Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where do I park?
A: From 6:30 to 9:30 am there will be an attendant that will take a payment of $8. If you come later, pay at the kiosk. Input your license plate number into the kiosk. The kiosk takes credit cards. Put your receipt on your dash.
Q: How much is the spectator fee?
A: Spectators are FREE ! This offsets the cost of parking.
Q: What is Pay Pal?
A: Pay Pal is the number one way in the world to transfer money electronically. It is safe, and secure. It is primary means of payment for such large companies like Ebay. The way it works is your e-mail address is attached to a credit card or checking account. It is free to setup, safe, and convenient. Pre-registration for the Nikkei Karate tournament is paid by using Pay Pal.
Q: I don't want to use Pay Pal or am having trouble using it.
A: Submit your registration by mail. We must receive your registration by the Monday before the tournament. Or, register and pay the morning of the tournament, paying the increased registration fee.
Q: I have a huge stack of completed registration forms and the deadline has passed for mail in, what can I do?
A: Scan the forms and e-mail them to us at email@example.com, then send us a Pay Pal payment to firstname.lastname@example.org for the total amount. Other option is to use overnight mail. We MUST receive your packet by Wednesday before the tournament.
Q: What is the easiest way to submit a large number of registrations?
A: Mail us the completed registration forms and submit a SINGLE check for the total amount before the mail in deadline. It is safer than mailing a large number of individual checks or cash and much easier for us.
Q: What time will my event start?
A: We start with the youngest beginning competitors first and progress to the more advanced students within the age range, then we move to the next older age range. Black Belt adults will compete first this year. Since there is no way to know how many competitors will be in any division, we can only estimate when you will compete. Children under age ten usually start competing between 10 am and 12 pm. Children ten through sixteen usually between 12 and 3 pm. Adults (except black belts) usually between 2 and 5 pm.
Q: If I am pre-registered, what time do I have to show up?
A: You need only to check in and pick up your shirt if you are pre-registered. We suggest coming no later than one hour before you match begins. If you are not pre-registered, we suggest you come between 7:30 and 9am. Registration gets very, very busy between 9 am and 10 am. Registration closes at 12 pm.
Q: When is the registration deadline?
A: Monday before the tournament to receive mail in forms. This means you have to mail them by Saturday, 8 days before the tournament. Online registration is accepted until the Friday night right before the tournament.
Q: What level should I register my child in?
A: We use the guideline of how many years your child has trained for since different schools have different criteria for belt rankings. Less than one year: Beginner, 1-2 years: Novice, 2-3 years: Intermediate, 3 years or more: Advanced. Special consideration may be given for a student that only trains once a week or has taken years off of training. What we do not what to see is Brown belts competing in the Novice or Intermediate category or Green Belts competing in the Beginner category. Many instructors put their students in the lower level of competition so medals can be won. This is highly unfair to those competing at the correct level.
Q: Why do I need to put all this personal information about the competitor on the form?
A: We use the training information as a double check to make sure the person is in the right category and in the category that matches their sex. Height, weight, and school is used to pair people up for kumite so that in the first round there is not a huge size difference in the competitors and so that people do not fight their own team mates in the first round, though sometime this is unavoidable.
Q: How can the Nikkei Games have such a great venue like the Pyramid and give a shirt for such a cheap entry price?
A: The Nikkei Games is totally volunteer and non-profit. It exists for the benefit of the art and to enable competitors to be able to participate even if they do not have a lot of money. The event is also sponsored by generous donations. If you can donate money to the Nikkei Games, it would be much appreciated and helps to insure that the games can continue in the future.
Q: How can I help out with the Nikkei Games?
A: Email us and let us know that you want to volunteer. We need help with time keepers, score keepers, and runners. We will train you and you will get a fantastic seat to see the action. Or....Donate money to the Nikkei Games!