ITF Sparring
TOURNAMENT RULES
SECTION 3 - SPARRING
Article 31. DIVISIONS INDIVIDUAL
A. Male and Female groups.
B. Weights
JUNIOR WEIGHT DIVISIONS
Male:
  JUNIOR WEIGHT DIVISIONS
Female:
A. MICRO
B. LIGHT

C. MIDDLE
D. HEAVY
E. HYPER
Up to 52kg
Over 52 to 58kg
Over 58 to 63kg
Over 63 to 70kg
Over 70kg
  A. MICRO
B. LIGHT
C. MIDDLE
D. HEAVY
E. HYPER
Up to 42kg
Over 42 to 48kg
Over 48 to 53kg
Over 53 to 60kg
Over 60kg
SENIOR WEIGHT DIVISIONS
Male:
  SENIOR WEIGHT DIVISIONS
Female:
A. MICRO
B. LIGHT
C. MIDDLE
D. HEAVY
E. HYPER
Up to 54kg
Over 54 to 63kg
Over 63 to 71kg
Over 71 to 80kg
Over 80kg
  A. MICRO
B. LIGHT
C. MIDDLE
D. HEAVY
E. HYPER
Up to 52kg
Over 52 to 58kg
Over 58 to 63kg
Over 63 to 70kg
Over 70kg
TEAM
JUNIOR AND OR SENIOR - TEAM
Each Team (Male and Female of any degree and weight) will consist of 5 competitors and 1 reserve.
Article 32. DURATION OF BOUTS
Each individual bout will be 2 rounds of 2 minutes duration with a one minute break between rounds. Finals will be 3 rounds of 2 minutes duration with a one minute break between rounds.

Each team bout will be 1 round of 2 minutes.

In individual matches the following decisions will apply:
i.) When 3 or 4 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor then that competitor is the winner.
ii.) When 3 or 4 corner referees say that it is a draw then a further one minute round will take place. If this results in a further draw then the first scored point will decide who is the winner.
iii.) When 2 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor (2 for one competitor + 1 for the other + 1 given it as a draw or 2 for one competitor + 2 giving it as a draw) then that competitor is the winner.
iv.) When 2 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor and the other 2 corner referees give a decision in favour of the other competitor then a one minute extension will follow. If at this time it results in a further draw then the first scored point will decide who is the winner.
v.) When 3 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor in case of the first scored point bout then that competitor is the winner.

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n team matches the following decisions will apply
i.) When 3 or 4 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor then that competitor is the winner and 2 points will be added to the team score.
ii.) When 3 or 4 corner referees decide that it is a draw then 1 point will be added to each team score.
iii.) When 2 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor (2 for one competitor + 1 for the other + 1 given it as a draw or 2 giving it as a draw) then that competitor who got the decision of the 2 corner referees is the winner and 2 points will be added to the team score.
iv.) When 2 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor and the other 2 corner referees give a decision in favour of the other competitor then the result will be a draw and 1 point will be added to each team score.
v.) When all 5 bouts are finished and the result is a draw then each coach will select one competitor to spar an extra bout. The team whose competitor wins this bout will be the winner. If at this time it results in a further draw then the first scored point will decide who is the winner.
vi.) When 3 corner referees give a decision in favour of one competitor in case of the first scored point bout then that competitor is the winner.

Article 33. TARGET AREA
A. Head and neck area at the front and sides but not at the back.
B. Trunk of the body from neck to navel vertically and from a line drawn from the armpit vertically down to the waist on each side (that is frontal area only excluding the back).

Article 34. POINT AWARDS
A. One (1) point will be awarded for: Hand attack directed to mid or high section, hand attack while in air (both feet must be off the ground) directed to mid section, foot attack directed to mid section, perfect block.
B. Two (2) points will be awarded for: Foot attack directed to high section, hand attack while in air (both feet must be off the ground) directed to high section, jumping or flying kick directed to mid section.
C. Three (3) points will be awarded for: Jumping or flying kick directed to high section.

Article 35. SCORING PROCEDURE
In competition a technique is valid when:
A. it is executed correctly,
B. it is dynamic, that is to say it is delivered with strength, purpose, rapidity and precision,
C. it is controlled on the target,
D. perfect block:
i.) defender must maintain complete balance,
ii.) an appropriate blocking tool must be used,
iii.) block must be powerful and accurate,
iv.) defence must be maintained at a proper distance,
v.) opponents balance must be broken.

Article 36. DISQUALIFICATION
A. Misconduct against officials or ignoring instructions.
B. Heavy contact.
C. Committing 3 fouls.
D. Any competitor suspected of being under influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.

Article 37. FOULS
One point will be deducted for the following offences:
A. Loss of temper,
B. insulting an opponent in any way,
C. biting/scratching/clawing,
D. attacking with the knee, elbow or forehead,
E. attacking a fallen opponent,
F. contact.
NB. The sum of 3 warnings automatically means deducting 1 point.

Article 38. WARNINGS
Warnings will be assigned for the following offences:
A. Attack to an illegal target,
B. stepping completely out of the ring (both feet),
C. falling down, whether intentional or not (this means any part of the body, other than the feet, touching the ground),
D. holding/grabbing/pushing,
E. sweeping,
F. faking a blow, pretending to be injured to gain an advantage,
G. intentionally avoiding sparring,
H. pretending to have scored a point by raising the arm.
N.B.: If an athlete is pushed out of the ring with intent (without undergoing a technique) then he will not receive a warning.

Article 39. INJURY
A. When a competitor is injured, the Centre Referee must stop the match and call the Doctor. The Doctor must diagnose, treat the wounds and decide about the match continuation.
B. When a contender cannot fight on because of Doctor's decision:
i.) he is the winner if his opponent is responsible;
ii.) he is the loser if his opponent is not responsible.
C. An injured competitor that is unfit to fight, according to the Doctor's decision, cannot fight again during the event.
D. A competitor that refuses to accept the Doctor's decision will be disqualified.
E. If two competitors injure themselves at the same time and both are unfit to fight, according to the Doctor's decision, the winner is the contender that has more scored points at that moment. If the competitors are even, the Jury President will decide about the bout.

Article 40. BOUT PROCEDURE - INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM
INDIVIDUAL
The bout will commence with the competitors on the start positions each with a red or blue marker to differentiate between them. At the command of the Centre Referee the competitors bow in turn to the Jury table and then to each other. The Centre Referee will then start the Sparring with the command "SHI-JAK" and the competitors continue to spar until the Referee issues the command "HAECHYO". At this point the competitors cease to spar and remain where they are until restarted. On completion of time the timekeeper will signal audibly to warn the Centre Referee, but the bout only ends on the final comment "GOMAN" by the Centre Referee. The reverse for bowing will ensure and the result will be declared. In a draw situation warnings and/or minus points are not carried forward. If a competitor leaves the square they must re-start 1 metre inside the square.

TEAM
Bout procedure will be as individual. A coin will be tossed. The winner of the toss decides which team send its first competitor into the ring . The teams must then alternate.

Article 41. TIMING
On the first "SHI-JAK" (Start) command from the Centre Referee the timekeeper starts the clock and this continues until full time unless the Centre Referee calls for a "time out" by saying "Goman". At this time the timekeeper stops the clock until the next "Gae-sok" (Continue) command is given.

Article 42. OFFICIALS FOR SPARRING COMPETITION
1 Jury President, 2 Jury Members, 1 Centre Referee, 4 Corner Referees, 1 Timekeeper and 1 Recorder.

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Rome, Italy, 1994 - Amended October 2000