WKF COMPETITION RULES 2017 :
There are two major changes to the Kumite Rules put into effect from
1.1.2017. Both are aimed at reducing passivity:
1. Introduction of ‘first unopposed score advantage” (SENSHU). If
score is equal at the end of the match, the contestant that scored the
first unopposed point is the winner. In order to achieve SENSHU the
contestant must score the first point in the bout without the opponent
also managing to score before YAME. Should the opponent also manage to
score before YAME, both contestant still have the opportunity to achieve
SENSHU if managing to score without being scored upon in the subsequent
clash. In other words there is now an advantage in trying to score the
first point to secure a win in the case of equal score.
2. The ATOSHI BARAKU is changed from 10 seconds to 15 seconds. The
current regulations of how to treat warnings and penalties during ATOSHI
BARAKU remain unchanged.
In this revision you will also find a new APPENDIX 10 – KARATE
COMPETITION FOR THOSE UNDER 14 YEARS. The regulations given in this
appendix are compulsory rules for the WKF Youth Cup and also recommended
for WKF Continental and National Federations.
Most of the other changes are administrative, correction to language,
and reflections of current practices that up to now has not been
sufficiently reflected in the rules. Some of are still very important
both for referees and competitors to know such as:
· Allowing all competitors 5 minute break when having to change colour
of belt/safety equipment
· Kumite Competitors will now be require to stand in the center of the
mat assigned mat when starting
· The Referee will now apply manual count to enforce the 10 second rule
· The Referee is now given explicit powers for policing anybody in the
· Kata competitors can now be penalized for disturbing the opponent’s
performance by moving about
· The two mats used to mark starting point for kumite matches will be
turned in order to make the kata competition area of uniform colour
· Contestant may not wear belts reaching down longer than 2/3 thigh
· Contestant may wear two rubber bands or hairclips in their hair
(before only one)
· Female coaches may wear same WKF approved religious headwear as
This revision contains virtually no major changes in the kata rules. It
is envisaged that in the coming year we will do some trials related to
the system for kata judging that may lead to some changes in rules from
Although these are the major changes in this revision – we encourage all
to use this opportunity to review the rules in their entirety as there
are changes in Articles 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13 of the Kumite Rules,
Articles 1,3,5 and 6 of the Kata Rules, and Appendices 1 and 3 plus
added Appendix 10. The rules are available on the WKF Website for
downloading in pdf format.
Since the questions regarding SENSHU are many, I will like to present to you a summary of some of the answers about the subject.
SENSHU can be obtain with a Yuko, a Waza-ari or an Ippon, it doesn’t matter the type of point.
SENSHU can be obtain at any time during the match, even at the last seconds of the match.
SENSHU applies for both individual and team matches.
A contestant will win by SENSHU only if when the match ends, the score is equal (1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, etc.)
If the match finish 0-0 the Referee will announce Hantei in individual matches or Hikiwake in team matches.
The Referee has to announce SENSHU to the Match Supervisor (Kansa).
If the Referee doesn’t announce SENSHU to the Match Supervisor, the MS will blow the whistle and ask him to do it.
In team matches the winning team is the one with the most bout victories including those won by SENSHU.
If when you stop the match…
AKA gets Ippon & AO gets Yuko: No Senshu
Both get Video Review points: No Senshu
AKA gets a point by flags & AO gets a point by Video Review: No Senshu
AKA gets a point (by flags or Video Review) & AO gets nothing: SENSHU!!
The following is important to understand at the end of the match:
v Same amount of points and NO SENSHU in individual matches: HANTEI
v Same amount of points and NO SENSHU in team matches: HIKIWAKE
v Same amount of points and SENSHU in individual matches: We have a winner
v Same amount of points and SENSHU in team matches: We have a winner
v Extra bout in Teams: Same procedure as for individual bouts!
When a contestant gets SENSHU do the following:
- Give the point accordingly.
- Turn to Kansa calling “Aka (Ao) Senshu” pointing with your index finger to the side of the scoring contestant.
About the rule book in the home page:
Yes, we know that there are few wrong worlds in the last edition of the rules. It is difficult to find all the consequences changes.
- In Article 8 point XVI: should be fifteen seconds and not ten. All of you know by now that Atoshi Baraku is less than 15 seconds.
- The belt should not be longer than three-quarters thigh length, in the summary it was written „no longer than 2/3”.