Considered a precious and respected part of Shotokan Karate of America, tournament takes place in the form of jiyu kumite (free sparring) where fighters execute their movements learned from kihon (basics) in an advanced level. Tournament serves as a great way for one to improve his or her jiyu kumite besides attending daily jiyu kumite practices. Tournament often creates fear and anxiety in oneself, causing him or her to over-think and doubt himself or herself. Therefore, the goals are to help one face one’s own fears, to prepare one for any dangerous situation in real life, and to educate one that tournament is not about winning or losing but about becoming a stronger person. Every year, there are opportunities to participate in tournament; check out the list of tournaments listed below or the drop-down menu next to this “Tournaments” section on top of the page.