NBK wrote:'Juno' Kata. That's funny.
What are the Groups about? There's a ranking of countries or competitors?
Congrats, Wdax. You coming this summer?
Thanks for the congrats - yes we will meet this summer ;-)
Usually, f.ex. in World-Championships, the competition is held with preliminary in two groups and a final of six teams (three of each group). On saturday there is usually Nage-, Katame, and Ju-no-Kata, on Sunday there is Kodokan Goshinjutsu and Kime-no-Kata.
It was in 2010 when EJU decided to divide the 20 to 25 teams in two groups depending on the age of Tori instead of making a draw. The limit is different for each kata Ju-no-Kata i think 46 years). Instead of this "just" being a preliminary round it is the european Championship in group 1 and 2. This competition is held on saturday in all five kata.
The "real thing" is on sunday, when all medal winners of day 1 - and only those - compete in the "open Championships".
The results of the open championships are not published yet, but I´m sure they will be available soon.