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open martial arts rules

All Forms:

  • 2 minute max time from entering the ring to the end of the form

  • No introduction of any type to begin form is allowed - bow to judges and begin

  • No prompts are to be used

  • No real weapons allowed for weapons forms

Musical Forms:

  • Music must be used

  • Traditional to extreme moves allowed

  • No weapons

  • The competitor is judged on the form going with the music as much as the Martial Art skill level 

Traditional Forms:

  • No gymnastic moves or passes of any kind

  • No tricking

  • Jumps and spins are allowed as long as they go with your tradition 

  • Tricking or gymnastics = disqualification 

Open Forms:

  • Must trick or gymnastic type moves

  • Not performing tricks or gymnastics = disqualification 





All Sparring​ rules


  • Martial Arts pants and 3/4 sleeve top must be worn

  • Foot, Rib, Hand, Head Gear required (foam dipped)

  • Mouth guard required

  • Groin protection for all males

  • Any two "official warning" = -1 point, each warning after is -1 point

  • Official warning = contact rules, out of bounds, illegal target, falling

  • Unofficial warning is when the Center Judge just wants to explain to a competitor

  • 2 points for kicks - 1 point for punches

Point Sparring:

  • 2 minute round or first to 7 points

  • If a tie at 2 minutes - sudden death, next point wins

  • Target areas are above the waist like an upside down T - side to side and chest - the entire head is a target area

  • Contact to the body must be made

  • Under black belts contact to the head gear is allowed - no contact to the face.  However a controlled non contact to the head or face which demonstrates contact could have been made may score a point.

  • Black Belts contact to the head and face allowed

  • All contact is touch - heavy, hard, malicious, intent to hurt contact may result is warnings, negative points or disqualification  

Continuous Sparring:

  • Two 45 second rounds

  • Competitor with the most points wins

  • If a tie the Center Official determines a winner by who they felt controlled the match

  • 2 side judges with score clickers in hand will watch 1 (one) competitor and click for each point at the end of 45 seconds the judges will switch competitors.  This making it fair.  Total points are added from both rounds

  • Continuous does not = full contact.  Same contact rules as point sparring.

  • Competitor must stop after a 5 continuous moves and reset

  • Failure to reset may result in - points

  • Center Official only breaks the match for safety, out of bounds, warnings or to control the match

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