Tournament rules



The tournament rules will be semi contact with rounds of 2 minutes. Fights will be stopped while Points are awarded. The winner will be the person with the most points after 2 minutes.

Semi contact means that the hand or foot must touch the target area to score, obviously good technique and not just a light touch will qualify a 'hit'. The contact must however be strictly controlled so as not to injure the opponent.

Two opponents will be differentiated by either a blue or a red ribbon tied to the back of their belt.

Judging of points scored will be done by the referee assisted by 4 corner judges. Whenever a judge feels a point has been scored he must shout out 'POINT' whereupon the referee will stop the bout, all the judges will bow their heads and he will call score. The judges wil then hold up either a red or a blue flag depending on who they thought scored. Two points would be indicated by holding up the flag and extending 2 fingers of that hand.

The target area will be, from the waist up, the front of the body, i.e. the face chest and stomach. Sides of body and sides of the head also score. Hits to the back are strictly forbidden, as are low kicks, low punches and sweeps.


1 POINT IS AWARDED for; any kick to the body and any punch to the body or face.

2 POINTS ARE AWARDED for any kicks to the head, jumping kicks* to the body and head

* Jumping or flying kicks that score must have both feet clearly off the ground at the moment of impact. All flying kicks especially to the head must be well controlled.


A record of warnings will be kept by the scoring table, 3 warnings will result in a point being deducted.

WARNINGS : Travelling (running out of the 'ring'), Low kicks (below the waist), turning the back (except when executing kicks), Feigning injury, Aggressive or uncontrolled blows. Taunting an opponent.

POINTS DEDUCTED : Accumulating 3 warnings, Low kicks or uncontrolled blows that hurt the opponent, any swearing.

DISQUALIFICATION: Dissention (arguing with the refferee), Low or uncontrolled blows which either draw blood or injure an opponent.

NB! Blows which accidentally draw blood, eg. Where the fighter moves into the blow, will not result in disqualification, but rather a warning or deduction once the Judges and Referee have consulted.

PROTECTION : All fighters will wear mitts which cover the knuckles and back of the hand, foot guards which cover the instep and top of the foot and preferably the back on the heel. All male contenders will wear a groin guard or face disqualification.

Head gear is compulsory.

Optional items include shin pads and chest protectors.


Fights will be done in a 6 x 6m ring.


The number of categories will depend on the number of entrants and will only be finalised on the day. There must be at least 3 competitors in any category.

Guidelines or ideal categories are as follows :


Categories must have at least 5 competitors, ideally we will follow the guidelines below, categories where there are too few competitors will be combined.

Children divided by age every 2 years i.e. 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17. Over 17 are adults.

Everyone will be divided by belt / gup / kup : 10th, 9-7th , 6-4th , 3-1st, 1-2nd dan, 3rd dan & above.

This breaks down into roughly those who have trained for : < 3 months, 3-6 months, 6-18 months, 18-30 months, 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 yrs, > 4 years.
For sparring Girls and Boys will be in different categories