2010 IOGKF World Championship Rules


October 2010 see's IOGKF South Africa hosting the IOGKF World Championships - an event that only happens once every four years! What better place to host this event, than where the official rule book for IOGKF tournaments originated! Below in its entirety are the official rules for the 2010 World Friendship tournament. Every IOGKF member should make the effort to learn the guidelines for our official tournament system, a system where the best overall Karate-ka will win...
INTRODUCTION

The main objectives with tournaments under auspices of IOGKFSA are:

  • To give members a chance to compete and assess themselves against other members of the organisation in a Safe and Fair environment.
  • To enhance IOGKF Image by producing a display of technically advanced karate synonymous with a professionally run organisation.

The main underlying values are: Respect, Loyalty and Honesty.

GENERAL REMARKS

  • Competitors and officials must be affiliated, paid up members of IOGKFSA
  • No competitor is allowed to compete in more than one age and/or weight division.
  • No verbal coaching is allowed by any non-participating person during a bout. 
CONTENTS

PART ONE: REFEREEING AND ARBITRATION

Article 1 - Definitions

Article 2 - Referees    

2.1       General criteria for referees

2.2        Categories of Referees

2.3        Application of referees during Tournaments:

2.3.1     Black Belt Divisions

2.3.2     Kyu Grade Iri kumi/Kata Divisions

2.3.3     Kyu Grade Kata only Divisions.

Article 3 - Dress regulations

3.1        Referees

3.2        Competitors

3.3        Protective clothing.

3.3.1     Compulsory

3.3.2     Optional

3.4        Forbidden clothing articles.

3.5        General personal appearance and hygiene regulations.

3.6        General Rule regarding incorrect dress:

Article 4  - Competition Area

Article 5  - Formats of Competition

5.1        Kata Only competition

5.2        Kata/Iri kumi competition

Article 6 - Iri Kumi/Kata competition

6.1        General Format of the Iri Kumi/Kata competition.

6.1.1     Draw sheet System.

6.2        General Arbitration – Iri Kumi bout.

6.3        Starting and Stopping the Iri Kumi bout.

6.4        Situation requiring Stopping of a Bout.

6.4.1     An Infringement has been Committed.

6.4.2     A Throw (Nage Waza) was executed.

6.4.3     Time has expired.

6.5        Decision

6.6        Types of Infringements

6.6.1     Use of Forbidden Techniques

6.6.2     Excessive Contact

6.6.3     Potentially Dangerous actions without regards for own Safety - Mobobi

6.6.4     Showing Cowardice

6.6.5     Continuous Minor Infringements

6.6.6     Unsportsmanlike Behaviour

6.6.7     Deliberately Moving out of Combat area – Yogai.

6.7        Procedure followed when Infringement occurs.

6.7.1     First minor infringement

6.7.2     Second minor infringement

6.7.3     Third minor infringement

6.7.4     Fourth minor or first serious infringement

6.8        Procedure for decision making when Infringement occurs.

6.9        Speeding up Decision Making

6.10      Actions by Referees in event of infringements excepting Yogai.

6.10.1   Centre Referee

6.10.2   Side Referees

6.11      Actions when Yogai is infringed

6.11.1   Centre Referee

6.11.2   Side Referees

6.11.3   General Rules concerning Yogai.

6.12      General Actions and Procedures after Hansoku is awarded.

6.13      Procedure in event of injury during Iri Kumi bout to the non transgressor.

6.14      Kata bout

6.14.1   Kyu Divisions

6.14.2   Black Belt Divisions  

Article 7 - Kata Competition

7.1        Application of Prescribed Kata to be performed

7.1.1     Play-of Kata

7.2       General Rules for Kata Competition

Article 8 - Black Belt Team Events

8.1       Team Composition

8.2       General Rules

Article 9 - Duties of Referees and Officials

9.1       Tournament Referee Coordinator.

9.1.2    Centre Referees.

9.2       Team Manager.

9.2.1    Duties

9.2.2    Mandate

9.2.3    Channel for an appeal by the Team Manager

9.2.4    Actions and Procedures following an Appeal

PART TWO: TABLE PROCEDURES AND DRAW SHEET

Article 10       

10.1     Tournament Chief Table Official

10.2     Dress code

10.3     General Conduct at Table

10.4     Personnel application per Table

10.4.1  Chief Table Official

10.4.2  Timekeeper

10.4.3  Table Assistants

10.5     Standard Operating Procedures

10.5.1   Draw Sheets (Attachment 1)

10.5.2   Iri kumi/Kata competition

10.5.3   Corrections

PART ONE: REFEREEING AND ARBITRATION

ARTICLE 1:     DEFINITIONS

Competitor

A current paid up, affiliated member, participating in complete

acceptance of the Rules, a Spirit of Sportsmanship and Decisions taken   during a tournament.

Iri kumi bout

A non-stop round of one (1) minute continuous non contact full power

and speed sparring in which a person attempts to accumulate as many

points as possible within the Rules of the competition.

Kata bout

A competition in which two persons execute their prescribed Kata, arbitrated by

referees to determine a winner by show of flags

Iri kumi/Kata bout

A bout where the iri kumi match is performed first between two

competitors, followed immediately by a Kata competition between the same  two competitors.

Point

An effective, full powered, focussed technique, controlled just short of actual contact, which, if unblocked, would have caused serious injury or death if followed through.  (Age of competitors to be taken into consideration with regards to actual power)

Referee

Person controlling and arbitrating a match - One who endeavour skilfully and objectively to ensure that the best competitor wins!

Overseeing referee

Referee (no. 6) sitting off-centre, observing the bout and monitoring (double-checking) correctness of procedures applied by active referees.

Table Official

Persons controlling and monitoring the recording and time-keeping of a match

Team Manager

Officially appointed/registered manager of the team who monitors the      participation of their team members and is the only person who can     communicate with the officials in control of a match on behalf of his team

Round

A bout of Kata only or Iri Kumi/Kata.

ARTICLE 2:       REFEREES

2.1       General criteria:

  • Referees must know the Rules and understand the interpretations of the Rules and the correct terminology.
  • Referees must attend at least one (1) refresher course on refereeing and judging    annually.
  • Referees must be of at least Sho dan grade for Kyu grade divisions, Roku dan for Black   Belt Divisions.
  • Referees must attend National or International IOGKF Technical Gasshukus annually to   ensure current, correct technical insight.
  • Referees must be able to rise above subjectivity when adjudicating.
  • All referees should be assessed annually during country events.

2.2       Categories of Referees:

  • ‘A referee, ‘Overseeing referee –  minimum rank = 6th Dan
  • ‘B referee -   minimum rank = 3rd Dan
  • ‘C referee –  minimum rank = Sho dan

2.3       Application of referees during Tournaments:

2.3.1    Black Belt Divisions:

On the floor at all times:

  • Minimum 5x ‘A referee
  • 1x ‘A class ‘Overseeing’ referee seated.

2.3.2    Kyu Grade Iri kumi/Kata divisions:

On the floor at all times:

  • Minimum 1 x ‘A referee
  • Minimum 3 x ‘B referees
  • Maximum 1x ‘C referee
  • 1x ‘A class ‘Overseeing’ referee seated.

3.3.3    Kyu grade Kata only divisions:

On the floor at all times:

  • Minimum 4x ‘A/’B referees (can be 4 x ‘B or mix between ‘A/’B)
  • Maximum 1x ‘C referee.
  • 1x ‘A or ‘B class ‘Overseeing’ referee seated.
ARTICLE 3:     DRESS REGULATIONS

3.1       Referees: (Varies from event to event)

3.2       Competitors:

  • A clean white GI with ONLY the IOGKF Kenkon logo on the left breast with nothing worn   underneath the GI top, except:
  • Female competitors are allowed to wear a PLAIN White or Black T-shirt/leotard underneath the GI top.

3.3       Protective clothing. The following compulsory and optional protective clothing are permitted:

3.3.1    Compulsory

White hand mitts, a maximum thickness of one (1) centimeter, made of soft sponge rubber and covered by soft cloth only. Will be supplied.

  • Gum shields.  Personal Item.
  • Groin Protectors.  Personal Item.

3.3.2    Optional

  • Foot and shin protectors. A maximum thickness of one (1) centimeter made of soft sponge rubber and covered by soft cloth only.  Personal Item.
  • Breast protectors.  For ladies only, to be worn underneath T-shirt or leotard. Personal Item.
  • Bandages or braces due to injuries sustained during the tournament which have        been approved by the Tournament Chief Referee prior to the next round.

3.4  Forbidden clothing articles:

  • Jewellery of any nature, including religious objects, hair slides, metal clips etc (only a    ribbon made of cloth or elastic to be worn to control hair)
  • Medical Alert wrist straps and necklaces must be covered with a soft cloth and tape or worn around the belt.
  • Glasses (Competitors participating in KATA excluded)

3.5   General personal appearance and hygiene regulations.

  • No long finger- or toenails.
  • No loose, long hair – must be tied down with a cloth or elastic ribbon or covered with a net.
  • No unwashed, torn, smelly Gi allowed (see par 3.2).
  • No alcohol to be consumed before or during a tournament by a competitor.

3.6       General Rule regarding incorrect dress: A competitor improperly dressed will be given one (1) minute to correct, after which the match is forfeited.

ARTICLE 4:       COMPETITION AREA

The area for IRI KUMI will be:

  • Flat, non-slippery and devoid of hazards with a minimum area of three (3) metres between the perimeter of the contest area and the nearest spectators.
  • A circular ring of minimum six (6) and maximum eight (8) metres in diameter.
  • Two parallel lines of one (1) metre in length will be drawn 1,5m from the centre of the area on each side at right angles to the referees line to position competitors

ARTICLE 5:      FORMATS OF COMPETITION.

Two different formats of competition are used for various grade categories:

5.1       Kata only competition.     This competition is for junior kyu levels whose grading requirements are only Kata.   Two competitors do their required Kata simultaneously and the winner is determined by a show of flags. 

5.2       Kata/Iri kumi competition.  This competition is for members whose grading requirements include efficiency in Iri Kumi or Randori.   Two competitors fight non stop for one minute while referees record all points scored with a ‘clicker’, and the winner is indicated by a show of flags. Immediately, the same two competitors perform prescribed Kata against each other simultaneously and again the winner is indicated by a show of flags.  The winner is determined as follows:  If a competitor wins both the Iri Kumi and the Kata, he/she is the overall winner.

ARTICLE 6:     IRI KUMI/KATA COMPETITION

6.1       General Format of the Iri Kumi/Kata competition.

IRI KUMI is performed first and a winner announced.

Fights are one (1) minute non-stop fighting time, Points are scored continuously on a differential basis and awarded as follow:

  • Any punching or open hand technique = 1x point
  • Mae Geri = 2x points
  • Mawashi geri/Yoko Geri = 3x points
  • Ushiro Geri = 3x points
  • Foot sweep/Take down followed immediately (3x seconds period allowed) by any scoring technique = 3x points
  • Any techniques to the back area (waist to back of head) of opponent = 3x points.

KATA is performed immediately after the IRI KUMI and a winner announced:

The Overall winner is decided as follows:

  • If a person wins IRI KUMI and KATA, they is the winner;
  • If a person wins either IRI KUMI or KATA, the winner is decided by a play-off  KATA. 
  • The centre referee will announce the KATA to be performed from the specifications in section 7.1.2
  • A contestant may only win on KATA in one consecutive round - the next round he/she must win the IRI KUMI.
  • A contestant winning a round on KATA, will wear a Blue ribbon around their arm until the next round, which, if they win the IRI KUMI, will be then be removed again.
  • The centre referee must warn the contestant winning on KATA that he/she has to win the IRI KUMI in the next round.
  • If such a person loses the IRI KUMI in the next round, no KATA will be done.

6.1.1    Draw sheet System: The Iri Kumi draw-sheets for Winner/Loser Pool system are used for this competition.

6.2       General Arbitration – Iri Kumi bout.  (See section 2.3, Application of Referees)

One centre referee with ruling powers will control the fight with four sideline referees with clickers, scoring every point observed, with one senior overseeing referee with consultation powers only, seated next to the ring. Total of six (6).

The centre referee gives a decision after a show of flags (HANTEI) by all the referees, including themselves.

No referee will indicate a draw – therefore, a draw cannot occur.

Decision awarded by the centre referee will be final and only in event of an administrative error can a decision be reversed, provided the error has been identified before the next round has commenced.

Referees are rotated to different seating positions regularly.

6.3       Starting and Stopping the Iri Kumi bout.

The Referees take up their positions after the formal bow.

The centre referee will indicate to competitors to enter the ring from both sides:

The competitor on his LEFT side will wear a WHITE BELT and called SHIRO

The competitor on his RIGHT side will wear a RED BELT and be called AKA.

Centre referee will announce: SHOBU-HAJIME! Bout commences.

Centre referee announcing: YAME! Stops the fight.

Centre referee announcing: TSUSUKETE, HAJIME! Restarts the bout.

Centre referee announcing: YAME! SOREMADE! Final end of the bout.

6.4       Situations requiring stopping of a bout:  A bout will only be stopped by the centre referee when:

6.4.1    An infringement has been committed, such as:

  • YOGAI’ (stepping out of ring area for more than three (3) seconds)
  • ‘MOBOBI’ (lack of regard for one’s own safety)
  • When any other irregularity has been noticed

6.4.2    When Nage Waza (throwing and subsequent scoring) was executed, the centre referee allows three (3x) slowly counted seconds before he stops the bout.

6.4.3    When time has expired and is signalled by the timekeeper.

6.5       Decision:  The decision is made after the centre referee announces: YAME!  SOREMADE! HANTEI!   Flags are shown by all referees and result is announced AKA/SHIRO NO KACHI!

6.6       Types of Infringements.

Any action or non-action which contradicts the spirit and Rules of the tournament and poses a serious health danger to either the executioner or his/her opponent can be seen as an infringement:

6.6.1    Use of any forbidden techniques.   The following techniques are considered illegal:

Open hand techniques to the throat, eyes or groin.

Any other attacks to the eyes, throat, groin or any joint.

Any ‘swinging punches’ with no kime point (non-karate type techniques)

Wrestling, pushing or seizing without an immediate attempt to score points.

Dangerous throws, which by nature disallows the opponent’s ability to land safely.

Rushing in with both arms to grab opponent for a throw (=MOBOBI!)

Any violent, reckless, uncontrolled techniques

6.6.2    Excessive contact.

Contact to any part of the face or body, which causes either a sound of impact or a definite injury such as a cut lip or broken limb.

Contact to any part of the face or body, which jeopardises the victim's chances of winning the bout.

6.6.3    Potentially dangerous actions without regards for own safetyMobobi.

Blindly rushing into an opponent without regard for own safety and showing no attempt   at UKE WAZA or evasive actions.

Continuously moving straight forward towards opponent attacking only but not        attempting to block any counter attacks, thereby limiting the opponent’s offensive strategy through fear of disqualification.

Continuously remaining stationary and not attempting to block any attacks, thereby limiting the opponent’s offensive strategy through fear of disqualification.

Rushing in with both arms to grab opponent for a throw, disregarding any uke waza.

6.6.4    Showing cowardice by avoiding engagement.

Avoiding engagement with opponent by retreating continuously.

Turning body and/or head away from opponent.

Obvious loss of fighting spirit.

6.6.5    Continuous minor infringements.

Continuous minor infringements - (three [3x] accumulated during the same bout) which reduces the opponent's potential of winning to virtually zero as a result of this.

6.6.6    Unsportsmanlike behaviour.  Any show of disrespect is considered illegal.

Not obeying referee’s commands.

Foul language on and off the floor.

Refusal to shake opponent’s hand.

Heckling opponent.

Criticism of referees, on and off the floor, or any other action in contravention of accepted Dojo Kun and Budo principles.

6.6.7    Deliberate moving out of the contest area - Yogai.

The deliberate running out of the contest area by a competitor

Failure of a competitor to use foot movement skills to manipulate away from being pushed out of the ring.

6.7       Procedure for decision making when infringement occurs:
 Important Note:  The various levels of infringement listed below, are not a prescribed progressive sequence of decisions - example, for the very first infringement, Hansoku could be awarded.

6.7.1    First minor infringement:

Centre referee announces: YAME! Fighters stop and remain on the spot where the command to stop was given, competitors 2 meters apart.

Centre referee gives an informal warning with or without consulting side referees- AKA/SHIRO, ATENAI YONI!

No points are deducted.

Centre referee restarts the fight on the spot where the command to stop was given, competitors 2 meters apart: TSUSUKETE HAJIME!

6.7.2    Second minor infringement:

Centre referee announces: YAME! Summons fighters to starting lines.

Indicates ‘JIKAN/TIME! To Table officials (Clock is stopped)

Centre referee consults only sighted side referees: FUKUSHIN SHUGO! An unsighted referee does not partake in conversation.

Gives decision: AKA/SHIRO KEIKOKU! (Warning with penalty)

o Referees add one (1) point to opponent’s score – Centre referee one finger to  indicate one point to corner judges.

Centre referee restarts the fight: TSUSUKETE HAJIME! (Clock back on).

6.7.3    Third minor or First more serious infringement:

Centre referee announces: YAME! Summons fighters back to starting lines.

Indicates ‘JIKAN/TIME! to Table officials (Clock is stopped)

Centre referee consults only sighted side referees: FUKUSHIN SHUGO! An unsighted referee does not partake in conversation.

Gives decision: AKA/SHIRO HANSOKU CHUI! (Warning with penalty)

Judges add two (2) points to opponent’s score – Centre referee to indicate to side referees.

Centre referee restarts the fight: TSUSUKETE HAJIME! (Clock is back on).

6.7.4    In the event of a fourth minor, second more serious or first serious infraction:

Centre referee announces: YAME! Summons fighters to starting lines.

Indicates JIKAN/TIME! To Table officials (Clock is stopped)

Centre referee consults only sighted side referees: FUKUSHIN SHUGO! An unsighted referee does not partake in conversation.

 Announces AKA/SHIRO HANSOKU! (Disqualification) - AKA/SHIRO NO KACHI! (Victory to opponent)

Hansoku offender wears a red band around his arm.

KATA is performed.

6.8       Procedure for decision making when infringement occurs.

Important note: Decisions must be quick! The longer a decision takes, the more time is consumed and the more watered down the ambiance and atmosphere becomes!

In all of the above scenarios, the centre referee does not need to call the side referees physically to the centre: He can merely indicate his intended decision to the sighted referees and, if they approve, consent can be given by the side referees with the nod of a head and minimum time is wasted.

Only if a sideline referee strongly disagrees with infringements under sections 6.6,  should the sighted side referees be called forward in the event of all other sideline referees being unsighted.

If three or more referees consent and only one disagree, the side referees need not be called up and the referee can give the majority decision.

6.9       Speeding up Decision Making. (Avoiding Time Wasting)

To speed up decision making, the following procedures and actions are followed:

In scenario 1 as per par 6.6.1, sideline referees are not called up.  Centre referee makes a decision by themselves, or on indications by flags and whistles by sideline referees.

In scenario 2 as per par 6.6.2, sideline referees are not called up.  Centre referee makes a decision by themselves, or on indications by flags and whistles by sideline referees.

In scenario 3 as per par 6.6.3, the decision could be taken without calling the side referees forward if majority consent is given by a nod of head.

In scenario 4 as per par 6.6.4, the decision could be taken without calling the side referees forward if majority consent is given by a nod of head.

The Only Questions asked by centre referee in case of consultation with sighted referees:

Q1: What did you see?  (Answer should be brief, e.g. ‘the kick to the stomach)

Q2: Was it excessive Contact or Mobobi? (did the victim move forward unprotected with no obvious intentions to block)

 Answer should be brief: ‘Yes/ No/ Not sure’

Q3:  Referee’s decision? Answer should be decision: ‘Chui or Hansoku’..

 Calling referees forward for consultation only happens when there is no obvious consensus.

Possible Case Scenario:

Two sighted referees approve, and two sighted referees disapprove of intended decision:

Actions:

Side referees and the overseeing referee (par 5.1) are called up and the following questions are asked by the centre referee to each and every side referee (overseeing referee only listens):

Q1: What did you see?  (Answer should be brief, e.g. ‘the kick to the stomach)

Q2: Was it excessive Contact or Mobobi ? (did the victim move forward unprotected with no obvious intentions to block)

Answer should be brief: ‘Yes/ No/ Not sure’

Q3:  Referee’s decision? Answer should be decision: Chui or Hansoku..

Centre referee makes a decision based on majority consensus. If stalemate is reached, they consult overseeing referee (par 5.2) and make the final decision (Two for, two against, one unsighted, he consults overseeing referee, who casts ‘swing vote’ and decision is made!)

6.10     Actions by referees in event of infringements.

Note again that Informal warnings (ATENAI YONI) and KEIKOKU are awarded as preventative measures before actual serious contact or injury occurs.

If definite contact was made, only either HANSOKU CHUI or HANSOKU is awarded

Action taken by  referees in the event of any of the above infringements in  par 6.6. (Excluding par 6.6.7 –Yogai.):

6.10.1  Centre Referee:

If excessive contact, illegal techniques or Mobobi is observed, the centre referee MUST stop the fight – announces YAME!

In the event of an obvious discomfort or injury, he immediately calls the First Aid personnel.

Follows procedures in par 6.7

6.10.2  Side Referees:

Any side referee observing contact, illegal techniques or Mobobi MUST indicate to the centre referee by blowing his/her whistle and circling his flag.

6.11     Actions when YOGAI is infringed:

Note that no Keikoku is given for Yogai, only Hansoku Chui and Hansoku

6.11.1  Centre Referee:

First infringement:   

  • Centre referee announces: YAME! Fighters stop and remain on the spot where the command to stop was given, competitors 2 meters apart, and announces an informal warning - YAME! -AKA/SHIRO YOGAI!   No points are deducted.
  • Centre referee restarts the fight on the spot where the command to stop was given, competitors 2 meters apart: TSUSUKETE HAJIME!

Second infringement:

  • Centre referee stops fight, announces: YAME! Summons fighters to starting lines.
  • Indicates ‘JIKAN/TIME! to Table officials (Clock is stopped)
  • Centre referee checks sighted side referees and makes decision: AKA/SHIRO YOGAI CHUI!  Indicates to side referees that 2x points are deducted.
  • Fight is resumed - TSUSUKETE, HAJIME!

Third infringement:

  • Centre referee stops fight, announces: YAME! Summons fighters to starting lines.
  • Indicates ‘JIKAN/TIME! to Table officials (Clock is stopped)
  • Centre referee checks with sighted side referees and makes decision: HANSOKU!  AKA/SHIRO NO KACHI!  (KATA is done after HANSOKU).

6.11.2  Side Referees:

  • Any side referee observing blatant YOGAI, MUST indicate to the centre referee by blowing his whistle and pointing with his flag to the sideline after three (3) seconds.

6.11.3  General rules concerning YOGAI:

The match is not stopped automatically when one or both contestants steps outside the area – only when the person(s) stepping out remains outside for more than three (3) seconds.

A person stepping outside the area cannot score points but can be scored against for three seconds.

A contestant continuously pushing or barging his opponent out of the area must be warned accordingly  (Informal warning, HANSOKU CHUI or HANSOKU)

6.12     General Actions and Procedure after HANSOKU is awarded

  • After first HANSOKU, Kata is done.
  • No KATA is performed after second HANSOKU
  • A red ribbon is to be worn by the disqualified person after the first HANSOKU transgression and is worn for the duration of the tournament.

6.13     Procedure in event of Injury during Iri kumi bout to the Non Transgressor (winner by Hansoku):

  • Any person who is certified by the official First Aid personnel as medically unfit to continue the tournament as a result of the infringement against him/her, will receive a  gold (winner's pool) or bronze (losers pool) medal for that division together with the  eventual winner.

6.14     Kata Bout.

  • Kata is performed immediately following the Iri Kumi bout – protective hand mitts are removed and contestants line up on the marks indicated for Kata:
  • Kata is performed simultaneously, except for Black Belt level, where Kata is performed individually - decision is given with flags after second person completes Kata with both fighters lining up facing centre referee:

6.14.1  Kyu divisions:

  • Contestants will face the centre referee on the two parallel lines:
  • The centre referee will control the different grades of the competitors on the draw-sheet and will announce the KATA to be done - the contestants will repeat their KATA name.
  • Centre referee announces: YOI - pause – HAJIME!
  • After both contestants have completed their KATA, the centre referee announces - YAME! - HANTEI!  All referees, including themselves and excluding the overseeing referee, indicates a decision.   A winner is announced- AKA/SHIRO NO KACHI.

6.14.2  Black Belt divisions:

Contestants will face the centre referee on the two parallel lines.

Loser of Iri Kumi bout will perform Kata first.

The centre referee will monitor the different grades of the competitors on the draw-sheet and will announce the Kata to be done in consultation with the Table Officials - the contestants will repeat their KATA name.

ARTICLE 7: KATA COMPETITION

Kata is performed in a prescribed way based on the requirements for a participant’s grade to ensure overall skill development in Kata.

7.1       Application of prescribed Kata: A contestant will begin his/her first round with the highest Kata he/she knows relevant to his/her present and next grade. 

The KATA to be performed for different grades, in prescribed sequence, are:

GRADE

KATA SEQUENCE

Yellow Belt

1st:Gekki Sai Di Ichi

Orange Belt

1st: Gekki Sai Dai Ni, 2nd: Gekki Sai Dai Ichi, Repeat sequence

Green Belt

1st: Saifa, 2nd: Gekki Sai Dai Ni, Repeat sequence

Blue Belt

1st: Seiyunchin,2nd: Saifa, Repeat sequence

Brown Belt

1st : Shisochin, 2nd: Seiyunchin, Repeat sequence

Junior Sho Dan

1st: Shisochin, 2nd: Seiyunchin, Repeat sequence

Sho Dan

1st: Sanseru, 2nd: Shisochin, 3rd: Seiyunchin, Repeat sequence

Ni Dan

1st: Sepai,  2nd: Sanseru, 3rd: Shisochin, Repeat sequence

San Dan

1st: Kurarunfa, 2nd: Sepai, 3rd: Sanseru, Repeat sequence

Yondan and higher

1st: Sesan, 2nd:Kurarunfa, 3rd: Sepai, Repeat sequence

7.1.1    Play-off Kata: When Hike Waki occurs, the following play-of Kata are used:

Green belts: Gekki Sai Dai Ichi

Blue belt: Gekki Sai Dai Ni

Brown belt and Shodan: Saifa,

Nidan and Higher:  Centre Referee’s choice from Saifa, Seiyunchin & Shisochin.

7.2       General rules for KATA competition:

  • The FLAG SYSTEM is used for all KATA divisions
  • A Chief referee and four (4) corner referees adjudicate, two contestants perform KATA in the same fashion as for the IRI KUMI/KATA competition (See par 6.2) and the winner is determined by the Flag system.  
  • All five referees indicate a winner, after which the Chief referee (indicates) confirms the winner who has received the majority of flags.
  • If any of the referees, including the overseeing referee, sees a technical mistake being made by one of the contestants, it must be communicated to all referees – the attention of the centre referee is called and he summons all the referees and points out the mistake before the decision is being made by the centre referee
  • The Iri Kumi draw-sheets for Winner/Loser Pool are used for this competition.
ARTICLE 8 : BLACK BELT TEAM EVENTS

8.1       Team composition: A team will consist of any uneven number from three (3) members upwards as decided by consensus by all parties involved

  • IRI KUMI/KATA matches are performed with a winner decided by a play-off Kata (par 7.2.1).

8.2       General rules:

  • All the members in a team will perform, even though earlier fights might have already decided the outcome.
  • The HANSOKU rule is applied as per KATA/IRI KUMI competition:  A person receiving a HANSOKU more than once is disqualified from the competition and their team may not field a substitute in his/her place.
  • Team members are be seeded in order of ability and the fighting will be conducted as such:

  Number one in Team ‘A will fight number one in Team ‘B,

  Number two in Team ‘A will fight number two in Team ‘B, etc. 

  • The initial seeding will apply for the duration of the (full) contest and no changes are to made after the original entry.

8.3       Using Reserves:

  • A reserve can be brought in as a substitute at any stage before the next round.  The reserve will take the substituted person’s position in the team e.g. No 1, 2 etc.
  • An injured contestant, who is certified unfit to continue by the Medical Orderly, can be replaced by a reserve.  The reserve will take the injured person’s position in the team e.g. No 1, 2 etc.
  • A person wearing a Red arm band for Hansoku, cannot be replaced by a substitute.
  • A person wearing a Blue Band for Kata, cannot be replaced by a substitute until such time as the Blue band is removed.
  • In the event of injuries to a person with a red or blue band:

When a person, who carries a previous Hansoku, is certified injured by the Head medical orderly and cannot continue, the substitute takes over the red band.

When a person, who carries a Blue band for Kata , is certified injured by the Head medical orderly and cannot continue, the substitute takes over the Blue band

  • Any substitution is irreversible.  Teams cannot change back at a later stage.
ARTICLE 9: OVERALL DUTIES OF REFEREES AND OFFICIALS

 

9.1       Tournament Referee Coordinator: Coordinates the allocation and application of referees to ensure that the requirements in par 2.3 are carried out.

9.1.2    Centre Referees:  During IRI KUMI/KATA and KATA contest will pre-check:

  • Stop Watches and Gongs available and functional.
  • That all equipment used are in complete, working condition and available: 2x Flags; 2x clickers; 1x whistle and 1x KATA scoreboard per judge as well as 2x Red and 2x White belts plus 2x Red and 2x Blue Ribbons per floor.

9.2       Team Manager:  Monitors the participation of his/her team members and checks that no administrative errors occur affecting his/her team members.

9.2.1    Duties:

  • He/she should be fully and completely familiar with the Draw sheet system used.
  • He/she should appoint assistants to monitor the different rings where his/her team’s members are competing
  • Controls whether his/her team members are called up according to the rounds as they progress.

9.2.2    Mandate:

  • Can only register a complaint when an administrative error is observed, such as Draw sheet errors.
  • He/she must carefully study the Draw sheet beforehand (before the tournament commences) to determine any irregularities concerning:

  Seeding

  Bye allocations.

Note that a Team Manager cannot appeal against any refereeing decision, except in the event of a Kata competition where the winner performed the wrong Kata according to par 7.1.

9.2.3    Channel for an appeal by the Team Manager

The Team Manager appeals directly only to the Overseeing Referee, whether it is an administrative or technical problem:

  • Before the next bout commences
  • Before the next round commences

9.2.4    Actions and Procedure following an Appeal:

  • Once an Appeal has been laid with the Overseeing Referee, he/she must immediately  stop the round and decide the severity of the issue:
  • In the event of a major issue, he/she must call in the Chief Tournament Coordinator and Chief Tournament Table Official to make a decision.
  • In the event of a minor issue, such as a wrong name that can be rectified immediately, he/she together with the Centre Referee and Chief Table Official at the Ring makes the decision and continues.

PART TWO: TABLE PROCEDURES AND DRAW SHEET

ARTICLE 10: TABLE OFFICIALS

10.1     Tournament Chief Table Official.    His/her Duties are:

  • To check all entries and verify as correct beforehand:
  • Draw sheets.
  • Allocation of byes.
  • To ensure that all results are recorded correctly.
  • To ensure proper and neat appearance at tables during the tournament.
  • To ensure minimum time is wasted by pro actively applying assistants such as the ‘Belt helpers’, runners, and messengers.

10.2     Table Officials Dress Code.   

There is no standard, set dress for table officials, such as for referees, so the general guideline is uniformity of appearance

  • The officials themselves, lead by the Tournament Coordinator and the Table Official Coordinator, will decide whether it is white tops and black bottoms, golf shirts, etc., as long as everyone wears the same/similar attire.
  • Practicality implies that clothes should be worn in which a person can move around freely, sometimes squatting down to get a competitor’s name etc, so long pants could maybe be a better proposition for lady members, excess jewelry could be a nuisance, high heeled shoes could be dangerous, etc.

10.3     General Conduct at Table

Table Officials are in the eye of the public all the time, so a neat professional appearance is kept at all times:

  • No foodstuffs should be consumed at the tables - sufficient breaks will be allocated for refreshments.
  • No empty cups, tins, food boxes etc., should be visible on the tables.
  • No other person is allowed at a table except the Chief Table Official, the Center Referee, the Overseeing Referee and the Table officials for that Table.

10.4     Personnel Application per Table

10.4.1  Chief table Official.  He/she is in control of and accountable for the table. 

Main function is to ensure that no incorrect recordings are made at the table.

  • He/she maintains the discipline at the Table as set out in Article 2
  • He/she also acts as a second pair of eyes for the Center Referee and checks and counts the display of flags during decisions, for a cross check.
  • Is responsible for compiling the draw sheet and recording the progress of the draw sheet and ensures that the Paper hardcopy of the Draw sheet is maintained separately from the PC.
  • Keeps an eye on time wastage – should be ‘cracking the whip’ together with the chief referee to get things moving at the table/ring.
  • Ensures beforehand that the correct draw sheets (for items allocated to the table) are on the table and that all the necessary equipment is at the table, such as stationary, bells, hooters, stopwatches, erasers and sharpeners.
  • Ensure that additional personnel are deployed, such as:
  • ‘Runners’ (person that can be sent with the results, to call the chief table coordinator, to fetch something, etc.),
  • Persons to collect, attach and control the white and red belts,
  • Persons to pre-roll call the next round, etc. are available and informed of their duties. 
  • Control the rotation of Assistants.
  • Keeps eyes on signals from Center Referee continuously.
  • After every fight or Kata, confirms the names of the winner and loser before recording it on the draw sheet.
  • After every completed round, the draw sheet is checked to confirm that the correct persons advanced or moved to the loser’s pool.
  • Keeps records on the draw sheets of all ‘Keikoku’, ‘Hansoku chui’, ‘Jogai Chui’, ‘Hansoku’ and ‘Shikaku’ – behind the competitor’s name:  KK, HC, JC, H SJI.
  • Confirms that the red and blue ribbons are attached to the correct person concerned.
  • Arranges the rotation at the table for refreshments.

10.4.2  Timekeeper ensures that correct time is kept at all times.

  • Closely watches the Center Referee for any signals or YAME command to stop and HAJIME command to restart the clock.

10.4.3  Table Assistant(s) are responsible for the happenings physically away from the table:

  • Pre-round roll calls.
  • Ensuring that the correct person is registered as winner after each bout.
  • Organizes in advance the lining up of the competitors for at least the next two (2) bouts, correct positions with the correct color belts on.
  • Correct line ups before the next round.
  • Confirms that the draws are read out in advance before the next round
  • Confirms availability/further participation or not, of an injured competitor from the First Aid people.
  • Ensures that the next round competitors are lined up, roll called and placed, red or white side, when the previous item is in its last round.
  • Ensures that the results plus the first four (4) persons get to the Tournament records clerk, the announcer and the rostrum.
  • Checks on the additional helpers to ensure their vigilance and efficiency.
  • Checks that Red and Blue ribbons are attached to the person’s arms, where appropriate.

10.5     Standard Operating Procedures

10.5.1  Draw sheets (See attachment 1)

  • All entries on the hard copy draw sheets are made in pencil to allow for possible corrections.
  • No changes are made on the draw sheets unless authorized by the Tournament Table Official Coordinator, once an Item has commenced.

10.5.2  Kata/Iri Kumi competition

  • Fights are one (1) minute fighting time, unless previously changed.
  • The Timekeeper STARTS the clock when
  • Centre referee announces any form of ‘HAJIME.
  •  The Timekeeper STOPS the clock when:
  • The Centre Referee announces any form of ‘YAME!’ followed by turning to face the table, holding his/her hands in the form of a ‘T’ and loudly calling, TAKE TIME!
  • The full minute has expired.

10.5.3  Corrections.  A decision awarded by the centre referee will be final and only in event of an administrative error can a decision be reversed, provided the error is identified before the next round has commenced.  The prevention of incorrect recording is the responsibility of the Chief Table Official, by cross checking with the Centre Referee when in doubt and a reversal of a decision can only be done with the consensus of the Tournament Chief Table Coordinator.