QKA Codes of Behaviour

This Code of Behaviour aims to set out the minimum standards for anyone involved with Queensland Karate Association (QKA). It should apply when competing, training or taking part in QKA sanctioned activities.

  • Act within the rules and spirit of karate.
  • Promote fair play over winning at any cost.
  • Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
  • Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of karate.
  • Treat each person as an individual.
  • Show respect and courtesy to all involved with karate.
  • Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
  • Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators.
  • Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18.
  • Display appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.
  • Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  • Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
  • Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment.
  • Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour.


  • Give your best at all times.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
  • Play by the rules and show respect for other athletes, coaches and officials.


  • Place the safety and welfare of the athletes above all else.
  • Help each person (athlete, official, etc.) to reach their potential. Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and encourage them with positive and constructive feedback.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up-to-date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young athletes.
  • Ensure that any physical contact with another person is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development.


  • Place the safety and welfare of the athletes above all else.
  • Ensure all players are included and can participate, regardless of their race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
  • Be consistent, impartial and objective when making decisions.
  • Address unsporting behaviour and promote respect for other athletes and officials.


  • Ensure quality supervision and instruction for players.
  • Support coaches and officials to improve their skills and competencies.
  • Act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the sport as a whole.
  • Ensure that any information acquired or advantage gained from the position is not used improperly.
  • Conduct QKA responsibilities with due care, competence and diligence.


  • Encourage your child to participate, do their best and have fun.
  • Focus on your child’s effort and performance, rather than winning or losing.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Model appropriate behaviour, including respect for other athletes and officials.


  • Respect the effort and performances of athletes and officials.
  • Reject the use of harassment, bullying or violence in any form, whether by other spectators, coaches, officials or athletes.

Please download a copy of the 2018 Codes of Behaviour PDF here.