Non-Contact Point Sparring

  • 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 excessive contact, or to issue a warning. A disqualification can only be issued by the head judge.
  • Participants will be coded as either a red or white participant.
  • Participants will align themselves on the competition area with the red / white markers placed on the floor. These markers will be placed 1.5 metres apart and these markers will form the start position throughout the bout.
  • Each judge will hold a red and white point card.
  • If a judge sees what they believe is a scoring technique, they will hold up the corresponding card.
  • Points are awarded by a majority decision (two out of three).
  • If a stoppage is called, the head judge will give instruction to the participants and then ask the assistant judges for their observation.
  • Simultaneous scoring techniques will cancel each other out and no point will be awarded.
  • Points are scored via a force field principal. 75 mm (3 inches) around torso / 150mm (6 inches) from the head.
  • There are no points below the belt.
  • A point is only awarded for a clear and unobstructed technique.
  • Excessive contact will be penalised. The penalty can include a warning, the loss of a point or disqualification. This is not a sliding scale and these penalties can be applied by the head judge depending on the severity of the infringement.
  • Any head contact that forces the opponent’s head to jolt back will be an automatic disqualification.
  • If the head referee deems the contact is caused by the opponent rushing in, the head referee can issue the penalty to the person causing the contact instead of the person making contact.
  • If a participant is forced from the contest area, the judges will stop the bout and recommence the bout from the start position.
  • A participant will also be warned if they continue to voluntarily retreat outside the contest area. This may also result in a loss of points or disqualification.
  • are not to be worn
  • The first person to 5 points wins the bout.
  • If the bout has not been decided at the end of three (3) minutes, the bout will be awarded to whoever is ahead at the three (3) minute mark.
  • Any form of poor sportsmanship or aggressive behaviour will result in immediate exclusion from all competition.
  • Competitors are to wear Cotton Hand Mitt’s and Shin Insteps (see below), or approved International WKF/ITF sparring equipment (if you are unsure please send an email to rules@wkaqld.com.au). Boxing gloves are not to be worn.
  • Mouth guards, groin protection and chest protection are permitted but are not compulsory.
  • IT NEEDS TO BE STRESSED - This is non-contact sparring.