Touch-Contact Continuous Sparring

  • There will be a referee and three judges.
  • The referee will control the bout. The three judge’s will score the contest.
  • 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.
  • The referee will be responsible for checking each participant’s equipment. (Hand Mitts /Shin Insteps / Mouth Guard / Groin Protection).
  • Cotton Hand Mitt’s/Shin Instep’s, approved WKF/ITF hand mitt’s/Shin Insteps or Boxing gloves are permitted.
  • The level of contact that will be accepted does not increase with the size of the protective equipment.
  • Head protection can be worn, but is optional.
  • The bout will consist of one (1) x ninety (90) second round.
  • At the conclusion of the bout, each judge will turn outwards and hold up the coloured card that corresponds with the participant they believe has won the bout.
  • The bout will be awarded by a majority decision (two out of three).
  • Judges will make their decision based on the following – speed, agility, control, variety of scoring techniques, skill level, poise, balance, footwork, technical prowess, control of the floor space and overall performance.
  • If a stoppage is called, the head judge will give instruction to the participants.
  • There will be no knees or elbows.
  • Spinning techniques, if executed with control will be permitted.
  • Trapping or catching a technique are permitted. However, there are no takedowns and / or grappling. If any such conduct arises, the head judge will immediately stop the bout and separate the participants.
  • 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.
  • Excessive contact will be penalised. The penalty can include a warning, the loss of a points or disqualification. This is not a sliding scale and these penalties can be applied by the referee 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, up to and including disqualification.
  • Any form of poor sportsmanship or aggressive behaviour will result in immediate exclusion from all competition.
  • IT NEEDS TO BE STRESSED - This is touch-contact sparring.