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).
Registration and weigh-in must be attended by all athletes, coaches and corner judges. Competitors must be above the minimum weight and below the maximum limit specified to achieve the required weight. Competitors who fail to meet their weight may have two further attempts within the scheduled period, or may change weight division; a category change fee will be applied. There will be a maximum -/+200 g allowance for athletes being under or over their weight at the weigh-in and this will be strictly applied. The organisers may adjust weight and grade divisions where required. Adjacent or ante adjacent weight categories will be combined if there are less than four competitors in a division. In rare cases where an athlete pays for a weight division change, but due to other weight change requests their original division of entry is merged with their new division, that athlete will be refunded their change of category fee. In rare cases where there is only a single athlete within adjoining divisions and no matches can be made, that athlete will be withdrawn and refunded their entry fee. Athletes may only enter 1 weight division in each tournament bracket. In all sparring divisions 2 Bronze, 1 Silver, 1 Gold will be awarded.