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IRON SHIRT KYOKUSHIN TOURNAMENT 

(KNOCKDOWN) FIGHTING 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. Participants in this tournament 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, two or four corner judges, a time keeper, and a score keeper.

  • The center judge controls the ring. He or she will consult with the corner judges before announcing a decision.

 

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 1 match.

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

  • Fighters will awarded 1st and 2nd places at the end of their matches.

5. FIGHT DURATION

  • The length of the first and second round is one minute & thirty seconds.

  • If no winner is declared at the end of the second round, the length of the third round is also one minute.

  • If the third round ends in a draw, then the center judge MUST declare a winner.

 

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, but no point is awarded.

7. ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES

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

  • 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 (can result in a 1/2 point deduction).

 

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 the opponent being awarded a half point.

A fighter who displays unsportsmanlike conduct, or who does not follow the instructions of the center judge, may be given a warning, a ½ point deduction, or be disqualified, at the discretion of the center judge and/or the tournament directors.

8. SCORING SYSTEM

  • Ippon (full point) is awarded to a fighter who, using any legal technique, puts his/her opponent out of the fight for 3 seconds or more; the fight is interrupted by the center judge, and if the opponent cannot continue within three seconds, the fight is over and the fighter who executed the strike or kick is awarded a full point and declared the winner.

  • Wazaari (half point) is awarded to a fighter who:

-Using any legal technique, puts his/her opponent out of the fight or knocks them down for less than 3 seconds; the fight is interrupted by the center judge, and if the opponent is able to continue in under three seconds, the fighter who executed the strike or kick is awarded a half point, and the fight continues.

  • If a fighter scores a second wazaari, he or she is declared the winner and the fight is over.

 

9. HOW TO WIN A KNOCKDOWN FIGHT

  • By scoring an ippon (full point).

  • By scoring two wazaari (half points), adding up to one full point.

  • By decision of a majority of the judges. Judges will take into account any wazaari scored. The center judge takes precedence and can reverse the decision.

  • By a rules violation which has resulted in the deduction of a half point from the other fighter.

  • By the disqualification of the other fighter

  • By the withdrawal from competition of the other fighter.

 

 

10. 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.

11. DISQUALIFICATION

  • In the case of unintentional violations:

    • Two official warnings will result in a half point deduction.

    • 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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