The Youth Nationals offers athletes ages 6-17 who have achieved 8th Kyu and above the opportunity to apply their skills against a variety of fellow athletes.
The competition method in the Youth Nationals provides each athlete plenty of matches in both kumite and kata. Medals are awarded to the top scoring athletes. However, the purpose of the Youth Nationals is to provide the opportunity to compete and to better understand one's karate.
Two special team events are offered: Enbu and Synchronized Kata. Both events are mixed gender (no gender restrictions).
The Adult Nationals determines the AAKF champions for 2013 across 13 competitive events:
|Men's Individual Kumite||Women's Individual Kumite|
|Men's Kogo||Women's Kogo|
|Men's Fuku-go||Women's Fuku-go|
|Men's Team Kumite|
|Men's Individual Kata||Women's Individual Kata|
|Men's Synchronized Kata||Women's Synchronized Kata|
|Man/Man Enbu||Man/Woman Enbu|
The Eliminations on June 21st winnow the athletes to the four or less finalists (individuals or teams) for each event.
The Finals on June 22nd determine the champions.
The Adult competitions are run according to the ITKF Traditional Karate Competition Rules which can be purchased on Amazon.
The 52nd National Championships include a number of events as well as AAKF business meetings. The key events are shown below:
See the Registration Packet for a comprehensive and more detailed schedule.
|June 19||National Mini-Camp and Judges' Seminar||9am to 5pm||Training and brush up for athletes and judges|
|June 21||Adult Eliminations||8am to 5pm||Elimination rounds for Adults to produce the finalists|
|June 21||Youth Competitions I||6pm to 9pm||First part of the Youth Nationals starting with the lower ranks (8th and 7th Kyu)|
|June 22||Youth Competitions II||8am to noon||Second part of the Youth Nationals finishing with black belt ranks|
|June 22||Adult Finals||2pm to 6:30 pm||Adult finalists compete to determine Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists|
|June 22||Banquet||7:30pm to 11pm||Celebratory banquet closing the championships; held in the DoubleTree hotel|
Registration requires several forms to be filled out and signed. The completed forms and payments are to be turned into your club director who will work with your Regional Director to ensure all athletes are properly registered.
Registration forms and helpful information are included in the Registration Packet.
Hotel reservations (as with all travel related items) are handled separately. Each athlete (and family) will directly take care of these items. Those wishing to stay at the DoubleTree Hotel will be able to reserve their room(s) online. See the Location & Lodging section (below).
( Regional Directors only ) Regional forms are in Regional Rosters .
Both Youth and Adult National tournaments will be held at the Chesterfield Athletic Club in Chesterfield, Missouri. The Chesterfield Athletic Club is physically part of the DoubleTree hotel complex. Athletes staying at the DoubleTree are just an elevator ride and a brief indoor walk away from the gymnasium. The DoubleTree also offers a convenient store to buy water, snacks and other items and has several dining options. Notably, a Starbucks is located next to the gymnasium.
A block of rooms are currently available for the discount rate of $87 per night.
To reserve your room click here or on the DoubleTree icon above.
See the Registration Packet for a comprehensive and more detailed description of the location.