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RULES FOR POINT SPARRING COMPETITION
PAN ASIAN KARATE AND TAE KWON DO
ARTICLE I: COMPETITION AREA
competition area will be flat, devoid of hazards, and will be a square as
determined by the promoter.
ARTICLE II: OFFICIAL DRESS
Competitors, coaches, judges, referees and all other officials will wear the
uniform defined in Part I. The Executive Referee may disqualify any competitor
or official who fails to comply.
ARTICLE III: ORGANIZATION OF COMPETITIONS
Section 1: The term "bout" will describe the individual match between two competitors.Section 2: Individuals who do not arrive at the competition venue before the event is declared open may be disallowed competition.
ARTICLE III: REFEREE, JUDGES, & OFFICIALS
1: The Referee and Judges Panel for each match consists of one Referee and four
2: In addition, a Timekeeper and Scorekeeper will be present.
ARTICLE IV: DURATION OF BOUT
Section 1: The normal duration of a bout
will be one 2 minute match for adults, youth, juniors and teens.
2:The timing of the bout begins when the Referee gives the signal and will stop
each time he so indicates verbally.
Section 3: The Timekeeper shall give
clearly audible signals and throw a bean bag or similar item into the
ring when time expires.
ARTICLE V: SCORING
Section 1: The result of a bout is
determined by one competitor obtaining a higher percentage of clean
techniques landed than the other, disqualification of the opponent, or a
foul being imposed on the opponent. The maxium point reached in a 2
minute bout will be 7 points. One point will be given for a body or
head punch. One point will be given for a body kick. Two points will be
given for a head kick.
noted that disqualification and fouls are two separate entities.
2: A valid technique is one which displays:
A. Good Form:
Correct posture and stable positioning such that balance and body
control are strong and the technique is performed with technical
correctness and proper body mechanics.
B. Good Power:
The technique is properly controlled so as not to make excessive contact
or cause injury, but enough extension is left in the technique to make
such contact if desired.
C. Good Attitude: Competitor must NOT
display an attitude indicating that he intends to harm his opponent.
Anger must be controlled.
Section 3: An effective technique
delivered at the same time that the end of the bout is signaled is
considered valid. An attack delivered after an order to stop the bout
cannot be scored and may result in a penalty being imposed upon the
Section 4: No technique may be valid for
a competitor who has at least one foot outside of the competition area.
However, if one competitor is inside the area and scores on his opponent
who is outside of the area before the Referee stops the match verbally,
the technique will be valid.
Section 5: The Referee will control the
match so as to allow a safe environment for competition. The Referee
will determine penalties, fouls or warnings as needed.
Section 6: The four corner Judges will signal the winner by use of a flag or hand motion. The Judges will also indicate and award fouls or penalties as instructed by the Referee.
1: Legal targets are:
A. Side of Head D.Sides of Torso
B. AbdomenE.Backs of Ribs and Kidneys
2:The spine, face, inside legs and groin are not legal targets.
ARTICLE VII: VALID TECHNIQUES
1: The following types of techniques shall be considered valid:
A. Punches with the fore-fist (punches are made in a thrusting motion)
B. Back-fist strikes
C. Strikes using the ulnar side of the hand
D. Strikes using the radial side of the hand
E. Kicks with the top of the instep
F. Kicks with the ball of the foot
G. Kicks with the bottom of the heel
H. Kicks with the inner edge of the foot
I. Kicks with the outer edge of the foot
Section 2: A competitor may grab any part
of the opponent's uniform, or a limb, but must make an immediate attempt
to score. After such attempt, he must release his grip. Only one blow
per grab is allowed. This prevents wrestling and excessive contact due
to loss of control.
Section 3: Adult divisions with a minimum
of intermediate level may use sweeping techniques limited to the backs
and sides of the front lower leg, below the knee. They cannot be made
against the front of the leg or the knee joint. Sweeps must be followed
by an immediate attempt to score.
4: Sweeps in and of themselves are not scored.
ARTICLE VIII: PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR
1: The following are forbidden:
A. Techniques which make contact to any part of the neck, throat, or the
B. Techniques that make excessive contact
resulting in immediate swelling, bruising, or bleeding, or which, in the
eyes of the Referee, are excessive. Control to scoring areas must be
reasonable and light. Techniques, which are judged excessive, will be
C. Attacking the limbs or joints.
D. Attacks directed to the face.
E. Techniques which, by their nature, cannot be controlled for safety of
F. Repeated exits from the competition area.
G. Grabbing or sweeping without immediately attempting to score.
H. Pushing and wrestling.
I. Displaying lack of regard for one's own safety.
J. Feigning injury to gain advantage.
K. Speaking to the opponent during the
bout or speaking to any official during the bout without the Referee
requesting that the competitor speak.
L. Any discourteous or unsportsmanlike
conduct. Any competitor or coach who behaves in such manner towards any
official or other competitor can earn immediate disqualification of the
competitor. The Referee makes such determination and disqualification.
2: Any commission of any of the forbidden acts will result in a penalty.
ARTICLE X: PENALTIES
1: The Referee, who may wish to consult first with the judging panel, announces
the nature of a penalty.
Section 2: Warnings may be imposed for
minor infractions or for the first instance of a minor infraction. A
second infraction requires a heavier penalty. A third infraction
requires a heavier penalty than the second, and so on.
3: The following scale of penalties shall operate:
A. Warning Without Penalty: Does
not alter the offender's score. It is given for very minor infractions
and may be given only twice to each competitor in a bout.
B. Warning With One Point Penalty:
The Referee instructs the score keeper to add a point to the opponent's
score. This is given for an infraction for which two warnings without
penalty have already been given to the offender in that bout, or for the
first instance of a very serious infraction.
This is imposed for an infraction for which a warning with one point
penalty has already been given to the offender in that bout, or for a
very serious infraction. It ends the bout with the opponent named as
D. Disqualification: This is
disqualification from the actual event, contest, match or the whole
event. It is invoked for the following:
1.When a competitor commits an act which
harms the prestige and honor of International Martial Arts.
2. When a competitor refuses to obey orders of an
3. When a competitor becomes so excited that he jeopardizes smooth
operation of the bout.
competitor's action(s) are considered by the Referee to be too
dangerous and in deliberate violation of the rules.
5. When a competitor insists upon returning to competition against the recommendation of the tournament medical person.
When other action(s) are considered by the Referee to willfully violate
Section 4: It is noted that the scale of
escalating penalties operates regardless of the physical nature of the
infraction(s); it operates according to the severity of the
ARTICLE XI: INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS
Section 1: Forfeiture is a decision given
when a competitor refuses to continue, abandons the bout, or is
withdrawn by order of the Referee. Grounds for such abandonment may
include injury not attributed to the opponent's actions.
Section 2: If two competitors injure each
other at the same time or are suffering from the effects of previously
incurred injuries and are declared by the tournament medical person to
be unable to continue, the bout is given to the fighter who has the most
points at the time. If there is no score superiority, a decision is
Section 3:An injured competitor declared
unfit to continue by the tournament medical person cannot compete again
in that division on the same day.
Section 4: An injured competitor who wins
a bout through disqualification of the opponent, but who cannot fight
again, must be withdrawn.
Section 5: When a competitor is injured,
the Referee will stop the bout and aid him while calling for the
tournament medical person. Only the medical person is authorized
to diagnose and treat injuries and make recommendations for the
ARTICLE XII: OPERATION OF MATCHES
1: Terms and gestures used by officials shall be as specified in Appendix I.
Section 2: The Referee and the four
judges take their prescribed positions. Competitors enter the area,
exchange salutations upon the Referee's command after perform a
salutation to the Referee as per his command. The Referee announces the
start of the bout.
Section 3: Competitors engage, attack,
and counter-attack continuously until the Referee stops the match
verbally and by gesture.
Section 4: When the Referee stops the
bout, competitors go back to their original starting positions. Judges
remain in their positions. The Referee stops the bout when:
A. A penalty should be imposed.
B. An item of equipment or uniform becomes loose and interferes with the bout.
C. One competitor is defenseless or deliberately exposing illegal targets.
D. A competitor steps one foot out of bounds (the LINE of the competition area is considered out of bounds).
E. There is an injury.
F. The bout has ended.
G. He deems it necessary for any other reason.
Section 5: At the end of the bout, the
Referee, Judges, and competitors take their original positions. The
Referee calls for the Judges' decisions based upon the total score each
of the two competitors received from each Judge. Upon the verbal command
of "score!" all four Judges will indicate by flag or hand motion which
of the two competitors is the winner of the bout. The Referee then
indicates the score of each competitor and the winner of each bout (by a
majority of the Judges) with a verbal and hand signal. The winner of 2
out of 3 bouts wins the match.
Section 6: Competitors perform a
salutation to each other on the command of the Referee, and then perform
a salutation to the Referee on his command. They will then exit the
Section 7: If any situations arise which are not covered in these rules or if there is any doubt concerning their applications in a given case, the Referee will immediately stop the bout and consult with the Judges and Chief Referee to obtain a consensus.
APPENDIX I: POINT SPARRING TERMINOLOGY
A. The terms for use by the Referee are:
4. No Score
5. Draw or Tie
6. Warning Without Penalty
7. One-Point Penalty
10. Exit From Ring
11. Resume the Match Or Continue
B. It is noted that in the case of warnings and fouls, the referee will stop the bout, order competitors back to their starting positions, and announce the warning or foul. He will then advise the offender as to the nature of the warning or foul.
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