A Referees and Judges Qualification Course (national and international qualification) conducted by sensei
Colin Putt, SKDUN Chief Referee, was held in Bielsko-Biala on 12 – 14 September 2014. The group of 9 students of wide range of grades and previous experience worked hard over the 2 days to understand the complexities of kata and kumite judging and refereeing. The small number allowed for more in-depth discussions regarding the finer points of judgment. The course was complemented by a practical session of kata – Jion and Bassai Sho to underpin the theoretical knowledge.
There was also a session with pre-set scenarios for the students to practice the various options available to a judging panel with
regard to the rules. Big thanks go sensei Zbigniew Kowalski and his young students from karate club ‘Bushi’ for their acting skills in these scenarios to challenge the refereeing panel in their interpretations. The course was concluded with a written examination with the practical assessment to be undertaken in the World Championships in Poland on 10-12 October. Results of the examinations will be announced at the next championships and will also be posted on the website.
The course was preceded by an evening session organised by the ‘Bushi’ club, with emphasis on kihon, kata and kumite training. The training covered the basics of the three Ks and included demonstration of advanced application of these basic principles for the more senior students.
Sensei Colin Putt 7th Dan is available for karate seminars and referee qualification courses.