Please join us on Saturday, November 2nd as our dojo hosts martial artists from across the region!!! We will hold the 10th Annual Kai Invitational Tournament at Live Now Fitness in Elkridge, MD. As in previous years, we are working to ensure a well-run event and appreciate your support and participation!

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Where: Live Now Fitness
6625 Selnick Dr, Elkridge, MD 21075
When: November 2nd, 10am-2pm
  • Ages 6 – Adults (all ranks)
  • We welcome all (traditional) practitioners, because martial arts is for us all to enjoy…not divide us!
  • All competitors – Please take advantage of the discounts…$6o for any and all events, if registered by Oct 27.  $75 at the door before 9:30am on the 27th.
  • Spectator fee: $8 (6 and under are FREE!)



  1. Matches will be the traditional 3 points or 2 minutes running time for kids and 5 points or 3 minutes for adults.
  2. Foam-dipped hand guards, head gear and mouthpieces (or face shields) are required for all competitors. Groin protectors are required/suggested for all male competitors. Chest protection is recommended for female competitors.
  3. Eyeglasses are not allowed. Soft contact lenses are allowed at the competitor’s risk.  The wearing of jewelry or any object that may present a hazard to the wearer or his/her opponent will not be allowed.
  4. For adult competitors, non-injurious, light, controlled “touch” contact to the face, head, and neck is allowed (but not to the throat). Where contact is deemed too strong by the referee, a warning will be given.  For junior competitors, very minimal contact to the head, face, or neck (including the face mask) is allowed with hand techniques. Jodan kicks may make the lightest touch (“skin touch”) and still score. Any more than a skin touch will require a warning or penalty.
  5. Only the Referee may stop time (i.e., equipment repair, injury or safety of the competitors).
  6. Flags will be raised at the center judge’s call; no late flags allowed.
  7. Points will be awarded when a technique is performed according to the following criteria to a scoring area: (a) good form, (b) sporting attitude, (c) vigorous application, (d) awareness (zanshin), (e) good timing, and (f) correct distance. The scoring areas are limited to the following: (a) head, (b) face, (c) abdomen, (d) chest, and (f) side.
  8. Points shall be awarded as follows: (a) one point shall be awarded for a chudan or jodan punch or strik; (b) two points shall be awarded for a chudan kick; and (b) three points shall be awarded for a jodan kick.
  9. Penalties will be awarded for the following offenses: (a) excessive contact, (b) unsportsmanlike behavior (i.e. – calling your own point, talking in the ring, receiving coaching from the side), (c) uncontrolled techniques, and (d) techniques to illegal targets.
  10. Penalties will be awarded as follows:

1st offense – warning
2nd offense – point awarded
3rd offense – disqualification

  1. Controlled sweeps to the back of the lower front leg to unbalance an opponent will be allowed only if followed immediately by an attempt to score a point with a strike or kick. Violations will result in disqualification.
  2. In the event of a tie, there will be a 30-second rest period, following which the first point scored will win.
  3. No coaching or outside interference from the sidelines.
  4. All competitors and judges shall be suitably attired when competing and judging. They may wear uniforms that are appropriate to their style or system, but their uniforms can in no way be harmful or offensive to themselves or others.


  1. Kata will be judged on the basis of age and skill level. The judge’s knowledge of the particular kata performed should not be considered.
  2. The scoring will be on a 10 point decimal system. In order to maintain consistency, ranges of acceptable scores for specific age and skill levels will be provided to judges prior to competition.
  3. One start over will be allowed. In adult categories, points may be deducted by the judges for a start over.
  4. When a competitor makes a mistake, the judges’ most important consideration should be how well s/he recovers. A recovery without acknowledgement of error should be scored as though no error was made. Acknowledging error with facial expression, etc. should receive a lowered score from the judges.
  5. Weapon control is of utmost importance in kobudo competition. If a competitor drops or loses control of his/her weapon during a kata, the “kata recovery” rule applies. Each competitor will be expected to complete his/her performance before leaving the ring.
  6. Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in being excused from the event and/or further competition, depending on the judges’ and tournament arbitrator’s decision.
  7. Ring etiquette will be considered when performance is evaluated. Remember, your kata begins when you sit down at the ring, and ends when your group is excused from the ring.
  8. All competitors and judges shall be suitably attired when competing and judging. They may be allowed to wear uniforms that are appropriate to their style or system, but their uniforms can in no way be harmful or offensive to themselves or others.