sparring 
Rules & Regulations

01

continuous sparring rules

All Continuous Sparring competitors must abide by the following rules. 

skill divisions

beginner

Less than 2 year of experience

intermediate

Between 2 - 4 of experience

advance

Over 4 years of experience

safety equipment

ALL athletes must provide safety equipment. Safety equipment will be inspected upon competition.   

1. A groin cup must be worn by male athletes at all times during the match.

2. Team T-shirt, long pants, Headgear, foam gloves with no exposed fingers, mouthpiece, shin guard and foot protector (Must cover toes, heel and sides of foot)  must be worn by all athletes at all times during the match 

3.  Junior Divisions and younger (Under 17) must also wear a face shield and chest protector

competition procedure

before match starts

1. Upon referee's command, competitors must bow to the head Judge then to each other

duration of rounds

3 x 1.5 Minute Rounds (Time is stopped for equipment adjustments or injuries)

permitted techniques

Hand Techniques

1. Ridge Hand

2. All styles of fighting punches

3. Backfist (Not Spinning Back Fist)

Foot/leg techniques

 1. Front Kick

2. Side Kick

3. Roundhouse Kick

4. Heel Kick (Sole of foot only)

5. Crescent Kick

6. Axe Kick (Sole of foot only)

7. Jump Kicks

Throwing Techniques

 1. Foot Sweeps (Ankle/Foot level only)

Scoring system

legal scoring areas

1. Front and Side of Head

2. Torso - Front and Side

3. Feet - Only for Sweeping the Front Leg

awarding points

Points shall be awarded when legal techniques are executed with accuracy and power to the legal scoring areas of the body.

1. All techniques must be well controlled. Techniques should not "strike through" or "carry through" the opponent. 

Striking with excessive contact, or uncontrolled striking of any kind will lead to disqualification. 

2. Clean and controlled scoring strikes, effective combination striking, effectiveness of fighter's defense, variation of strikes used during the match will gain positive impression points from the judges.

3. Each legal scoring technique executed will earn +1 point

4. Match Score for each contestant will be the sum of points totaled at the end of three rounds

5. Victory will be given to the contestant that has the greater sum of points

Negative Judges Criteria

 Consistent rules violation, cautions made by referee, focus on overpowering opponent rather than demonstration of superior skill, lack of combination striking, lack of variation in types of strikes will lead to negative impression points from the judges. Athletes who consistently demonstrate negative sparring etiquette can receive a zero in impression points and depending on the severity of his/her violations, he/she may have points deducted as a result of his/her violations.

illegal techniques & penalties

warning & penalties

Referee will declare caution, warning and deduction penalties on all illegal techniques and actions. Competitors who perform any of the following illegal techniques and movements during the matches will receive a caution or a warning depending on the severity.  A competitor does not have to be cautioned in order to receive an official warning. 

A deduction of -1 points shall be made for every warning. If a competitor receives 3 warnings in a round, he/she is automatically loses the round and the round is awarded to the opponent. 

Difference Between Caution & Warning

A "Caution" may be issued without stopping the action of the fight

A "Warning" is issued by stopping the action of the fight. 

Illegal Techniques

1. Attacking the throat, kidneys, back, legs, joints, groin, and the back of the head or neck.

2. Attack using the knee, elbow, knife-hand, head-butts, thumb, shoulder or a spinning hand strike is not allowed.

3. Intentional overuse of strength to overpower opponent through strength and not technique

4. Clinching without reason - the act of holding on to the opponents hands, arms etc.

5. Turning one's back to the opponent, running away, falling down intentionally, intentional clinching, blind techniques, wrestling or ducking below the opponent's waist.

6. Intentionally leaving the ring without permission

8. Falsely feigning injury

9. Continuing to fight after the command of "stop" or "break" or after the end of the round

10. Oil on the face or the body

11. Striking below the belt, hooking or tripping

12. Any intentional attack on the groin area

13. Head Butting, strangling or shoving is not allowed

14. Hitting with the open part of the gloves or with the wrist is not permitted.

15. Lying down, wrestling or inactivity

16. Attacking the opponent while he is falling down, fallen, or trying to get up is prohibited

17. Hitting while hooking the opponent or pulling the opponent into the strike

18. Falling down intentionally to avoid a blow

19. "Spoiling." Intentionally avoiding the opponent by moving around the ring or clinching opponent in order to cut down on round time.

20. Refusing to withdraw after the order "Break"

21. Attempting to land a blow on the opponent immediately after a "break" order and withdrawing afterwards

disqualification

1. Heavy impact force

2. Bleeding that results from an illegal strike (If a competitor causes opponent to bleed unintentionally using a legal technique, then a warning shall be given)

3. Unsportsmanlike conduct by the competitor, coach or parent

Referees

The referee has power to:

1. Stop the fight at any moment if he finds it to be too one-sided. The match will then be awarded to the superior competitor

2. Stop the fight at any moment if one of the fighters has received an unauthorized blow or is wounded, or if he/she considers the competitor unable to continue

3. Stop a fight at any moment if he finds unsportsmanlike behavior among the competitors. In such a case, he can disqualify one fighter.

4. Caution a competitor,  stop the round to give out a warning and deduct a point depending on the severity of the violation

5. Disqualify a coach or a second who has broken the regulations, or the competitor if the coach or the second fails to obey the referee's orders

6. Disqualify an athlete with or without warning a competitor who has committed an offence 

Judges

Judges have power to:

1. Add or deduct impression points

2. Determine the winner of the fight through impression points as well as scoring technique points

determining the winner

At the end of each round, the winner of the round is determined by the decision of the majority of the judges. The winner of two out of three rounds wins the match. 

In case of a tie

For Juniors, Teens & Adult categories, there will be a 60 second Sudden-Death to determine the winner. If there is still a tie after the Sudden-Death round, the winner will be determined by the Chief Judge.

For the Kids category, the first to score will win the match

02

point sparring rules

All Continuous Sparring competitors must abide by the following rules. 

skill divisions

beginner

Less than 2 year of experience

intermediate

Between 2 - 4 of experience

(Point Sparring is for Beginner/Intermediate level competitors only)

safety equipment

ALL athletes must provide safety equipment. Safety equipment will be inspected upon competition.   

1. A groin cup must be worn by male athletes at all times during the match.

2. Team T-shirt, long pants, Headgear, sparring gloves, mouthpiece, shin guard and foot protector must be worn by all athletes at all times during the match 

3.  Junior Divisions and younger (Under 17) must also wear a face shield and chest protector

competition procedure

before match starts

1. Upon referee's command, competitors must bow to the head Judge then to each other

duration of round

Each Bout will be 1 round of 1.5 Minutes

ties

If there is a tie after 1.5 minutes have passed, the match will go into sudden death overtime.  The first person to score the next point will win.  Fighters may have 30 seconds to rest before going into overtime if they need it.

out of bounds

When one foot is touching outside the boundary line, the fighter is out of bounds.  The person who is in bounds can score on the person who is out of bounds, but the person who is out of bounds cannot score.   

Scoring Points

1 Point - Punches to the head or body

1 Point - Kicks to the body or leg

2 Points - Kicks to the head

awarding points

1. If the referee sees an action that is considered to be a valid point, the referee will command STOP and immediately signal the point.

2. If one of the judges sees an action that is considered to be a valid point, the judge must signal to the referee immediately, the referee will command STOP and immediately signal the point.

3. After the referee commands STOP, each judge must make an immediate decision by hand-pointing to the competitor who is to receive the valid point. The referee counts the decisions of the judges and then points to the appropriate competitor being awarded the point. Point can only be awarded when there is a clear majority call from all the judges.

determining the winner

1. The competitor with the most points at the end of the bout will be declared the winner.

2. If a competitor or his/her coach forfeits the match, his/her opponent will be declared the winner automatically.
 

forfeiting

1. The competitor must raise one hand and verbally communicate to the referee that he/she is forfeiting the bout

2. The competitor's coach can also forfeit the bout by throwing in a white towel

permitted techniques

Hand Techniques

1. Ridge Hand

2. All styles of fighting punches

3. Backfist (Not Spinning Back Fist)

Foot/leg techniques

 1. Front Kick

2. Side Kick

3. Roundhouse Kick

4. Heel Kick (Sole of foot only)

5. Crescent Kick

6. Axe Kick (Sole of foot only)

7. Jump Kicks

Throwing Techniques

 1. Foot Sweeps (Ankle/Foot level only)

Scoring system

legal scoring areas

1. Front and Side of Head

2. Torso - Front and Side

3. Feet - Only for Sweeping Legal Techniques

awarding points

Points shall be awarded when legal techniques are executed with accuracy and power to the legal scoring areas of the body.

1. All techniques must be well controlled. Techniques should not "strike through" or "carry through" the opponent. 

Striking with excessive contact, or uncontrolled striking of any kind will lead to disqualification. 

2. Only clean and controlled scoring strikes that demonstrates accuracy and power will be scored. Accidental touching or grazing the opponent will not score.

3. Each legal scoring technique executed will earn +1 point.

4. First competitor that reaches 5 points or 3 points depending on the age group will win the match, or whoever has the higher score at the end of 2 minutes.

illegal techniques & penalties

warning & penalties

Referee will declare caution, warning and deduction penalties on all illegal techniques and actions. Competitors who perform any of the following illegal techniques and movements during the matches will receive a caution or a warning depending on the severity.  A competitor does not have to be cautioned in order to receive an official warning. 

A deduction of -1 points shall be made for every warning. If a competitor receives 3 warnings in a round, he/she is automatically loses the round and the round is awarded to the opponent. 

Difference Between Caution & Warning

A "Caution" may be issued without stopping the action of the fight

A "Warning" is issued by stopping the action of the fight. 

Illegal Techniques

1. Attacking the throat, kidneys, back, legs, joints, groin, and the back of the head or neck.

2. Attack using the knee, elbow, knife-hand, head-butts, thumb, shoulder or a spinning hand strike is not allowed.

3. Intentional overuse of strength to overpower opponent through strength and not technique

4. Clinching without reason - the act of holding on to the opponents hands, arms etc.

5. Turning one's back to the opponent, running away, falling down intentionally, intentional clinching, blind techniques, wrestling or ducking below the opponent's waist.

6. Intentionally leaving the ring without permission

8. Falsely feigning injury

9. Continuing to fight after the command of "stop" or "break" or after the end of the round

10. Oil on the face or the body

11. Striking below the belt, hooking or tripping

12. Any intentional attack on the groin area

13. Head Butting, strangling or shoving is not allowed

14. Hitting with the open part of the gloves or with the wrist is not permitted.

15. Lying down, wrestling or inactivity

16. Attacking the opponent while he is falling down, fallen, or trying to get up is prohibited

17. Hitting while hooking the opponent or pulling the opponent into the strike

18. Falling down intentionally to avoid a blow

19. "Spoiling." Intentionally avoiding the opponent by moving around the ring or clinching opponent in order to cut down on round time.

20. Refusing to withdraw after the order "Break"

21. Attempting to land a blow on the opponent immediately after a "break" order and withdrawing afterwards

disqualification

1. Heavy impact force

2. Bleeding that results from an illegal strike (If a competitor causes opponent to bleed unintentionally using a legal technique, then a warning shall be given)

3. Unsportsmanlike conduct by the competitor, coach or parent

Referees

The referee has power to:

1. Stop the fight at any moment if he finds it to be too one-sided. The match will then be awarded to the superior competitor

2. Stop the fight at any moment if one of the fighters has received an unauthorized blow or is wounded, or if he/she considers the competitor unable to continue

3. Stop a fight at any moment if he finds unsportsmanlike behavior among the competitors. In such a case, he can disqualify one fighter.

4. Caution a competitor,  stop the round to give out a warning and deduct a point depending on the severity of the violation

5. Disqualify a coach or a second who has broken the regulations, or the competitor if the coach or the second fails to obey the referee's orders

6. Disqualify an athlete with or without warning a competitor who has committed an offence 

03

Fees & Division Grouping

  • Early sign-up rate is ($60 for the first event and $20 for any additional events)

  • Normal sign-up rate is ($75 for the first event and $25 for any additional events)

competition fees

  • In the rare case that there are fewer than 4 people in a division we may combine the division with another division with similar weight classes and skill level.

division grouping

04

Ranking & Awards

  • Competitors in each division will be ranked from highest to lowest according to match results. Top 3 athletes will receive certificates and medals according to their ranking. All other athletes will receive a ranking certificate. 

  • Athletes competing for the first time in the first timer category will automatically receive a participation award certificate regardless of rank.

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