ITF Rules Sparring events are single elimination event. Competitors are divided into 3 grade divisions A, B and C classes, each with male and female sub-divisions and up to 6 weight divisions within each sub-division. The event will apply current ITF rules with any modification to this rule-set advertised during the Team Captains’ Meeting. Note that the latest weight divisions of the International Federation’s rules have been applied. Note that 10th Kup students are not eligible to enter sparring events.
Matches will comprise of continuous, semi-contact sparring bouts contested on jigsaw matted rings. Scores will be recorded by each judge by ‘clicker’ and the majority judge’s decision based on final scores being revealed at the end of the match. Penalties are applied for fouls, including the use of excessive force or uncontrolled striking at the point of contact, and for combining more than 3 hand techniques without a valid follow up technique.
The scoring system is:
- One (1) point: any valid hand technique to a target area, or foot technique to the mid-section area
- Two (2) point: any valid jumping hand technique to a target area, jumping foot technique to the mid-section area, or foot technique to the high-section area
- Three (3) points: any valid jumping foot technique to the high-section area
- Semi-contact rules: all attacks must be controlled at the point of contact
The following personal protective equipment is mandatory for all sparring competitors: ITF type foam hand and feet protectors (of any matching colour, though the organising committee recommends competitors wear all blue or all red protective equipment when assigned blue or red respectively in order to provide maximum clarity to the judges scoring the match); head guard (of any matching colour); mouth guard (clear or white only – no exceptions, this is to ensure referees can easily spot any sign of blood); and groin guard (male divisions only). The following protective equipment is optional: foam shin and forearm guards (male and female divisions), female breast protector and female groin guard (female divisions only). All applicable protective equipment must be worn beneath the dobok. Competitors may only use flexible tape to affix clothing rather than pins and must not wear nail varnish or jewellery, including any kind of piercings jewellery. The organisers and their officials may disallow any equipment at their discretion.
The organiser’s decision on equipment and wear permissible in the ring is final. Protective equipment colour choice is at the competitor’s discretion. Faux leather covered sponge protectors, rather than dipped foam pieces are recommended. 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, and athletes may be moved between dual brackets where required. Adjacent or ante adjacent weight categories will be combined if there are less than four competitors in a division. Athletes may only enter 1 weight division in each tournament bracket. In all sparring divisions 2 Bronze, 1 Silver, 1 Gold will be awarded.