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Officials Resources

    It is a pleasure and honor to salute all of you who have dedicated yourselves to service as a USA Karate Official. We applaud your willingness and endeavors to improve your knowledge of the rules of competition and to devote so much to our karate athletes from across the country.

    As you know, our Referee Committees (Operations, Education and Certification) have been working diligently to provide the entire corps of U.S. officials with the most accurate information about the rules of competition and with world-class training in judging and refereeing. Creating the best group of top-notch officials would not be possible without sacrifices on the part of all of our officials. You are the dedicated people who offer your valuable time, and often miss out on family time, contribute their own funds to travel, all to the benefit of improving the state of competitive karate in the United States.

    The Referee Committees and Officials could not have reached these high professional levels without participating in many tournaments and seminars.  With this in mind, we encourage all of you to participate in local tournaments and also to participate in our two Signature Events.  Working together at these events helps us all maintain and improve our skills.

    Education is critical to the success of our referee program and we are excited to have introduced the Regional Referee Program - information is available here

    Once again, thank you for dedication. We look forward to seeing you in the next event.


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    • Regional Referee Program

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      (Kata & Kumite)

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    • USA Karate Officials Policy Manual

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    • Referee Code of Conduct

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