USA Karate

APRIL 7-9, 2023


International Delegations

For an official invitation please email the following information for each member traveling to the National Office (

- Full Name

- Date of Birth

- Passport Number

- Country

For more information on obtaining a US Visa please click here


In the USA Open we have 4 divisions of Para-karate:

1. Blind or visually impaired*

2. Wheelchair users 

3. Intellectual disability 

4. Non wheelchair user with Physical disability with no cognitive impairment. 


*Please note - athletes in the blind/visually impaired category are required to perform with blindfolds, which are checked prior to competing. 


We have male and female, junior divisions and senior age divisions. Separated by beginner/novice or intermediate/advanced divisions in para-karate kata or weapons. 


Kumite in para-karate is not offered. 


In order to participate we will need a doctors letter verifying the type of disability/impairment (visual, cognitive and/or physical) and at what level. 


Typically the athletes need only two katas, and may repeat if needed. 


All other criteria are the same as all athletes.

Hotel Information

USA Open and Junior International Cup

USA Karate is proud to name the world-famous Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino once again as the host venue. This Las Vegas resort offers world-class gaming, shopping, dining with an exceptional hotel experience. They have been an ideal venue for the USA Open and Junior International Cup to grow and become the prestigious event it is today. Rates available until March 25, 2022.
Headquarters Hotel - Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
$119 per night Sunday – Thursday
$139 per night Friday - Saturday
$35/night resort fee + tax
Call for Reservations: (877) 603-4389 Code SPKDF2
(service charge will apply for phone reservations)

USA Karate Open and Junior International Championships

Secondary Hotel - Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel

$75 per night Sunday – Thursday
$95 per night Friday – Saturday
$30/night resort fee + tax


Call for Reservations: 1-800-358-8777 Code SBKDF2

(service charge will apply for phone reservations)

Passing the Torch Event

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Passing the Torch; Train with Olympians

Thursday, April 14th, 2022


Las Vegas Ballroom – Bally’s

Las Vegas, NV


USA Karate announces the first event recognizing the 2020 Olympic Karate Athletes and Coaches! We invite all registered athletes ages 12+ to participate in Passing the Torch, a 90-minute training session with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Team where you can train alongside those who were in Tokyo! Also attending is special guest, Sensei Fariba Madani, 2020 Olympic referee!


Passing the Torch is FREE to registered USA Open participants ages 12+ but space is limited to 120 participants, so be sure to register now here. Participants will receive a Passing the Torch T-shirt.  


Our Olympians want to pass the torch to the future team USA athletes, so don’t miss this opportunity!


Passing the Torch is presented by:


Ariel Torres, Olympic Bronze Medalist

Sakura Kokumai, Olympian and World Bronze Medalist

Tom Scott, Olympian and World Bronze Medalist

Brian Irr, Olympian

Brody Burns, Olympic Coach

Javier Mantilla, Olympic Coach

Maile Chinen, Host City Liaison


With Special Guest:

Fariba Madani, Olympic Referee and WKF Referee Commission Secretary


Who can register?

Any athlete who has registered for the USA Open tournament and is 12 years and older. All levels welcome.


How to register?

Add-on Passing the Torch when registering for the USA Open. If you’ve already registered, simply revisit and add Passing the Torch to your registration.


What should participants bring to the training?

Participants are required to wear gi pants with the provided Passing the Torch T-shirt. Athletes will be given the opportunity to train either kata or kumite. If they plan to do the kumite training, please bring all protective equipment.


Can parents watch the event?

Yes, parents and spectators are welcome to attend.


Will there be time to take photos and autographs with the Olympians?

Yes, there will be time at the end of the training session for photo and autograph opportunities.


For event questions, please contact Elisa Au at

Gi Requirements

Only white traditional Gis are allowed in signature events. The Karate1 Red and Blue striped Gis are not allowed. The Gi must have a USA-NKF patch on it (for domestic athletes only). Flag patches cannot be worn at signature events. Due to SafeSport requirements individuals cannot be changing Gi tops within the competition area.

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