The Challenger divisions offer both kid and adult competitors an opportunity to participate in extra divisions and earn the coveted Challenger Medal. Kids and adults each have different criteria for participating in a Challenger division. Please read below to learn more about what the Challenger division and how it applies to you or your child.

The Challenger medal replaces the standard Gold medal when awards are presented at the medal podium. A competitor may only win one Challenger medal per tournament. A standard Gold medal will be awarded to competitors that win a second Challenger division in a day.


Kids ages 8-15 that are at least a Grey belt are eligible to compete in the Challenger division.

Each division is separated by the AGF weight classes. This means that an 8 year old Grey belt could potentially face a 15 year old Green belt as long as they are both in the same weight division.

These divisions are intended to be more difficult and parents should be aware of the potential mismatches that could occur. These divisions are completely optional and are not recommended for less experienced competitors.


The Adult Challenger divisions are similar to Open Class / Absolute divisions. The major difference is that the weight classes are split into two weight classes.

The Challenger I division is for lighter competitors. The Challenger II division is for heavier competitors. Lighter competitors that are looking for a greater challenge or a traditional Open Class experience are welcome to join the Challenger II division.