I.K.O COMPETITION RULES
T. Judging Principles
The panel of judges and the review panel
shall have equal authority in judging the events, but the final decision resets
with the Supreme Judge.
Kumite bouts shall be limited to three minutes (the elimination bouts to two minutes) and extension rounds (if any) to two minutes. When deemed necessary, the Supreme Judge may allow for extra time. The Supreme judge, after consultation with the chairman and Vice-Chairman of the review panel and the assistant judges, has the ultimate authority to change, alter or delay the tournament schedule if necessary.
U. Free-Style Fight (Kumite)
A. Basic Principles
1) One bout shall last three minutes (elimination rounds two minutes) and extensions (if any) last two minutes.
2) Victory is awarded to the contestant:
-who has scored one full point.
-who has scored two half points, which make one full point.
-who won by decision.
was disqualified or failed to take part in the bout without good reason.
B. Full-Point (Ippon) Victory
3) Excluding the techniques listed as fouls, a thrust (tsuki), kick (keri), elbow strike (hiji uchi), etc., which downs the opponent or result in the opponentfs loss of his will to fight scores one full-point.
C. Half-Point (Waza-ari) Awarding.
4) Excluding the techniques listed as fouls, a thrust (tsuki), kick (keri), elbow strike (hiji uchi), etc., which downs the opponent or results in the opponentfs loss of his will to fight for less than three seconds after which he stands up and resumes the fight scores one half-point. Similarly, when one opponent loses his balance but does not fall down as a result of the other contestantfs thrust (tsuki), kich (keri), elbow strike (hiji uchi), etc., One half-point is declared.
5) When an opponent is downed with any technique, including foot sweeps (ahi-kake), and a well focused, but non-contact, downward punch (gedan tsuki) follows immediately as part of a combination one half-point might be awarded on the basis of the timing and other criteria.
6) Two declarations of half-point victory constitute a
D. Victory by Decision (Hantei)
7) When no clean one-point victory has been made, the victory is awarded by decision.
8) The decision is valid when at least three of the five member judging team makes such a determination.
9) The criteria for decision-making is prioritized as follows:
[B] Effective techniques used
[C] Number of techniques used
10) If one contestant has two penalties (Genten Ni) and also scored one half-point (Waza ari), then the half-point shall be offset by the two penalties. If ties nor one half-point, the victory is awarded by decision.
Genten Ichi < Wazaari
Genten Ni = Wazaari
11) Victory by disqualification or a contestantfs withdrawal.
E. Extensions (Enchosen)
12) When a decision cannot be reached on the basis of three of five of the judging team, a draw is cleared and extensions are granted.
13) If a decision cannot be reached after two extensions, the victory is awarded to the contestant 10 kilograms lighter. If the winner cannot be decided on the basis of weight difference, the number of boards broken at the breaking test (tameshiwari) becomes a criterion in awarding victory.
For elimination rounds, if a decision cannot be reached after one extension and the contestantsf weight difference is less than 10 kilograms, a single sudden-death extension is granted.
14) If the winner cannot be decided even on the basis of weight or number of broken boards, victory is awarded by the Tournament Supreme Judge and the Judge Chairman on the basis of the contestantsf technique, fighting spirit and number of penalties etc.
In this case there may be a third extension.
15) Articles 13 and 14 constitute the basic principles but the Tournament Supreme Judge, the Judge Chairman and the Review Panel may make modifications when deemed necessary.
F. Fouls (Hansoku)
16) The following actions are considered fouls:
a) Touching the opponentfs face and neck even slightly with a hand or elbow attack. However, making feints to the face is allowed.
b) Groin kicks (Kin-geri)
c) Head thrusts (Zu-tsuki)
d) Attacking an opponent who is already down.
e) Attacking the spine or spinal cord.
f) Grabbing the opponentfs neck or body part.
g) Grabbing and holding the uniform (dogi), arms and legs.
h) Pushing the opponent.
i) Such repeated actions as falling down and stepping out right after kicking or punching onefs opponent. (Kakegeri)
j) Stepping outside the area frequently. (Jogai)
k) Attacking directly to the knee joint from of it.
l) Any other actions that referees may regard as foul.
17) Excluding deliberate actions, fouls result in one
warning (Chui). Two warnings result in one penalty (Genten Ichi). Three
warnings result in two penalties (Genten Ni). Four warnings result in three
penalties (Genten San) and automatic disqualification (Shikkaku).
18) The following situations result in one penalty:
a) Two warnings
b) Deliberate foul
c) Other actions that the main referee may consider as a bad attitude towards the competition.
19) The following situations result in disqualification:
a) Three penalties. (Genten San = Shikkaku)
b) Failing to obey the refereefs instructions during a bout.
c) Actions considered as sheer violence, deliberate serious fouls and deliberate bad attitude.
d) Facing each other for more than one minute without engaging in the fight. This shall be regarded as lacking the will to fight and both contestants shall be disqualified.
e) being late
for a bout or failing to appear.
V. Falling to take part in the bout (Shiai Hoki)
20) Anyone who fails to take part in the bout as scheduled without good reason shall be fined no more than 150,000 Japanese Yen. The following circumstances are exceptions:
a) Lack of the ability to continue the tournament decided by the tournament main physician after a medical examination.
b) Unforeseen misfortune to anyone closely related the contestants (such as family members, etc.) which happens immediately before or during the bout. Permission to leave the contest area will be given after consultation with the Supreme Judge, the Chairman of the Review panel and the tournament layer.
W. Breaking Test (Tameshiwari)
1) The materials used for the breaking test shall be wooden boards 33 centimeters (13 inches) long, 21 centimeters (8 inches) wide, and 24 millimeters (0.9 inches) thick. The referees and the review panel shall check whether the materials correspond to the standards set by the International Karate Organization.
2) Points are awarded on the basis of the number of boards broken.
3) Each contestant shall use four techniques in the breaking test: fore-fist (seiken), knife-foot (sokuto), elbow (enpi) and knife hand (shuto). The total number of broken boards constitutes the score of the breaking test.
4) Each contestant may attempt to break any number of boards he chooses that meet or exceed the minimum of 3 boards.
5) If, on the initial attempt, all the boards that a contestant attempted break do not break, no points shall be awarded.
6) In case of failure, the contestant is permitted to try again, but the number of boards shall be limited to three.
7) If the contestant fails to break the boards for the second time, his score is 0.
8) Boards for the breaking test must be placed across the top of two stable blocks. Contestants are not allowed to move the blocks without the permission of the referees, the Review panel and the persons responsible for setting the blocks.
9) Contestants are not allowed to touch the blocks and the boards. But they can examine the spacing between the individual boards and may place a thin piece of cloth (which has been examined by the referees and Review panel) on top of the boards.
10) The breaking test will be held according to the refereesf instructions. The breaking test time is set at two minutes. Overtime is considered a failure to break the boards.
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