Karate Manitoba Releases Rules for “Prize Fights” in the Province

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Earlier this year Manitoba passed an Order in Council setting out how amateur ‘prize fights’ are to be regulated in the Province.  Oversight of all karate prize fights was handed to Karate Manitoba.

Today Karate Manitoba sent the below e-mail setting out their regulatory framework for the sport.   I should note that the e-mail is somewhat overly broad.  It is not accurate to say that “all amateur karate competitions in Manitoba must be approved by Karate Manitoba”  This statement is only true to such karate competitions that can be deemed as ‘prize fights’ under s. 83 of the Criminal Code.  A karate competition that does not include ‘prize fighting’ is not caught by Karate Manitoba’s regulatory powers.  In any event, here is their e-mail with links to their policy and application forms.

Hello Karate Clubs Recent changes to both the Federal and Provincial legislation have impacted the entire karate community in Manitoba.  One of the key impacts of the Provincial Order-In-Council is that all amateur karate competitions in Manitoba must be approved by Karate Manitoba prior to implementation.   To read more please click on link OIC Letter to Karate Clubs

Competition Hosting Policy Competition Application Form

If you have any questions and or concerns please feel free to contact the office.

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Comments
  1. Phil says:

    Hi Erik,

    “I should note that the e-mail is somewhat overly broad. It is not accurate to say that ‘all amateur karate competitions in Manitoba must be approved by Karate Manitoba’ This statement is only true to such karate competitions that can be deemed as ‘prize fights’ under s. 83 of the Criminal Code.”

    Could you give some examples of karate competitions that wouldn’t be deemed a prize fight that Karate Manitoba would not have the authority to approve as per the definition below?

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    Definition of “prize fight”

    (2) In this section, “prize fight” means an encounter or fight with fists, hands or feet between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them, but does not include

    (a) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province if the sport is on the programme of the International Olympic Committee or the International Paralympic Committee and, in the case where the province’s lieutenant governor in council or any other person or body specified by him or her requires it, the contest is held with their permission;

    (b) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province if the sport has been designated by the province’s lieutenant governor in council or by any other person or body specified by him or her and, in the case where the lieutenant governor in council or other specified person or body requires it, the contest is held with their permission;

    (c) a contest between amateur athletes in a combative sport with fists, hands or feet held in a province with the permission of the province’s lieutenant governor in council or any other person or body specified by him or her

    (d) a boxing contest or mixed martial arts contest held in a province with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board, commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the province’s legislature for the control of sport within the province.

    • EMagraken says:

      Thanks for your comment Phil. The easiest example would be a form or kata based competition. This would not meet the definition of Prize Fight and such a contest would fall outside of Karate Manitoba’s monopoly powers.

      Any amateur karate events with contact, on the other hand, would fall under the scope of Karate Manitoba’s powers and would need to be regulated by them.

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