Ashihara Karate in South Africa plays hosts to two major tournaments each year - the Invitational Championships as well as the Sabaki Challenge. Smaller, regional tournaments are also held throughout the year in South Africa and member countries.

The rules used in tournaments are "Full Contact" and "Semi-Contact". Semi-Contact uses the clicker system of continuous point scoring. Clicker fighting prepares the student for Full Contact sparring and this and other innovations have made the events exciting to watch.

Please find an invitation to our next event which for this year will incorporate both the Invitational Championships and the Sabaki Challenge '2002.

Some of our events this year include (2002):

5 May - Western Cape Tournament in Athlone

25 June - Swaziland Championships in Mbabane

6 July - Eastern Cape Championships in Uitenhage

31 August - 13th Invitational Championships & Sabaki Challenge '2002

Ashihara Karate International

P. O. Box 117, Retreat, 7965. Tel. & Fax: +27 21 7011701
_________________________________________________________________ 1 January 2002

Dear Instructors,

Greetings and the very best of wishes come to you from Ashihara Karate.

You are once again invited to join us for the 13th Invitational Karate Championships on Saturday 31 August 2002. This year's event will once again be held at the Athlone Technical College in Crawford, Cape Town and we would like you and your team participating with us. This year we will be hosting some teams from overseas so look towards having a memorable occasion. If you have never had the opportunity to visit this beautiful and historical city, please plan on doing so and having an exciting visit.

This tournament will be run on the clicker system of semi-contact karate and there will be several kata and kumite divisions for male and female competitors. The divisions will be as per weight/age format. For senior contestants there will be three full contact divisions: under 60kg, between 65 - 75kg and over 75kg. The Full contact division is our Sabaki Challenge '2002 which we are incorporating with the Invitationals this year.

This Championships is sanctioned by Ashihara Karate International and will be run by the Western Cape Region of the South African Organisation. The event will be videotaped and extensive media coverage is normally received.

On 30 August, we will hold a Referee and Instructor Seminar. August 31 will be the tournament and on September 1, we will hold a Business Seminar and Branch Chiefs Meeting. Note that at the tournament t-shirts, ties, mugs, and other paraphernalia will be on sale.

We hope that you will all join us in Cape Town for an exciting competition and to see a beautiful City with all its historical sights. Cape Town is the Mother City and you will be able to see such places as the Waterfront, Table Mountain and many others of interest.

Mark your calenders, make your reservations and be ready for fun! Confirmation of your intent to participate by 13 July 2002, would be appreciated. Details with regard to entries, rules, judging and tournament procedures may be found on this page. Please note that the deadline for entries will be Friday 16 August 2002.

Your much appreciated support is the reason why we are growing and we really value your friendship.


Hoosain Narker

The 13th Invitational & Sabaki Challenge '2002 Karate Championships

P. O. Box 117, Retreat, 7965. Tel/Fax: 021 7011701


1 June 2002

Dear Sensei/Senpai,

It gives me great pleasure to inform you of the arrangements of our 13th Annual Invitational Karate Championships & Sabaki Challenge '2002 which will be held on Saturday 31 August 2002 at the Athlone Technical College, Crawfprd, Cape Town.

As many of you are aware, my greatest desire when organising this tournament is to plan an event at which each and every participant gains some benefit and enjoyment.

For the past twelve years, our Invitational Tournament has been a gathering of karate friends from all over. The character of this tournament is created by the wonderful people who join us for the event.

We hope that you and your students can join us to enjoy the karate action at ATC, one of the most scenic parts of the  "Mother City".

The format of the tournament will be as follow:

Age Limit:

No age limit. However, all competitors under 21 must submit a copy of their birth certificate.

Closing Date:

The closing date for entries will be Friday 16 August 2002 when the enclosed entry forms containing the names, date of birth, weight and grade (and copy of I.D.) must be hand delivered or faxed to myself - Fax 021 - 7011701.

Entry Fees:

Competitors : $10.00 for the 1st division ($5.00 for each additional division)

Sabaki division : $50.00

Spectators : Adults - $5.00 Children - $2.00

Please note that no late entries will be accepted. The entry fee for competitors must accompany registration.

Starting Time:

All competitors and officials to be at the Sports Centre by 8.00am.

Kumite Divisions:

As per the enclosed format. A minimum of 4 competitors is essential for a division to run. The rules will be moderate contact using clickers to score. For those 18 and older (males), there will also be a full contact section (see Sabaki).

Kata Division:

As per the enclosed format. A minimum of 4 competitors is essential for a division to run.

Sabaki Division:

As per the enclosed format. A maximum of 8 competitors per division will be allowed. In the event of an excess of applications to the 2002 Sabaki Challenge, a further weight division will be considered, if not, selection of fighters will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Those applicants not selected will receive a refund of the entry fee.

In order to be considered, applicants must complete the Sabaki questionaire, sign and return the following by no later than Friday 16 August,:

1. Fighter application and questionaire.

2. $50.00 registration fee.

3. 1 Passport picture (for the brochure).

Kindly note that all Sabaki contestants may be required to do tameshiwari (minimum 3 boards).


Enclosed you will find a condensed version of both the semi- and - full contact rules. Please familiarise yourself with the rules and should you experience difficulty with any section, do call for clarification. Note that protective gear is the responsibility of the competitor and may or may not be worn at their discretion.

Code of Conduct:

The enclosed code of conduct will be strictly followed and enforced.


Medals to first three place finishers.

Trophies to Sabaki first three place finishers.

Souvenir plaques to all Sabaki competitors.

Certificates to all competitors.


All participating dojo's are encouraged display their banner in the Sports Centre.

Training of Officials:

All dojo's wishing to assist with refereeing and table officiating, may do so. Ongoing training is held under the auspices of the Contact Component of the Karate Association of the Western Province (K.A.W.P.) and you or your members are welcome to join this program. Please call for further information. All participating dojo's are requested to enter a minimum of two officials and two referee's.

Travel Assistance:

For those teams travelling from other provinces -

By train - The Railway services offers greatly reduced prices to Cape Town. A minimum of 10 people is necessary for a special price.


Travelling teams in need of accommodation must please inform me well in advance so that I can arrange either local, budget lodging or hotel accommodation (depending on your needs).

Paraphernalia on Sale:

A limited amount of Invitational Championships T-shirts will be on sale as well as magazines, stickers, books, gi's and other martial arts equipment.

Brochure Recognition:

We would like to include your name in our brochure listing the attending schools. Printing deadline is 16 August 2002, so please reply timeously.

Special Recognition:

At the Championships, awards will be presented to instructors who have been training and teaching traditional karate for twenty years or more. Please submit a separate resume by 16 August to be eligible.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to call.

We look forward to seeing you at the championships.

Yours sincerely

Hoosain Narker

Tournament Director


Format of the Ashihara Invitational Tournament to be held at the Athlone Technical College Sports Centre on the 31 August 2002.


Rules will be moderate semi-contact and full contact (see tournament rules).


Referees and judges will be selected from the participating provinces and dojo's, only if they pass a proficiency test prior to the event. The remainder of officials will assist with administrative duties. The system of officiating will either be a referee whose duty will be to control the match and three corner judges who will be scoring points on clickers.


For this occasion six rings will be used to conduct the activities.



Age : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Age 11/12 : -30 , +30kg.

Age 13/14 : -35 , +35kg

Age 15/16 : -40 , +40kg

Age 17/18 : -50 , +50kg

Over 18 : -55 , +55kg.

SABAKI : -60 , -70 , -80 , +80kg.


Pee Wee (Under 8)

Under 10

Under 12

Under 14

Under 16

Under 18

Adults - Beginners

- Intermediate

- Open

Musical Kata (combined)

Weapons Kata (combined)

** It is compulsory for all Junior competitors to produce a copy of their I.D. or Birth Certificate. Failure to comply will lead to disqualification.

** NB. In the event that there are not sufficient competitors in any specific division, then that division will be merged with the division closest to it.

Code of Conduct

In order to ensure the smooth flow of events at the tournament as well as to enhance the image of karate, the following code of conduct has been laid down by the Tournament committee.

1.a. No interference with referees decisions by any contestant, official or non-official. No one may protest personally to the arbitrator, referee or judge about their judgement. No remarks to be passed.

1.b. If a refereeing procedure appears to contravene a rule, then the official whose name has been officially put forward as the contestants manager, is the only one allowed to make a protest. The protest will take the form of a written report to the tournament committee submitted immediately after the bout in which the protest was lodged. The exception is an administrational malfunction in which the Table Official Co-ordinator be notified immediately.

1.c. Any protest concerning application of the rules, as stated above, must be made in accordance with the complaints procedure. The complainant must deposit an amount of R100.00 with the Tournament Director. The protest will be reviewed and if valid the monies will be refunded and the appropriate action taken to remedy the situation. If the protest is found invalid it will be rejected and the deposit will be forfeited.

2. Only the tournament co-ordinators, referees, judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, managers, coaches and contestants will be allowed in the fighting arena.

3. Gi's must be in a clean and neat condition. Style badges may be worn by contestants.

4. The official uniform for arbitrators, judges, referees and officials will be as follow:

A white shirt

Plain light grey trousers/slacks/skirts

An organisational tie

Dark socks and black slip-on shoes

5. On the day of the tournament, contestants must report to the correct ring when called for. Once a contestants name has been called thrice, he/she will not be allowed to compete.



All matches will consist of one 1½ minute round (fighting time).


1. Hand or elbow strikes to the neck, back and head areas are not permitted.

2. All kicks and strikes to the groin/breast are not permitted.

3. All punches (semi-contact) to the body is allowed.

4. Kicks (semi-contact) to the head and body are permitted.

5. Kicks to the legs are not allowed.

6. Throwing and sweeping techniques are not allowed.


1. Any fighter who deliberately and intentionally strikes his/her opponents face (head), neck or groin/breast will be disqualified forthwith.

2. If a fighter accidentally strikes his/her opponent in the forbidden areas, he/she will receive a penalty. Three penalties amounts to immediate disqualification.

3. If a fighter continually moves outside the fighting area to avoid attack, he/she will receive a penalty.

4. A fighter who repeatedly grabs and holds his/her opponent with both hands will also receive a penalty.


A fighter can win either by points or by decision.

1. Winning by points:

a. Three points will be awarded for any kick to the head. The match will be stopped and the points awarded.

b. One point will be awarded for any kick to the body. A maximum of three punches may be executed then the competitor must either break or do a kick technique. The fighter with the most points at the end of the match will be declared the winner.

c. For any technique to be awarded a point, it is required that the contestant deliver it with good form and balance.

2. Winning by decision:

a. In the event of the match ending in a draw, ie. both contestants having the same score, an extension of one minute will be allowed.

b. If both fighters have the same amount of points at the end of the extension, the fight will be awarded on the basis of relative spirit and technical excellence of the participants. The fighter who did not adhere to the 3 punch break rule will then automatically be at a disadvantage.

3. Winning by default:

If any fighter obtains a penalty his/her opponent will receive one point in their favour.



1. Preliminary matches will consist of one 3 minute round.

2. Semi-final and final matches will consist of two 2 minute rounds with a one minute rest period.


1. Hand or elbow strikes to the neck, back and face areas are not permitted.

2. All kicks and strikes to the groin are not permitted.

3. All punches and elbow strikes to the body is allowed.

4. Kicks to the head, body, legs and sweeps to the legs are permitted.

5. Fighters may only grab the opponents shoulder or behind the neck to execute knee kicks, sweeps or throwing techniques but must release his hold immediately following the technique.


1. Any fighter who deliberately and intentionally strikes his opponents face, neck or groin will be disqualified forthwith.

2. If a fighter accidentally strikes his opponent in the forbidden areas, he will receive a penalty. Three penalty amounts to immediate disqualification.

3. If a fighter continually moves outside the fighting area to avoid attack , he will receive a penalty.

4. A fighter who repeatedly grabs and holds his opponent with both hands will receive a penalty.


1. A fighter can win either by a knockout or decision.

2. Winning by a knockout : If a fighter is downed and cannot rise after five seconds a knockout is declared.

3. Winning by points: Any legal techniques that connects and instantly downs his opponents so that his hand and knee touches the mat or if he doubles over will be scored as one-half point. One-half point will also be scored for a single leg-sweep or throwing technique only if it is immediately followed by a controlled kick or punch. If a successful throw or sweep is executed and is not followed by a controlled punch or kick, a one sixth point will be awarded. A fight can be won if a fighter scores two one-half points and his opponent has no points.

4. Winning by a decision: If no points are scored in a match, the fight will be awarded on the basis of relative spirit and technique excellence of the participants.

The 13th Invitational Championships
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