  • The judge must score what they see on the day on the area.
  • The judge must notate their score on the judging sheet so if an appeal should arise they can explain the scoring to everyone’s satisfaction.
  • The centre judge should question the corner judges if any score extremely differs from the other four judges (this is why notes should be made to justify score).
  • After the final score has been awarded and division has been completed, no changes can be made to the score.

  1. Divisions
  • All divisions will be ran in a specific order to ensure that they are completed and ran in a timely and appropriate manner by judges with relevant experience in the division being judged.Timings and running order will be posted for all divisions prior to the day of competing.
  • At World level the kata divisions will have 2 stages, preliminaries and finals. The preliminaries will determine the top FOUR competitors to go forward to the final. The same kata/form/pattern can be performed for each round.
  • In the event of a draw in any of the rounds, a second Kata/form/pattern must be performed. This is only applicable in traditional divisions.
  • All competitors must be ready to compete at the times allocated for their divisions.
  • Before the division commences the officials will confirm with the competitors and their coaches that they are in the correct division.
  • The kata must be in keeping with the definition of the style/event. Shotokan kata must be Shotokan and Taekwon-do must look like Taekwon-do and kung fu/Wushu should look like kung fu.
  • In the case of a tie in the Japanese hardstyle, korean, soft style/Chinese and traditional weapons, the competitor must perform a different form.
  • Creative, musical and extreme division will be subject to timing limitations. These forms will be more than 50 seconds and no more that 1 min 30 seconds.  Timing will commence on first move, after introduction.  This will be discussed further in this document
  • Any queries about a competitors form will be brought to the centre for discussion and a decision made as to whether they are in the appropriate division for that form as defined by the rules of the WMO.
  • If a competitor is not at the kata area for their division, their name will be called and they will be given 1 minute to attend the area before disqualification.
  • If a division finishes early, the next one will not start until the allocated time.
  • The top our competitors in the elimination rounds at WMO championships will compete in the finals and a random draw will be made to set the order of competition. 
  • All competitors will be treat as equals and for this reason there will be no seeding order for competitors
  • Divisions will be ran in a way that allows competitors to change into relevant attire and collect required equipment, so there will be no excuses for delay. Divisions will run as follows from youngest competitors to veterans):
    • Japanese Hard style
    • Korean Hardstyle
    • Softstyle/Chinese
    • Traditional Weapons
    • Creative Weapons
    • Musical Creative Weapons
    • Extreme Musical Weapons
    • Creative open hand (with/without music)
    • Extreme Open Hand
    • Team forms

  1. Disability Division
  • Definition of disability as stated by The Equalities Act 2010:

“You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities”

  • Each competitor must be able and ready to perform their kata/form on the day of competition.
  • The competitor/coach/instructor should ensure that the techniques performed within the kata are suitable for the capabilities of the competitor and do not put them at risk of injury.

  1. Team forms
  • All team forms are judged on the same principles as individual division.
  • There must be synchronised elements throughout the traditional kata/form
  • Demonstration forms are not syncronised
  • Teams can consist of 2-5 persons (which can be mixed gender) 

  1. Japanese HardStyle Forms

Definition

These forms must capture the essence of classic Japanese martial arts movements, showcasing the traditional Japanese hand and kicking techniques attributed to the style

Attire

Traditional Japanese Gi (long or short trousers) or Country uniform must be worn in keeping with the style

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

The amount of kiai’s in the kata will be a maximum of four, as excessive shouting will not be scored any differently

Timing

There are no time limits within this section

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • Adaptation of a form is acceptable, as long as the movements added are traditional in nature.
  • A high kick cant be higher than the top of the competitors own head
  • In the event of a tie, another form must be performed.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • No freestyle moves allowed in this section
  • No music or weapons

  1. Korean Patterns

Definition

These forms must capture the essence of classic Korean martial arts movements, showcasing the traditional Korean essence of hand and kicking techniques attributed to the style

Attire

Traditional Korean dobok (long trousers & sleeves only) or Country uniform, must be worn in keeping with the style

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

The amount of kiai’s in the kata will be a maximum of four, as excessive shouting will not be scored any differently

Timing

There are no time limits within this section

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • Adaptation of a form is acceptable, as long as the movements added are traditional in nature.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • In the event of a tie, another form must be performed.
  • No freestyle moves allowed in this section (please note that some traditional korean moves/kicks may invert or rotate)
  • No music or weapons
  • No soft style influence within this section (eg. kuk sool won)
  • The height of the kick is up to the individual competitor, however judges are looking for good technique, power and focus on all techniques, and therefore kicks are scored on technique. 

  1. Chinese/Soft Style Forms (inc Kung fu/Kuk sul won)

Definition

These forms must capture the essence of soft style martial arts. This division will include all styles that have a soft style influence within their origins (Northern, Internal, Southern and Family styles

Attire

The performer should wear an appropriate uniform of the style or club, should be clean and in good condition along with appropriate footwear

Introductions

Introductions will be required. The competitor must give their name, their style (Northern style, Chang Chuan) so the judge can expect to see these techniques, and the name of their form.

Kiai/kiap

Kiai or shouts only exist in Southern forms, No kiai in Northern forms

Timing

A traditional Wushu/kung fu routine must be at least 50 seconds long.

Modern Wushu routines must be between, 1minute 20 seconds to 1 minute 4o seconds long.

Tai Chi must be minimum 2 minutes maximum 4 minutes long.

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • Adaptation of a form is acceptable, as long as the movements added are traditional in nature.
  • In the event of a tie, another form must be performed.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • No freestyle moves allowed in this section (please note that some traditional soft style moves/kicks may invert or rotate)
  • No music or weapons within this section

  1. Traditional Weapons

Definition

Forms in this division MUST demonstrate the traditional essence of Martial Arts with traditional techniques and movement. This division will encompass differing styles from many origins (Japanese, Korean, Chinese etc)

Attire

Traditional Gi/dobok or Country uniform, must be worn in keeping with the style

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

The amount of kiai’s in the kata will be a maximum of four, as excessive shouting will not be scored any differently

Timing

There are no time limits within this section

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of weapon, manoeuvrability of weapon, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • Adaptation of a form is acceptable, as long as the movements added are traditional in nature.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • In the event of a tie, another form must be performed.
  • No freestyle/extreme moves or music allowed in this section
  • Kicks should be no higher than head height.
  • Weapons will vary within this division BUT must be traditional in nature (no freestyle weapons allowed)
  • All weapons are to be checked for safety prior to commencing division (no bladed weapons allowed)
  • No one handed techniques allowed in bo staff forms and all figure eight techniques must land in a technique
  • If the competitor drops his / her weapon they will receive the lowest score.  

  1. Creative Weapons

Definition

This division allows competitors to include contemporary martial arts techniques and weapons that have evolved over the last 30 years, this includes complicated passes around the body with at least one hand on the weapon at all times.

Attire

Country uniform, can be worn in keeping with the competitors style and origins

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

There are no limitations on amount of Kiai within this division

Timing

The form must be no more than 2 minutes in length.  Timing will begin once the competitor makes their first step on to the area after the centre judge gives permission to begin. This includes any announcing.

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of weapon, manoeuvrability of weapon, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • These forms are based on a mixture of traditional and creative techniques which have evolved over the years. A pure traditional form will not be allowed in this section.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • In the event of a tie, the same form can be performed.
  • No dance moves or props are allowed.
  • No music, gymnastics, aerials, inversions, kip ups, throws, palm spins, wrist or body rolls are allowed in this section
  • Weapons will vary within this division and must be checked for safety (no bladed weapons allowed)
  • One hand must remain on the weapon at all times
  • If the competitor drops his / her weapon they will receive the lowest score. 
  • No Kicks more than 360 Degrees to be performed in this section.

  1. Musical Creative Weapons

Definition

This division allows competitors to include contemporary martial arts techniques and weapons that have evolved over the last 30 years within the freestyle forum.

Attire

Country uniform, can be worn in keeping with the competitors style and origins

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

There are no limitations on amount of Kiai within this division

Timing

The form must be no more than 2 minutes in length.  Timing will begin once the competitor makes their first step on to the area after the centre judge gives permission to begin. This includes any announcing.

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of weapon, manoeuvrability of weapon, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • These forms are based on a mixture of traditional and creative techniques which have evolved over the years. A pure traditional form will not be allowed in this section.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • No dance moves or props are allowed.
  • In the event of a tie, the same form can be performed.
  • Palm spins, wrist or body rolls are all allowed in this section (elements of these should be seen throughout the form). The weapons should be in contact with the weapon at all times within this section.
  • No throws are allowed in this section
  • No gymnastic moves, aerials or inversions allowed (head should not go below waist)
  • Kip ups, splits and split kicks are allowed.
  • Music must be included in this section. Words are allowed in the music, but any inappropriate words / language will result in disqualification. 
  • Judges will take into account choreography with the music.
  • Weapons will vary within this division and must be checked for safety (no bladed weapons allowed)
  • No Kicks more than 360 Degrees to be performed in this section.
  • If the competitor drops his / her weapon they will receive the lowest score. 

  1. Extreme Musical Weapons

Definition

This division allows competitors to include contemporary martial arts techniques and weapons that have evolved over the last 30 years within the freestyle forum. This includes gymnastic, tricking and inverted techniques.

Attire

Country uniform, can be worn in keeping with the competitors style and origins

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

There are no limitations on amount of Kiai within this division

Timing

The form must be no more than 2 minutes in length.  Timing will begin once the competitor makes their first step on to the area after the centre judge gives permission to begin. This includes any announcing.

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of weapon, manoeuvrability of weapon, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • These forms are an evolvement of freestyle forms. A pure traditional form will not be allowed in this section.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • In the event of a tie, the same form can be performed.
  • Music is required in this section and necessary. Words are allowed in the music, but any inappropriate words / language will result in disqualification. 
  • Judges will take into account choreography with the music.
  • No dance moves or props are allowed.
  • Releases of the weapon are allowed and deemed as necessary in this division. This section includes throws, palm spins & wrist or body rolls. Elements of these should be seen throughout the form, failure to do so may result in disqualification
  • Gymnastic/tricking/ tumbling techniques are allowed and deemed necessary.
  • Maximum amount of 5 gymnastics, tumbling and tricking skills in this division
  • Weapons will vary within this division and must be checked for safety (no bladed weapons allowed)
  • If the competitor drops his / her weapon they will receive the lowest score. 

  1. Creative Open Hand (with/without music)

Definition

The creative forms divisions which include contemporary martial arts techniques that have evolved over many years, only techniques that originate from Martial Arts can be used.

Attire

Country uniform, can be worn in keeping with the competitors style and origins

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

There are no limitations on amount of Kiai within this division

Timing

The form must be no more than 2 minutes in length.  Timing will begin once the competitor makes their first step on to the area after the centre judge gives permission to begin. This includes any announcing.

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • These forms are based on a mixture of traditional and creative techniques which have evolved over the years. A pure traditional form will not be allowed in this section.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • This division can be with or without music. Words are allowed in the music, but any inappropriate words / language will result in disqualification. 
  • In the event of a tie, the same form can be performed.
  • No gymnastics move, arial kicks or inversions are allowed in this section
  • No dance moves or props are allowed.
  • No Kicks more than 360 Degrees to be performed in this section.
  • Spits, split kicks and kip ups are allowed

  1. Extreme Musical Open Hand

Definition

The extreme forms divisions includes contemporary martial arts techniques that have evolved over many years, only techniques that originate from Martial Arts can be used.

Attire

Country uniform, can be worn in keeping with the competitors style and origins

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitor can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

There are no limitations on amount of Kiai within this division

Timing

The form must be no more than 2 minutes in length.  Timing will begin once the competitor makes their first step on to the area after the centre judge gives permission to begin. This includes any announcing.

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • These forms are based on a mixture of traditional and creative techniques which have evolved over the years. A pure traditional form will not be allowed in this section.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • Music is required in this section and necessary. Words are allowed in the music, but any inappropriate words / language will result in disqualification. 
  • Judges will take into account choreography with the music.
  • In the event of a tie, the same form can be performed.
  • Gymnastics moves, arial kicks and inversions are allowed in this section and are deemed necessary.
  • Maximum amount of 5 gymnastics, tumbling and tricking skills in this division
  • No dance moves or props are allowed.
  • Spits and split kicks are allowed
  • Kip up/kick ups are allowed in this section

  1. Team forms

Definition

Team forms can be traditional, creative or extreme, musical or non musical (with or without weapons) and competitors can be a specific age group or mixed as defined by the categories

Attire

Traditional or Country uniform, can be worn in keeping with the competitors style and origins

Introductions

Introductions are not required for this division, however the competitors can introduce if they wish to do so.  No extra marks will be awarded for introductions.

Kiai/kiap

The amount of kiai’s in the kata will be a maximum of four, as excessive shouting will not be scored any differently

Timing

For traditional forms there are no time limits within the section.

For creative & extreme forms they must be more than 50 seconds long and no more than 1 minute 30 seconds.  Timing will begin on competitors first move (not introduction)

Marking criteria

Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, control of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, focus, timing synchronicity and overall performance.

  • Forms are scored solely on the above criteria.
  • These will be based around the set criteria for their style for eg. Traditional will be scored on traditional criteria, while weapons forms will be based on weapons.
  • Excessive Kiai’s (more than the stated above) will result in marks being deducted
  • Depending on division music may be used. 
  • Judges are looking for synchronization, showmanship and overall team power.
  • In the event of a tie, the same form can be performed.
  • No dance moves or props are allowed.
  • If the competitor drops his / her weapon they will receive the lowest score. 

  1. Scoring & Evaluation of Kata/Forms
  • As this is an Open tournament, scoring will be based on performance of the kata/form and not the exact traditional routine set by the origins of the style (forms can be modified but must encompass the techniques within the specific style/division).
  • In the kata/forms event the contestant is appraised on the overall technical ability as displayed in his/her performance.
  • Therefore, the placing should be chosen on merit attained and nothing else
  • Each competitor starts with maximum score for that level of ability. The maximum score represents the highest level of achievement at the present stage of their martial arts development.
  • Whenever errors occur in their performance, points will be deducted according to the specification of that division. Hence a subtraction method is employed.
  • All competitors within the division will complete their kata/form before scores are shown from all judges.
  • Judges will not confer their scores with each other.
  • Scores will be allocated based on a numerical scale dependant on how many competitors are in the division (eg. 10 competitors would produce a score range of 9.0-9.9).
  • The score range will be set by the centre judge at the beginning of each division
  • The judge will allocate the highest score to the individual who they deemed performed best and as set forth by the criteria for that division.
  • It is necessary for judges to have a sound and up to date knowledge of the popular forms/styles of martial arts.
  • Where uncertainties occur the corner judges can ask the centre judge to bring to the centre to discuss, for example competitor in wrong division.
  • It is necessary to produce a scoring card that the judge can tick whilst watching the competitor, making it easy to notate a score. This allows the judge to justify their decision in case of queries.

  1. Criteria for Judging
  • Posture:
  1. The competitor should display good posture during stances and techniques.
  2. Posture should be consistent throughout the performance.
  3. There should not be any slips, stumbles or falls during a technique or performance.
  • Power:
    1. All techniques which are used to strike, block or kick should display good power relevant to their style.
    2. Observation should be made on relevant body movement relating to their style to initiate and deliver strong powerful techniques.
    3. As every style is different, it should be noted that techniques from differing style start from different positions.
    4. Competitors will not be given extra marks for hitting their Gi to give impression of power.
  • Technique:
  1. All techniques performed should originate from the martial arts style and be relevant to the division for which they have entered.
  2. Clean, strong techniques should be made. Take note of foot positioning, accuracy of kicks and hand formation.
  3. All kicks will be marked on technique and accuracy first and not height of the kick itself.
  4. Degree of technical difficulty should be taken into consideration.
  5. All techniques should be performed in relevance to the martial art style it originates and such in keeping for the relevant division.
  6. There will be no hardstyle / japanese forms in korean divisions and vice versa. This includes Japanese forms used in art forms such as Tang Soo Do.
  • Agility:
    1. When techniques or gymnastic moves are used, the competitor should show agility in any jumps, kicks or aerial moves.
    2. Balance and accuracy in the landing of the technique should be observed.
  • Focus:
    1. When performing the competitor should focus on the point of contact of the technique.
    2. Transitions when changing directions should be consistent.
    3. Competitor should show concentration when performing slow tension or focused moves.
  • Stances:
    1. Stances should be performed with balance and consistency.
    2. Correct positioning of the feet should be observed in relation to the direction of technique.
    3. Observe for bending or straightening of the knees.
    4. There should be no slipping after or during a stance when not required in the technique.
    5. Stances should be finished fully with correct balance and both feet in the correct position.
    6. Stances vary from different styles of martial arts, therefore the judges will be looking for clean, strong stances and consistency of these throughout the form.
  • Accuracy:
    1. This will only be looked at in the performance of the techniques/direction in which they are aimed and not the performance of a truly accurate traditional form for the given style (remember this is an open tournament and not a traditional karate/taekwon-do or kung fu tournament)
  • Flow:
    1. The combination of techniques should flow from one section to the other
    2. The form should not look disjointed visually.
  • Concentration:
    1. This section relates to the competitors ability to remain consistent within their performance and not be distracted in their focus.
  • Performance:
    1. All of the above guidelines and factors make up the whole performance of the Kata/Form/Pattern and should be judged as such.
    2. Etiquette and discipline should be maintained.

  1. Complaints and Appeals process
  • All disputes or complaints about decisions and scores will be taken seriously and dealt with promptly and professionally by WMO judges.
  • Complaints to judges must be made in a considerate and respectful manner. There will be no tolerance to abusive and aggressive behaviour from competitors, coaches or spectators towards any officials or table persons.
  • All disputes or complaints should be made directly to the centre judge on the mat as soon as possible, where it can be discussed amicably and openly. The Senior kata Judge will be notified of all complaints.
  • Where a dispute cannot be resolved by the centre judge of the division, the complaint will be discussed with the Senior kata judge and further discussion will take place to resolve the issue.
  • A Decision will be given immediately or within 1hr of the Dispute being made and the division in dispute will be put on hold until a decision is made.
  • If a competitor is unhappy about a decision made by the kata judge or senior kata judge, they have the right to discuss their complaint to the tournament organiser on the day.
  • Video evidence cannot be used for any complaints.
  • All judges at WMO events will be approachable and open to queries, complaints and issues that may arise throughout the tournament. 

  1. Guidance of forms weapons
  • All Weapons will be inspected before each divisions starts. Weapons need to be fit for purpose, e.g. D.I.Y products will NOT be allowed.
  • If the competitor drops his / her weapon they will be disqualified. 
  • Weapons are allowed to hit the floor if the competitor is in control of the weapon, e.g. stab into the ground.
  • Bo’s MUST be the right height for the competitor, 4 inch higher / lower will be allowed, any more than this then the competitor will be disqualified.
  • There will be no live blades when using knives, switch blades or swords. This is for safety purposes.
  • All Weapons divisions, except Traditional Weapons, must be 50 seconds from the 1st move and no more than 1minute 30 in length. 
  • In a traditional style form a traditional weapon must be used (Traditional Tapered Bo’s ARE allowed)

  1. Guidance on Music
  • All music for musical forms must be ready to play at start of the division.
  • There will be no access to CDs players. Please ensure that all music is in MP3 format via Ipod, phone or tablet.
  • Words are allowed in the music, but any inappropriate words / language will result in disqualification.  

  1. WMO Divisions

8 yrs & Under boys and girls

K01

Traditional forms

K02

Open division (weapons/open hand)

 

12 yrs and under boys

K03

Japanese

K04

Korean

K05

soft style/chinese

K06

traditional weapons

K07

Creative weapons (no music)

K08

Musical creative weapons(no inverted moves or gymnastics)

K09

extreme musical weapons

K10

Creative open hand with/without music

K11

extreme open hand

 

12 yrs and under Girls

K12

Japanese

K13

Korean

K14

soft style/chinese

K15

traditional weapons

K16

Creative weapons ( no music)

K17

musical weapons (no releases, inverted moves or gymnastics)

K18

extreme musical weapons

K19

Creative open hand with/without music

K20

extreme open hand

   

13-17 yrs boys

K21

Japanese

K22

Korean

K23

soft style/chinese

K24

traditional weapons

K25

Creative weapons ( no music)

K26

musical weapons (no releases, inverted moves or gymnastics)

K27

extreme musical weapons

K28

Creative open hand with/without music

K29

extreme open hand

 

13-17 yrs Girls

K30

Japanese

K31

Korean

K32

soft style/chinese

K33

traditional weapons

K34

Creative weapons ( no music)

K35

musical creative weapons (no releases, inverted moves or gymnastics)

K36

extreme musical weapons

K37

Creative open hand with/without music

K38

extreme open hand

 

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K39

Japanese

K40

Korean

K41

soft style/chinese

K42

traditional weapons

K43

Creative weapons ( no music)

K44

musical creative weapons (no releases, inverted moves or gymnastics)

K45

extreme musical weapons

K46

Creative open hand with/without music

K47

extreme open hand

 

Adults Women 18yrs and above

K48

Japanese

K49

Korean

K50

soft style/chinese

K51

traditional weapons

K52

Creative weapons ( no music)

K53

musical creative weapons (no releases, inverted moves or gymnastics)

K54

extreme musical weapons

K55

Creative open hand with/without music

K56

extreme open hand

 

Adults Men veterans 35 yrs and above

K56

Japanese

K57

Korean

K58

soft style/chinese

K59

traditional weapons

 

Adults Women veterans 35 yrs and above

K60

Japanese

K61

Korean

K62

soft style/chinese

K63

traditional weapons

 

Adults Men & Women veterans 35yrs and above

K64

creative weapons with/without music

K65

open hand with/without music

 

Adult men and women 60 yrs and above open division

K66

open division (traditional/freestyle/weapons)

 

Mixed Boys & Girls 17yrs and under disability division

K67

Traditional (japanese/korean/soft style

K68

Weapons (traditional/creative)

 

Mixed Adult Men & Women 18 yrs and above disability division

K69

Traditional (japanese/korean/soft style

K70

Weapons (traditional/creative)

 

Teams 17 yrs and under Boys/girls

K71

Traditional 2-5 persons

K72

musical open hand 2-5 persons

K73

Demonstration 2-5 persons

 

Teams Adult 18 yrs and above Men/women

K74

Traditional 2-5 persons

K75

musical open hand 2-5 persons

K76

Demonstration 2-5 persons

 

Teams Mixed Adult & Junior

K77

Traditional 2-5 persons

  1. Running Order for Divisions

Traditional  (Japanese/korean/softstyle)

K01

8 yrs and under

   

Japanese/ Hard style

K03

12 yrs and under boys

K12

12 yrs and under Girls

K21

13-17 yrs boys

K30

13-17 yrs Girls

K39

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K48

Adults Women 18yrs and above

K56

Adults Men veterans 35 yrs and above

K60

Adults Women veterans 35 yrs and above

K66

Adult men and women 60 yrs and above open division

   

Traditional (Japanese/Korean/soft style)

K67

Mixed boys & girls under 17yrs and under disability division

K69

Mixed men & women 18yrs and over disability division

   

Korean

K04

12 yrs and under boys

K13

12 yrs and under Girls

K22

13-17 yrs boys

K31

13-17 yrs Girls

K40

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K49

Adults Women 18yrs and above

K57

Adults Men veterans 35 yrs and above

K61

Adults Women veterans 35 yrs and above

   

Soft style/Chinese

K05

12 yrs and under boys

K14

12 yrs and under Girls

K23

13-17 yrs boys

K32

13-17 yrs Girls

K41

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K50

Adults Women 18yrs and above

K58

Adults Men veterans 35 yrs and above

K62

Adults Women veterans 35 yrs and above

   

Traditional Weapons

K06

12 yrs and under boys

K15

12 yrs and under Girls

K24

13-17 yrs boys

K33

13-17 yrs Girls

K42

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K51

Adults Women 18yrs and above

K59

Adults Men veterans 35 yrs and above

K63

Adults Women veterans 35 yrs and above

   

Creative weapons ( no music)

K07

12 yrs and under boys

K16

12 yrs and under Girls

K25

13-17 yrs boys

K34

13-17 yrs Girls

K43

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K52

Adults Women 18yrs and above

   

Musical Creative Weapons

K08

12 yrs and under boys

K17

12 yrs and under Girls

K26

13-17 yrs boys

K35

13-17 yrs Girls

K44

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K53

Adults Women 18yrs and above

   

Extreme Musical Weapons

K09

12 yrs and under boys

K18

12 yrs and under Girls

K27

13-17 yrs boys

K36

13-17 yrs Girls

K45

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K54

Adults Women 18yrs and above

   

Creative Open Hand (with/without music)

K10

12 yrs and under boys

K19

12 yrs and under Girls

K28

13-17 yrs boys

K37

13-17 yrs Girls

K46

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K55

Adults Women 18yrs and above

   

Extreme Open Hand

K11

12 yrs and under boys

K20

12 yrs and under Girls

K29

13-17 yrs boys

K38

13-17 yrs Girls

K47

Adults Men 18yrs and above

K56

Adults Women 18yrs and above

   

Open division (weapons/open hand)

K02

8 yrs and under

   

creative weapons with/without music

K64

Adults Men & Women veterans 35yrs and above

   

Weapons (traditional/creative)

K68

Mixed Boys & Girls 17yrs and under disabled

K70

Mixed Adult Men & Women Disabled 18 yrs and above

   

Open hand with/without music

K65

Adults Men & Women veterans 35yrs and above

   

Teams

Traditional 2-5 person

K71

Teams 17 yrs and under Boys/girls

K74

Teams Adult 18yrs and above men/women

K77

Teams Mixed adult and Junior

Musical Open Hand 2-5 person

K72

Teams 17 yrs and under Boys/girls

K75

Teams Adult 18yrs and above men/women

Demonstration 2-5 persons

K73

Teams 17 yrs and under Boys/girls

K76

Teams Adult 18yrs and above men/women