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RULES FOR POINT SPARRING COMPETITION

PAN ASIAN KARATE AND TAE KWON DO

ARTICLE I: COMPETITION AREA

The 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.
Section 3: Should athletes fail to attend a match without good reason or without notifying the appropriate officials in advance, quit the match, or leave, may be disqualified by the Referee.

ARTICLE III: REFEREE, JUDGES, & OFFICIALS

Section 1: The Referee and Judges Panel for each match consists of one Referee and four Judges.

Section 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.

Section 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.

It is noted that disqualification and fouls are two separate entities.

Section 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 offender.

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.

ARTICLE VI: LEGAL TARGETS

 

Section 1: Legal targets are:

A. Side of Head D.Sides of Torso

B. AbdomenE.Backs of Ribs and Kidneys

C.Chest

Section 2:The spine, face, inside legs and groin are not legal targets.

ARTICLE VII: VALID TECHNIQUES

Section 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.

Section 4: Sweeps in and of themselves are not scored.

ARTICLE VIII: PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR

Section 1: The following are forbidden:

A. Techniques which make contact to any part of the neck, throat, or the facial area.

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 penalized.

C. Attacking the limbs or joints.

D. Attacks directed to the face.

E. Techniques which, by their nature, cannot be controlled for safety of the opponent.

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.

Section 2: Any commission of any of the forbidden acts will result in a penalty.

ARTICLE X: PENALTIES

Section 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.

Section 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.

C. Foul: 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 victor.

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 official.

3. When a competitor becomes so excited that he jeopardizes smooth operation of the bout.

4. When 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.

6. When other action(s) are considered by the Referee to willfully violate tournament rules.

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 infraction(s).

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 taken.

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 competitor's safety.

ARTICLE XII: OPERATION OF MATCHES

Section 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 area.

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:

1. Begin

2. Stop

3. Winner

4. No Score

5. Draw or Tie

6. Warning Without Penalty

7. One-Point Penalty

8. Foul

9. Disqualification

10. Exit From Ring

11. Resume the Match Or Continue

12. Decision

13. Overtime

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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