KUMITE RULES

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IRON MAN KUMITE EVENT

(KNOCKDOWN SPARRING RULES)

 

A knockdown fight is a fight involving two opponents who may hit each other with full contact as long as they use legal techniques.  While full contact, competitors should not go beyond 90-95% as this is more intense than regular sparring, however just short of a tournament in intensity.  Therefore, competitors are encouraged TO PUSH their opponents to their limit, but NOT FINISH THEM OFF. Participants in this event must be at least eighteen years of age, and their participation in this event must be approved by their instructor.

 

1. PROTECTION GEAR

●     Full Knockdown fighters may NOT wear head gear, shin guards, or gloves.

●     Semi Knockdown fighters MUST wear, head gear, shin guards, and gloves.

●     No chest protectors in any division.

●     A mouthpiece is REQUIRED for all fighters.

●     A groin cup is REQUIRED for all male fighters (of any age).

●     Female fighters may wear breast protection. Breast protection should cover the breast area only; it may not extend down to cover the abdomen or lower ribs.

 

2. REFEREEING TEAM

●     A refereeing team consists of one center judge and up to a maximum of 2 four corner judges and time keeper

●     The center judge controls the ring. 

 

3. COACHES

●     Each fighter is allowed one coach, who may bring grievances to the center judge.

●     The coach of each fighter is the only person, aside from members of the refereeing team, who may sit at the side of the mat.

●     The coach is not permitted to enter the fighting area at any time, unless asked to do so by the center judge.

 

4. MATCHING

●     Each fighter will be given matches against all other opponents in their division in back to back round robin style sparring fashion.

●     Number of fights is contingent on number of opponents in each division.

●     Matches will me made based on experience, rank and weight AS BEST AS POSSIBLE

●     All fighters will receive an award of completion if they complete the challenge

 

5. FIGHT DURATION

●    The length of each round is one minute.

●    Match times may be extended up to 2 minutes if divisions are under 5 opponents.

 

6. LEGAL TECHNIQUES

●     NO HEAD CONTACT

●     Open hand strikes, punches, elbow strikes, knee kicks, and straight kicks to the body and legs.

●     Circular kicks to the body and legs.

●     No grabbing.

●     Foot sweeps are permitted

 

7. ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES

●     Kicks directly to the knee joint, such as gedan yoko geri, kakato geri, and gedan mawashi geri.

●     Intentionally finishing off an opponent clearly losing; this is intense sparring, not a Full Knock Down tournament.

●     Any kick to the head.

●     Faints to the face are also prohibited.

●     Open hand strikes, punches, elbow strikes, or head butts to the face, head or neck.

●     Any strike or kick to the groin or back.

●     Sweeping techniques followed by deliberately falling on the opponent with the intent to cause damage.

●     Deliberately running out of the fighting area in order to avoid an opponent 

 

Illegal techniques may result in an unofficial warning, an official warning, or an immediate disqualification, at the discretion of the center judge and/or the tournament directors.

Two official warnings will result in a FINAL WARNING

A fighter who displays unsportsmanlike conduct, or who does not follow the instructions of the center judge, may be given a warning or be disqualified, at the discretion of the center judge and/or the tournament directors.

 

8. SCORING SYSTEM

●      ‘There are no winners only survivors’

 

9. WARNINGS

●     The center judge may issue unofficial warnings to either or both fighters while the fight is in progress.

●     An official warning is made by decision of a majority of the judges or by the center judge alone.

●     An official warning must be noted on the scorecard.

 

10. DISQUALIFICATION

●     In the case of unintentional violations:

●     Two official warnings will result in a FINAL WARNING

●     Three official warnings will result in disqualification.

●     In the case of a clearly intentional violation or intentional head contact, the center judge may immediately disqualify the fighter.

●     If a fighter shows disrespect or lack of sportsmanship, or refuses to follow the instructions of the center judge, the center judge may disqualify the fighter immediately.

 

THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION ON ALL MATTERS

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