Welcome to the BC Winter Games 2018 karate tournament information page! The Games will be held in Kamloops from February 22-25.
Online registration for athletes in all 8 zones will begin November 1st, 2017. Check for the registration links within the zone qualifying dates below. After registration is complete, the official zone rep will contact the athlete’s parents directly.
Information on the Games and the karate tournament are below. Please review carefully.
Zone Qualifying Dates and Registration Links:
- Zone 1 – no qualifier – interested athletes can register online HERE
- Zone 2 – November 19, Peachland Community Hall, 9:30am. Register online HERE
- Zone 3 – November 25, Aldergrove Secondary School, 9:00am. Register online HERE
- Zone 4 – December 9, Surrey Karate Academy, 12:30pm. Register online HERE
- Zone 5 – December 10, Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street, 1:00pm. Register online HERE
- Zone 6 – December 9, Shima Karate Club, Nanaimo, 9:00am. Register online HERE
- Zone 7 – no qualifier – interested athletes can register online HERE
- Zone 8 – no qualifier – interested athletes can register online HERE
The BC Summer and Winter Games are provincially funded premier sports festivals for all BC communities, large and small. The Games have evolved from simply being about participation to now focusing on athlete sport development in BC.
Athlete sport development means providing opportunities for athletes to experience high-performance competition that leads to eventual Karate BC Team selections and future Karate Canada national team tryouts. In many sports, Olympic athletes from BC got their first taste intense competition by competing early on at the BC Games.
The BC Games karate tournament is held during the biennial BC Winter Games event for athletes ages who are 12 or 13 years old on the first day of the Games.
Athletes who qualify from each zone pay a small fee of $175 to participate, with all of their meals, transportation and accomodation being included, as the majority of the event being funded by the province and corporate sponsorship.
There are 8 BC Games zones in the province, each allowing a minimum of 12 athletes to compete per zone, with some extra wildcards shared around the province for bigger zones. See complete BC Games Zone Info HERE.
- Kootenays (Zone 1) Yellow
- Thompson-Okanagan (Zone 2) Red
- Fraser Valley (Zone 3) Light Blue
- Fraser River (Zone 4) Orange
- Vancouver-Coastal (Zone 5) Dark Green
- Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6) Light Green
- North West (Zone 7) Purple
- Cariboo-North East (Zone 8) Dark Blue
If required, a zone will hold a qualifying tournament in the Fall during November or December, before the BC Winter Games in February.
The two athlete categories are Intermediate and Advanced. Intermediate means an athlete who has been learned karate from 6 months to 2 years, and Advanced means an athlete who has been learning karate for over 2 years.
New Karate Policies for 2018:
- An athlete may try out for kata or kumite, or both. The previous rule required athletes to try out for both, earning points in each division to select an athlete with the highest total score from each category, but this is no longer required.
- To reduce the emphasis on weight categories for kumite athletes, the organizers will separate the athletes into two divisions based on height. Each athlete will enter their height into their registration, and then the two height divisions will be pre-determined prior to any zone qualifying events. Height divisions recognize in this age group karate is more of a speed and reach sport, not a power grab and throw sport. In addition, this new policy eliminates the unhealthy concern of weight cutting.
Click HERE for the complete general rules package for karate at the BC Winter Games.
Karate Technical Package
Click HERE for the complete technical package for karate at the BC Winter Games.
Divisions For Tryouts:
- Advanced Boys Kata
- Advanced Boys Kumite 1 (-155cm)
- Advanced Boys Kumite 2 (+156cm)
- Advanced Girls Kata
- Advanced Girls Kumite 1 (-156cm)
- Advanced Girls Kumite 2 (+157cm)
- Intermediate Boys Kata
- Intermediate Boys Kumite 1 (-155cm)
- Intermediate Boys Kumite (+156cm)
- Intermediate Girls Kata
- Intermediate Girls Kumite 1 (-156cm)
- Intermediate Girls Kumite 2 (+157cm)
Athlete Height Guidelines:
Divisions Not Requiring Tryouts (these to be filled by the qualifying athletes at the event):
- Advanced boys open weight Kumite
- Advanced girls open weight Kumite
- Intermediate boys open weight Kumite
- Intermediate girls open weight Kumite
- Boys Team Kumite (3 ath + spare + coach)
- Girls Team Kumite (3 ath + spare + coach)
- Boys Team Kata (3 ath + spare + coach)
- Girls Team Kata (3 ath + spare + coach)