- 1 JUDGES CRITERIA
- 2 KUMITE RULES
- 3 IPPON-GACHI (Full Point Victory)
- 4 WAZA-ARI (Half point)
- 5 CRITERIA OF HANTEI (decision)
- 6 JOGAI (Stepping outside competition area)
- 7 HANSOKU (Fouls)
- 8 MITOMEZU (no count)
- 9 CHUI (warming) and GENTEN (penalty)
- 10 SHIKKAKU (Disqualification)
- 11 GIVING UP THE COMPETITION
- 12 TAMESHIWARI (breaking) rules
- The Main referee and the four judges will judge the competition. However, the final decision belongs to the Main referee.
- In the case of “Ippon”, “Waza-Ari”, “Hansoku”, “Jogaї” and “Hantei”, etc., the decision is valid if three of the five judges/referee supports it. However, any of the five judges/referee has the right to protest a decision.
- The weighing shall be done with the attendance of judges/referees before the competition starts. The weight at this time shall be the valid weight for the competitor during the competition in case a decision by weight has to be made.
The valid weight differences in case of “a decision by weight” are:
5 kg and above for Light/Middle weights (men)
10 kg and above for Heavy weight (men)
4 kg and above for Light/Middle weight (women)
8 kg and above for Heavy weight (women)
- If there is a weight difference of more than 7 kg between the weight in the application and the weight checked before the competition, the competitor might be disqualified.
- In case a competitor cannot continue the bout due to his opponent’s “Yuko Waza (effective attack)”, “Hansoku Waza (foul attack)”, etc., the tournament doctor may give a “doctor’s stop” after consulting with the Main referee, the four judges or the Head Judge.
- In the case of “Hansoku Waza”, the competitor who made the foul attack loses the bout.
- In case of “Yuko Waza”, the damaged competitor loses the bout, due to the reason that he is unable to continue the bout.
- The tournament schedule is to be strictly followed, but in case of an unavoidable situation, the Tournament Executive Committee Chairman may, after consultation with the Judging Panel Chairman and the Head Judge, decide to change the tournament schedule.
- Time for bouts
- Men – The time of one bout is three minutes through the first round to the final round. The extension is two minutes and a final extension is two minutes.
- Women – The time of one bout is two minutes through the first round to the final round. The extension is two minutes and a final extension is two minutes..
- The victory is awarded to the competitor who has scored one full point (Ippon) or the one who has won by decision (including “Waza-ri” – half point) or the one whose opponent has been charged with a foul, or whose opponent has been disqualified.
- Competitors enter onto the competition mat form the opposite sides to each other and stand outside of the two lines in red and in white in the center of the fighting area, taking postures of “Fudodachi”, facing to the front. Looking at them from the front (official seats), the competitor for “Aka”- red should stand on the left side (the one whose entry number is smaller) and the competitor for “Shiro”- white should be on the right side (the one whose entry number is bigger).
- The bout starts with the Main referee’s command “Hajime” and ends with the Main referee’s command “Yame”.
- In case of any accident during the fight, the Main referee may stop the bout.
- When the Main referee makes the sign of “Time”, the bout shall stop for a moment, and when he makes the sign of “Zokkou” (continue) the bout shall start again.
- When a thrust (Tsuki), a kick (Keri), or an elbow strike (Hiji Uchi) etc., excluding actions listed as fouls, vigorously downs the opponent for more than three seconds.
- If the opponent has lost his will to fight for more than three seconds.
- When having obtained two Waza-Ari (half points), which results in one Ippon (full point).
- When a thrust (Tsuki), a kick (Keri), an elbow strike (Hiji Uchi), etc., excluding actions listed as fouls, downs the opponent and within 3 seconds he stands up and resumes the fight.
- If the opponent has lost his will to fight but resumes the fight within 3 seconds.
- If the opponent has received so much damage that he loses his balance, but not that he falls down.
- After either downing the opponent with foot sweeps (Ashi-Barai) or dodging the opponent’s Domowashi-Kaiten-Geri (rolling kick), a well focused Gedan Zuki (downward punch) follows immediately.
- In case there is no Ippon, nor disqualification, the decision supported by three out of the five judges/referee (one Main referee and 4 corner judges) is valid.
- In case of one of the competitors having a Waza-Ari, the Waza-Ari will be the first priority for a decision.
- In case of no Waza-Ari, the amount of damages will be the first priority for a decision.
- In case of no damages, the amount of techniques (punches, kicks), including Yulo-Uchi (point-giving techniques, but not enough for being a Waza-Ari), will be the first priority for a decision.
- In case of some amount of techniques, including Yuko-Uchi, the judges/referee shall look at the fighter who is moving forward and backward, who is fighting most aggressively, and this shall be the first priority for a decision. (This applies to the final extension where a champion has to be decided.)
- In case of either the competitor having obtained Chui (warning) or Genten (penalty), the judges/referee shall follow the criteria stated in “Judging Criterion”.
- Attacks with techniques using hands or elbows (such as Ken, Shuto, Nukite, Elbow strike, etc.) to the opponent’s face or neck. Even a slight touch may result in Hansoku. However, making feints to the face is allowed.
- Attacks to groin and lower abdomen.
- ZU-TSUKI (Hit to the head).
- TSUKAMI (grabing)(For whatever reason, to grab the opponent’s dogi or to clinch hands with each other is not allowed).
- KAKE (Hooking) (Grabbing or hooking the opponent’s neck, head, shoulders, etc.).
- OSHI (Pushing) (No pushing is allowed with open hands, closed hands or with the body. Basically it will be considered as Hansoku even if you push only with one hand).
- To attack whilst leaning the head or body against the opponent.
- KAKAEKOMI (hugging and holding) (The person who puts his arms around the other one first will be given a foul).
- Attacks from the back.
- To attack an opponent who is already down.
- KAKENIGE (run-away attack) (pretending to attack whilst actually running away from the opponent).
- Running away by repeating JOGAI (stepping outside area).
- Any actions that may be considered as bad attitudes towards the contest.
- Any other actions that the judges/referee may regard as fouls.
- A foul is charged with one warning “Chui Ichi”.
- When any action is considered as a deliberate or malicious foul, or when severe damages have occurred from a foul, a Genten Ichi (first penalty) may be given to such a foul at the first time.
Chui Ni (two warnings) results in Genten Ichi (first penalty), and Genten Ni (two penalties) results in Shikkaku (disqualification).
The following cases result in Shikkaku (disqualification) :
- When failing to obey the Main referee’s instructions during the bout;
- If being late for a bout or failing to appear;
- If facing each other for more than one minute without engaging in fight, this shall be regarded as lacking the will to fight and both competitors shall be disqualified;
- Any actions considered as sheer violence, seriously deliberate fouls and deliberate bad attitude towards the competition;
- In the case of Genten-Ni (two penalties)
When the total number of Tameshiwari is 0 (zero), or when Tameshiwari is deliberately given up.
Anyone who fails to take part in the bout as scheduled without any good reason shall be fined no more than 150,000 Japanese Yen (approx $1 700.00 CAD). The following circumstances are exceptions:
- When the tournament doctor has, after medical examination, made the decision that the competitor cannot continue the competition;
- In case of any unforeseen misfortune to anyone closely related to the competitor (such as his family members, etc.) which happens immediately before or during the bout, permission to leave the competition area will be given after consultation between the Head Judge and Chairman of the Tournament Executive Committee.