Screaming Eagle Kumite (Tournament)

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May 14th 2016

Open to all styles, ranks and schools.  Weapons, Forms, Sparring and Adult Grappling

Screaming Eagle (Kumite) Rules




COMPETITOR: Each competitor must present him/herself to the referee suitably attired with proper uniform and equipment and physically prepared to compete. If he/she is not prepared to compete as deemed by the center referee, the competitor may be penalized for delay of time.


RANK RULE: A competitor must compete at the highest belt level they have earned in the martial arts. A competitor can't normally compete in a division of which he/she had not earned that rank, unless the promoter has combined divisions due to lack of participants. Once a competitor competes as a black belt legally, he/she must always compete as a back belt a competitor can never compete in a lower belt division than the level of belt he/she has earned in the Martial Arts.


PROOF OF AGE RULE: All competitors must have proof of age. If there is a legitimate reason to question a competitor's age, he/she must present a proof of age (birth certificate, driver's license, or other acceptable documents) to prove his/her age.



UNIFORM: All competitors must wear a complete (top and bottom) traditional or professional sport karate uniform in a good state of repair (Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, etc.). The appropriate color belt or sash must be worn in competition. Sparring: All sparring uniforms must have sleeves that reach at least to the middle of the forearm. No T-shirts, sweats, tank tops or shoes are allowed in the sparring divisions. Form & Weapons: T-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts are allowed in form if they are part of the competitor's official school uniform. Uniforms in the form and weapons divisions are allowed more liberties because form is not one-on-one competition where the uniform could cause a decisive disadvantage or advantage to a competitor. Removal of the uniform top is allowed if the removal is considered relevant to the artistic expression or safety of the competitor. Shoes may be worn in form competition if they do not damage or mark the competition floor.



COMPETITOR RESPONSIBILITIES: It is the responsibility of the competitor to know the rules and be ready for competition when called to do so. He/she must be suitably attired, and at the appropriate ring when competition begins. Three calls will be made for competition at ringside. If the competitor is not at his/her ring ready to compete when competition begins, he/she will not be able to compete. If a competitor leaves the ring after the competition begins and is not present when his/her name is called to compete, his/her name will be called three times at ringside. If he/she is still not present to compete, he/she will be disqualified.



REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED SAFETY EQUIPMENT:  Approved headgear, face shield, hand and foot pads, mouthpieces and groin cups (for male competitors only) are mandatory for all competitors in sparring divisions. The competitor's equipment will be checked and if it is deemed unsafe, he/she will be asked to change the equipment before he/she can compete. Hand Pads: A soft padded surface must cover the fingers, wrist and any striking surface of the hand. Foot Pads: A soft padded surface must cover the instep, sides, toes, ankle, and back of the heel on the foot. The bottom of the foot does not have to be padded. Head Gear: The front, sides and back of the head must be covered by a soft padded surface. Insufficiently padded gloves, foot and head gear will not be allowed. Equipment must be in a good state of repair and must be free of heavy taping, tears or any other damages that may cause injury. The tournament's head arbitrator ultimately determines the approval or denial of the equipment. A properly fitted mouthpiece is required. Shin pads and rib/chest guards are highly recommended for additional safety to all sparring competitors but are not required.   If using a chest guard it must sufficiently cover the abdomen and upper chest so that the sternum is completely protected.


REFEREES: The center referee will be appointed by the tournament promoter and is thoroughly versed on the rules and order of competition. He/she promotes the safety of the competitors, enforces the rules and ensures fair play. To this end, he/she starts and stops the match, awards points, makes penalty decisions, administrates the voting of the other judges, communicates clearly with the scorekeeper and timekeeper, and announces the winner of each match. A competitor can ask for a time-out, but it is the determination of the referee to issue one.


JUDGES: The judges call points as they see them. They also assist the center referee in determining penalties or warnings. It is the majority vote of the judges and referee that determines a scored point, or a penalty, warning or disqualification.



CALLS AN OFFICIAL MAY MAKE: When the referee believes there has been a significant exchange of techniques, or when signaled to do so by a corner judge, he/she shall call out the word, "STOP! Or BREAK!" in a loud voice. The referee shall then return the competitors to their starting marks and address the judges by saying "JUDGES CALL!" All judges and the center referee cast their votes simultaneously and assertively in the following manner.


1. JUDGES SEE A POINT - He/she should yell BREAK! In order to signal the center referee to call for points.


2. POINT CALLING - When signaled by the referee, judge points to the competitor that he/she feels scored. A one-point technique he/she will point one finger at that competitor (1 point for punch or kick). This must be a majority call.


3. NO POINT SCORED- Judges cross his/her wrists at waist level to indicate no point scored.



4. NOT SEEING A POINT- Judges hold his/her hands over their eyes to indicate did not see. (This is the same as no point scored but the hand signals allow the audience, competitors, and center referee to understand why you did not call a point.)


5. CLASH- Judges hold both fists together to indicate that the competitors hit at the same time.


6. PENALTY-The center referee gives the warnings and makes the penalty call.  He/she must consult with the other judges before a penalty is issued.


LATE CALLS: All officials should make their calls at the same time.


NUMBER OF OFFICIALS: Five officials will be placed in all black belt forms, weapon divisions, and black belt grand champion fighting.  At least three judges are required in all sparring divisions and under black belt forms and weapon divisions.


REMOVAL OF OFFICIALS: If a competitor feels that an official should be removed from a form or weapon division for good reason, he/she must file a protest before the division begins. If a competitor feels that an official should be removed from a sparring division. He/she may file a protest at any time. It is totally up to the center referee and the rules arbitrator to determine if an official should be removed.


PROTEST: A competitor has the right to protest an infraction of the rules or if a possible mistake was made (not a judgment call). If a competitor wishes to protest, he/she should first let the referee know he/she believes there has been an infraction of the rules or a mistake has been made. The referee will summon the arbitrator to the ring to render a decision if he/she is unable to settle the protest to the competitor's satisfaction. All protests must be made in an orderly, proper and sportsmanlike manner. All protests must be made immediately. Protests are not allowed once competition has resumed. A competitor may be penalized if he/she is protesting improperly or without proper cause.



LATE ENTRIES: Once a division has started (the first competitor has started his/her form/weapon routine or the first fight of the division has started) no competitor/s can be added to that division without permission of the promoter. BE ON TIME!


THE RING: The size of the fighting and forms rings shall be determined by the promoter. Additionally, each ring should be posted with a ring number visible to competitors, officials, and medical personnel from across the floor.




Form: Once the final call for the form and weapon divisions has been made at ringside the competition cards will be collected and shuffled thoroughly. The competitor cards will then be drawn randomly for the order of competition. The first three competitors will perform before any scores are awarded (if there are more than 3 competitors, if there are 2 then you will score each after they have preformed). After the third competitor is finished, the first competitor will be called to come back for scoring followed by the second and third competitors. This is to give the judges a sampling of the quality of the competitors. All competitors in the division will be judged in comparison to these first three competitors.


Sparring: Once the final call for the sparring division has been made at ringside the division is ready to be set up. The competition cards should be collected and counted (if competition cards are not used, count the competitors) to see if byes are needed. If byes are needed, they will be picked randomly. (Refer to bye chart for number needed) Matches should always be selected by random, but certain allowances may be given to competitors from the same schools that are matched up in the first round of competition. They may be separated randomly from each other in the first round if possible. Competitors cannot pick whom they want or do not want to fight.  In the youth division, the competitors should be lined up according to height, and then split into tall/short divisions.  This is for determining safety, not to split the division equally.  At this time make sure competitors from the same school aren't=t standing beside one another, and then set up your matches by size at least in the first round.





LENGTH OF MATCH: Two minute matches unless five points are scored first.  If a match is tied at the end of two minutes there is a sudden victory challenge. The first person to score a point, without a time limit is the winner.


POINT VALUES/WINNER DETERMINATIONS:  All legal hand techniques will be scored as one point, and all legal kicking techniques will be scored as two points.  All penalty points are worth one point.  The competitor who scores ten points first or the competitor who is ahead at the end of the two-minute round is the winner.


MAJORITY VOTE:  Points are awarded by the majority vote of the judges.  The majority does not have to agree on the technique used, only that a point was scored.  The majority must agree that it was a two-point kick for the competitor to receive two points; otherwise they will be awarded one point.


WHAT IS A POINT: A point is a legal karate technique which makes contact with an opponent who is in bounds and upright (unless on a padded surface, refer to the sweeping rules) without time running out and with the allowable amount of contact being made.


LEGAL STRIKING AREAS:  All of the padded area on the headgear, ribs, chest, and abdomen.  FACE CONTACT ALLOWED IN All DIVISIONS! 


ILLEGAL TARGET AREAS: Spine, back of neck, throat, kidneys, sides of neck, and anything below the belt.


LEGAL TECHNIQUES:  All controlled sport karate techniques.




ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES:  Head butts, hair pulling, bites, scratches, elbows, knees, eye attacks of any kind, take downs (unless specified in the competitors meeting), ground fighting, stomping or kicking to the head of a downed competitor, slapping, grabbing for more than one second, uncontrolled and/or blind techniques, and any other techniques deemed unsafe by the head arbitrator of the tournament.


GRABBING: You can grab the uniform top or bottom in an attempt to follow up and score, but this must be done within one second and immediately released. 



CONTACT: LIGHT FACE CONTACT IN ALL DIVISIONS!  Light contact is described as the target not moving when contact is made.  Moderate contact is described as the target moving slightly when contact is made.  Light to moderate contact is acceptable to all legal target areas. Blatant disregard for contact rule will result in disqualification.



WARNINGS AND PENALTIES:  One and only one warning is issued before a penalty point is awarded to your opponent.  After the first warning is issued the next warning is an automatic point for your opponent.  It does not matter if you were warned for the same infraction or if it was a totally different infraction of the rules.  You will receive 1st warning, 2nd time your opponent gets a point, the 3rd time your opponent will receive a point, and the 4th time you are disqualified.  However if the majority of the judges agree that the competitor being warned is being blatant or unsportsman like they may disqualify that individual immediately. 


OTHER PENALTY RULES:  A competitor can not be warned and receive a point at the same time.  A competitor can receive a point for proper technique and receive another point from a penalty call on his opponent, which results in two points being awarded.  If in the opinion of the referee and or medical personnel, a competitor cannot continue because of an injury caused by an illegal attack of his opponent the offending competitor will be disqualified.


OTHER CAUSES FOR PENALTIES:  Striking illegal target areas, uncontrolled techniques, running out of the ring, avoiding the fight intentionally, falling to avoid the fight, ignoring referees call for break, showing unsportsman like behavior from the competitor, coaches, family, and or friends are possible reasons for penalties.  As well as any other infractions deemed as penalties by the head arbitrator.  Blood will not necessarily result in automatic disqualification, it will be a majority decision based on each individual case.


DISQUALIFICATION:  Will be ANNOUNCED by the center referee only after a majority decision has been reached. If a competitor feels the disqualification ruling is unfair he/she may request to speak with the head arbitrator immediately. 



WRONG DIVISION:  If a competitor competes in a division that he/she does not qualify for due to age, rank, gender, style, weight, etc, he or she will automatically be disqualified unless the tournament arbitrator placed them in that division.



COACHING:  Coaching (including family, friends, and/or instructors) is allowed with a fee of $10.00 under the following restrictions;

1.          A coach can never enter a ring without the referee=s permission.

2.          No verbally or physically abusive behavior toward your student, the other competitors, or the judges will be tolerated.  No unsportsmanlike behavior will be tolerated.

3.          Coaches cannot ask for a time out only a competitor may do this and it will be given at the discretion of the center referee not to exceed 10-seconds and only one per match.

4.          Coaches can never interfere with the running of a ring.

    If these rules are not adhered to a penalty point may be awarded to the offending competitor's opponent, the offending person may be asked to leave the competition area, and/or disqualification may ensue.  If a coach or competitor feels that an error has been made, they may appropriately request to see the tournament arbitrator to protest.


OUT-OF-BOUNDS:  A competitor is out of bounds as soon as he/she has both feet outside of the ring boundaries.  If you are out of bounds you can not score on your opponent, however an in bounds competitor can score on an opponent out of bounds if the judges have not called Break.



SCORING RANGES:  There will only be one scoring range for all competitors.  The range is from 9.75-10 with 9.80 being average. To clarify, this does not mean that a white belt score of 10 is equal to a Black Belt score of 10; it simply means that your technique for the white belt division is perfect, and vise versa for the Black Belt division.  Black Belt forms/weapons divisions will have five judges and the high and low score will be discarded, however if there are not enough judges to support all the rings there will only be three judges therefore all scores are relevant. 


BREAKING TIES:  To break ties for 1st-2nd place, the competitors will be asked to repeat their form and the judges will re-score each competitor. If there is a tie for 3rd place the high and low scores will be added back in or if there are only three judges and/or if there is still a tie after the high and low have been added in the competitor that received the popular or most votes from the judges is the winner. 


WEAPONS DIVISION:  For safety, any competitor who intentionally or unintentionally drops, or allows his/her weapon to strike the floor will be scored as though there was no error, and then the center referee will instruct the scorekeeper to deduct .50 from their final score.  Competitors will not be allowed to use a weapon if it is deemed unsafe by the judges, i.e. a sharpened sword.  If a competitor carelessly or recklessly misuses his/her weapon he/she may be penalized or disqualified by majority vote of the judges.




STARTING A FORM AGAIN:  If a competitor restarts his/her form/weapon because of memory lapse, or any other reason due to their own negligence they may attempt the form a second time.  The officials will score as though they did not make a mistake and the center referee will instruct the scorekeeper to deduct .50 points from their final score.  A competitor may only start over one time, if they fail to complete the form/weapon the second time they are automatically disqualified.  If a competitor must restart due to someone else=s negligence (i.e. a spectator stepped into the ring and bumped the competitor) the competitor will not be penalized.





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