619-228-3706
San Diego
619-342-5548
Eastlake/Chula Vista

USKA 10th Annual West Coast Classic Invitational Saturday, May 19th 2018

Dear Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors, Students, and Parents

We would like to invite you to San Diego, CA to participate in our 2018 West Coast Classic Invitational! This fun, family friendly event is being hosted by the United States Karate Academy on Saturday, May 19th at the San Diego Citadel. You can expect an impressive display of martial arts ability in the areas of Weapons, Forms, Sparring, Demonstration Team, Jump Front Kick, and the very exciting Team Sparring event.

This year we are introducing a Studio Championship Belt! The school with the highest medal scores will earn some bragging rights and take home the belt for 2018. The overall score will be based on medals earned in Forms, Weapons, and Sparring for competitors of all ages. The more competitors you bring the higher your chances of winning!

We would like to thank all the grandmasters, masters, instructors, students, friends, and families in advance for showing your support to your individual studios and your martial arts practice by participating in this year’s event!

Sincerely,
Sal Convento
President & Master Instructor
United States Karate Academy


ELIGIBILITY:

All ages and ranks from Tiny Tigers (age 3 to 6) to 4th Degree Black Belt and Masters. Awards will be given for:

  • Studio Championship Belt
  • Creativity (Demonstration Teams) (1st, 2nd, 3rd place awarded)
  • Youth Female Colored Belt Grand Champion
  • Youth Male Colored Belt Grand Champion
  • Adult Female Colored Belt Grand Champion
  • Adult Male Colored Belt Grand Champion
  • Youth Female Black Belt Grand Champion
  • Youth Male Black Belt Grand Champion
  • Adult Female Black Belt Grand Champion
  • Adult Male Black Belt Grand Champion

Grand Champions are chosen by total points accumulated in the areas of Forms, Weapons and Sparring divisions only: 1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 8 points, 3rd place = 5 points. Creativity, and Team Sparring scores do not count toward Grand Championship points.

GENERAL COMPETITION INFO:

  • Open to all students from Tiny Tigers (age 3-6) to 4th Degree Black Belts and Masters.
  • Competitors are able to perform any Weapon or Empty-hand form of his or her choice.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded in all Weapons, Forms, and Sparring divisions including Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons. All Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons who do not place in forms and don’t place in sparring will receive one participation medal.
  • Grand Champion trophies for youth and adult divisions will be awarded to competitors with the highest combined scores in Weapons, Forms and Sparring divisions.
  • Team sparring is for Black Belts age 17 and up.

ENTRY FEES:

Early registration by February 28th: $40
March 1st – March 31st: $55
April 1st – May 11th: $65
Registration closed May 11th, 2018

SUBMIT COMPETITOR AND JUDGING APPLICATIONS TO:

Electronically:
Click here to fill out our online form.

By Mail:
United States Karate Academy
ATTN: Stephanie Spears
1295 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

RULES FOR JUDGING:

If you are a Black Belt 18 and over, you are needed to judge! We also need scorekeepers and timekeepers. Students age 16 and up of any belt level can participate in scorekeeping or timekeeping.

Rules for Judging Demo Team and Board Breaking:

  • Demonstration teams will consist of two or more competitors
  • Board breaking can be one person or a team
  • Time limit is 5 minutes per performance
  • Minimum of 5 judges required, all 5 scores will be included in total score
  • Points will be based on a score of 5 to 10 for creativity and technical expertise

Scoring for Open Hand/Weapon Form:

  • Scoring is based on a scale of 5-10. 5 is very poor, 6 is below average, 7 average, 8 good, 9 excellent, 10 is perfect.
  • Please judge based on the following criteria:
    • Skill demonstrated
    • Speed and coordination
    • Intensity/ Spirit
    • Degree of difficulty of form
    • Stances
  • If a student makes a mistake and has to restart please deduct points based on rank. For colored belts .2 to .6 of a point may be deducted depending on rank and severity of mistake. For black belts deduct .5 to 1.0. Only two restarts are allowed, after that the student will automatically receive a score of 5 for not completing their form.
  • If there are 5 judges the highest and lowest score will be dropped from the overall score total. If there are 3 judges all scores will be included.
  • In the case of a tie with 5 judges, the highest and lowest scores will be added back in. In the case of 3 judges the two students with tied scores will repeat their form.

Rules for Sparring:

Tiny Tigers

Tiny Tigers will do flag sparring. Each competitor will have 4 flags in his or her belt, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. The first person to pull out all of the flags of their opponent wins the match. If time runs out, the student who pulled the most number of flags out of their opponent’s belt wins. Match is continuous, do not stop the match each time a flag is pulled. All matches are 2 minutes.

Youth Colored Belt

Light contact is allowed to the body and light contact to the head where helmet is covering. Legal strikes include straight punches and kicks to the body, and kicks to the head. No hand strikes to the head. 2 minutes per match, first person to score 3 points wins or person with highest score when time runs out.

Youth Black Belt (Divisions include Black Belts and Black Belt Candidates)

Medium to full contact blows will be subject to warnings and/or point deductions. Light contact is allowed to the body and head where helmet covers. Legal strikes include back-fists, ridge-hands and all kicks to the body and head where helmet is covering. Straight punches allowed to the body only. 2 minutes per match, first person to score 3 points wins or person with highest score when time runs out.

Adult Colored Belt

Medium to full contact blows will be subject to warnings and/or point deductions. Light contact is allowed to the body and head where helmet covers. Legal strikes include back-fists, ridge-hands and all kicks to the body and head where helmet is covering. Straight punches allowed to the body only. 2 minutes per match, first person to score 3 points wins or person with highest score when time runs out.

Adult Black Belt (Divisions include Black Belts and Black Belt Candidates)

Light contact to the head and body. Medium to full contact blows will be subject to warnings and/or point deductions. Legal strikes include back-fists, ridge-hands and all kicks to the body and head where helmet is covering. Straight punches allowed to the body only. 5 points for black belts or person with highest number of points at the end of specified time. Black Belts may receive 2 points for clean and controlled kicks to the head at judge’s discretion. 3 minutes per match.

Team Sparring

Must be a team of 2 to 5 Black Belt competitors age 17 and up. The winner is the team who scores 7 points first or the team with the highest points at the end of the time limit. 5 minute matches, all Black Belt contact and striking rules apply.

Warnings/ Disqualification

Warnings and/or point deductions will be given for excessive contact. Two warnings is an automatic point deduction. 3 warnings is an automatic disqualification from the match. Drawing blood is an automatic disqualification.

Judges

The center judge will be responsible for controlling the match, giving instructions prior to the match, and stopping the match to call for points, warning, etc.
Corner judges are responsible for assisting the center judge and calling points and warnings when appropriate.

TOURNAMENT LOCATION:

San Diego Citadel
4170 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92117

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
8:30 am – Doors Open
9:30 am – Judges Meeting
10:00 am – Opening Ceremonies
10:15 am – Demo Team
10:45 am – Jump Kick Competition
11:15 pm – Black Belt Forms, Weapons, Sparring Competition
12:15 pm – Tiny Tigers age 3-6 Forms and Sparring Competition
12:45 pm – Weapons Competition- All Ranks (Youth age 7+ and adults 17+)
1:15 pm – Forms & Sparring Competition All Ranks (Youth age 7+ and adults 17+)
3:30 pm – Team Sparring Competition
4:15 pm – Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks

CHAMPIONSHIP CONTACT:

Primary: Stephanie Spears
COO
619-228-3706

Secondary: Sal Convento
President/ Master Instructor
619-342-5548

HOTEL OPTIONS FOR THOSE TRAVELLING
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Holiday Inn Express SeaWorld
4540 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA
858-274-7888
Distance to airport: 7 miles

Howard Johnson San Diego
3330 Rosecrans Street, San Diego CA
619-224-8266
Distance to airport: 2 miles

La Quinta Old Town
2380 Moore Street, San Diego CA
619-291-9100
Distance to airport: .8 miles



  • 2018 West Coast Classic Invitation

    Official Entry Form
    May 19, 2018
    Location: 4170 Balboa Ave, San Diego 92117
  • If you would prefer to download the PDF Entry Form rather than fill out our online form [DOWNLOAD IT HERE].


  • Check all that apply, events divided by tiny tiger, youth and adults.


  • Entry Fees

    Includes all categories
  • Early registration by February 28th - $40
    March 1st - March 31st - $55
    April 1st - May 11th - $65
    Registration closing date is May 11th
  • Price: $40.00 Quantity:

  • - Each competitor will receive 2 spectator passes for family/friends.
    - Additional spectator passes are $5 if pre-ordered, $7 at the event.
  • Price: $5.00 Quantity:

  • Price: $20

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  • I, the undersigned, do hereby agree to abide by the rules that may be explained verbally or in writing at the West Coast Invitational. I recognize that Karate and other forms of the Martial Arts are activities in which substantial physical contact may regularly occur and that such contact may result in physical injury. In consideration of my participation in any activities held by or on behalf of the West Coast Invitational, I, for myself and my successors, heirs and assigns, do hereby release and discharge the United States Karate Academy, Sal Convento, the representatives/agents of United States Karate Academy, the City of San Diego, representatives from my own studio, and my own instructor from any and all claims, demands, and causes of action of whatsoever nature which I or my successors, heirs, and assigns ever may have against them for, on account of, by reason or arising in connection with any Martial Arts instruction, participation, or any other activity held by or on behalf of the West Coast Invitational and hereby waive any claims, demands, and causes of action. I agree that my performance or attendance at the West Coast Invitational may be filmed or otherwise recorded or telecasted live and I consent to the use of my likeness to be used by any appointed agent of the United States Karate Academy, including any public news media. I waive any right to compensation for the use of my likeness recorded at any United States Karate Academy event forever.