Rules

Opened or Sanctioned Tournament

Sunshine States ITF Tournament may run two type of events, one is Opened and another is Sanctioned. Both of the rules are the same except the opened tournament is more flexible in the judging and dress code. Because the different Federations, Associations and the Independent Dojangs, the practitioners will perform the Chang-Hon Patterns with some variations from one another. We want to make sure the event is a good and fair experience for everyone. The sanctioned tournament will follow the ITF Rules and Bylaws of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

We will make sure that both events will run at different times of the year but any ITF Practitioner are welcome in participate on both types of tournament. Check Categories for more information.

Competition Rules (ITF Open Tournament)

The tournament will be accordingly to the International TaeKwon-Do Federation rules but adjusted to Open Tournament. The tournament will be Double Elimination for all Categories and Divisions. The Sparring will be a Continuous Sparring for all Categories and Divisions. In the event that only 3 competitors are in the same Division a Round Robin Elimination may be used instead. Divisions will be merge if necessary to give the student more opportunities to participate.

Bracketing Strategy

Geographically Balanced - We will keep competitors from the same School, City or Country on different sides of the draw (when possible.)

Divisions

  • Patterns division will be categorized by Age, Rank and Gender
  • Sparring divisions will be categorized by Age, Rank, Gender and Weight
AgeGenders
3 - 5 years oldBoth Gender
6 - 8 years oldMaleFemale
9 - 12 years oldMaleFemale
13 - 14 years oldMaleFemale
15 - 17 years oldMaleFemale
18 - 35 years oldMaleFemale
36 - 45 years oldMaleFemale
46+ years oldMaleFemale

Uniform (Dobok)

A Dobok (any color) with a Belt representing their rank should be wear at all time. Students with only t-shirts will not be allowed to compete. A white t-shirt under the dobok is required for female competitors and optional for male competitors.

Sparring Gear

All competitors must have the following mandatory gear to compete in the Sparring Division:

  • Foot (covering feet and toes, with no external damage)
  • Hand (covering knuckles and fingers, with no external damage)
  • Head (protecting the front, back and side of the head, with no external damage)
  • Mouth Piece (Single or Double)
  • Groin Cup (for boys is mandatory)
  • Shin Guards (optional)

Patterns

  • 2 Competitors elimination system will be used for all colored and black belt divisions.
  • Both competitors will perform their patterns simultaneously appropriated to their degree.
  • Divisions will be organized by Age, Rank and Gender.
  • Patterns will be judge based on the correct technique, balance, power and pattern overall.

Sparring

  • 2 Competitors elimination system will be used for all colored and black belt divisions.
  • 2 Minutes continuous sparring will be in effect for all Colored and Black Belt Division.
  • No overtime for Colored Belt Division. Ring Jury must decide in case of a tie.
  • 1 round of 2 minutes will be in effect for all Black Belts Division.
  • In case of a tie in the Black Belt Division a 1 minute overtime will be allowed, after that, the Ring Jury must decide in case of a tie.
  • Divisions will be organized by Age, Rank, Gender and Weight.

Coaches

Only one coach will be allowed on the competition floor. Coaches can be Master, Instructor, Assistant Instructor or a Registered Black Belt. No Parents will be permitted.

Competition Rules (ITF Sanctioned Tournament)

The tournament will be according to the Bylaws and Sanctioned by the International TaeKwon-Do Federation. The tournament will be Double Elimination for all Categories and Divisions. The Sparring will be a Continuous Sparring for all Categories and Divisions. In the event that only 3 competitors are in the same Division a Round Robin Elimination may be used instead. Divisions will be merge if necessary to give the student more opportunities to participate.

Bracketing Strategy

Geographically Balanced - We will keep competitors from the same School, City or Country on different sides of the draw (when possible.)

Divisions

  • Patterns division will be categorized by Age, Rank and Gender
  • Sparring divisions will be categorized by Age, Rank, Gender, Weight and Height
AgeGenders
3 - 5 years oldBoth Gender
6 - 8 years oldMaleFemale
9 - 12 years oldMaleFemale
13 - 14 years oldMaleFemale
15 - 17 years oldMaleFemale
18 - 35 years oldMaleFemale
36 - 45 years oldMaleFemale
46+ years oldMaleFemale

Points

Competitors will be assigned a Score Point based on their different placements 1st Place = 3 Points, 2nd Place = 2 Points and 3rd Place = 1 Point (this is for competition record only)

Uniform (Dobok)

A Dobok (ITF Approved) with a Belt representing their rank should be wear at all time. A white t-shirt under the dobok is required for female competitors.

Sparring Gear

All competitors must have ITF Approved Gear to compete in the Sparring Division:

  • Foot (covering feet and, toes, with no external damage)
  • Hand (covering knuckles and fingers, with no external damage)
  • Head (protecting the front, back and side of the head, with no external damage)
  • Mouth Piece (Single or Double)
  • Groin Cup (for boys is mandatory)
  • Shin Guards (optional)

 

Patterns

  • 2 Competitors elimination system will be used for all colored and black belt divisions.
  • Both competitors will perform their patterns simultaneously appropriated to their degree.
  • Black Belt competitors will perform 2 patterns: One Chosen and One Designated.
  • The first designated pattern will be chosen at random from the last three patterns appropriate to their degree
  • In case of a tie breaker a second designated pattern will be chosen at random from the remaining patterns appropriate from Chon-Ji up to their degree.
  • The ITF Scoring System will be used for judging. Please refer to ITF Umpire Rules.

 

Sparring

  • 2 Competitors elimination system will be used for all colored and black belt divisions.
  • 2 Minutes continuous sparring will be in effect for all Colored and Black Belt Division.
  • No overtime for Colored Belt Division. Ring Jury must decide in case of a tie.
  • 2 round of 2 minutes will be in effect for all Black Belts Division with 1 minute rest.
  • In case of a tie in the Black Belt Division a 1 minute overtime will be allowed, after that, a tie breaker will take place for the first competitor to strike a point approved by the judges and referee.
  • Divisions will be organized by Age, Rank, Gender, Weight and Height.

 

Coaches

Only registered coaches will be allowed on the competition floor. Coaches can be Master, Instructor, Assistant Instructor or a Registered Black Belt. Coaches are required to upload a picture (only Headshot) to their profile.

Sparring Rules

This is a professional tournament and rules should followed at all time.

Target Area

  1. Head:
    1. At the front, sides, and top of the head, but not at the back.
    2. Excluding the neck.
  2. Trunk of the body:
    1. From shoulder to navel vertically
    2. From a line drawn from the armpit vertically down to the waist on each side (that is frontal area only, excluding the back).

Target Point Awards

a. One (1) point will be awarded for any legal hand attack directed to mid or high section.
b. Two (2) points will be awarded for any legal foot attack directed to mid section.
c. Three (3) points will be awarded for any legal foot attack directed to high section.

Light Contact Scoring Procedure System

In competition a technique is valid according to a light contact system if:
a. Executed correctly.
b. Dynamic (i.e., it is delivered with strength, purpose, speed and precision.)
c. Controlled on the target.

Minus Points/Fouls

One point will be deducted for the following offences:
a. Heavy contact.
b. Attacking a fallen opponent.
c. Leg sweeping.
d. Holding/grabbing.
e. Intentional attack to a target other than mentioned in Target Area
f. Unsportsmanlike Conduct*

* To include any action take by a competitor that shows disrespect, lack of following directions or other unacceptable behaviours towards umpires, officials, or other competitors, including though not limited to: Failure or refusal to follow referee’s directions, intentionally leaving ring/manipulation of time, inappropriate behaviour/language….)

Warnings

Warnings will be assigned for the following offences:
a. Pretending to have scored a point by raising one or both arms.
b. Stepping completely out of the ring (both feet).
c. Falling down, whether intentional or not (i.e. any part of the body, other than the feet, touching the ground).
d. Faking a blow, pretending to be injured to gain an advantage.
e. Intentionally avoiding sparring.
f. Adjusting equipment during the bout without the consent of the Centre Referee.
g. Unintentional attack to a target other than mentioned in Target Area
h. Pushing with either the hands or body

The sum of three (3) warnings automatically results in the deduction of one (1) point.
If a competitor is pushed out of the ring with intent (without undergoing a technique) then he will not receive a warning. The competitor who pushed shall receive a warning.

Disqualifications

a. Misconduct against officials or ignoring instructions.
b. Uncontrolled or excessive contact.
c. Receiving three (3) minus points/fouls directly given by the Centre Referee.
d. Being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.
e. Loss of temper.
f. Insulting an opponent, coach, and/or official.
g. Biting, scratching.
h. Attacking with the knee, elbow or forehead.
i. Being negatively responsible for causing a loss of consciousness

A competitor that insults an opponent, coach or official will be disqualified from the rest of the competition.

Injury

a. When a competitor is injured, the Centre Referee must stop the match and call the Doctor.
b. When a competitor cannot compete anymore because of the Doctor’s decision and according to the decision of the Ring Council (Jury President, Centre Referee and Corner referees)
i. He/she is the winner if his/her opponent is responsible.
ii. He/she is the loser if his/her opponent is not responsible.
c. An injured competitor that is unfit to fight cannot continue for the time/day(s) set according to the Doctor’s decision.
d. A competitor that refuses to accept the Doctor’s and/or the Ring Council decision will be disqualified and taken out of the competition.
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 Ring Council will decide about the bout.

A competitor that is negatively responsible for causing a loss of consciousness or causing a concussion in sparring competition may be disqualified. The unconscious or concussed competitor shall not be able to compete again during the whole event, and as such will forfeit any remaining matches or events.

INVITATION LETTER AND RULES