WTF Rules Sparring
WTF Rules Sparring events are single elimination tournaments. Competitors are divided into 3 grade divisions A, B and C classes, each with male and female sub-divisions and up to 8 weight divisions within each sub-division. Note that 10th Kup students are not eligible to enter sparring events.
The event will apply current WTF rules with any modification to this rule-set advertised during the Team Captains’ Meeting. Matches will be contested on jigsaw matted rings. Scores will be recorded electronically and displayed in real-time. The scoring system is:
- One (1) point for a valid punch to the trunk protector
- Two (2) points for a valid kick to the trunk protector
- Three (3) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector
- Three (3) points for a valid kick to the head
- Four (4) points for a valid turning kick to the head
Full WTF type personal protective equipment is mandatory for all sparring competitors including: body protector (red/blue); arm guards; shin guards; head guard (red/blue or white); groin guard; gloves; and mouth guard which is clear or white only with no exceptions to ensure referees can easily spot any signs of blood. All applicable protective equipment must be worn beneath the dobok. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.
All gum shields must be clear or white. Competitors’ doboks must be white. Each sparring competitor must be accompanied by a coach which can be any nominated member of your club, including player-coaches. Coaches must bring a towel. Coaches must stay seated during the match and respect all competition rules. Coaches must wear sports clothing (or sports jackets covering doboks for player coaches).
Competitors must be above the minimum weight (the maximum of next lowest category) and below the maximum limit specified to achieve the required weight. Competitors who fail to meet their weight may have a further attempt within the scheduled period, or, may change weight divisions (a category change fee will be applied). There will be a maximum -/+200 g allowance for players being under/over their weight at the weigh-in and this will be strictly applied. Adjacent weight categories may be combined if there are less than four competitors in a division. All participants must respect the decision of the organisers and their officials as final. Competitors may only enter 1 weight division. In all sparring divisions there will be awarded 2 Bronze, 1 Silver, 1 Gold.