Competitions are held at the national and regional level in Japan. The national competition is held in October each year, and the Shiseikai (士成会) dojo, of which your shibucho (branch chief) is a member, is known for their record of winning competitions and prizes (see photos and competition videos here). Competitions feature demonstrations by the world’s top-ranked sensei, and the events are organized into kata (形, set forms) and jitsugi (実技, practical skill) events, and students compete in groups according to their rank. The national competition draws around 200 competitors from across Japan and from places overseas like Taiwan and Germany. There has not recently been a US team at the national competition due to the lack of dojos in this federation in America, so if you decide to become a member of the Shishinkai in Boston, you would become eligible to travel to Japan and compete as a member of the only US team!