General Rules and Guidelines

Traditional Forms

  1. A Traditional form is required for this division.
  2. Forms are judged on technique, intensity and complexity.
  3. The first competitors to register will always compete last in their division.
  4.  Announcements are required. The competitor’s announcement should consist of their name, school’s name, martial art style, and name of form, before beginning their form.
  5. The first three competitors will do their form and then sit down until being called back up to be scored.
  6. In the case of a tie the competitor should do a different form unless it’s in the beginner or specialty division.


Creative Kate (Weapons / Musical Forms)

  1. This division is for specialty / weapons / musical forms (non-traditional).  Music and weapons are not required.
  2. Forms are judged on technique, intensity and complexity.
  3. The first competitors to register will always compete last in their division.
  4. Announcements are required. The competitor’s announcement should consist of their name, school’s name, martial art style, and name of form if applicable before beginning their form.
  5. The first three competitors will do their form and then sit down until being called back up to be scored.
  6. In the case of a tie the competitor CAN perform the same kata that they competed with the first time. 


Point Sparring

Gear Requirements:

  • Sparring gear must be foam dipped or boxing gloves
  • Shin guards with in-step may be worn in lieu of boot
  • No MMA Gloves
  • No Ringstar Boots
  • 18 Under – Mouth Piece, Cup and Head Gear


  1. The first competitors to register get the byes.
  2. Sparring divisions are single or double elimination depending on tournament.
  3. Side coaching is allowed in any language.
  4. Fights run for two continuous minutes (no mercy rule).
  5. Legal target areas are the stomach, chest, ribs, groin, and head gear. Face contact is not allowed in the Beginners and Intermediate divisions.
  6. Light face contact IS allowed in ALL of the Advanced and Black Belt divisions.
  7. Even if a fighter is wearing a face shield, face contact is still not allowed in the under-belt divisions. The legal target area is anything covered by a Century student headgear.
  8. Warnings are given for face contact, for excessive force, or for intentional leg or kicks to the back.
  9. 1st warning no point is awarded to the other fighter. 2nd warning ONE POINT is awarded to the other fighter. 3rd warning TWO POINTS are awarded to the other fighter. 4th warning for the same illegal technique and the fighter is disqualified.
  10. Verbal warnings are given for going out of bounds, running from the fight, accidental low kicks or excessive contact that is blocked or doesn’t hit.
  11. After two verbal warnings for the same offense one point will be awarded to the other fighter. At this point warnings will be added together, and the fighter may be disqualified for an accumulation of different warnings.
  12. There is no grey area the technique must make contact to receive a point.
  13. Two out of three judges must agree for a point to be scored. If two judges agree that one fighter scored a technique, but one judge calls 1 point, and the other judge calls 2 points, the fighter is awarded 1 point.
  14. Kicking techniques are worth 2 points and hand techniques are worth 1 point.
  15. Hammer fist and back fist strikes to the top of the head are legal, except in extreme height difference between competitors.
  16. No blind techniques. The fighter must see his opponent before the technique makes contact. Spinning back fist are allowed if the fighter turns their head around first and recoils it.


Continuous Sparring

Gear Requirements:

  • Sparring gear must be foam dipped or boxing gloves
  • Shin guards with in-step may be worn in lieu of boot
  • No MMA Gloves
  • No Ringstar Boots
  • 18 Under – Mouth Piece, Cup and Head Gear


  1. No face      contact for anyone under advanced belt!
  2. Competitors      will spar for 1 minute.
  3. During      the match, black belt judges will count punches and kicks LANDED on their      opponent, ring control, power control, technique
  4. At the end of the match, all three judges will point to the competitor they believe won the match.
  5. No take-downs or ground fighting will be allowed.
  6. No excessive contact, This is NOT FULL CONTACT
  7. Illegal techniques or strikes to illegal target areas (seen below) will constitute a point being awarded to the other fighter. No warnings.
  8. As in point sparring, illegal face contact (under advanced belt) will go against      that fighter being selected as winner, but After 3 times, the violator will be disqualified. The same will be done with illegal strikes or illegal target areas. 
  9. As in point sparring, all strikes must be legal techniques thrown to legal target areas.
  10. Standard sparring equipment must be worn including, but not limited to: head, gloves, foot pads, groin (males), mouthpiece.  (see excluded items above)
  11. Any bad attitudes will be dealt with by immediate disqualification.


                                 Legal Techniques                                                    Illegal Techniques

                                 Punches                                                                     Palm heels

                                 Kicks                                                                            Spear hands

                                 Ridge-hands                                                            Eye gouges

                                 Back-fists                                                                  Knees and Elbows

                                 Knife-hands                                                             Headbutts

                                                                                                                         Wild swings

                                                                                                                         Blind spinning back-fists


                                 Legal Target Areas                                             Illegal Target Area

                                 Top/side/back of head                                      Legs

                                 Torso (except back/spine)                              Neck and spine

                                 Groin                                                                          Throat 

                                 Face -for advanced belts and up                Face- under advanced belts


Board Breaking

Each competitor will perform a board break of their choice. Competitor must provide their own boards or bricks

Staging: The competitors will line up and have their names taken by the scorekeeper. Once their division has begun, the judge will call them out by name one at a time to perform their break.

Competition: When the competitor hears his/her name called, they:

  • Answer with a loud “Yes Sir/Ma’am!!”
  • Enter the opposite end of the ring (bowing first), facing the center judge
  • Once in the ring, the competitor will bow to the center judge and state their name, style, school, and board break, then asks permission to begin.
  • The competitor then steps back to perform their break.
  • The competitor will then step back and await instructions or scoring.

Teen and Adult Black Belt Breaking Division:

Black belts will be allowed to set up multiple breaks and they may set up as elaborate a routine as they wish, including concrete. They will be graded differently, as they will be competing against one another as in kata instead of being done in the same fashion as the under belts.


Self-Defense  

This is your opportunity to show off your realistic techniques. Any type of martial arts is allowed. Competitors must provide their own partner/partners, or pair up with someone at the event to work with. Each competitor will present either a series of attacks w/ accompanying defenses.  Upon completion of self-defense presentation, the competitor will set up a board break (of their choice) to demonstrate their ability to strike effectively.  


Staging:  The competitors will line up and have their names taken by the scorekeeper. Once their division has begun, the judge will call them out by name one at a time to perform their defenses. 

Competition: When the competitor hears his/her name called, they:

  1. Answer with a loud “Yes Sir/Ma’am!!” 
  2. Enter the opposite end of the ring (bowing first), facing the center judge
  3. Once in the ring, the competitor will bow to the center judge and state his/her name, style of martial arts or school and brief explanation of their defenses
  4. The competitor then asks permission from the center judge to begin, answering the response with a loud “Thank you Sir/Ma’am!!”
  5. The competitor will then step back and begin their defenses. Once completed they will return to their end position on their own and await further instructions or scoring. 
  6. The first three competitors will perform their kata without being scored, and then will be scored alongside each other to set a “scoring range” this promotes fairness 


  

                                                                                          Panda Division

Pre-K Demo Division 3-5 year old’s

3 types of demonstration will be involved:

  1. Public Speaking – competitor will step forward and loudly say “My name is ____________, May I begin SIR/MA’AM!?
  2. Obstacle course – an obstacle course will be set up with kicking, punching, blocking, ducking, jumping, balance, and other motor skills.
  3. Board breaking – “pauwolina” boards (easily broken) will be provided for the competitor to hammerfist or kick as a “grand finale”

Competitors will be scored on dexterity, motor skills, balance, power etc… but above all attitude, respect, and character


Staging:  The competitors will line up and have their names taken by the scorekeeper. Once their division has begun, the judge will call them out by name one at a time to perform their kata.

Competition: When the competitor hears his/her name called, they:

  1. Answer with a loud “Yes Sir/Ma’am!!” 
  2. Enter the opposite end of the ring (bowing first), facing the center judge
  3. Once in the ring, the competitor will bow to the center judge and perform their public speaking.
  4. The competitor then completes the obstacle course.
  5. The competitor will then step forward and perform the board break.

ALL competitors will receive either 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place, based on how well they do.

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