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Karate Championship and Training Seminar Japan

Join the Seiji Nishimura Matsuri Friendship Karate-do Championship organized by Japan Karate-Do Federation Wado-Kai Kyushu District, Kensei-Juku Headquarter. Aimed at fostering the healthy development of mind and body of young athletes through Karate and the promotion of mutual friendship and the multiregional, multicultural interaction, the championship/camp will feature participants from many regions taking part in competition, Karate seminars, and other cultural activities.

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  • 3 days of activities
  • 1 day of competition and 2 seminars
  • Lunch and welcome party on the first day
  • All other meals on the last two days
  • Bus tour and zoo visit included
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Japanese, English
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There are special partnership between Japan Karate-Do Federation and various hotels to provide quality, convenient accommodation for participants. For inquiries, please contact Japan Karate-Do Federation


Karate championship and training itinerary

September 17, 2016 (Saturday)

  • 11:00 Preparation of competition floor mats by all seminar participants
  • 12:00 Lunch: Yatal-style stalls arranged by Omuta City Food and Drink Association
  • 13:00 Kumite technique seminar (free of charge). It is scheduled to finish at 15:00.
  • 15:30 World heritage sightseeing bus-tour and zoo visit
  • 18:30 Welcome party at the beer garden at Omuta Heights or Amagiyama Onsen hot spring

September 18, 2016 (Sunday)

  • 08:00 Reception
  • 08:30 Opening ceremony, photo session
  • 09:30 Individual Kumite, kata, team Kumite: starting from Preschool and Kindergarten category
  • 12:00 Ceremony and Enbu demonstration
  • 17:00 Scheduled closing time

September 19, 2016 (Monday, public holiday)

  • 10:00 The 30th Anniversary of the foundation of Kensei-Juku, Memorial Event. Elisa Au and Seiji Nishimura World Champions Joint International Seminar

Competition categories

Individual Kumite and kata:

  • Preschool (4 to 6 years old): Boys and girls mix
  • Elementary school (7 to 12 years old): 1st and 2nd grade (7 to 8 years old) male, 1st and 2nd grade (7 to 8 years old) female, 3rd and 4th grade (9 to 10 years old) male, 3rd and 4th grade (9 to 10 years old) female, 5th and 6th grade (11 to 12 years old) male, 5th and 6th grade (11 to 12 years old) female
  • Junior high school (13 to 15 years old): Male open, female open
  • High school (16 to 18 years old): Male open, female open
  • Adult (above 18 years old): Male color-belt, female color-belt, male open, female open

Team Kumite:

  • Preschool (4 to 6 years old): Senpo - open, Chuken - open, Taisho - open
  • Elementary school (7 to 12 years old): Senpo - 7 to 8 years old, Chuken - 9 to 10 years old, Taisho - 11 to 12 years old
  • Junior high school (13 to 15 years old): Senpo - open, Chuken - open, Taisho - open
  • High school (16 to 18 years old): Senpo - open, Chuken - open, Taisho - open
  • Adult (above 18 years old): Senpo - open, Chuken - open, Taisho - open

Competition rules

The competition follows the rules of Japan Karate-do Federation, however, Kensei-Juku can adjust specific details as necessity rises. In addition, the schedule and competition categories may be modified from the original schedule depending on the number of participants.

All competitors must be let and attended by their coach. All competitors and their coaches must have the name of the dojo or organization clearly stitched or embalmed on the left chest side of the uniform or gi. Also, competitors must have a number cloth attached on the back of their uniform or gi with their dojo or organization name and competitor's name indicated on it. Each dojo must prepare its own placard.

In all Kumite matches, safety equipment must be worn (face mask, body protector, or fist supporter). All junior high school male competitors and all male competitors above junior high school age must wear a protective cup. Shin and instep supporter may be additionally worn.

Duration of an individual Kumite match is defined as 60 seconds (or the first one to score 4 points). A match for the third place (full repechage) will be conducted prior to the final match.

Duration of all team Kumite matches is defined as 60 seconds (or the first one to score 3 points). In the first and the second rounds, all matches must be played from Senpo to Taisho matches. From the third round onwards, the first team to win two matches will be the winner. If the number of the winners and points are even, a Taisho match will be played. In case the Taisho match ends in a tie score, the winner will be decided by the referee.

Duration of all the final individual Kumite and final team Kumite matches is defined as 90 seconds (or the first one to score 8 points).

In a kata match, a competitor may perform his or her Tokui-Kata (including Kihon-kata, Pin-an Katas, and Gekisai I-II) as many times as he or she wants in all kata categories until the final match.

A tournament method will be applied (Red or Blue court parallel). A competitor may enroll in the upper category; however a double entry is not accepted. In team Kumite, female competitors may enroll in the male category. In that case, the female competitors are not allowed to do the double entry in both female and male team Kumite.


Self defense

Karate is a martial art of self defense. The Japanese characters which form the word Karate mean "empty hands". Literally, this means that the Karate practitioner uses his unarmed body to aid him in a reliable system of self defense.

As a method of self-defense, Karate is probably as old as the human race. However, only in recent years has this method of empty-hand defense taken on a vast scientific approach in which body movement, timing, balance, and even psychology are studied and applied in formulating techniques that are effective against any would-be assailant.

Physical discipline

Many people have fallen victim to an undisciplined, over indulgent, and stressful society. A look around clearly shows man's poor condition. Disregarding the need to balance our activities with proper exercise creates obesity, chronic back pain, weak and flabby muscles, poor posture, minimal flexibility, lack of endurance, tension, depression, and emotional instability.

The superb co-ordination and stamina required in executing each Karate movement demands the utmost from your body. With training, you will learn to strengthen your body with proper exercises. In time, each part of your body will take a new dimension of conditioning and growth. Learning these skills will aid you in eliminating and preventing a variety of illnesses and other conditions that cause your body to deteriorate. Karate training brings about a great physical high which will overcome any temptation to indulge in drugs, alcohol, or junk food.

Mental discipline

Self-defense does not in itself create a worthy art. Karate-Do involves mental training as well as physical training. It is hoped that the practitioner will open new doors of learning and understanding - that exercise will take greater meaning. After many hours of practice, the meaning of "kara" or "empty" will change from the literal definition to a deeper, more aesthetic meaning - ridding the mind of negative thoughts and feelings thereby creating space for useful actions more worthy of cultivation.

Spiritual discipline

As harmonious interaction of mind and body evolves, the practitioner will come to realize that we are mere links in the chain of life. Practicing Karate only to prepare for an attack that may never come proves useless. Striving to strengthen one's mind and body only to achieve worldly happiness would also prove useless if death comes tomorrow. One must learn to expand his thoughts beyond the physical realm in to the spiritual sphere. Learn to forget yourself and to adapt to the pace of nature, and you will learn to accept the absolute truth. You must study this well.

Included excursions

You will be able to enjoy the bus tour around the city, a zoo visit, and a visit to Omuta Heights or Amagiyama Onsen hot spring.


Seiji Nishimura
Seiji Nishimura is from Japan. He is the four-time world champion in Kumite at the 1982, 1983, and 1984 World Championship. He was the former coach of Japan National Team.


The camp will take place in Omuta City in the Fukuoka prefecture of Kyushu.



  • Fitness center
  • Gym
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Shopping nearby


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries


In the first day, lunch and welcome party dinner will be provided. The other days, the hotel will provide full board meals.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Competition and seminars
  • Tour and zoo visit

What's not included

  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Insurance
  • Travel expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Saga Airport (HSG).

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