Project Description

WT Rules Sparring

Competition rules

WT 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 WT Olympic 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 kick to the head
  • Four (4) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector
  • Five (5) points for a valid turning kick to the head

All WT rules sparring A-class divisions of the 2018-19 Championships Series, including BUCS London University Sports League competition, will utilise KP&P Protector Scoring System (PSS) including chest protectors and e-headguards. The BSTF will provide PSS  systems, and A-class competitors must bring their own KP&P sensor socks.

Full WT 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. 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.

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.

Weight divisions

Worlds, maleWorlds, femaleOlympic, maleOlympic, female
-54 kg-46 kg
-58 kg-49 kg-58 kg-49 kg
-63 kg-53 kg
-68 kg-57 kg-68 kg-57 kg
-74 kg-62 kg
-80 kg-67 kg-80 kg-67 kg
-87 kg-73 kg
+87 kg+73 kg+80 kg+67 kg

WT rules team sparring

WT rules team sparring events are identical to the Individual Sparring event described above except for the following specific rules:

  • Team sparring is an exciting shorter format which welcomes student athletes, guest athletes and athletes from different universities to compete together in four person teams. During a team sparring match a team’s four athletes contest one round each in athlete-weight order, with scores counted cumulatively across the rounds. Team sparring is not a ‘tag-team’ format. Team sparring does not contribute to individual athlete rankings, but does contribute a small number of overall Student National Championships Ranking points for your club.
  • Team sparring teams must meet a collective weight division.
    • Male WT rules team sparring total team weight must be >=278.50 kg and <=291.50 kg.
    • Female WT rules team sparring total team weight must be >=234.00 kg and <=244.50 kg.
    • The team is disqualified is their collective weight is not met at weigh-in and registration.
  • Each of the team’s athletes will contest one single full round in weight order.
    • The two lightest fighters of each opposing team are matched, followed by the two second lightest, followed by the third lightest, followed by the two heaviest fighters (note this is not a ‘tag-team’ format).
  • Points scored and penalties received are tallied cumulatively across all four rounds.
    • For example, if the score at the end of the first round is 10-points-blue to 5-points-red, this is the score which the next pair of athletes begin with at the start of second round and so on to the fourth round.
    • If a total of 20 gam-jeoms are cumulatively accrued this will result in a team loss by punitive declaration (note however, if an athlete or coach is disqualified for serious misconduct then by extension their team will be disqualified immediately).
    • If an athlete cannot continue for any reason before the half-way point of their round the opposing team is awarded an additional 10 points, if they cannot continue after the half-way mark the opposing team is awarded an additional 5 points.
    • The match winner is the team with the highest total number of points at the end of the fourth round.
    • In the case of a tie a single golden-score round is contested. A random lot made by the referee decides which of the four pairs of athletes will contest the golden-score round.
    • Teams progress through the competition through an unseeded single elimination bracket.


  • For the team sparring event you must enter 4 different athletes together per team.
  • All 4 athletes of each team must be of the same gender and of the same grade class: A, B or C.
  • Athletes registered at different institutions may form a team (if from different institutions any team points won are divided equally between them).
  • Guest Athletes (e.g., alumni) may form part of a team where indicated in the disciplines and divisions rules. Guest athletes do not contribute to team points, while student athletes always win their share of any team points won only.
  • All athletes may only be a member of a single team sparring team per competition.
  • Team sparring competitors must register together e.g., if you have one athlete from another university club within your team sparring team they will need to attend registration twice, once with their own club and again for the team sparring team weigh-in.
  • Teams competitors must enter and exit the competition area together.
  • On the entry form select one of the following for each athlete per team sparring team: Team_1’s_Player_Light(1of4), Team_1’s_Player_Welter(2of4), Team_1’s_Player_Middle(3of4) and  Team_1’s_Player_Heavy(4of4) etc.
    • If a member of a patterns team/pair or sparring team is from a different institution do include them in your club’s team entry form submission, entering their BSTF ID code and selecting the team/pair entry part only.
    • Their own institution’s entry form must not include their patterns team/pair or sparring team entries with your institution’s members (i.e., don’t register the same athletes forming a team/pair on two different entry forms!)
    • All other discipline entries for them, e.g., their individual discipline entries, should be submitted on their own institution’s entry form as usual.
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