WKF Competition Requirements
Do I need a WKF approved Gi for competitions.
No, the use of a WKF approved Gi in competion is NOT compulsory.
Do I need WKF approved Protection for competitions.
Yes, WKF approved protection is compulsory at a WKF event.
BE CAREFUL many brands claim that they are WKF approved when they are NOT. Check the WKF website and make sure the uniform is one of their approved brands and that the actual uniform has the WKF logo on it.
WKF approved protection is expensive so make sure you purchase an approved brand.
See: https://www.wkf.net/karateprotections/promotions.php. We stock Arawaza, Adidas and Tokaido WKF approved protection gear and Arawaza and Tokaido approved uniforms.
The following protective equipment is compulsory at a WKF tournament:
- WKF approved mitts, one contestant will wear red and the other blue. So you need both.
- A Gum shield.
- WKF approved body protection (for all athletes) plus a chest protector for female athletes.
- Shin pads approved by the WKF, one contestant wearing red and the other wearing blue. So you need both.
- The foot protection approved by the WKF, one contestant will wear red and the other blue. So you need both.
- Cadets will, in addition to the above, also wear the WKF approved face mask.
- Groin Guards are not mandatory but if worn must be of approved WKF type.
- Glasses are forbidden. Soft contact lenses can be worn at the contestant’s own risk.
WKF Rules on dress:
Contestants must wear a white karate gi without stripes, piping or personal embroidery. The national emblem or flag of the country will be worn on the left breast of the jacket and may not exceed an overall size of 12cm by 8cm. Only the original manufacturer’s labels may be displayed on the gi. In addition, identification issued by the Organising Committee will be worn on the back. One contestant must wear a red belt and the other a blue belt. The red and blue belts must be around five centimetres wide and of a length sufficient to allow fifteen centimetres free on each side of the knot. The belts are to be of plain red and blue colour, without any personal embroideries or advertising or markings other than the customary label from the manufacturer.
Karate New Zealand - Tournament Guides
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