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BEST OF THE BEST SPARRING RULES

WAKO

Points Fighting Rules

Table of Contents Art. 1. Definition 3 Art. 2. Fighting Rules 3 Art. 3. Competition Commands 4 Art. 4. Legal Target Areas 4 Art. 5. Illegal Target Areas (Prohibited Techniques and Behaviour) 4 Art. 6. Legal Techniques 5 Art. 7. Illegal Techniques and Actions 5 Art. 8. Scoring Criteria 6 Art. 8.1 Calls Referees and Judges may make (Points) 6 Art. 8.1.1 Score 6 Art. 8.1.2 No Score 6 Art. 8.1.3 Awarding Points 7 Art. 8.1.4 Overviews awarding points 7 Art. 9. Penalty – Exits (Warning, Disqualifications and Exits) 7 Art. 9.1 Disqualification 8 Art. 10. Hand signals 8 Art. 11. Violations of rules 8 Art. 12. Stopping the match (Time-out) 9 Art. 12.1 Reasons for Time-out 9 Art. 13. Injuries 9 Art. 14. Procedure if KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury 10 Art. 14.1 Procedure of injuries in general 10 Art. 15. Grand Champ and Team Competition 11 Art. 15.1 Grand Champ 11 Art. 15.1.1 Original Grand Champ 11 Art. 15.2 Team Competition 11 Art. 15.2.1 World/Continental Championships 11 Art. 16. Hand Shaking / Touching of Gloves 12 Art. 17. WAKO Use of Drugs 12 Art. 18. Note! 12 Art. 19. Weigh-in 12

Definition

Points Fighting is a fighting discipline where two fighters fight with the primary goal of scoring Defined points/ using controlled legal Techniques with speed agility and focus. The main characteristic of points fighting is delivery, technique and speed. The competition in points fighting should be executed in its true sense with well-controlled contact. It is a technical discipline with equal emphasis put on hand and foot techniques, from an athletic viewpoint. Techniques (punches and kicks) are strictly controlled. At each valid point (point that is given, with legal part of hand or foot to legal targets and with legal technique), the central referee halts the fight and at the same time as the two judges, shows with his/her fingers the number of points in the direction of the fighter who is being awarded the point or points.

Fighting Rules

Fighters will enter the Tatami and touch gloves. They will then step back and assume a fighting stance and wait for the command FIGHT from the Referee. The Referee will initiate the fight by commanding fight, when the referee calls STOP, the fighters must return to their starting points on the mat. The time will only be stopped on the command of the Referee, by calling TIME to the area control table. Time is not stopped to award points or penalties unless the Referee feels it is necessary to do so. The Referee must stop the time when giving a warning or official warning or point of clarification.

If the Referee wants to stop the time, they give the order ’’Stop Time’’, to resume the fight they gives the order ’’Time’’ and command ’’Fight’’. Fighters may have one Coach and one Second in their corner during the match. Both must remain in the Coaches Box throughout the match in their seats.

Coaches Behaviour

A Coach / Second must remain seated during the contest, A Coach / Second must not comment on a referee or judge’s decision at anytime during the match The coaches must remain seated at all times on their chair provided and must not interfere or disrupt with the smooth running of the match by word, gesture or deed. A Coach / Second must adhere to all WAKO rules and Ethicate No coach will be allowed to enter the fighting area while a match is in progress and no Coach will be allowed to interfere with any referee or judge. No Coach will be allowed to make derogatory remarks about a referee or judge or comment on a score given or not given. A Coach may be removed from his coaching position during the match if he continues to abuse officials or referees. All official warnings given to coaches are deemed applicable and count towards the fighter’s warnings. Only the Referee may ask for time to be stopped. A fighter may request the clock to be stopped to adjust Safety Equipment or check an injury. The Referee does not have to stop the clock if he feels it will take away the ad vantage from the other Fighter. Time-stops must be kept to a minimum. If the Referee feels a Fighter is using time-stops to rest or to prevent his opponent from scoring, a warning will be given and the Fighter may be following discussion with judges, disqualified for delaying the match or refusing to fight. The Referee has the right to give an official warning to the kickboxer who is not ready for the fight or is late coming to the Tatami, If a kick-boxer comes to the Ring or Tatami inappropriately dressed (If the Head Guard or gloves are the wrong colour or using safety equipment which is not approved by WAKO, using shorts with Muay Thai symbols / Logos, without wraps or mouth-guard) he / she will not be disqualified immediately; instead they will be given 2 minutes to remedy matters. If the allowed time is up and the kickboxer is not ready, he / she will be disqualified.

Art. 1. Competition Commands

• FIGHT

To begin contest / fight or after an interruption of the fight.

• SHAKE HANDS

At the beginning of the fight ONLY

• STOP The fight is interrupted immediately and may only be resumed after the referee gives a new command to FIGHT. When points are being awarded, the fighters must go back to their starting positions immediately.

  • STOP TIME (forming a T with his hands) When he wants to stop the match for any important reason. The Referee must explain the reason for each
  • warning to the fighter

• TIME Forming the letter T with hands, to give order for time keeper to stop the clock until referee says command FIGHT. When the central referee says TIME he must stipulate the reason why He stopped the clock.

  • Referee will give the order TIME on these occasions :
  • When He gives a warning to a fighter (Opponent must stand on starting position)

When a fighter asks for stoppage of time by rising right hand, “Stopping contest” (opponent must immediately go to the neutral corner) Wherever the fight is stopped, it must restart with both competitors approximately in the same positions.

  • When a referee sees it’s necessary to correct a fighter’s equipment or uniform
  • When a referee sees that a fighter is injured (Maximum time for medical stop in one match is 2 minutes for each athlete. After which the contestant who has exceeded the two minutes is deemed as being no longer able to continue.

• Legal Target Areas

The following parts of the body may be attacked using the authorized fighting techniques:

Head

Front, side, back and forehead.

Torso

Front and side

Leg

(Ankle and below) Note. Only for sweeping

Art. 2. Illegal Target Areas (Prohibited Techniques and Behaviour)

  • Top of the head
  • Back of the torso (kidneys and spine)
  • Top of the shoulders
  • Neck: Front, sides, back
  • Below the belt (except for Foot Sweeps)
  • Continue after the command "stop" or the end of the round has been sounded
  • Turn one's back to the opponent, running away, deliberately falling down.
  • All blind, uncontrolled techniques in general
  • Slipping their gloves to extend their range of fighting,

Art. 3. Legal Techniques

• Kicks Front, Side, Back, Roundhouse, Hook (Sole of the foot only), Crescent, Axe (Sole of the foot only), Jumps, Spins. Jump Kicks.

• Hands

Punch, Back fist (not spinning/turning), Ridge hand, and Hook punch.

• Foot sweep Below Ankle (Foot Sweeps are allowed,) to score with a Foot sweep the attacker must remain on his feet at all times. If in the execution of a Foot sweep the attacker touches the floor with any part of his body other than his feet, no score will be given. A score will be awarded to the attacker if his opponent touches the floor with any part of his body other than his feet.

Note: It is extremely dangerous to strike with the back of the heel; it must be strictly emphasized that the attacking Fighter must extend his foot in such a manner that the Sole (bottom) of the foot is used as the striking area when executing the following kicks: Axe, Hook and Spinning Hook kick, All Jumping Spinning Kicks.

Art. 4. Illegal Techniques and Actions

  • Attack's with any technique other than those mentioned in section 6.
  • Spinning Back Fist
  • Avoiding or refusing to fight
  • Falling or dropping to the floor without due cause.
  • Leaving the Fighting Area (exit)
  • Attacks with malicious or excessive contact.
  • Unsportsman-like conduct. A Fighter can have only one warning, then the normal procedure for penalty and disqualification shall be followed. However, in the case of gross unsportsman like-like conduct, the Fighter may be disqualified or deducted one point on the first offence, depending on the severity of the infringement.
  • Grabbing/holding is not allowed
  • Attacking or verbally abusing an Official either inside or outside the Tatami. Pushing, grabbing without any other purpose, spitting or even attempting any of these actions shall result in immediate disqualification. In the event that any of these actions are made by a penalized fighter or his coaches, the person involved may be removed from the Hall or tournament site and the matter turned over to the WAKO Referee Committee.
  • Ground Attacks
  • Spitting out his mouth-guard voluntarily.
  • A fighter cannot attack an opponent on the ground. The central referee is responsible for stopping the match immediately when one of the two fighters touches the floor with any part of the body apart from his feet. Stomps to the head or body of a downed Fighter can lead to minus points or disqualification (Judges decide by Majority Decision).
  • Slipping the Gloves
    • Glove slipping is against the rules and creates a warning. If a fighter’s gloves come off whilst scoring a hand
    • technique, No score will be given, and a warning for slipping the glove will follow. (If glove is pulled off by • opponent score remains and no warning will given)
  • A fighter cannot indicate time when he is in a corner under pressure from his opponent.
  • Coaches/Coach Second:
  • Inappropriately Arguing/ Commenting on a score given
  • Inappropriately Arguing/ Commenting on a score not given
  • Attacking or verbally abusing an Official either inside or outside the Tatami.
  • Pushing, grabbing without any other purpose, spitting or even attempting any of these actions shall result in the immediate removal from Coaching Area at Tatami and possible permanent removal from Arena/Event following Technical Committee review.

Art. 5. Scoring Criteria

A legal technique strikes a legal target. The authorized striking area of the hand (Not the inner hand) or foot must make "Clean / Controlled” contact. The referee and judge must actually see the technique strike the target. Awarding points based on the sound of the strike is not allowed. The Fighter must be looking at the point of contact when executing the technique. All techniques must be used with "reasonable" power. Any technique that simply touches, brushes or pushes an opponent will not be scored. If a Fighter jumps in the air to attack or defend, he must land inside (Standing Up) the Fighting Area to score following the execution of the technique, and he must keep his balance (it is no allowed to touch the floor with any part of the body except feet). If the fighter lands outside the area after the technique, he does not score. If a fighter loses his balance due to his own instability following a score and touches the ground with any part of his body other than his feet, the score will not count. If a fighter loses his balance following score outside his control (Pushed or tripped) then the score will stand.

Art. 5.1 Calls Referees and Judges may make (Points)

Referees and judges will decide only according to their opinions based on what they have seen. Officials cannot change the referee or judge’s majority decision. If a technical error has occurred the controller of the tatamies may indicate time and consult with the officials to seek clarification. Even if a referee or judge makes a mistake, but the officials continue to have a majority decision the Observer of the Area will call the Appeal committee to review the decision. And define if a fundamental mistake in the application of the rules has been made or not. The Observer of the Area can change a referee or judge’s decision only when the referee or judge made a "material mistake". A material mistake is:

  • An incorrect summation of points
  • If the referee gave a point to a fighter who dropped down or stepped out after receiving the point

The Chairman of Tatami Sports and the Observer of the Area should be vigilant to ensure that the Judges are doing their jobs properly. The Referee cannot award a point by himself it is by majority only.

Art. 5.1.1 Score

Arms are immediately raised to indicate the Fighter who scored. To award a score there must be a minimum of two concurring decisions by referee and judges. If the referee and one judge show two raised arms (a point for both fighters) and other judge points to one fighter, the referee’s decision must be the appropriate point for both fighters. If the referee shows two points (kick to head) and one judge shows one point, the referee must ask the judge what he saw, a kick technique or punch technique. If judge saw a kick technique the referee will award one point to fighter, and if the judge saw a punch technique, the referee will indicate no points scored. In situations where there are the same number of arms raised, both Fighters shall be awarded a score.

Art. 5.1.2 No Score

Arms are crossed in front of Referee or Judges at waist level, if the Referee or Judge could not see the technique strike a legal target area.

If the Referee or Judge indicates a score and the other two signals they did not see, then there can be no score awarded. If one of the Fighters does not get a minimum of two arms, no score can be awarded. If the Referee commands STOP and issues a warning to one of the Fighters there can be no point awarded to the offending Fighter. However, the other Fighter may receive a point and may also receive a further score because of the warning to his opponent.

EXAMPLE: One of the Fighters executes a technique that merits a score, while the other Fighter violates the Rules for the second time. A score can be awarded for the first Fighter's clean and legal technique and at the same time a penalty point can be awarded for his opponent's Rule violation. Both must occur at the same exact time. Points

Art. 5.1.3 Awarding Points

If the Referee sees an action that he considers to be a valid point, he will command STOP and immediately signal the point, as do the Judges. The Referee counts the decisions and awards the score to the appropriate Fighter. Each Judge must make an immediate decision following the command of the referee. If one of the Judges sees an action he considers to be a valid score, he must signal to the Referee immediately who will command "STOP" and the Referee and Judge must at that time signal their point calls. In all cases, only when you have a clear majority call, can you award a point.

  • Punch 1 pt
  • Kick to the body1 pt
  • Foot sweep leading the opponent to touch the floor with any other part of the body apart from feet) 1 pt
  • Kick to head 2 pts
  • Jumping kick to body 2 pts
  • Jumping kick to head 3 pts

Art. 5.1.4 Overviews awarding points

After every recognized score the command STOP will be given and an immediate vote to indicate who scored will be given by Referee & the two Judges. The Winner will be the Fighter with the most points at the end of time. In the case one Fighter gaining a 10 pt. Margin, he will be declared the Winner. Other methods of winning:

• Disqualification, Exits Expiration of Time and score The Officials shall call for a vote to determine if the score landed before or after time expired. Time should be indicated by a soft object being thrown in to the Tatami or shouting to centre referee.

Art. 6. Penalty – Exits (Warning, Disqualifications and Exits)

Warnings should be given in a loud and clear voice so that both the Fighters and Coaches can hear and understand the warning. The Referee should stand facing the offending Fighter and give the warning. To award a penalty point the Referee must first request the time to be stopped. He must face the Score Keeper and state that a penalty point is to be awarded by point to the Fighter who is to be penalized and stating in a loud, clear voice why the Fighter is being penalized. If a fighter is attacking and because of his velocity forward steps off the mat, this is not regarded as an exit Warnings will be carried over throughout the Match to all rounds. When referee is giving warnings or a penalty (minus) point, he must stop the clock.

Exit Rules

1st Exit = Minus -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 2nd Exit - Minus -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 3rd Exit - Minus -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 4th Exit - Disqualification Verbally communicated to athlete/coach with appropriate hand signal Rule Violations (Other than Exits) 1st Verbal Warning Discretionary Warning (May move to first Official Warning if warranted) 1st Official Violation Official Warning 2nd Official Violation Official Warning -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 3rd Official Violation Official Warning -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 4th Official Violation Disqualification Verbally communicated to athlete/coach with appropriate hand signal

Art. 6.1Disqualification

If disqualification is called for, the Referee shall confer with the Judges and with the Observer of the Area to ensure all the proper procedures are being used. Exit Leaving the Fighting Area. If a Fighter leaves the area (EXIT) without being pushed, kicked or knocked out by his opponent it will be seen as a "Voluntary Exit" and will receive a Minus -1 point from the Referee. On the second exit the Fighter will receive another Minus -1 point. On the third exit – 1 point. At the fourth time the Fighter leaving the area shall be disqualified. Stepping out (EXIT) means stepping outside the line, even with only one foot. The Whole of the foot must be outside the designated area. Stepping on the line should not be considered as stepping out. If the fighter is pushed out by the other fighter, or he went outside the line as a result of a hit or kick, it is not classed as a voluntary exit. The fact of stepping out is stated by the judge every time or decide about is on the basis of majority decision. Warnings for leaving the area will be kept as a separate issue from Warnings for other offences. All exits will be indicated to fighter and table official. See Section 7 for deliberate infringement of rules and Section 9 re structure.

Art. 7.Hand signals

Centre Referee Verbal Warning Official Warning Minus -1 Point Disqualified No Score

Art. 8.Violations of rules

  • Using illegal techniques
  • Avoiding fight
  • Turning around

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  • Unnecessary dropping down to waste time
  • Commenting on referee’s decisions
  • Behaving in an un sportsman-like manner
  • Loud commands of coach
  • Coach entering Tatami in case of injury
  • Deliberate Exits •

For any violation of rules by a coach, the referee will give penalties to his fighter. Gross and serious rules violations may be handled immediately with a penalty point or even disqualification in extreme cases. Anytime a Referee thinks that a disqualification is necessary, he shall confer with all the Judges and the Observer of the area at the event to ensure that the proper procedures are being applied. A Fighter cannot receive a Point and a warning at the same time. As per section 7. Stopping the match (Time-out) Only the Referee has the power to stop the match. When referee is giving warnings or a penalty (minus) point, they must stop the clock. A Fighter may request a time-out raising his arm to check an injury or correct/fix his safety equipment. The Referee does not have to grant time-out if he feels it would be an unfair advantage or that it may in any way take away the advantage from the other Fighter, unless the request is related to a health and safety issue.

Stopping the Contest:

If for any reason the fight is stopped during the match, wherever the fight is stopped, it must restart with both competitors approximately in the same positions.

Time-Outs shall be kept to a minimum. If the Referee feels that a Fighter is using Time-Outs to rest or to prevent the other Fighter from scoring a warning shall be given for delaying the Match. Only the Observer of the Area may interrupt the Match from outside the Tatami. They shall attract the attention of the Referee who shall call Time-Out. If a Coach wishes to lodge a complaint or protest, he shall notify the Chairman of Tatami Sports. He may, if possible, handle the protest without stopping the match.

Art. 8.1 Reasons for Time-out

  • Injury (See Rule on injuries and treatment)
  • For the Referee to confer with Judges or Responsible of the Fighting Area
  • For the Referee to converse with a Fighter or his Coach
  • To ensure safety and fair play Time-Out is not called to issue points. The Referee should do this quickly to ensure that each Fighter has the benefit of the complete Fighting time allowed for the Match. Referees who are not proficient in administering the Match quickly and fairly, may be replaced by the WAKO Tournament Chairman of Tatami Sports.

Art. 9. Injuries

In the case of an injury to one of the Competitors, the Match shall be stopped only long enough for the Medic/Doctor to decide whether or not the injured Fighter can continue. Once the Medic/Doctor arrives in the Tatami, he shall have only two minutes to decide if the injury requires treatment. All treatment must be completed within two minutes. If the injury is serious, it must be treated by the Medics/Doctor on duty who is the only one who can say if the Match must be terminated. If the Match must be stopped because of injury, the Referee & the two Judges must decide: Who caused the injury?

  • Whether or not it was an intentional injury
  • Whether or not it was the fault of the injured Fighter
  • Whether or not the injury was caused by an illegal technique •
  • If there were no Rules violations by the uninjured Fighter, that Fighter shall win by forfeiture
  • If there was a Rules violation by the uninjured Fighter, the injured Fighter wins by disqualification
  • If the injured Fighter is declared fit to continue by the Medic/Doctor, then the Fight shall resume
  • Procedure after KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury

If a fighter gets injured in a fight, the doctor is the only person that can evaluate the circumstances. If a Kickboxer remains unconscious, only the referee and the doctor in charge will be allowed to stay in the Tatami, unless the doctor needs assistance.

Art. 10. Procedure if KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury

A Kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, will be examined by a doctor immediately afterwards, and accompanied to hospital by the ambulance on duty or to any other adequate place. A Kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 4 weeks after the KO. A Kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, two times in a period of 3 months, will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 3 months after the second KO or RSC-H. A Kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing three consecutive times in a period of 12 months, will not be allowed to take part in a competition or a bout for a period of one year after the third KO or RSC-H. To above mentioned quarantine periods the doctor at place can extend the quarantine period if necessary. Also doctors at hospital due to tests/scan of head can further extend the quarantine period. A quarantine period means that a Kickboxer cannot take part in any competition in kickboxing no matter what the discipline is. The quarantine periods are "minimum period" and cannot be overruled even though a head scan shows no visible injuries. The referee will tell the Jury and Judges to mark KO or RSC-H or RSC, when he or referee has stopped the bout due to the Kickboxers inability to resume the fight because of head blows. The same has to be reported by the Chief referee on duty in that Tatami on the fighter's WAKO SPORT PASS. This is also the official result of the fight and it cannot be overruled. Before resuming kickboxing after a ban, as described in the above paragraphs, a Kickboxer will, after a special medical examination, have to be declared fit to take part in competition by a sports doctor. When registered a KO or RSC-H a Kickboxer must get a CT-Scan before returning to competition.

Art. 10.1 Procedure of injuries in general

In case of injuries besides KO or RSC-H the doctor can give a minimum of quarantine period and recommend treatment at hospital. A doctor can require immediately treatment at hospital.

Art. 11. Grand Champ and Team Competition

Art. 11.1 Grand Champ

In tournaments like World Cups, International Opens, a so-called Grand Champ can be arranged where fighters meet each other under the definition of no weight class. A Grand Champ can be organized as follows:

Art. 11.1.1 Original Grand Champ

Only winners of the weight classes are to participate. There are free drawings for the fights.

Open Grand Champ

All competitors can participate, but have to enrol in advance during the tournament. There are free drawings of the fights with all weight classes included. Matches in a Grand Champ are 1 round of 3 or two minutes. No time-outs are to be used by the fighters. Rules and equipment are the same as in ordinary semi-contact matches. The types of Grand Champ competitions organized for a tournament must be stated in the invitation. No Grand Champ matches are organized in Continental or World Championships.

Art. 11.2 Team Competition

Art. 11.2.1 World/Continental Championships

  • Team: 3 men and 1 woman
  • If a team is not complete they cannot continue or start
  • All fighters on a team must have competed in the World or Continental Championships taking place prior to competing in the team event
  • A team may have one male and one female as substitute. The substitute can only be used when another fighter on the team is unable to start.
  • In Junior, Cadet and Older Cadet, you must compete in a team within your own age category.
  • The running order of the match is decided at the beginning by a toss of a coin. The wining team can decide to send out first or allow the opposing team to send out first. This can be male or female.
  • All fighters are prepared with all equipment in their corner.
  • There are no weight-class definitions. ( In Younger Cadet and Cadet, the team MUST start with smallest to tallest) The female fighter can only meet another female fighter.
  • The team must be composed of national fighters only. No mixed teams with fighters from different countries.
  • Each fight: 1 round of 2 minutes
  • No timeout can be used during the round
  • The extra match will be on 1 round of 1.30 (Younger cadets) or 2 minutes for Older Cadet, Junior and Senior.
  • If still in a draw after last 2 minutes the same fighters continue the match goes to the next point winner.
  • The team with the most points is the winner. All exits and warnings carry forward to the next fighter. This is to encourage an active contest. A Fighter cannot be disqualified for Exits in team event, if He continues to exit; one point is taken off his/her team after each exit following the second exit.

If they count a draw, a toss of the coin is used to select who sends out a fighter first, with the winner selecting their fighter to enter the Tatami. If the winner of the toss selects a female fighter, she must be matched against the other female fighter. If a male is selected any other male fighter from the opposing team may compete against him.

Note: At the Junior/Cadet World/Continental Championships. A fighter must participate in his or her age group only. No fighter will be allowed to fight on a team outside his/her age group.

Art 15.2.2. Excepts in Team at World Cups, International Opens A team may consist of the following formats, depending on promoter’s preferences. The team members may be from different countries or continents.

  • 4 fighters (3 Male and 1 Female)
  • 5 Fighters (Four Male – 1 Female)
  • 5 Fighters (Five Male)
  • 3 Fighters (Three Female)

Art 15.2.3. Procedure for injuries in Team Competition In case of injuries in team competition and if a fighter is unable to continue, after a medic’s decision the following shall apply: If a fighter is unable or unwilling to continue the fight then the opposing team is awarded/given a further 10 points at that point in time which is added to the overall score.

Art. 12. Hand Shaking / Touching of Gloves

Before and after a bout, the Kickboxers will shake hands/Touch Gloves as a sign of a purely sporting and friendly rivalry, according to kickboxing regulations. Hand shaking takes place before starting the first round and after the decision. No hand shaking is allowed between the rounds.

Art. 13. WAKO Use of Drugs

Follow the WADA Code of Conduct and prohibited lists of substances which may be amended from time to time. Consult WAKO Anti Doping Rules and procedures. Any Kickboxer refusing to submit to a medical examination or doping test before or after a fight, may be immediately disqualified or suspended pending full hearing. The same will occur in the case of an official encouraging such a refusal. The use of local anaesthetics is allowed, if agreed upon by a doctor from the Medical Committee. WAKO refers to and adopt WADA Doping Rules in all cases.

Art. 14. Please Note!

For better readability the text uses masculine pronouns throughout. However, all references to persons apply to both genders.

Art. 15. Weigh-in

During World and International championships, as well as International competitions, the following rules must be adhered to: Each fighter will be officially weighed only once, UNLESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECIDE OTHERWISE, WAKO HQ MUST NOTIFY ALL MEMBERS IN ADVANCE. The weight registered on that occasion is final. It is allowed, nevertheless, for the representative of a country whose fighter has not reached the right weight during the official weigh-in, to put him into another, suitable weight category, provided that the country in question have a vacancy in that category and the weigh-in has not yet closed. It is also allowed for all countries to substitute one Kick-boxer with another, before the end of the first weigh-in and the medical check-up, on condition that, within each competition where substitutes are allowed, the Kickboxer in question has been registered as a reserve for that, or in any other weight category. For all detailed description of Weigh-in and Procedure of Weigh-in, see chapter two -WAKO Rules of Tatami Sports / General Rules.

Art. 16. Note! For better readability the text uses masculine pronouns throughout. However, all references to persons apply to both genders.

These Rules will remain in place a minimum of two years from 1st August 2016 until the next WAKO Standing Committee Meeting 1st August 2018 No changes are allowed without PRIOR WAKO Standing Committee Approval

 

WAKO Light-Contact Rules

Chapter 5 - Tatami Sports Light Contact V17 Page1 to 12

Table of Contents Art. 1. Definition 2

Art. 2. Weigh-in 3

Art. 3. Fighting Rules 3

Art. 4. Competition Commands 3

Art. 5. Legal Target Areas 4

Art. 6. Legal Techniques 4

Art. 7. Scoring 5

Art. 7.1 Directive 3 - awarding points (Using Electronic Scoring System) 5 Art. 7.2 In the case of a draw. ( Electronic) 5 Art. 7.3 Directive 3 - awarding points (Using Clickers and Scorecards) 5 Art. 7.4 In the case of a draw. ( Clickers) 6 Art. 7.5 Minus Points 6 Art. 7.6 Decisions 6 Art. 7.7 Changing a decision 7 Art. 7.8 Awarding of Points 7

Art. 8. Offences 7

Art. 9. Penalty – Exits (Warning, Disqualifications and Exits) 8

Art. 9.1 Disqualification 8 Art. 9.2 Exit 8

Art. 10. Number of Kicks per Round 8

Art. 11. Hand signals 9

Art. 12. Match 9

Art. 13. Officials 9

Art. 13.1 Referees and Judges 9 Art. 13.2 Referees 9 Art. 13.2.1 Referees Powers 9 Art. 13.3 Judges 10

Art. 14. Injuries 10

Art. 14.1 Procedure if KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury 10 Art. 14.2 Procedure if injuries in general 11

Art. 15. Hand Shaking / Touching of Gloves 11

Art. 16. Use of Drugs 11

Art. 17. Indication 11

Art. 18. Weigh-in 11

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Art. 1. Definition

Competition in Light Contact kickboxing should be executed as its name implies, with well-controlled techniques. In light contact competitors fight continuously until central referee command STOP or BREAK. They use techniques from full contact and Semi Contact, but these techniques must be well controlled when they land on legal targets. Equal emphasis must be placed on both punching and kicking techniques. Light contact has been created as an intermediate stage between semi and full contact kickboxing. It is carried out with running time. The central referee does not judge the fighters, but only makes sure they respect the rules. Three judges make the complete scoring decisions on normal WAKO scoring sheets or by electronic scoring board.

Art. 2. Weigh-in

During World and International championships, as well as International competitions, the following rules must be respected: Each fighter will be officially weighed only once, unless board of members decide otherwise, WAKO HQ must notify members in advance. The weight registered on that occasion is final. It is allowed, nevertheless, for the representative of a country whose fighter has not reached the right weight during the official weigh-in, to put him into another, suitable weight category, provided that the country in question has got a vacancy in that category and the weigh-in has not yet closed. It is also allowed for all countries to substitute one kickboxer with another, before the end of the first weigh-in and the medical check-up, on condition that, within each competition where substitutes are allowed, the kickboxer in question has been registered as a reserve for that, or in any other weight category. For all detailed description of Weigh-in and Procedure of Weigh-in, see chapter two - WAKO Rules of Tatami Sports / General Rules.

Art. 3. Fighting Rules

Fighters will enter the Tatami and touch gloves. They will then step back and assume a fighting stance and wait for the command FIGHT from the Referee. The Referee will initiate the fight by commanding fight, when the referee calls STOP, the fighters must return to their starting points on the mat. If the referees commands break both fighters must step pack and then reingage with his opponent. The time will only be stopped on the command of the Referee, by calling TIME to the area control table. Time is not stopped to award penalties unless the Referee feels it is necessary to do so. The Referee should not talk to the Fighters during the match unless he has stopped the clock. Fighters may have one Coach and one Second in their corner during the match. Both must remain in the Coaches Box throughout the match in their seats. No coach will be allowed to enter the fighting area while a match is in progress and no Coach will be allowed to interfere with any referee or judge. No Coach will be allowed to make derogatory remarks about a referee or judge or comment. A Coach may be removed from his coaching position during the match if he continues to abuse officials or referees. Only the Referee may ask for time to be stopped. A fighter may request the clock to be stopped to adjust Safety Equipment or check an injury. The Referee does not have to stop the clock if he feels it will take away the advantage from the other Fighter. Time-stops must be kept to a minimum.

Stopping Contest:

If for any reason the fight is stopped during the match, wherever the fight is stopped, it must restart with both competitors approximately in the same positions If the Referee feels a Fighter is using time-stops to rest or to prevent his opponent from gaining advantage, a warning will be given and the Fighter may be following discussion with judges, disqualified for delaying the match or refusing to fight.

Art. 4. Competition Commands

  • SHAKE HANDS At the beginning of the fight
  • FIGHT To begin contest/fight or after an interruption of the fight.
  • BREAK To break up a body-to-body position, after which each boxer must draw back before continuing the fight
  • STOP The fight is interrupted immediately and may only be resumed after the referee gives a new command.
  • STOP TIME (forming a T with his hands) When he wants to stop the match for any important reason. The Referee must explain the reason for each warning to the fighter
  • TIME Forming the letter T with hands, to give order for time keeper to stop the clock until referee says command FIGHT. When the central referee says TIME he must say the reason why he stopped the clock. Referee will give the order TIME on these occasions:
  • When he gives a warning to a fighter (opponent must immediately go to the neutral corner)
  • When a fighter asks for stoppage of time by rising right hand (opponent must immediately go to the neutral corner)
  • When referee sees it’s necessary to correct a fighter’s equipment or uniform
  • When referee sees that a fighter is injured (maximum time for doctor’s intervention is 2 minutes for all fighters.

Art. 5. Legal Target Areas

The following parts of the body may be attacked using the authorized fighting techniques:

Head Torso Leg Front, side and forehead. Front and side Above waist, Below Ankle/mid-calf (Foot Sweeps are allowed,) It is prohibited to:

  • Any Attacks other than those mentioned in section 7.
  • Attacks with malicious or excessive contact.
  • Top of the head
  • Falling or dropping to the floor without due cause.
  • Back of the torso (kidneys and spine)
  • Top of the shoulders
  • Neck: Front, sides, back
  • Below the belt (except for Foot Sweeps)
  • Continue after the command "stop" or the end of the round has been sounded
  • Turn one's back to the opponent, running away, deliberately falling down.
  • All blind, uncontrolled techniques in general
  • Back of the Head
  • Groin
  • Attack with the knee, elbow, knife-hand, head-butts, thumb and shoulder.
  • Wrestling and ducking below opponent’s waist.
  • Throwing
  • Attacking an opponent who is falling to the floor or is already on the floor, that is, as soon as one hand or knee touches the floor.
  • Leaving the Fighting Area (Exits).
  • Continue after the command "stop" or "break" or the end of the round has been sounded.
  • Oil on the face or the body
  • a fighter spits out his mouth-guard voluntarily,
  • Ground Attacks A fighter cannot attack an opponent on the ground. The central referee is responsible for stopping the match immediately when one of the two fighters touches the floor with any part of the body apart from his feet. Stomps to the head or body of a downed Fighter can lead to minus points or disqualification (judges decide by majority decision).
  • Unsportsmanlike-like conduct. A Fighter shall have only one warning, then the normal procedure for penalty and disqualification shall be followed. However, in the case of gross unsportsmanlike like-like conduct, the Fighter may be disqualified or deducted one point on the first offence, depending on the severity of the infringement.
  • Coaches/Coach Second:
  • Inappropriately Arguing/ Commenting on a referees/judges decision
  • Inappropriately Arguing/ Commenting on a score not given
  • Attacking or verbally abusing an Official either inside or outside the Tatami.
  • Pushing, grabbing without any other purpose, spitting or even attempting any of these actions shall result in the immediate removal from Coaching Area at Tatami and possible permanent removal from Arena/Event following Technical Committee review.
  • Note (Violations of the rules and regulations may, depending how grave they are, lead to warnings, minus points or even disqualification?

Art. 6. Legal Techniques

• Kicks

Front kick, Sidekick, Roundhouse kick, Heel kick (sole of the foot only), Crescent kick, Axe kick (sole of the foot only), Jump kicks

• Hands

all kind of boxing punches.

• Leg, Foot sweep

to score with a Foot sweep the attacker must remain on his feet at all times. If in the execution of a Foot sweep the attacker touches the floor with any part of his body other than his feet, no score will be given. A score will be awarded to the attacker if his opponent touches the floor with any part of his body other than his feet.

Hand and foot techniques should be used equally during the entire fighting period.

• It is extremely dangerous to strike with the back of the heel, it must be strictly emphasized that the attacking Fighter must extend his foot in such a manner that the Sole (bottom) of the foot is used as the striking area when executing the following kicks: Axe, Hook an Spinning Hook kick, All Jumping Spinning Kicks

Art. 7. Scoring

A legal technique strikes a legal target. The authorized striking area of the hand or foot must make "Clean / Controlled” contact. (Not the inner hand) The judge must actually see the technique strike the target. Marking points based on the sound of the strike is not allowed. The Fighter must be looking at the point of contact when executing the technique. All techniques must be used with "reasonable" power. Any technique that simply touches or brushes or pushes an opponent will not be scored. If a Fighter jumps in the air to attack or defend, he must land inside with both feet on the Tatami to score, and he must keep his balance (it is no allowed to touch the floor with any part of body except the feet). Points

  • Punch 1 pt
  • Kick to the body 1 pt
  • Foot sweep leading the opponent to touch the floor with any other part of the body apart from feet) 1 pt
  • Kick to head 2 pts
  • Jumping kick to body 2 pts
  • Jumping kick to head 3 pts
Art. 7.1 Directive 3 - awarding points (Using Electronic Scoring System)

For all legal techniques (punches, kicks or sweeping), clearly landed on legal targets with speed, focus, balance, power, the judge will once push a button of his mouse for a hand technique and leg technique to body or foot, if a head kick he will push twice if a jump kick to the head three times and jump kick to the body twice. Indicating the correct fighter (red or blue corner). Points, starting from first round, will continuously be added from the judges and they will be seen by everybody through a screen which is placed on the jury’s table. At the end of the fight, the winner is the competitor who scored more points (which will appear on the screen). If the referee inflicts a foul or a warning, he will indicate so in front of the judges and the chief referee, and the timekeeper has to put it in the electronic scoring system. It will then be shown on the screen to the public. If the referee inflicts a minus point he will indicate so in front of the judges and the chief referee and the timekeeper have to put it in the electronic system. It will then be shown on the screens, reducing 3 points from the total score from each judge (total of 9 points). The electronic system shows a running time score. In every moment of the fight everybody knows the situation of points.

Art. 7.2 In the case of a draw. ( Electronic)
  • If the match ends, by one or more judges, in a draw (equal points after 3 rounds), to determine a winner, the electronic scoring system will automatically assign the win to the fighter with the highest points in the last round.
  • Using fouls and minus-points: Select the fighter with less fouls and minus-points. The reason is that this fighter had a more fair fight. The judges push the correct button indicating the winner when chief referee indicates so.
Art. 7.3 Directive 3 - awarding points (Using Clickers and Scorecards)

For all legal techniques (punches, kicks or sweeping), clearly landed on legal targets with speed, focus, balance and power, the judge will initially note give points to each fighter using the clickers. The clicker

score will be recorded on the paper after each round. Scores will be accumulated with the winner being the highest scoring fighter over the three rounds per referee. Note * all light contact matches are on a continuous scoring system. It is mandatory if no digital system is available for all judges to use clickers in Continental and World Championships.

At the end of the match, the judge will sum the total points given and name the winning fighter who has the larger number of points. The judge must make a circle around the fighter's name.

  • Punch 1 Click
  • Kick to the body 1 Click
  • Foot sweep leading the opponent to touch the floor with any other part of the body apart from feet) 1 Click
  • Kick to head 2 Clicks
  • Jumping kick to body 2 Clicks
  • Jumping kick to head 3 Clicks
Art. 7.4 In the case of a draw. ( Clickers)

If the match ends in a draw (equal points after 3 rounds), to determine a winner, a judge has to take into consideration the remarks on the WAKO scorecard in the following order.

  • These remarks according to WAKO Scorecards are:
  • Better in the last round
  • More active
  1. More kicks
  2. Better defence
  3. Better style and techniques
Art. 7.5 Minus Points

Criteria for minus points, given only by the referee, after previous warnings.

  • unclean fighting style
  • constant clinching
  • constant and continuous ducking, turning of the back
  • too few foot techniques
  • excessive contact
  • heavy knock down
  • any serious violation of the rules All techniques during in fighting (at very short distance, during clinching) should not be taken into consideration by Judges.
Art. 7.6 Decisions

The following decisions could bring the fight to an end:

  • Winner by points
  • Winner by disqualification of the opponent in difficult cases, the referee may also call out a disqualification without having given a warning beforehand, but only after having consulted his Judges.

For example:

  • Maximum Score
  • If two judges have the contest + 15, then the contest is stopped in the interest of both competitors.
  • Knocking out the opponent by an uncontrolled blow to the head or malicious attack
  • For excessive, continuous hitting after the "stop" command
  • By extreme UN sportsman-like conduct of a fighter such as insulting the referee, the opponent or showing overly aggressive behaviour.
  • Winner by not showing up
  • Excessive Exits
  • Winner by stopping the fight (Referee Stops Contest, RSC)
  • An official Warning can only be given by a majority decision of judges.
  • A fight may be stopped if the fighter is unable to fight or defend himself and also if the other fighter shows total athletic superiority. The referee decides who the winner is. If the fight is stopped because a fighter is injured, then the officials must make a decision according to Art. 15 of present chapter of Rules.
Art. 7.7 Changing a decision

All public decisions are definitive and cannot be changed unless agreed by appeal committee. (Reference article 1.1 general rules)

  • Clear and Fundamental Mistakes which occurred in calculating the points are discovered
  • One of the judges declare he made a mistake and switched the scores of the fighters
  • There are evident violations of WAKO rules

The Chairman of Tatami Sports, with the help of the WAKO Executive Board, will immediately handle all protests. After the discussions, the Chairman of the WAKO Technical Board will announce the official result.

Art. 7.8 Awarding of Points

In awarding points, the following rules must be respected:

  • Directive 1 - concerning actual hits during each round, a judge will mark respective score for each kickboxer, according to the number of technically controlled blows that each one has received. To count a punch or a kick blow must not be blocked, even partially deviated or stopped. The value of recorded blows in a fight will be counted by click or digitally at the end of each round and granted to the kickboxer, according to his degree of superiority. Blows given by a kickboxer will not be taken into account:
  • If they are contrary to the regulations
  • If they land on the arms
  • If they are weak and do not come from legs, body or shoulders.
  • Directive 2 - concerning offences During each round a judge cannot penalize each offence he sees, regardless of whether the referee has noticed it or not. He has to call the referee's attention to that offence. If the referee gives any kind of warnings to one of the fighters, the judges must note it; writing W on the Fouls column on the scoring sheet, but that does not mean a direct minus point to the other fighter. When the Referee decides to give a minus point to a fighter, the table official will minus the fighter as indicated by the referee, in the case of clickers each referee will add 3 points to the other fighter. For all detailed descriptions, see Art. 8.2. Scoring System.

Art. 8. Offences

Warnings given to a fighter’s corner count against the kickboxer. A referee may, without stopping the fight, give a caution to a kickboxer at any moment. If he wants to give a warning to a kickboxer, he will stop the fight and announce the offence. He will show it to the three judges, pointing with his finger to the kickboxer at fault. The following actions are considered fouls:

  • Punching below the belt, tripping, and hitting with knees or elbows.
  • Butting with the head, shoulders, forearms and elbows, strangling the opponent, crushing his face with arm or elbow, pushing back the opponent;
  • Hitting with open gloves, with the inside of the gloves, with a wrist.
  • Hitting the opponent's back, particularly on the nape of his neck, head and kidneys.
  • Lying down, wrestling or not fighting at all
  • Grabbing
  • Holding
  • Attacking an opponent who is on the floor on getting up
  • Clinching without any reason
  • Hitting while hooking the opponent, or pulling the opponent into the blow.
  • Hooking or holding opponent's arm or putting an arm underneath the arm of the opponent.
  • Suddenly lowering one's head below opponent's belt in a way that would be dangerous for the latter.
  • Using artificial means for a passive defence and falling down intentionally, in order to avoid a blow.
  • Using insulting and aggressive language during a round.
  • Refusing to withdraw after the order "BREAK".
  • Trying to land a blow on the opponent immediately after a "BREAK" order and before withdrawing.
  • Assailing or insulting the referee at any time
  • When a warning for a particular foul has been administered for example a clinch.
  • Inappropriately Arguing/ Commenting on a referees/ judge’s decision
  • Inappropriately Arguing/ Commenting on a score not given
  • Attacking or verbally abusing an Official either inside or outside the Tatami.
  • Pushing, grabbing without any other purpose, spitting or even attempting any of these actions shall result in the immediate removal from Coaching Area at Tatami and possible permanent removal from Arena/Event following Technical Committee review.

The referee will not caution the kickboxer again for the same offence. An official warning will follow a third caution for the same foul. If a referee thinks that an offence has been committed without his knowledge, he will call time and consult the judges.

Art. 9. Penalty - Exits (Warning, Disqualifications and Exits)

Warnings should be given in a loud and clear voice so that both the Fighters and Coaches can hear and understand the warning. The Referee should stand facing the offending Fighter and give the warning. To award a penalty point the Referee must first request the time to be stopped. He must face the Score Keeper and state that a penalty point is to be awarded by point to the Fighter who is to be penalized and stating in a loud, clear voice why the Fighter is being penalized. Warnings will be carried over throughout the Match to all rounds. When referee is giving warnings or a penalty (minus) point, he must stop the clock.

Exit Rules:

1st

Exit Minus -1 Penalty Point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 2nd Exit Minus -1 Penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 3rd Exit Minus -1 Penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 4th Exit Disqualification Verbally communicated to athlete/coach with appropriate hand signal

Rule Violations (Other than Exits):

1st

Verbal Warning Discretionary Warning ( May move to first Official Warning if warranted)

1st

Official Violation Official Warning

2nd

Official Violation Official Warning -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 3rd Official Violation Official Warning -1 penalty point given verbally communicated to athlete/coach with hand signal 4th Official Violation Disqualification Verbally communicated to athlete/coach with appropriate hand signal

Art. 9.1 Disqualification

If disqualification is called for, the Referee shall confer with the Judges and with the Observer of the Area to ensure all the proper procedures are being used before disqualifying the offending fighter.

Art. 9.2 Exit

Leaving the Fighting Area. If a Fighter leaves the area (EXIT) without being pushed, kicked or knocked out by his opponent it will be seen as a "Voluntary Exit" and will receive a Minus -1 point from the Referee. On the second (2nd) exit the Fighter will receive another minus -1 point. On the Third (3rd) exit the Fighter will receive another minus -1 point, The fourth time the Fighter leaves the area they shall be disqualified. If the Kickboxer fights on the edge of Tatami, the Referee must not stop the fight to prevent the fighters from the exit. Stepping out (EXIT) means stepping outside the line, even with only one foot. The Whole the foot must be outside the designated area. If the fighter is pushed out by the other fighter, or TheY went outside the line as a result of a hit or kick, it is not classed as a voluntary exit. Warnings for leaving the area will be kept as a separate issue from Warnings for other offences.

Art 9.3. Number of Kicks per Round

In Light Contact there is no limit about number of kicks because fighters score different points according to the technique they use, like in semi contact. Of course fighters are requested to use both punches and kicks and equal emphasis should be put on both. Warning (and consequently, official warnings) should be given though to the fighter who does not use kicks appropriately.

Art. 10. Hand signals

Chief Referee Verbal Warning Official Warning Minus -1 Point Disqualified No Score

Art. 11. Match

A coach and a second, who must obey the following rules, may assist each fighter:

  • Only the coach and the second may be at the Tatami during breaks.
  • No advice, help or encouragement can be given to the fighter during the round
  • A second can give up the fight on behalf of his fighter, and can also, if the fighter is in a difficulty, toss the sponge or the towel into the Tatami.
  • During the match, neither the coach nor the second must be on the Tatami. They must, before each round, remove towels or buckets, etc.
  • Any coach, second or official, encouraging or prompting the spectators to give signs of advice, as well as encouragement to a kickboxer during a round, can be suspended from his function for the competition in progress.
  • A coach or a second who violates the rules, may receive a warning or be disqualified by the referee for bad behaviour and be refused to act as a coach or coach assistant for the remainder of the tournament.

Art. 12. Officials

For General Rules and all detailed description of Officials, see chapter two.

Art. 12.1 Referees and Judges

Three WAKO judges, who will be seated at Tatami-side away from the spectators, must grade/score each bout. Each of the three judges must be seated in the middle of three respective corners of the fighting area. In the event the Observer/Organizer is not able to apply the above-mentioned directions due to special circumstances, it will find a solution that will ensure the neutrality and impartiality of appointed officials, followed by a prompt report to the Referee Committee.

Art. 12.2 Referees

At the end of a bout, the centre referee should gather and check the score sheets of the three judges. After verification, he must hand them over to the Observer of the Area or, if he is absent, to the announcer. When the winner is announced, the referee must raise the winning kickboxer arm. He must indicate to the kickboxer, by appropriate signs or gestures, any violation of the Regulations. He must also:

  • Supervise the whole bout
  • At the end of a bout, gather and check the score sheets of the three judges. After verification, he must hand them over to the Observer of the area or, if he is absent, to the announcer. The referee must not announce the winner by raising a Kickboxer’s arm or in any other way before the official in charge announces the decision.
Art. 12.2.1 Referees Powers
  • Stop a fight at any moment if he finds it to be too one-sided and in the interest of health and safety.
  • Stop a fight at any moment if one of the kickboxer has received an unauthorized blow or is wounded, or if he considers a fighter unable to continue.
  • Stop a fight at any moment if he finds the fighters behaving in an "unsportsmanlike-like" manner. In such a case, he must disqualify one or both Kickboxer’s.
  • Warn a kickboxer or stop the bout and give a minus point or warning to a kickboxer for an offence.
  • Disqualify a coach or a second who has broken the regulations or the kickboxer himself if his coach or the second fails to obey to his orders.
  • Disqualify, with or without a warning, a fighter who has committed an offence.
  • Interpret the rules as long as they are applicable or compatible with the fight that is taking place, or, at a special moment, decide on a move which does not appear in the rules.
  • If a kickboxer breaks the rules but does not necessarily deserve a disqualification, the Referee must stop the fight and give a warning to the kickboxer of a foul. Before the warning, the Referee must order the kickboxer to stop fighting. The warning must be given clearly, so that the kickboxer understands the reason and cause of the penalty. The referee must hand signal to each judge that a particular warning has been given and clearly show which kickboxer has been punished. After having given the warning, the referee orders the kickboxer to fight again. If a fighter has been given 3 official warnings within the same bout, he is disqualified.
  • A referee may give a caution to a kickboxer. A caution means a warning given by a referee to a kickboxer for breaking a rule. In order to do this he doesn't need to stop the fight, and may reprimand the kickboxer during the fight.
Art. 12.3 Judges

Each judge must independently consider the merits of the two fighters and chose the winner according to the regulations. During the match, he will not talk to fighter, other judges, or anybody else, with the exception of the referee. He may, if necessary at the end of a round, notify the referee about any incident that he has missed, for example telling him about the misbehaviour of a second, etc. A judge will mark the number of points granted to each fighter on his score sheet and in professional bouts only his decision will be announced to the public at the end of the match. During a round the judge will use the back of the scorecard to record the number of hits he sees, either by a number or by numbers of lines. The red corner fighter is on the left side and the blue corner fighter always on the right on both sides of the score sheet. The points/recorded hits must be listed separately for each round. He will not leave his place until the decision has been announced. While on duty, a judge must use clickers.

Art. 13. Injuries

In the case of an injury to one of the Competitors, the Match shall be stopped only long enough for the Medic/Doctor to decide whether or not the injured Fighter can continue. Once the Medic/Doctor arrives in the Tatami, he shall have only two minutes to decide if the injury requires treatment. All treatment must be completed within two minutes. If the injury is serious, it must be treated by the Medics/Doctor on duty who is the only ones who can say if the Match must be terminated. If the Match must be stopped because of injury, the Referee & the two Judges must decide: Who caused the injury?

  • Whether or not it was an intentional injury
  • Whether or not it was the fault of the injured Fighter
  • Whether or not the injury was caused by an illegal technique •
  • If there were no Rules violations by the uninjured Fighter, that Fighter shall win by forfeiture
  • If there was a Rules violation by the uninjured Fighter, the injured Fighter wins by disqualification
  • If the injured Fighter is declared fit to continue by the Medic/Doctor, then the Fight shall resume
  • Procedure after KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury

If a fighter gets injured in a fight, the doctor is the only person that can evaluate the circumstances. If a kickboxer remains unconscious, only the referee and the doctor in charge will be allowed to stay On the Tatami, unless the doctor needs extra help.

Art. 13.1 Procedure if KO, RSC, RSC-H, Injury

Will the injured Fighter declared as the winner (disqualification of the opponent), the doctor has to decide immediately, if the injured Fighter is able to continue with in the tournament.

A kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, will be examined by a doctor immediately afterwards, and accompanied to hospital by the ambulance on duty or to any other adequate place. A kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 4 weeks after the KO. A kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing, two times in a period of 3 months, will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 3 months after the second KO or RSC-H. A kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him continuing three consecutive times in a period of 12 months, will not be allowed to take part in a competition or a bout for a period of one year after the third KO or RSC-H. To above mentions quarantine periods the doctor at place can extend the quarantine period if necessary. Also doctors at hospital due to tests/scan of head can further on extend the quarantine period. A quarantine period means that a kickboxer can not take part in any competition in kickboxing no matter what the discipline is. The quarantine periods are "minimum period" and can not be overruled even though a head scan shows no visible injuries. The referee will tell the Jury and Judges to mark KO or RSC-H or RSC on their score sheets, when he or referee has stopped the bout due to the Kickboxer’s inability to resume the fight because of head blows. The same has to be reported by the Chief referee on duty in that ring on the fighter's WAKO SPORT PASS. This is also the official result of the fight and it can not be overruled. Before resuming kickboxing after a ban, as described in the above paragraphs, a kickboxer will, after a special medical examination, have to be declared fit to take part in competition by a sports doctor. When registered a KO or RSC-H a kickboxer must get a CT scan of the head.

Art. 13.2 Procedure if injuries in general

In case of injuries besides KO or RSC-H the doctor can give a minimum of quarantine period and recommend treatment at hospital. A doctor can require immediately treatment at hospital

Art. 14. Hand Shaking / Touching of Gloves

Before and after a bout, the kick boxers will shake hands/Touch Gloves as a sign of pure sportsmanship and friendly rivalry, according to kickboxing regulations. Hand shaking/touching of gloves takes place before starting the first round and after the decision. No touching of gloves is allowed between rounds.

Art. 15. Use of Drugs

WAKO Follow the WADA Code of Conduct and prohibited lists of substances which may be amended from time to time. Consult WAKO Anti Doping Rules and procedures. Any kickboxer refusing to submit to a medical examination or doping test before or after a fight, may be immediately disqualified or suspended pending full hearing. The same will occur in the case of an official encouraging such a refusal. The use of local anaesthetics is allowed, if agreed upon by a doctor from the Medical Committee. WAKO refers to and adopt WADA Doping Rules in all cases.

Art. 16. Indication

For better readability the text uses masculine pronouns throughout. However, all references to persons apply to both genders.

Art. 17. Weigh-in

During World and International championships, as well as International competitions, the following rules must be adhered to: Each fighter will be officially weighed only once, UNLESS BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECIDE OTHERWISE, WAKO HQ MUST NOTIFY ALL MEMBERS IN ADVANCE. The weight registered on that occasion is final. It is allowed, nevertheless, for the representative of a country whose fighter has not reached the right weight during the official weigh-in, to put him into another, suitable weight category, provided that the country in question have a vacancy in that category and the weigh-in has not yet closed. It is also allowed for all countries to substitute one kickboxer with another, before the end of the first weigh-in and the medical check-

up, on condition that, within each competition where substitutes are allowed, the kickboxer in question has been registered as a reserve for that, or in any other weight category. For all detailed description of Weigh-in and Procedure of Weigh-in, see chapter two - WAKO Rules of Tatami Sports / General Rules.

These Rules will remain in place a minimum of two years from 27th April 2012 Until the next WAKO Standing Committee Meeting April 2014. No changes are allowed without PRIOR WAKO Standing Committee Approval.

 

 

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