22. February 2020 - 8:00 till 14:00
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Chamberlain Studios of Self-Defense 2020 Kenpo Invitational Tournament | The Episcopal School of Dallas | Saturday, 22. February 2020

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Episcopal School of Dallas, 4100 Merrell Rd. Dallas, TX 75225
For any questions: call 214-351-5367 or email info@
Read below for the following details:

Division Times and Competition Categories
Ticket prices
Tournament Introduction
Division Rules
Tournament Procedures and Etiquette
Location / Parking Map and Tournament Layout

Division Times and 5 Categories of Competition

Beginner Show - This division is designed for first time white and yellow belt competitors, 3-6 years old
Empty Hand Kata (forms)
Open Weapons Kata
Self Defense

8:00 am - Black Belt judges and volunteer staff meeting9:00 am - Beginner Show Division: Ages 3-6 (Rings A & C)9:45 am - Orange / Striped Orange, Ages 4-14 (Rings B & D)10:30 am - White / Striped White: Ages 4-14 (Rings B & D)10:30 am - Yellow / Striped Yellow: Ages 4-14 (Rings A & C)11:45 am - Purple / Striped Purple: Ages 5-14 (Rings A & B)11:45 am - Blue / Striped Blue: Ages 5-14 (Rings B & C)11:45 am - Open Weapons Kata: Ages 5-14 (Ring D)12:30 pm - Green / Striped Green: Ages 7-14 (Ring D)12:30 pm - Brown Belts and Junior black Belts: Ages 7-14 (Ring C)
Remember: those who hand in their applications first, compete last! Take advantage and register early!

Ticket Prices

Regular Competitor: $50 (for first 1-2 events)
Beginners' Show Division (White and Yellow belt students, 3-6 years old): $35
Additional Event: $10 each
Spectators - $5 
Children 5 and under: free
Late registrations received after Saturday, February 8th: add $5 to each ticket

We're sorry, but there are NO refunds

Tournament Introduction
Everyone get excited! It’s time for the 2020 Kenpo Invitational Tournament, our end of the school year tournament. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at the Episcopal School of Dallas in the Competition Gymnasium. We welcome participants and families from all our Chamberlain Studios members, including: Wesley Prep, St. John’s Episcopal, The Learning Tree, Mockingbird Elementary, Hyer Elementary, Solar Prep for Girls, Withers Elementary, Lake Highlands Elementary, Merriman Park Elementary, Preston Hollow Elementary, Good Shepherd Episcopal, Greenhill School and our CSSD studios in North Richland Hills, our Lakewood dojo, and the Bachman Headquarters dojo.
The divisions have been broken down as fairly as possible. Divisions for Kata (forms) and Self Defense have been determined by age and rank. Divisions for Grappling have been determined by age, rank, size and gender whenever possible.
Medals for competitors will be awarded for first, second and third place, and all runners-up will receive a winner’s medal. Points will be awarded towards the Grand Prize Cups as follows: 4 for a first, 3 for a second, 2 for a third place and 1 for everyone else.  One point will also be awarded for each competitor in the Beginner Show Division.
The points will be tallied and the winning school will take the bragging rights for one of the 3 Grand Prize Cups
1. The Nick Cerio Memorial Cup - awarded to the CSSD school with the most points.
2. The Private School Cup - awarded to the after school karate program at a private school with the most points.
3. The Public School Cup - awarded to the after school karate program at a public school with the most points.
One of our most popular events is our Beginners’ Show Division. This is an introduction to tournament competition for our youngest and newest members (ages 3-6 white &, yellow belts. This division allows the children to compete in an individual AND group format (think dance recital). All competitors in this division receive a trophy for their participation. These children may also compete in one of the other divisions if they choose to (+ $10 per division).
Carefully review the division times found on the cover sheet and be sure to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your division starting time.
Also, it is mandatory in Self Defense Divisions that your Self Defense Partner/Uke is with you at the time your division starts, and must be at least your rank or one color belt higher. In addition, they are required to wear headgear (provided) - NO EXCEPTIONS.
As always, we strive to make this event as successful as possible and appreciate you showing your support by competing and attending. Just remember, that the important thing is not whether you win, but rather the fact that you came out and tried. This is a personal achievement that you should be proud of. With that in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck and urge you to get out there and support your school!
Remember: competition order and byes are awarded in the order we receive your application! So take advantage and hand in your application early!

Division Rules
Forms/Kata (Blue Stripe):

Must be a Gasan Ryu Kenpo form in the original format: no two forms together, no gymnamstics, full karate unfiorm.
Judging based on: stances, power, focus, mechanics, presentation

Self Defense (Red, Green, Yellow Stripe):

Three self defense techniques are to be performed. The first is to be a punch defense, the second a grab defense and the third a weapon defense.
The attacker/uke must wear headgear (provided) & be the same rank or higher as the defender/tore.
Judging based on: - Effectiveness (power, speed, flow)- Execution (stance, kiai, mechanics)- Etiquette (presentation, etc.)The three parts to a technique that must be demonstrated: Block, Counter attack, Cover & Guard.For weapons, you must take the weapon at the end of the technique!

Grappling (Black Stripe):

Introduction: Done from a kneeling position, and based on control and a position demonstrating superiority.  Gain a 15 point lead and you get an automatic win. Matches are two minutes. Nails must be short. Competitors will wear a red or blue belt to make it easier to differentiate for the referee (provided by referee). The referee will raise his hand when a competitor gains a position of control and award points if the time requirement is reached. Points are called out verbally by the center referee to the score keeper at the time they are scored.
Points: To gain any points for a move or position, the competitor must show clear control for the required number of seconds! A control position that does not result in points is called an Advantage - in a match tied on points the winner is determined by Advantages.• 4pts - for the "mount", if held for a minimum of 3 seconds.• 4pts - for a "rear mount/back control", must have both “hooks” in (heels on inside of both opponents thighs), or opponents belly flat on the ground if you are on their back. 3 second hold.• 3pts - "escape from the guard into side control or mount". No points if you just “escape”.• 2pts - for a "leg sweep reversal" from the bottom (in the guard) putting you on top (into Mount).• 2pts - "knee on belly" with one leg posted on the belly and the other one extended with foot flat on the floor. 10 second hold.• 2pts - any "hold down or pin" which immobilizes the opponent for 10 seconds (side control, head control, kesa gatame/scarf hold, etc.)
Penalties:• Striking the opponent, choking, joint locks, neck cranks, pinching, tickling or intentional / malicious contact.• 1st Penalty - Warning.• 2nd Penalty - 2 points awarded to opponent.• 3rd Penalty - Disqualification.• Excessive contact will result in disqualification on the 2nd warning.

You can cheer your kid on, but there is no coaching during a match.  Any parent or instructor coaching or intervention will result in disqualification of the competitor!
Open Weapons Kata:

Must be a Gasan Ryu Kenpo or Kung Fu weapons form in original format as taught at CSSD: No two forms together. No gymnastics. Full karate uniform required.
All ranks will compete in the same division.
Student must provide their own weapons.
Judging based on: Stances, Power, Focus, Mechanics, Presentation.

Tournament Procedures and Etiquette
Competition can be a stressful and nerve racking event for your child. That is okay. One of the reasons for organizing these tournaments and especially the beginner show divisions, is to guide your child through this competitive experience successfully. Not to remove all the stress, but rather to help them overcome their nervousness and have a safe, fun and successful event. The idea being that they can build on this small success and carry their new-found confidence into other parts of their life. Remember that this is probably one of the reasons you got them into Karate in the first place!
When you arrive, look for the registration table. Your child will be given their competitors wrist band (which they will wear for the duration), custom tournament shirt (if you are one of first 20 registered - more will be available for sale at the Tournament) and registration form showing the events they are competing in. They keep this registration form with them throughout the tournament (stuff it in their jacket). 
When the judges are preparing their rings for competition, they will call out the divisions and the names of the kids registered for that event. The kids will then be asked to sit down around the ring and wait to be called. “Walk-on,” “Last minute” and “just changed my mind” competitors, must bring their registration forms to the judge to be added to the division.
In SELF DEFENSE and KATA, the first three competitors will be called out and perform their material withoutindividual scoring. When all three are finished, they will be called back to receive their scores. This allows thejudges to get a sense of the “field” and score more fairly and consistently. From this point forward all competitorswill be scored immediately following their performance.
Sit quietly in seiza (kneeling position) or cross legged. Always remember your principles of conduct (effort, etiquette, sincerity, character and self control) to insure you behave properly and with respect.
When the judges call your name:

Stand up tall, raise your right hand and in a loud voice shout: “Judges!”
Walk to the edge of the ring and bow into the competition area.
Run to the center of the ring and then turn to **** the judges.
Walk forwards to about 6 feet away from the judges.
Bow towards the judges.
Step out into a Ready Stance, Punch down with both hands, and Kiai loudly (Karate shout).
Say the following (or something similar), in a loud, slow and clear voice:- Judges, my name is ......................- My style is “.....................”- I represent “sensei ...............” and the “.................. Dojo”- I will be performing.......................- With your permission, may I begin, Sir!
The judges will nod for you to start.
Bow to the judges and then move (without turning your back to the judges) to the area or space to perform your kata or self defense techniques. Stand in front position, take a few deep breaths, relax, and then...
Begin your kata or self defense techniques.
Bow at the end of your kata or to your partner following self defense techniques.
Turn to **** the judges and then step out into a ready stance and kiai, and wait quietly for your score. After receiving your score bow to the judges, and back out of the ring, bowing at the edge. Return to your place but remember to NEVER turn your back to the judges.

When you are using an Uke/partner for your self defense techniques, remember to pick him/her before the tournament, their job is to make you look good, so practice! Your Uke should stand up right after you have been called by the judges. When you walk to the center of the mat, your Uke will stand in front position one step behind you to the right. Do not forget to bow to your Uke before and after your session. Self Defense techniques are done in the following order:

Punch Defense
Grab Defense
Weapon Defense.
You must announce each defense before you do it:  “Punch Defense!” ....... then do the technique, this also helps your partner remember their job. Remember good etiquette during your performance.

Have Fun and Good Luck!!

Location / Parking Map and Tournament Layout
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Episcopal School of Dallas Campus Map / Parking

Tournament Layout