It is a repeat of last year’s Bay Area Sport Karate Association Region 4 tournament, which drew more than 500 competitors and spectators to the West High gym and showcased talent in the karate and sparring divisions.
This year, the event will feature international karate stars in the Best of the Best Cup Team Challenge, with Mexican and American teams, including Koral Pro-Fighter, Titanes, International and Top Ten fighting to claim the cup for their country. That part of the competition begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This year, the tournament will include a halftime show with Team Loopkicks, one of the premiere demonstration teams. New competition this year includes team forms and a demonstration team challenge, plus first-timer kata and sparring for athletes age 17 and younger.
First-timers in the kata division will run through the same routines as the regular divisions and receive scores from the judges. In sparring, athletes fight other rookies for a one-round two-minute fight. Contact is controlled to a minimum. Those interested in competing in these events can preregister online, and events will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
There will be four divisions for team forms: novice, intermediate, advanced and black belt. The “Demo Team Challenge” will feature team Kemscrima-doh, who will challenge all comers with their unique routine.
In Junior Team Sparring, there are divisions for 8-and-under, 9 to 11 years, 12-14 and 15-17. Each will put three-person squads up against each other for three rounds.
The continuous sparring division is for more experienced fighters. More contact is allowed, but it remains a controlled-contact division where knockout blows are not permitted.
For information: 914-9661, www.baskaonline.com, www.castrosportkarate.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.