For fair play and objective judging, your video recordings need to meet certain requirements. Please see the video below as a reference guide to the video requirements:

Video Quality

  • Recommended resolution: 1080p (Full HD). Minimum resolution: 720p (HD)
  • Your recording must provide good quality audio capture, without background noise
  • Do not edit your video (no change of audio, no overlays, no cutting, and speed up or slow down)


  • You have to wear an adequate uniform, according to the dress code of your sport
  • You have to wear the belt of your rank.


  • You can record your video anywhere – rooms or open air – as long as this location provides enough space and a flat ground
  • Make sure the location is quiet and has adequate light conditions
  • Make sure this location is free of other items and there is no unusual risk of injury

Camera position

  • If outside, do not position the camera against direct sunlight
  • When positioning the camera, make sure the distance is big enough to record all of the necessary area for your performance, and the athlete is visible throughout the entire performance.
  • Do not put the camera on the floor – we recommend a height of minimum 80 cm. If you don’t have a tripod, use a table or other stable object etc.

Workflow of your recording

  1. Start the recording
  2. Show the required information on your screen. You can show from any medium, e.g. smart phone, tablet, screens, paper or white board as long as it can be easily seen. This image is needed to verify your identity and rank.
  3. Tell your name, and the name of your performance loud and clearly
  4. Start your performance, including all usual opening and closing bows. 
  5. Stop the recording


If your video recording does not meet the above-mentioned requirements, you may not be able to compete.


If not defined different for a particular event, the following Tournament Rules and Configuration apply:

Tournament Categories/Divisions

  • Tournaments will be carried out in different categories/division, separated by age, sex and skill levels
  • Details about the used categories, limits and participation fees you can find in the Category section of each event
  • Categories may be split or merged if needed
  • If special rules apply for different Tournaments and Categories (e.g. if you are allowed to repeat your performance), this information will be published latest on the day the registration starts at the download section of the event

Tournament System

  • Competitors will be required to submit 2 katas.
  • White to orange belts may submit the same kata twice if they wish.
  • During registration, competitors will need to specify which kata will be for the first round and which one will be for the finals.
  • All competitors for each division will be scored for their first round kata.
  • The top 4 competitors for each division will advance to the final round.
  • The second round kata for all finalists will be scored and the competitors ranked from 1-4 according to their scores.

Tournament Schedule

  • Each competitor has to record and upload their  videos on a supported video platform within the registration period and submit the URL to the tournament committee. 
  • Supported video platforms:
    CodePen, DailyMotion, Deviantart, Facebook, Flickr, GettyImages, Gfycat, Giphy, Hulu, Instagram, Kickstarter, Livestream, Meetup, Reddit, Scribd, Sketchfab, Slideshare, SoundCloud, SpeakerDeck, Spotify, Ted, Twitch, Twitter, Vimeo, WordPress, Youtube
  • After your video ULR submission, your video will be validated in order to make sure it meets all requirements
  • Once the videos are validated and approved, the referees will get 48 hours in order to judge their matches

The Referee Panel

  • Each competitor will be scored by a panel of 5 referees.

Scoring and Judging

  • For each competitor in a match the referees will give a score
  • The highest and the lowest scores will be dropped and the rest is added up, forming the total score
  • The competitors with the  four highest scores in the first round will proceed to the final.
  • In the final round, the competitor with the highest score will place first. The competitor with the next highest score will place second and so on.
  • In case of a tie (both competitors have the same total score), the highest scores will be added back to the total. If the competitors are still tied, the lowest score will be added back. In the event that the competitors are still tied, the referees will determine the winner via flag system (ie votes) 

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Proper sequence of movement
  • Level of strength
  • Contraction and expansion of the body
  • Control of Speed and change in the speed of the techniques
  • Power and accuracy in performance of basic techniques (posture, balance, stance and accuracy in reaching the point of target)
  • Overall performance and illustration of essential characteristics of the performance
  • Displaying courtesy in attitude, fighting spirit and effort, and correct eye contact
  • Proper use of stance and posture