FAQ

Have questions? Here are some frequently asked questions that may help answer them.

GENERAL

Anyone can compete! We have divisions available for you regardless of your style, discipline, age, or skill level.

An open martial arts tournament is a competition that is open to all styles, disciplines, ages, and rank/skill levels. We offer Korean, Japanese/Okinawan, Chinese, hard-style, soft-style, traditional, creative, musical, extreme, breaking, first timer divisions and more.

No! We also offer hundreds of under belt divisions across multiple age groups and disciplines. Under belt division winners even have a chance to win an overall at the Warrior Cup Mini Finals!

ORGANIZATIONAL

More information will be announced about the NASKA Banquet after the Pan American International and before the Toronto Tournament of Champions. Registration and award availability is pending the final ratings to be released by Mr. Carnahan and the NASKA office. You can find all the available information at NASKABanquet.com

The NASKA Banquet is an awards ceremony to honor and recognize competitors accomplishments and titles from the previous NASKA competition season.

NASKA or North American Sport Karate Association is one of the most well-known tournament associations in the world. Undeniably recognized as the highest level of competition among the worlds best sport karate competitors.

6A signifies the event rating that the AKA Warrior Cup holds with the North American Sport Karate Association. 6A is the highest awarded tournament rating within NASKA.

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AKA or American Karate Association is one of the largest martial arts associations in the country. Founded in 1964 and steeped in tradition, the American Karate Association continues to uphold the traditions of the past while nurturing the talent of the future.

GN or Grand Nationals signifies the event rating that the AKA Warrior Cup holds with the American Karate Association. GN is the highest awarded tournament rating within the AKA.

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No! We do not require that you are part of any organization or school to participate.

COMPETITION

Yes! We have Chicago Fire Department paramedics onsite throughout the duration of both the daytime eliminations and Warrior Cup Finals competition.

Yes! We provide mats for all rings!

You can find our schedule of events here
*Please note that a final schedule will be posted one week prior to the event and a final JPG version will be e-mailed to all registered competitors and attendees.

We follow the NASKA rules and they can be found here

What are Class AA divisions? Class AA divisions are also sometimes known as “NASKA Divisions” or “Pro Divisions.” You can expect to compete against other national and world level competitors that travel the world circuit and are world rated. Competitors who are wanting to take their competition to the next level and compete against some of the best competitors in the world should compete in Class AA NASKA divisions.

What are Class A divisions? Class A divisions are also sometimes known as “NON-NASKA” or “Amateur Divisions.” You can expect to compete against mostly local or regional competitors with little to no experience on a national or world tour level.

Yes! We provide music boxes for all rings with musical divisions. We also provide an auxiliary cable and an iPhone lightning to auxiliary dongle.

No! All competitor wristbands are valid for entry throughout the duration of the event and include general admission to the Warrior Cup Finals. General admission is open seating and first come, first serve. If you would like to upgrade your general admission access to reserved seating, you receive a $20 credit toward your upgrade.

TRAVEL

Either Chicago Midway or Chicago O’Hare will work great! Technically, Midway is a little bit closer though. Taxi approximate $30-$40.

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL. 60601 USA

Please Note – You will be going to the Hyatt Regency on Wacker Drive. There is 3 Hyatt’s downtown. Be careful not to get confused.

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Unfortunately, the Hyatt Regency Chicago does not offer shuttle service to or from the airport. Taxi is suggested depending on the weather.

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Yes! The event is located at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is only a couple blocks from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier, the cities most popular tourist attractions and is one of the safest locations in the Chicagoland area. Areas of concern are not located anywhere near the event venue nor can you accidentally stumble upon them en route. In addition, the AKA Warrior Cup hires 4 armed Chicago Police Department officers for the duration of the event as private security.

We have negotiated a discounted parking rate of $35/day for AKA Warrior Cup attendees. 24 Hour parking is normally $60+ per day at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The discount will automatically be applied to guests staying at the Hyatt who reserved their room in the AKA Room Block. Discount vouchers will be handed out onsite at registration for attendees not staying at the hotel.

Taxi fare to be expected is approximately $30-$40.

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FINALS

That depends on the spectator band. Saturday Spectator and Weekend Pass include general admission to the Warrior Cup Finals. General admission is open seating and first come, first serve. If you would like to upgrade your general admission access to reserved seating, you receive a $20 credit toward your upgrade.

Yes! Competitor wristbands are valid for entry throughout the duration of the event and include general admission to the Warrior Cup Finals. General admission is open seating and first come, first serve. If you would like to upgrade your general admission access to reserved seating, you receive a $20 credit toward your upgrade.

Yes! Competitors, Saturday Spectators and Weekend Pass holders all gain general admission access by default. General admission is open seating and first come, first serve. But if you would like to upgrade your general admission access to reserved seating, you receive a $20 credit toward your upgrade.