World University Championships – Kobe Japan

July 19-22, 2018

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Each athlete must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible.

  1. United States Citizen and able to obtain a US Passport.
  2. Born between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 2000.
  3. Have taken at least one 3-credit course towards a degree or diploma within the last year before the GAMES. Incoming freshman and transfers are eligible. The standard is that the athlete must be “progressing towards a degree”.Graduating high school students accepted to attend a university in the Fall of 2018 will be eligible.

USA Karate and BTIE agree to adhere to all NCAA (or NAIA, NJCAA), USIUSF, and FISU regulations necessary in participating in a GAMES.

Athlete to declare participation by March 15. Payment due by March 31. Please notify Elizabeth Sottile in the national office via email and include proof of eligibility.

USA Karate is allowed 1 athlete in each of the individual WKF Categories

The selection will be based on Highest seat in:

Sr National Team Seats 1-4

Jr National Team 18-20 Seats 1-4

Jr National Team 16-17 Seats 1-4 (Kata only)

Sr National Team athletes who competed at the January 2018 Team Trial (Not in top 4)


Competition information can be found at

Cost will be: $1,100 per athlete paid to USA Karate by March 31

Includes all processing and registration fees by BTIE and includes Athletes’ Village housing, for 6 nights arriving Tuesday July 17 and Departing Monday July 23. In the Athletes’ Village all meals, ground transportation is included.  Athletes can request to extend the stay 1 day to depart on Tuesday July 24 for an additional $90 – must be paid in advance.  Fee also includes approximately $250 to apply to required officials charges determined by FISU prior to the event.

Random drug testing may be done on the athletes.  All athletes that win a medal will be tested.  The tests are done by WADA and positive results can affect NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA eligibility.

Current Athletes



Female Kata

Jessica Kwong

Female Kumite -50kg

Eva Alexander

Female Kumite -55kg

Giselle Kaneda

Female Kumite -61kg

Ann Hsieh

Female Kumite -68kg

Ashley Davis

Female Kumite +68kg


Male Kata

Taishi Tozaki

Male Kumite -60kg


Male Kumite -67kg

Kenneth McLymore

Male Kumite -75kg

Nolan O'Rear

Male Kumite -84kg

Kamran Madani

Male Kumite +84kg