Freestyle Kendo

Freestyle Kendo - Adults

  • There will be a head judge and two assistant judges.
  • The head judge will control the bout, but any of the judges can call a stop to the bout to call a point or to issue a warning. A disqualification can only be issued by the head judge.
  • Each judge will hold a red and white point card
  • All participants will be required to wear all the freestyle kendo equipment provided.
  • Participants are permitted to wear cotton shin instep on their forearms.
  • Only downward strikes are permitted, i.e. no horizontal strikes to the body
  • The freestyle kendo bout will consist of three rounds. The winner of the bout will be the participant who wins two of the three rounds.
  • The first round is won when a participant reaches 5 points or has accumulated the most points when 60 seconds has elapsed.
  • If a judge sees what they believe is a scoring technique, they will clearly call point and hold up the corresponding coloured card.
  • Points are awarded by a majority decision (two out of three).
  • Points will be awarded by any judge when clean strikes have made contact with the protected areas (Head, Shoulders, Hands, Wrist).
  • The second round will be a 60 second continuous fighting round, at the conclusion of 60 seconds each judge will hold up the coloured card that corresponds with the participant they believe has won the bout. The round will be awarded by a majority decision (two out of three)
  • Should the bout go into a third and deciding round, it will be the same as round one namely a points round.
  • The judge’s decision is final.

Freestyle Kendo - Juniors

  • Competitors will be taken up to the age of 12.
  • There will be a head judge and two assistant judges.
  • The head judge will control the bout, but any of the judges can call a stop to the bout to call a point or to issue a warning. A disqualification can only be issued by the head judge.
  • Each judge will hold a red and white point card
  • All participants will be required to wear all of the equipment provided. Soft foam swords will be used along with full face shield head protection
  • Participants may wear soft fingerless gloves but it is not compulsory.
  • The junior's kendo bout will consist of three rounds. The winner of the bout will be the participant who wins two of the three rounds.
  • The first round is won when a participant reaches 5 points or has accumulated the most points when 1 minute has elapsed.
  • If a judge sees what they believe is a scoring technique, they will hold up the corresponding card.
  • Two hands must remain in the handle for points to count
  • Points are awarded by a majority decision (two out of three).
  • Points will be awarded by any judge when clean strikes have made contact with the allocated areas (Head, Shoulders, Chest, Hands, Wrist)
  • The second round will be a 45 second continuous fighting round, at the conclusion of 45 seconds each judge will hold up the coloured card that corresponds with the participant they believe has won the bout. The round will be awarded by a majority decision (two out of three)
  • Should the bout go into a third and deciding round, it will be the same as round one namely a points round.
  • The judge’s decision is final.