Frequently asked Questions
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Answer: Usually all PKC Sanctioned events within your Region award you Regional points including the PKC International Championships. However, if would like to be sure, contact your PKC Regional Director. Check the officer’s link at the top of the page to find your Director.
The Ratings and tournament schedules for both Regional and National Series are online .. Check this site for links to all PKC Regions.
Answer: Most run January through December as listed below, however contact your PKC Regional Director to be sure. Check this site for Region links.
Answer: Although this site reports the National Ratings, several Regions have their own websites and links to those sites can be found at the bottom of our site pages. When you are at a tournament, look for the Trophies and you will most likely find a PKC representative recording the Region’s Ratings nearby.
Answer: Your National Points should be different from your Regional Points. It would be a coincidence if they were ever the same. WHY?…
The point values for the National ratings are not the same as the Region ratings, and most Regional Series run Jan Dec., where the National Series runs Aug July.
Answer:The National Season begins in July and ends in July. Check the National Event Schedule for exact dates.
Answer: The column titled “*” tells you how many different divisions (in this event kata for example) you are duplicated in.For example: a competitor can be listed in 2 different kata divisions due to advancing age or rank. You will notice a column “D total” (division total) this is your total points in this division. If you are listed in more than one division you will notice your “C total” (combined total) is different. The C total denotes the total for all divisions in this event.
For example if your D total is 92 total points in Novice kata, but you have 102 combined total points and the “*” column shows you are listed in 2 divisions, we can safely assume that you have 10 points in the another kata division……92+ 10 = 102At the end of the year you will receive your combined total where ever you have accumulated the most points.
Answer: Members compete and place in more than one division due to changes in age and rank throughout the season. At the end of the point season (July) you will receive your combined total in the division where you accumulated the most points.Awards are presented to the top ten winners in each division at the PKC International Tournament and Banquet held in the Fall each year. (in the case of a tie, duplicate awards are presented).
Answer: You must accumulate more points in your original division to move into a new division at the season’s end. In the event you accumulate the same total in two divisions, your points remain in your original division where you first began accumulating points.
Answer: This is a National Points Series. The competitors included in this series are from Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisianna, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario Canada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin among others.If you do not travel to all of the areas where PKC Tournaments take place, it is likely you will see names that you don’t recognize.
Answer: If you are not a PKC Member you cannot accumulate points. If you have been competing at PKC events, and would like points for competition, you can join the PKC online today from the link at the top of the page. If you are expired, you will still accumulate points. However, you will be deleted and lose all points if you let your membership lapse for too long. Once you are deleted, we cannot put you back in under the same ID #. You must rejoin and begin all over again to begin accumulating new points. Your membership must be current to recieve an award at the end of the season’s Annual Awards Banquet.
Answer: You will notice asterisks (**) before the name of some tournaments. Triple asterisks (***) mean Triple National Point Values. Double asterisks (**) mean Double National Point Values. These double and triple point tournaments are assigned to Directors/Officers of the PKC.All other tournaments on the National tournament schedule will award the following point values:
1st Place = 15 points
2nd Place = 10 points
3rd Place = 5 points
4th Place = 3 points(Check with your Director for Regional point values.)
Answer: The Annual PKC National Awards Banquet averages somewhere between 400 600 people each year. These people are made up of competitors, instructors, promoters, family, and friends of the Top Ten Division Winners.
They come to be recognized for their accomplishments and tenacity as champions, and to help recognize their peers. We appreciate the support of all who join in this evening of camaraderie. All are deserving of this extra special attention on this extra special day.
However, we understand priorities. All winners with banquet tickets will have awards ready to be presented at the banquet. If you are unable to attend, you may have someone pick up the award for you after the banquet has concluded.
Answer: Check the PKC National Tournament Schedule. This schedule is updated as tournament dates are sent in by promoters. All tournaments on this list award PKC National Points. If you are a PKC Member by the date of competition, you will receive National Points for placing in 1st 4th in any of the tournaments on this list.If a tournament is not on the list within a few weeks of an event call or email our office to make sure, but it is likely not a sanctioned event and you will not receive points for competition there.
Answer: You receive a patch with your membership, when you join. However, if you need an additional patch you can purchase one by sending $5 to the following address. Be sure to send a note telling us you would like to purchase a patch, and we will be happy to mail you a PKC Patch.
We also have 7/8″ lapel pins available for $3.PKC Headquarters
P.O. Box 20936
Hot Springs, AR 71903
Answer: Contact the tournament promoter for current rules.
Answer: Subscribe to your favorite online newsletters and websites, social networks, and print your email address clearly on your competitor release forms.
Answer: If you would like to volunteer to scorekeep or timekeep at the tournaments. See the tournament promoter in advance of the event or see the tournament coordinators at the events (the gentlemen wearing headphones). They will be happy to pair you with an experienced scorekeeper, and would greatly appreciate your help. Many request help on social networks in advance of the event.
Answer: Unfortunately a few judges find it difficult to be impartial when it comes to their own students. The PKC does not encourage this behavior, and does their best to contain this behavior. There are many more good judges, however, who set a positive example and encourage all students to develop a sense of integrity and good sportsmanship.
Although biased behavior may affect a few divisions, it would never affect a whole tournament. Below are some causes of what seems to be biased behavior but in fact it is not.
1.**An instructor who has 20 or more students competing at one tournament.20 students will most likely compete in approx 50 divisions throughout the day. Many divisions have 6 or less competitors, therefore the mathematical probability that these 20 students will take home many awards is high. However, when it begins to happen (this is especially true if the 20 are all wearing a similar uniform) someone always cries CHEAT. When in fact there was no cheating.
2.**Having many judges working who are certified on the rules, yet do not themselves compete or even judge but once per year.The judging here will feel different than normal, because some of the judges here have never been introduced to any other style than what they have seen inside their own dojo. Therefore they may judge harshly anything which looks different or from their point of view. This would be a tournament where outside Black Belt support would be very useful.
Black Belts from all areas are encouraged to attend all/any events on the schedule to help bring a balanced playing field for all competitors.
3.Areas of the country who encourage traditional Martial Arts vs areas who encourage more open types of competition.When a competitor uses gymnastics as part of their performance, the Open area may score this very high if he/she performs well, where a more traditional group may not score it very well because they were waiting to see some kind of useful and direct self defense. Know the area you will be traveling to, and adjust your performance to meet the requirements of that area.
4.Keep in mind that all Black Belts take pride in their style of Martial Arts and their students who perform well what they have taught them. Most Black Belts view their style as superior to all others which is the reason they themselves chose that style. This is the reason there are 5 judges (never all of one style) on a judging board. The goal is to achieve an average opinion of all 5 judges.
As competitors, especially if you travel outside your area, you have the opportunity to be instroduced to many different styles of Martial Arts. If you can keep an open mind you will see the merit in all styles and your martial arts education will become a well rounded one. Which in turn will make you a better Black Belt.
Remember that the majority of the Black Belts out there are volunteering to help because help was needed and they see the merit to their own education. Be respectful and listen and you may just learn something along the way.
Answer: A “bye” refers to a sparring match where a competitor is permitted to bypass the first round of fighting and go directly to the second round. This seems to be a complicated process for some, but once you understand, it is really very simple. I will attempt to explain it in simple terms.The goal of the judges is to end up with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winner (assuming that there are at least 4 competitors) and to have the competitors pairing up evenly in each round. To achieve this they use a system called the Bye System. Competitors receiving a “bye” are chosen randomly.
How does it work? For argument sake we will call the following numbers “The Bye Scale”. Memorize these numbers and you will easily be able to figure the number of Bye’s given to the competitors of most sparring divisions. “Bye Scale”: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64
Keeping the Bye scale in mind, all you need now is to know how many competitors are in the division.( We will use 5 competitors as an example.) Simply find the number on the Bye Scale that is higher than 5 yet closest to 5 then subtract 5 from it……8 is higher than 5 and still the closest to 5, so when you subtract 5 from 8 you will end up with 3 Bye’s in this division.
Three competitors will be chosen at random to bypass the 1st round. This will leave 2 competitors to fight in the 1st round. The 1st round loser will be eliminated from competition. The winner will join the other 3 and the second round will begin. The second round will consist of (four competitors) 2 matches..the winners of these two matches will go to the 3rd round and fight for 1st and 2nd. The two losers of the second round will go into the 3rd round and fight for 3rd and 4th place.
Note: when you ask yourself, “how many competitors are there in this division?” If it equals one of the numbers on the Bye scale, then you have 0 Bye’s.
An easy way to remember the Bye Scale…..begin with 2 and double it, the answer will be 4, double 4 and the answer will be 8, double 8 to get 16, double 16 to get 32, double 32 to get 64. You could continue this by doubling 64 to get 128, however, when was the last time you saw more than 64 competitors in one division?
20) Do you have to qualify to compete in the PKC's central event of the season...The PKC International Karate Championships?
Answer: No. The PKC wishes to keep competiton open to all competitors across all tournaments. Although many organizations require a qualification for World or International events, the PKC provides seating at this event for all Regional and National PKC Champions as our means providing a standard of elite level competition in all final rounds.