FOR ALL BLACK BELTS & ADVANCE BELTS (black & brown belts
combined into one
old & under.
18-34 years old.
Naugahyde type fist guards only.
Light, non-injurious contact or
“skin touch” to face, head/neck area with a punch or strike is allowed
in adult black belt divisions only
Mouth guard is mandatory for all competitors.
Groin protector is mandatory for all
Head and shin guard optional
for 14 years & under.
Chest guard optional for female
Only safety glasses with
restraining band or soft contact lenses allowed.
Winning: To win a competitor must
1. Score a combination of Ippon
and Waza-ari totaling to 3 points before his or her opponent.
2. Be ahead in points by the
end of the time.
3. If tied, competitor who
scores the first point in a one-minute Enchosen wins the match
4. If there's another tie then
Hantei will be called whereupon the refereeing panel must vote for
either AKA or Shiro
Ippon is awarded when an exact and powerful technique, which is
recognized as decisive, is delivered to the recognized scoring areas
under the following conditions:
Good speed and good form
(technique, position and balance).
Strong Kime (strong vigor)
with good Zanshin
Proper timing and
Examples of effective techniques to be considered as an Ippon:
When an attack is delivered with perfect timing and the opponent
started to move towards the attacker.
When an attack is delivered immediately as the opponent was
unbalanced by the attacker.
When a combination of successive and effective scoring techniques
The combined use of tsuki and keri techniques.
combined use of tsuki, keri and nage techniques.
When the opponent has lost their fighting spirit and turned their
back to the attacker.
Effective attacks delivered on the undefended parts of the
Effective jodan geri techniques.
A Waza-ari is awarded for a technique almost comparable to that
needed to score an Ippon. The refereeing panel must look for scoring an
Ippon in the first instance and award a Waza-ari if the techniques does
not warrant or meet the criteria for an Ippon score in the second
Excessive contact to the target
Attacks to the upper and lower
limbs, hip joint, knee joints, insteps, shins, groin or throat.
Open hand techniques to the
face, throat, and neck.
Jumping techniques and
dangerous leg sweeps or ashi barai without a follow-up technique or
that land high on the leg and could cause knee injury.
Prohibited behavior such as
Jogai - going out of bounds
Mubobi - lack of defense
Feigning or faking an
Unsportsmanlike conduct or
Lack of Zanshin after
delivering a technique.