Tomiki Aikido of the Americas Virtual Kata Tournament 2021
July 5-17, 2021
All Tomiki Aikido practitioners are invited to participate in 2021’s virtual tournament, 5-17 July 2021. Just because we can’t travel to practice together doesn’t mean we can’t come together virtually to practice, learn, compete, and share fellowship around our art. If you have partners you are regularly training with, participate in the partnered events. If not, we have solo events too! Vote for the best Freestyle and Weapons katas for the Crowd Favorites Awards (no tournament entry fee necessary).
Registration Cost to enter unlimited events: $15 for TAA members and $30 for non-members. Join the TAA here: http://tomiki.org/membership-login/.
The following events will take place (rules below):
- Dan Junanahon Randori no kata (with tanto) 1-17
- Kyu Junanahon Randori no kata (no tanto) 1-17
- Beginner Junanahon (adult kyu ranks below 3rd Kyu [green belt]) 1-10
- Under 10 Junanahon (up to 10 years old) 1-10
- Under 18 Junanahon (11-17 years old) 1-10
- Koryu Goshin no kata Dai San
- Freestyle kata (Jiyu Embu; no weapons) Will also be judged for Crowd Favorites Award
- Weapons kata (with weapons) Will also be judged for Crowd Favorites Award
- Solo Junanahon Randori no kata 1-17 tori only
- Solo Beginner Junanahon (Kyu ranks below 3rd Kyu) 1-10 tori only
- Solo Under 10 Junanahon (up to 10 years old) 1-10 tori only
- Solo Under 18 Junanahon (11-17 years old) 1-10 tori only
- 21 Jo kata
Participants will have 10 days to record a video of themselves conducting the kata. Videos must be time-stamped during the tournament period and must not be edited, titled, or with music. Videos may be in the file formats .mp4, .mov, .avi., and .wmv and may be shot with a camera, computer, or smartphone. Video quality will not be judged but if the competitors cannot be clearly seen the video will be deemed invalid for the competition. Videos must be named as follow: NameofKata-LastNamesofCompetitors. For example: FreestyleKata-DoanNiccum.mp4. Once the tournament period begins, registered competitors will be emailed a Google Drive link to upload their videos during the tournament window. Videos not received by the deadline will not be included. Videos will be judged by a panel made up of members of the Tomiki Aikido of the Americas board of directors. Winners will be announced at the Virtual Awards Ceremony and Party on Zoom on 17 July. Certificates will be mailed to all winners.
See Frequently Asked Questions about the tournament.
5-14 July 2021. Tournament period. Participants record their videos.
Wednesday, 14 July 2021. All videos due by midnight EST.
Thursday, 15 July at noon EST-Saturday, 17 July noon EST. Crowd Favorites voting takes place.
Saturday, 17 July 2021. Virtual Awards Ceremony and Party 8:00-10:00 pm EST.
Rules for Competition:
Participants will be judged on demonstration/exhibition of the Three Principles and Six Concepts (see https://tomiki.org/curriculum/concepts/). Participants must only enter events appropriate for their rank and age. Standard infractions resulting in disqualification in routine embu competition include failure to complete routine techniques/waza and failure to perform routine techniques/waza in the correct order. Katas must be completed in under 2 minutes. Unlike in most tournaments, scoring will be Olympic-style scoring where each judge rates each kata on a scale from 0-10. The top three highest-scoring katas will be considered the winners and will be featured on the https://tomiki.org website.