Junior National Team

2016 Junior Pan American Karate Championships

August 22 - August 28

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Welcome to the Junior National Team! USA Karate is proud to once again send our Junior National Team to the Junior PKF Championships. This year’s event will be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador and we will be sending the best athletes ages 12-20 to represent the United States in this prestigious international event. You should be proud of your performance at the Team Trials, and we are confident that you will represent the United States well in Guayaquil. USA Karate is very proud of our Jr. Team and will be providing $20,000 in funding for the support of the Jr. Athletes. This funding will be used to offset the costs of registration, insurance, and travel costs for coaches, medical staff and team leads for this championship. The remaining costs are distributed among the athletes in the administrative fee.

TRAVEL DATES - Monday, August 22 – Sunday, August 28

All athletes must arrive in Guayaquil and be at the Team Hotel no later than 4pm on Monday, August 22. You may depart on Sunday, August 28 after the competition ends. 


We will once again be using a customized website to facilitate information regarding this trip. This page will be updated frequently and you should be sure to visit often to ensure that you have the latest information.  We will also continue to utilize Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter:  @usankf_jr

Facebook Group Name: USA Karate Junior National Team


The top two finishers in each of the elite divisions will be eligible to participate in Guayaquil. As the trip is coming up quickly, you will need to notify us of your intent to participate as soon as possible. Please email your confirmation to usakarateteam@usankf.org no later than Monday, August 1. After that date your spot will be offered to the next athlete in your pool.


Each athlete will need to complete the athlete travel survey prior to leaving for Guayaquil.  During this survey, you will also complete payment of the $325 Administrative Fee. Both the survey and the fee are required for participation. You can complete the survey by going to www.usankf.org and clicking on the Jr. Pkf image. Your survey must be completed by Monday, August 1. If your survey is not submitted by this date at 5pm MST your spot will be offered to the next athlete in your team pool.

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the trip, please email them to usakarateteam@usankf.org. This is the best way to contact us and will ensure the fastest answer possible. 

Venue Information


Coliseum "Voltaire Paladins"

Located approximately 20 minutes from hotel, plan accordingly

Av. De Las Americas and Av. Kennedy

Important Contact Information

Hotel Contacts:

US Consular Agency in Guayaquil:

U.S. Consulate General

Calle Santa Ana y Av. José Rodriguez Bonin
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Tel: 593-4-371-7000
E-mail: acsguayaquil@state.gov
Internet: http://ec.usembassy.gov

Important Travel Information

-       As a U.S. Citizen you do not need a Visa to enter Ecuador

-       As a U.S. Citizen you do not need proof of any vaccinations

Local Travel Recommendations

-       Be aware of your surroundings, especially when traveling to tourist attractions or areas with large crowds of people!

-       Only carry the essentials with you, and keep items such as cash, cards, and identification documents in your front pockets!

-       The Embassy recommends using only radio-dispatched taxis or car services as street cabs can be used as a front for local crime.