Come join the BC Team so you too can compete with the best of the best at Nationals, which can then lead to being part of Team Canada at elite international championships including the Pan-Americans, the Worlds and maybe even the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games!
The Karate BC Team is the official team that represents the Province of British Columbia. The primary event the team attends is the Karate Canada National Championships, held annually in a different city by Karate Canada (KC) in conjunction with the governing karate association of the host province. The Nationals are the initial selection point for Team Canada’s Junior & Senior teams that compete in Pan-American Karate Federation (PKF) and World Karate Federation (WKF) international events.
In August 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that karate (kumite and kata) will become an official sport in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics! This is, of course, very exciting news and means great things for the High Performance karate program in Canada.
The BC Team has a long and proud history of sending provincial athletes to the Nationals for over 35 years and it has produced many national champions. The Team is divided into Youth (12-13), Cadets (14-15), Juniors (16-17), Under 21 (18-20), and Seniors (18-40, 16-40 for kata).
How Can I Join the Team?
To try-out for the BC Team, an athlete needs to earn grand prix points in their division. These points can be earned at 3 official events, the Canada Open Karate Championships, the Karate BC Provincial Championships and the final BC Team Selection Tournament. Please read the 2017-2018 competition plan for how to qualify for the BC Team.
For complete details on how to apply to be a member of the BC Team, please review the Team Handbook online (see below for details).
Team Handbook 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 Karate BC Team Handbook is available online HERE. Please note that a PDF version of the document is available from within the web page.
The Karate BC Competition Plan has been revised as of April 2017. Please click HERE to read full details of the plan.
The karate field test is an excellent tool to use in order to monitor and improve any athlete’s fitness abilities. Click HERE to download a copy of the Field Test manual, or view the Karate Athlete Field Fitness Test video HERE, which explains how to evaluate any club member’s fitness levels specific to karate.
- Canada Open 2017: optional participation – June 3 & 4, 2017 – participation points only, regardless of results or divisions entered, athletes are encouraged to enter any division for which they qualify, points are added to athlete profile after November 1 team registration deadline
- Deadline for BC Team registration online: November 1, 2017
- Start-of-season fitness test and regional training: mandatory participation, November
- Provincial Championships 2017: 75% of total grand prix points, December 2-3, 2017
- To qualify for Provincials, all recreation and elite athletes are required to simply participate in a mandatory Zone tournament or training event
- Team Selections January 2018: mandatory participation and 100% of grand prix points
- BC Team Day – January 2018 – the Sunday after Team Selections
- Mid-season fitness test and regional training: mandatory participation, February 2018
- Karate Canada National Championships: March 2018