Friendship Cup 2023

Date: Feb 19, 2023 to Feb 19, 2023

This Tournament is closed for online registration.

Registration Fee:
Individual competition rates:
1-2 Events = $70.00 3 Events = $75.00

Ringside Coach's Pass $10

FAMILY DISCOUNTS for individual competition.
Family discounts applies only to immediate family members (spouses, parents and children).
Discount Rate:
1st Family Member 1-2 Events = $70.00 3 Events = $75.00
2nd Family Member 1-2 Events = $65.00 3 Events = $70.00
3rd Family Member 1-2 Events = $60.00 3 Events = $65.00
4th Family Member 1-2 Events = $55.00 3 Events = $60.00

Family-2 (for 2 family members)
Family-3 (for 3 family members)
Family-4 (for 4 family members)

Spectator Admission: (At Door)
Children (Age 5-13) - $5
Adults (Age 14 and up) - $7
Seniors (Age 65 and up) - Free
DU Students with student ID - Free

Tournament Contact Information:
Isao Gary Tsutsui

Venue & Location:
University of Denver - Hamilton Gymnasium
2240 Buchtel Blvd.
Denver, CO 80210

Tournament Information:
Tournament Info Packet: Open

Tournament Background:
Dear Competitor,

On behalf of Colorado Budokan, I would like personally to extend an invitation to Friendship Cup 2023 to be held at University of Denver, Hamilton Gymnasium, in Denver, Colorado on February 19, 2023.

Please note that adult 35+ years divisions, will begin competing at 9:00 AM followed immediately by team kata, team kumite, and children (age 5 and up) divisions.

For online competitor registration go to Registration will close on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 11:00 PM. All competitors must register online and late registrations will not be accepted.

The Friendship Cup was established to promote karate-do and to provide a venue to make new friends, to see old friends, to share technical knowledge, and of course, to engage in spirited competition. I sincerely appreciate your support as Colorado Budokan continues to endeavor to provide you with a safe, challenging, and rewarding competitive experience.

Please feel free to share this invitation and tournament information with your friends and colleagues.

Please honor us with your presence in a wonderful celebration of friendship and competition.

In the spirit of karate-do,

Isao Gary Tsutsui
Tournament Director

Medical Release:
By clicking the "I Agree" you are electronically signing this agreement indicating that you have read, and understood the terms and conditions, refund policy, release of liability, and you are 18 years of age or older. If the registrant is a minor under 18 for this event you attest that the name entered as the parent or legal guardian is the name of the person accepting the agreement and is in fact the parent or legal guardian of the registered minor.

I understand that karate is a very dangerous martial art involving forceful physical contact, that it is likely to incite aggressive behavior which is beyond the control of Friendship Cup 2023 (“FC 2023”), Colorado Budokan ("CB"), and University of Denver (“DU”), that severe injuries or death may result from my participation in the activities of this martial art, and I fully and knowingly accept these risks. I therefore release FC 2023, CB, DU, their officers, agents, and employees, any and all volunteers or paid instructors from any and all liability, now and in the future, arising from or in connection with the activities of and concerning FC 2023, CB, and DU.
Further, I understand that any medical treatment given to me will be of a first aid treatment type only.
Further, I certify that I am physically and emotionally sound, have medical approval to proceed with rigorous exercise, including physical contact, and assume full responsibility for my own well-being. I hereby waive any and all rights I may have to bring any legal action against FC 2023, CB, DU, DU representative, or anyone else in connection with any injury I may suffer as a result of my participation in FC 2023.

Further, I understand Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) are being enforced at FC 2023 and I willingly accept responsibility for their implementation and efficacy.

Further, I release the FC 2023, CB, and DU from any and all liability, which would, could, or might arise from any act of omission on its part in connection with the FC 2023, the CB, and DU.

1) Coaches’ official dress.
a) All coaches shall wear a tracksuit including athletic type shoes. No open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops allowed while on the competition floor.
b) No hats will be allowed on the competition floor.
2) Coaches must accept the Coach Code of Conduct.
3) Coaches must obey all event rules and procedures.
4) Coaches are allowed on the competition floor only for facilitating the event, coaching athletes and insuring a fair and unbiased sporting environment. NOT spectating.
5) Coaches are prohibited from using communication devices such as cell phones and “walkie-talkies” while coaching their athletes.
6) Coaches are prohibited from videotaping or photographing on the competition floor.
7) Competition floor access.
a) Each dojo may have a maximum of three coaches (1 coach/1-5 competitors, 2 coaches/6-10 competitors, 3 coaches/ 11+ competitors) on the competition floor.
b) Coaches are allowed on the competition floor only when their athlete is: 1) engaged in a kumite match, 2) the “on deck competitor.”
c) Coaches must stay in the area assigned to them while in the competition area.
d) Coaches are required to be seated at the ring while waiting for their athlete to compete.
e) Coaches may not stand around the tatami.
f) No coaches will be allowed on the competition floor for kata divisions.
8) Official protest.
a) Coaches cannot ask for an explanation of judgment calls from any member of the Referee Panel and Referee Committee.
b) No one may protest a judgment to the members of the Refereeing Panel
c) In the case of an administrative malfunction during a match in progress, the coach may notify the Tatami Manager directly.
9) Score table and personnel
a) Coaches are strictly prohibited from being behind the score table at any time. Unauthorized people can distract table personnel and affect the integrity of the score and time keeping.
b) Coaches found disturbing table personnel will be removed immediately.
10) Coaches must listen to and obey all orders from the Referee Panel and Referee Committee.
11) Anyone without proper coaching credentials and attire will not be allowed to coach on the competition floor.
12) Any discourteous behavior from a member (athlete, coach, parent, relative, friend) of an official delegation can earn the disqualification of a competitor, the entire team, or delegation from the tournament.
13) All coaches must attend the Referee, Judge, and Coach meeting before the start of Friendship Cup 2023 to receive their credentials.


Friendship Cup 2023 is committed to the highest standards of sport karate and expects all coaches to honor the traditions and spirit of karate-do.
I understand as a Coach participating in Friendship Cup 2023, there are responsibilities, expectations, and duties attached to my position. Additionally, my position is one of authority and it is critical to the development of athletes and the technical integrity of traditional karate-do.
As an official Coach of Friendship Cup 2023, I hereby agree to:

1. Obey and abide by Friendship Cup 2023 rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures.
2. Facilitate implementation and efficacy of Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines and protocols.
3. Conform to the appropriate dress codes and always maintain the highest standards of conduct.
4. Conduct myself in a manner that “honors karate-do.”
5. Respect and support tournament officials and volunteers.
6. Not indulge in conduct which would incite athletes or spectators against officials.
7. Quietly and privately address all concerns to the Head Official or Tournament Director at the appropriate time when any problem with the officiating occurs.
8. Refrain from using profane or abusive language and obscene gestures.
9. Refrain from use of alcohol, un-prescribed drugs or other controlled substances which could impair my judgment or abilities as a Coach.
10. Refrain from making disparaging or personal remarks about competitors, officials, or their performance(s) at all times.
11. Always endeavor to promote the history, philosophy, and techniques of traditional karate-do.

I hereby confirm that I have read the Coach Code of Conduct, that I agree to and shall comply with the terms and conditions contained therein, and I fully understand the expectations hereafter imposed upon me as a Coach at Friendship Cup 2023.

This Tournament is closed for online registration.