*ISKA SPORT KICKBOXING RULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE Download Kickboxing Rules in PDF Format
Competition should be executed as its name implies, Light Contact Fighting in a Continuous Manner. Under no circumstances should light contact continuous fighting simulates full contact kickboxing.
Utilizing well-controlled techniques, ring craftsmanship and combination skills, competitors should attempt to “outscore” rather than “overpower” their opponent. Competitors will fight continuously until the referee’s command to STOP. All techniques must be well controlled. Techniques should not “strike through” or “push through” the target. Striking with excessive contact, or uncontrolled striking of any kind will lead to disqualification.
Emphasis must be placed on both punching and kicking techniques. Punching or “boxing” only, for an extended period of time without throwing kicks will downgrade the judge’s evaluation of your performance.
Each match is carried out with running time. The referee and judges will evaluate the relative effectiveness of each fighter based on the number, quality and variety of scoring strikes, defense and conditioning. Rules violations (whether penalized by the referee or not) will downgrade the judges evaluation of the offending fighter. The three officials will determine the winner of each match by majority decision.
Time and Rounds
Weight Divisions and Weigh-in Procedures
Legal Target Areas
The following parts of the body may be attacked using the authorized fighting techniques:
Legs – Inside and outside (above knee)
Legal Techniques – Scoring
Both hand and foot strikes should be used. In evaluating each fighter’s performance the judges will give more credit to the athlete that is effective with a balanced attack of kicks and punches thrown in combination. Punching or “boxing” only for an extended period of time without throwing kicks may be cause for penalization or may downgrade the judge’s evaluation of a fighter’s performance. The authorized striking area of the hand or foot may only make “Clean/ Controlled” Light contact. The fighter must be looking at the point of contact when executing the technique. All techniques must be well executed. Weak techniques or techniques that simply touch or brush or push an opponent will not be scored. Excessive contact, mauling, pushing or rough-housing will be grounds for penalization, downgrading in the judges evaluation and/or disqualification.
If a fighter jumps in the air to attack, he must land inside the ring to score, and he must keep his balance (it is not allowed to touch the floor with any part of the body except the feet).
The following hand techniques may be applied:
FOOT, LEG TECHNIQUES:
Illegal Target Areas, Prohibited Techniques and Prohibited Behavior
Any technique not listed as legal above, or striking any target not listed as legal above, including, but not limited to the following
It is prohibited to:
Violations of the rules and regulations will lead to cautions, warnings, and/or disqualification. Referees may warn penalize a competitor at their discretion depending upon the severity or repetitive nature of the rules violation.
The Center Referee is the arbiter of the rules. If he perceives that a violation has occurred he has the discretion to issue one of the following:
A “Caution” may be issued without stopping the action of the fight.
An Official Warning
An “Official Warning” is issued by stopping action of the fight. The “Official Warning” indicates that if the referee has to stop the match again for the same or a similar infraction the offending athlete will be disqualified.
A “Disqualification” awards the match to the offending fighter’s opponent.
The referee has the discretion to use Cautions, Warnings and Disqualification according to the severity of the offense. A fighter does not have to be Cautioned in order to receive an Official Warning. Nor does he have to receive an Official Warning prior to being Disqualified.
The following may lead to immediate disqualification:
The match should be interrupted if an injury occurs. In the event of injury, time may only be interrupted until the doctor decides on the seriousness of the injury, that is, whether or not the fight can continue or whether it must be stopped. Treatment of the injury can only be done in between rounds or after the match. If the injury needs to be treated, the match must be stopped. In any case, cuts cannot be taped. If the match is stopped due to injury, the officials must decide:
If the injury was not intentional and the injured fighter cannot continue fighting immediately, the uninjured fighter is declared the winner.
If the injury is due to a violation of the rules, the responsible fighter may be disqualified.
If the injury is due to his own fault, the uninjured fighter is declared the winner.
Referees Powers and Responsibilities:
The referee has the power to:
Judges Scoring System
Every round is separately evaluated by each of the judges according to a positive criteria that will gain a fighter points and negative criteria that will deduct points:
Positive Judges Criteria (That Will Earn a Fighter Credit towards Victory)
Negative Judges Criteria (That Will Reduce a Fighters Credit towards Victory)
*ISKA SPORT MMA RULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE Download Sport MMA Rules in PDF Format
ISKA SPORT MMA is a mixed martial arts sparring competition. It may best be viewed as a light contact version of MMA. ISKA Sport MMA provides competitors with an opportunity to use many of the same techniques associated with MMA, including; strikes, throws, shoots, grappling and submissions applied safely with light or semi-contact. This will be strictly enforced (no damaging strikes or slams). The format for our Sport MMA competition is additionally designed to allow each and every competitor the opportunity to gain as much experience as possible. In order to achieve this, we have instituted a “best of three, tap out” rule (explained below).
Each match begins with two competitors starting from the stand-up position. Light contact strikes combined with good foot-work may be used to control the action, score, or close the gap for a shoot or takedown. If the match goes to the ground, grappling, submissions and light contact striking to legal targets come into play. The goal is to either outscore your opponent with legal, light contact strikes and/or to obtain submissions over your opponent.
EXPLAINING THE BEST OF THREE, SUBMISSION RULE
So, the final outcome of each match is determined by:
LEGAL STRIKES – HANDS:
LEGAL STRIKES – LEGS, KNEES & FEET:
SHOOTS, CLINCHES & TAKE DOWNS:
GRAPPLING – SUBMISSIONS & LOCKS:
It is VERY important that all competitors understand how to “Tap Out” when caught in a submission technique. Tapping out can be done either verbally or through a physical tap. Competitors can tap with their hands, feet, or even a nod of the head. This “Tapping” is a conscious admission of surrender to an opponent.
LENGTH OF MATCH:
ALL JUNIORS & TEENS: Two 1.5 minute rounds (with a thirty second rest).
ADULT BEG/ INT: Two 2 minute rounds (with a thirty second rest).
BEGINNER: One year of training or less.
INTERMEDIATE: Two (2) – Three (3) years of training.
ADULT ADV: Two 3 minute rounds (with a thirty second rest).
ADVANCED: More than Four (4) years of training
• There will be a Four (4) Minute rest period between the Semi Final match and the Final Match. If a competitor is unable to begin the final match after Four (4) minutes, he/she will lose by forfeit.
During the match, if there is stalling on the ground, the referee has the right to restart the match standing. If the competitors go off the mat, the match can be stopped by the referee, and the competitors will be moved to the middle of the ring/mat in the same position, if that position can be determined by the referee. The referee has the right to stop time and check the condition of the fighters.
LEGAL TARGET AREAS: Ribs, chest, abdomen & legs (above knees).
ILLEGAL TARGET AREAS: Face/Head, spine, back of neck/Head, throat, sides of the neck, Kidneys, groin, knees and back.
NON-TARGET AREAS: Hips, shoulders, buttocks, arms, and feet.
LEGAL TECHNIQUES: As described above. Legal techniques are all “controlled” martial arts techniques, except those listed as illegal.
ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES: Head butts, hair pulls, bites, scratches, elbows, knees (Juniors), eye attacks of any kind, stomps, kicks to a downed competitor, slapping, uncontrolled blind techniques, any uncontrolled throws, takedowns or sweeps with the intention of slamming the opponent to the ground or landing with excessive force on top of opponent and any other uncontrolled dangerous techniques that are deemed unsafe in Sport Martial Arts.
GRABBING: Is allowed but no pulling on any part of the shorts/pants, shirt or gloves worn by any competitor.
SWEEPS, TAKEDOWNS, GRABS AND GROUND SPARRING: Sweeps to take down an opponent, to obstruct the balance so as to follow up with a technique is allowed. A sweep must be deemed a proper and safe sweep to be legal. Controlled sweeps that are meant to take down an opponent are allowed only on a declared approved padded surface.
LIGHT TOUCH CONTACT: Means there is no penetration or visible movement of the competitor as a result of the contact. The face is a legal target area whilst stand up fighting is in play.
MODERATE TOUCH CONTACT: Means slight penetration or slight target movement.
WARNINGS AND PENALTIES: The referee will at his discretion issue cautions, warnings, penalties and or disqualification for rules infractions. An official penalty will have the same effect on the bout as a submission.
If, in the opinion of the referee and/or the medical personnel, a competitor cannot continue because of an injury caused by an illegal penalized attack executed by his/her competitor, the offending competitor shall be automatically disqualified.
Other Cause for Penalization: Attacking illegal and non-target areas, using illegal techniques, running out of the ring to avoid competing, Preventing your opponent from initiating combat, continuing after being ordered to stop, excessive stalling, blind, negligent or reckless attacks, uncontrolled techniques, showing unsportsmanlike behaviour by the competitor, his/her coaches, friends, etc., excessive contact, and delay of time are examples of possible penalization.
Non-Competing Penalty: If, in the majority opinion of the officials, it is considered that the competitors are not making an obvious attempt to compete in the true spirit of competition, both competitors will be warned and if it continues, will be disqualified.
Wrong Division: If any competitor competes in a division he/she does not qualify to compete in due to age, weight, rank, gender, style, etc. (sandbagging), he/she will risk disqualification.
COACHING: Competitors are allowed to have One (1) coach in their corner during their match.
Never, at any time, can a coach enter the ring without the referee’s permission, 2. No abusive, violent, unsportsmanlike or overzealous coaching; 3. Coaches cannot ask for a time out (only the competitor may ask for a time out), 4. Coaches can never, at any time, interfere with the proper running of the ring or the decisions of the judges. A Coach is defined as anyone who is trying to help one competitor in anyway. A coach could be but is not limited to a friend, parent, team mate or official coach. The referee can issue a warning, deduct points or disqualify a competitor for his/her coach interfering with a match or disrupting fair play between contestants.