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Kempo Traditional
Refereeing and Organizing Rules Manual

International Kempo Federation 2005.

This version of the "Traditional Manual" is under consideration for approval of the IKF Board of Directors.  It has not yet been fully approved.  It was written by Sensei Codi Duyster of Holland, and we really appreciate his effort for doing so.  English is not his native language.  Any spelling or grammatical errors are due for this reason. Please be kind with your criticism : )  Shihan Zingg

 

This manual is in English. This is the common language of the I.K.F.. Sometimes we have to use words from another language to explain or make things clear. Also the standard word his is used, you also can read here the word her.

 

KATA has no value, when it has not the study of his application as purpose.

 

 

What is important  and customary for all Traditional Kempo-styles?

Of course, every style got his specialty, but 90% of de rules (principle) are the same.

Then we can talk about "San mi ittai".

 

San mi ittai means "Three in one".

1. Ten i                        : chancing of position,

2. Ten tai         : chancing of body movement, move the body by hip rotation and weight movement,

3. Ten gi          : chancing of technique, a correct order in technique, brings the best effect.

 

Kata no roku gen soku means: the six principles of KATA (Form).

  

1. I ka ta kata               : Kata has to be alive and has to carry out with feeling. It must be clear where the techniques are for, in that case a
                                      Kata get combat value. Otherwise a Kata is just a dance, nice for looking, but nobody knows the fighting value of the
                                      Kata.

 

2. I nen                       : There has to be "spirit". Energy, force en mind must com together in one point in a short moment. Here we can talk
                                     about " Kime" or "Focus".

 

3. Chikara no kyojaku  : The power of strong and weak, hard en soft, flex an relax (= go-ju). This we have to see in a Kata.   

 

4. Waza no kan kyu     : The timing of fast and slow. There has to be a variation in speed. There is a different between action and no action in
                                      a Kata. In this manner there will be a rhythm (hyoshi) in the Kata, also the Kata get character and a feeling of a
                                      battle.

 

5. Ki soko no don to     :  Rhythm of breathing, the right way of breathing in and out. Gather power and energy in the area of "Tanden",  this is
                                       our energy-centre in the lower abdomen.

 

6. Baransu                   : This word comes from "Balance", Balance is in every exercise very important. For right and effective techniques its
                                      important to have a good balance of the body. Some techniques in a Kata (Weapon-Form) just have a
                                      goal for development balance of the body.     

 

 

The upper six points are very important if we have to judge about a competitor in Traditional Kempo. Every referee must have the knowledge and must be able to give the right interpretation of upper rules, to give the right points to a competitor.

Within Traditional Kempo of the I.K.F. there are four categories.

 

1.   KEMPO KATA                             (open-hand form)

2.   SELF-DEFENCE                         (application open-hand form)

3.   KOBUDO KEMPO KATA             (weapon form)

4.   KOBUDO KEMPO BUNKAI (application weapon form)

 

 

Organizing Rules.

 

Chapter 1 : General Rules
  Article 1 Form                                                 (Kata)
  Article 2 Self-Defence                                     
  Article 3 Weapon Form                                    (Kobudo Kempo Kata)
  Article 4 Weapon Self-Defence             (Kobudo Kempo no Bunkai)
  Article 5 Registrations and Requirements
  Article 6 Drawing of Lots

  Article 7 Protocol in Competition
  Article 8 Other Provision Relating to Competition
  Article 9 Abandon

Chapter 2 Officials and Their Duties
  Article 10 Composition of Officials
  Article 11 Duties of Officials

Chapter 3 Jury of Appeal and Its Duties
  Article 12 Composition of Jury of Appeal
  Article 13 Duties of Jury of Appeal
  Article 14 Procedure and Requirements of Appeal

Chapter 4 Recording Methods, Winner and Loser, Placing
  Article 15 Recording Methods
  Article 16 Winner and Loser
  Article 17 Places

Chapter 5 Arrangement of Competition and Recording
  Article 19 Arrangement the Competition
  Article 20 Recording

Chapter 6 Contest Area and Equipment
  Article 21 Contest Area
  Article 22 Referee equipment for one performance surface

Chapter 7 Awarding the Referee's Certificates
  Article 23 Referee's basic rules
  Article 24 General requirements and IKF-KS referee's ranks
  Article 25 Awarding of Referee's Certificates

Chapter 8 Calls and Gestures
  Article 26 Calls and Gestures of Ring Referee en Competitor

Chapter 9 Members and Country Federations

  Article 27 Members

  Article 28 Country Federation

 

 

Chapter 1 : RULES

Article 1.          : Form                                      (Kempo Kata, or Tao)

Within Forms (Kata) a competitor shows his skills about a particular Kempo Form of his choice. This Kempo Form is from origin, a traditional Kempo Form (Kata). Traditional Forms are for defending, attacking, balance or breathing purpose.

 

Competitor has to show a Form (Kata or Tao) of the existing Kempo styles (no Karate Kata). The only Kata who are aloud to present on the Tatami, are Kata who exist in booth systems (Kempo and Karate). If a competitor deicide to perform a kind of this Kata, he has to perform it from one of the a Kempo Styles. Some examples of Kata in both systems are:

a. Naihanchi,

b. Bassai,

c. Sanchin,

d. Seiyunchin

 

1.0. Classification of competitor in Forms.

1.0.1. Male and Female are separated in category's.

 

1.1. Competitors Age Category in Forms.

Cadets              : 8 and 9, 10 and 11 years old                 (only in National tournaments)
Juniors II           : 12 and 13, 14 and 15 years old             (World or Continental Championships)
Juniors I            : 16 and 17 years old.
Seniors             : 18 until 35 years old.
Masters            : 35 years, and older

 

1.2. Competitors  Degree Category in Forms.

In Continental and World Championships it will be the follow:

Juniors ll           : all together

Juniors l            : color belts and black belts

Seniors             : color belts and black belts

Masters            : color belts and black belts

 

1.3. Competitor Form Kempo Costume in Forms.

1.3.1. The competitor has to wear a clean costume,

1.3.2. The competitor has to wear white or black pants.

1.3.3. The competitor has to wear a black jacket (Gi).

1.3.4. It is not aloud wearing only a T-shirt or trouser.

1.3.5. The competitor has to wear the emblem of the I.K.F., anywhere on his jacket (Gi).

1.3.6. The competitor has to wear his present-day belt in color (Kyu) or black belt (Dan).

 

1.4. Competitor Presentation in Forms.

1.4.1. If the name of the competitor is announce for the first time by the head referee, the competitor take place at the chair in the back of the Tatami.

1.4.2. If the name of the competitor is announce for the second time by the head referee, the competitor has to start his presentation followed by his Form.

1.4.3. The competitor walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and speak out loud the next information for the jury; name of the competitor, name of his country and name of the Form.

1.4.4. The head referee gives a signal to the competitor to start his Form.

1.4.5. The competitor walks to points he has to start his Form, and start his Form when he is ready.

1.4.6. When the competitor is ready with his Form, he salute the head referee again.

1.4.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the competitor to leave the Tatami.

 

1.5. Time limit of Form.

1.5.1. Maximum time of presentation and Form is 5 minutes.

 

1.6. How to win in Form competition. 

1.6.1. The competitor who scores the highest points at the end of the competition is winner.

1.6.2. The scores will be given by 3 or 5 referees, depending the chosen system.

1.6.3. If two ore more competitors, on the end of the competition (place one to four) have the same points, there will be a new round of Forms, in this case only for competitors from place one to four. 

 

1.7. Refereeing and Judgements in Forms.

1.7.1. There are two systems of refereeing within the International Kempo Federation.

1.7.2. System 1 is one head referee with two referees and one score keeper.

1.7.3. System 2 is one head referee with four referees and one score keeper

1.8. Scoring Points and System in Forms.

1.8.1. -Scoring points are given for the SIX PRICIPLES OF KATA, (see start of this manual), and the performance (start and end).

 

1. I ka ta kata    : Kata has to be alive and has to carry out with feeling. It must be clear where the techniques are for, in that case a
                           Kata get combat value. Otherwise a Kata is just a dance, nice for looking, but nobody knows the fighting value of the Kata.

 

2. I nen           : There has to be "spirit". Energy, force en mind must come together in one point in a short moment. Here we can talk
                         about "Kime" or "Focus".

 

3. Chikara no kyojaku  : The power of strong and weak, hard en soft, flex an relax (= go-ju). This we have to see in a Kata.  

 

4. Waza no kan kyu     : The timing of fast and slow. There has to be a variation in speed. There is a different between action and no action in
                                     a Kata. In this manner there will be a rhythm (hyoshi) in the Kata, also the Kata get character and a feeling of a
                                     battle.

 

5. Ki soko no don to     :  Rhythm of breathing, the right way of breathing in and out. Gather power and energy in the area of "Tanden",  this is
                                       our energy-centre in the lower abdomen.

 

6. Baransu                   : This word comes from "Balance", Balance is in every exercise very important. For right and effective techniques its
                                      important to have a good balance of the body. Some techniques in a Kata (Weapon-Form) just have a
                                      goal for development balance of the body.    

 

1.8.2. Starting points of a Form in National Championships is                    : 6.0.
1.8.3. Starting points of a Form in Continental Championships is                : 7.0
1.8.4. Starting points of a Form in World Championship is                         : 8.0

1.8.5. Every referee has his own way of few to a Form, that we called STARTING POINT (see above), so that will be for everybody competitor a 6.0, 7.0 or a 8.0 depending whit's championship.

1.8.6. For every point in the six principles of  Form the competitor is doing not good enough, he get 0,1 point minus at his score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

1.8.7. For every point in the six principles of Form the competitor is doing extra good, he get

0,1 point plus at his score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

1.8.8. If the competitor has or make a falter, but he is continue his Form, he get 0,5 point minus.

1.8.9. If the competitor stops his Form, his score will be 0.0 points as total on his score registration form.

 

All scoring points together:

-Starting points of a Form in National Championships is                :    6.0.
-Starting points of a Form in Continental Championships is            :    7.0
-Starting points of a Form in World Championship is                     :    8.0

-Within each 6 principles, scoring not good enough                       : -  0,1
-Within each 6 principles, scoring good enough                             :    0,0 (no points)
-Within each 6 principles, scoring extra good                                : + 0,1

-Making a falter, but continue the Form                                        : -  0,5

-Stop the Form                                                                          : disqualification

1.8.11. Each competitor who started first in a Form competition  has a right to show his form (Kata) one second time on the end of the competition. The referees will give him again new points for his form. If the competitor make use of the possibility  to show his form for a second opinion of the referees, the highest score of both performance is the final score of the competitor.

  

Article 2.          : Self-Defence                          (Kempo Self-Defence)             

The group presents a scenario including Self-Defence techniques (for example: 1 defender against 4 attackers). The group shows the scenario in "slow motion" for the first time, than in "real street speed".
If a group use weapons for there performance, the weapons have to be real weapons, like in real life situations.

 

2.0. Classification of groups in Self-Defence.

2.0.1. Standard there are three (3) kind of groups in Self-Defence:

         a. Small team       : maximum 3  persons,

         b. Large team       : maximum 5 persons.

         c. Open team       : see 2.0.4.

2.0.2. Male and Female are separated in Small end Large teams.

2.0.3. A competitor can only be once a member of a small team, large team and/or a open team.

2.0.4. There is one group called "Open team", this is a team of minimum two (2) persons and maximum five (5) persons. In this Open team there will be no age category, no degree category

 

2.1. Competitors Self-Defence Age Category.

Cadets              : 8 and 9, 10 and 11 years old                 (only in National tournaments)
Juniors II           : 12 and 13, 14 and 15 years old             (World or Continental Championships)
Juniors I            : 16 and 17 years old.
Seniors             : 18 until 35 years old.
Masters            : 35 years, and older

 

2.2. Competitors  Self-Defence Degree Category.

In Continental and World Championships it will be the follow:

Juniors ll           : all together

Juniors l            : color belts and black belts

Seniors             : color belts and black belts

Masters            : color belts and black belts

 

2.3. Competitor Self-Defence Kempo Costume.

2.3.1. All competitors have to wear  clean costumes,

2.3.2. All competitors have to wear white or black pants.

2.3.3. All competitors have to wear  black jackets (Gi).

2.3.4. It is not aloud wearing only a T-shirt or trouser.

2.3.5. All competitors have to wear the emblem of the I.K.F., anywhere on their jacket (Gi).

2.3.6. All competitors have to wear their present-day belt in color (Kyu) or black belt (Dan).

 

2.4. Competitor Self-Defence Presentation.

2.4.1. If the name of the Self-Defence Group is announce for the first time by the head referee, the group take place at the chairs in the back of the Tatami.

2.4.2. If the name of the group is announce for the second time by the head referee, the group has to start their presentation followed by their Self-Defense.

2.4.3. The group walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and the leader of the group speak out loud the next information for the jury; name of the group, name of the country and name of the Self-Defence.

2.4.4. The head referee gives a signal to the leader of the group to start their Self-Defence.

2.4.5. The group walks to their points to start their Self-Defence, and start the performance  when they are ready.

2.4.6. When the group is ready with their Self-Defence, They salute the head referee again.

2.5.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the group to leave the Tatami.

  

2.5. Time of Self-Defence.

2.5.1. Maximum time of presentation and Self-Defence is 4 minutes.

2.5.2. Minimum time of presentation and Self-Defence is 2 minutes.

2.5.3.  The teams have to show a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) Self-Defences in one performance (we talk here about Kempo Self-Defence Street Performance).

 

2.6. How to win in Self-Defence.         

2.6.1. The group who scores the highest points at the end of the competition is winner.

2.6.2. The scores will be given by 3 or 5 referees, depending the chosen system.

2.6.3. If two ore more competitors, on the end of the competition (place one to four) have the same points, there will be a new round of Self-Defence, in this case only for groups from place one to four. 

 

2.7. Refereeing and Judgments in Self-Defence.

2.7.1. There are two systems of refereeing within the International Kempo Federation.

2.7.2. System 1 is one head referee with two referees and one score keeper.

2.7.3. System 2 is one head referee with four referees and one score keeper

2.8. Scoring Points and System in Self-Defence.

2.8.1. -Scoring points are given for the FOUR PRICIPLES OF OPEN HAND SELF-DEFENCE.

 

1. Presentation:                                   : The way the group enter the Tatami, introduce their         salute, introduction an closing self's an the way they are closing the performance.          

 

2. Slow motion                                                : The way the group show the application in slow motion. Are                                                        the application good, are they hitting with their weapons on                                                           the right part of the body. Is the technique good         of booth                                                             competitors.

 

3. Normal speed                                  : How is de performance in normal speed.

 

4. Working together                             : How are the competitors in working together, is this minus,                                                         normal or extra good in performance.      

 

2.8..2. Starting points of a Self-Defence in National Championships is                    : 6.0.
2.8.3. Starting points of a Self-Defence in Continental Championships is                 : 7.0
2.8.4. Starting points of a Self-Defence in World Championship is              : 8.0

2.8.5. Every referee has his one way of few to a Self-Defence, that we called STARTING POINT (see above), so that will be for everybody competitor a 6.0, 7.0 or a 8.0 depending whit's championship.

2.8.6. For every point in the four principles of Self-Defence, the competitors are doing not good enough, they get 0,1 point minus at their score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

2.8.7. For every point in the four principles of Self-Defence, the competitors are doing extra good, they get 0,1 point plus at their score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

2.8.8. If one member of the group have or make a falter, but they are continue their Self-Defence, they get 0,5 point minus.

2.8.9. If  the group stop their Self-Defence, the score will be 0.0 points as total on their score registration form.

2.8.10. Each time the competitors of the group hitting their one body with the attacking side of the weapon (if they use weapons), the competitors get a penalty of 0.5 point minus.

2.8.11. Exceeding 4 minutes limit or less than 2 minutes will give disqualification.

 

All scoring points together:

- Starting points of a Open Hand Self-Defence in National Championships is           :    6.0.
- Starting points of a Open Hand Self-Defence in Continental Championships is       :    7.0
- Starting points of a Open Hand Self-Defence in World Championship is    :    8.0

- Within each four (4) principles, scoring not good enough                          : -  0,1
- Within each four (4) principles, scoring good enough                                            :    0,0 (no points)
- Within each four (4) principles, scoring extra good                                              : + 0,1

- Making a falter, but continue the Self-Defence                                                    : -  0,5

- Stop the Self-Defence                                                                                       : disqualification

- Exceeding 4 minutes limit or less than 2 minutes                                               : disqualification

 

2.8.12. Each group who started first in a Open Hand Self-Defence competition  has a right to show their performance one second time on the end of the competition. The referees will give the group again new points for their Self-Defence. If the group make use of the possibility  to show their performance for a second opinion of the referees, The highest score of both performance is the final score of the competitor.

 

 

Article 3.          : Weapon Form                        (Kobudo Kempo Kata).

Within Kobudo Kempo a competitor shows his skills about a particular weapon of his choice. This weapon is from origin a traditional weapon. Traditional weapons are for defending  or attacking. Soft weapons are no weapons in the way of Traditional Kobudo Kempo weapons, therefore it is not allowed to work with soft-weapons. Also original weapons like Katana (sword), Kama (sickle), Tanto (knife), and more has to be sharp.

 

3.1. Choice of weapons in Weapon Forms.  

3.1.1. The competitor shows a weapon form, with any weapon used in the different Kempo styles of the world.

 

3.2. Weapon safety in Weapon Forms.

3.2.1. Each weapon is in good shape and safe for the competitor, referees and audience.

3.2.2. Before starting a weapon competition, the weapon will be checked by the referees.

3.2.3. Each weapon what is not safe, will take out of competition, the competitor can stay in the competition, but has to use a other weapon whit's safe proved and checked, thru a referee.

3.2.4. Only the competitor is responsible for his (own) weapon, nobody else.

3.2.5. Sharp weapons used in I.K.F. competitions, has to be covering  with a safety cover, outside of the tatami (competition area).

 

3.3. Weapon Equipment in Weapon Forms.

3.3.1. Weapon, by the competitors one's choice.

 

3.4. Competitors Age Category in Weapon Forms.

Cadets              : 8 and 9, 10 and 11 years old                 (only in National tournaments)
Juniors II           : 12 and 13, 14 and 15 years old             (World or Continental Championships)
Juniors I            : 16 and 17 years old.
Seniors             : 18 until 35 years old.
Masters            : 35 years, and older

3.5. Competitors  Degree Category in Weapon Forms.

In Continental and World Championships it will be the follow:

Juniors ll           : color belts and black belts

Juniors l            : color belts and black belts

Seniors             : color belts and black belts

Masters            : color belts and black belts

 

3.6. Competitor Kobudo- Kempo Costume in Weapon Forms.

3.6.1. The competitor has to wear clean costume,

3.6.2. The competitor has to wear white or black pants.

3.6.3. The competitor has to wear a black jacket (Gi).

3.6.4. It is not aloud wearing only a T-shirt or trouser.

3.6.5. The competitor has to wear the emblem of the I.K.F., anywhere on his jacket (Gi).

3.6.6. The competitor has to wear his present-day belt in color (Kyu) or black belt (Dan).

 

3.7. Competitor Presentation in Weapon Forms.

3.7.1. If the name of the competitor is announce for the first time by the head referee, the competitor take place at the chair in the back of the Tatami.

3.7.2. If the name of the competitor is announce for the second time by the head referee, the competitor has to start his presentation followed by his Weapon-Form.

3.7.3. The competitor walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and speak out loud the next information for the jury; name of the competitor, name of his country and name of the Weapon-Form.

3.7.4. The head referee gives a signal to the competitor to start his Weapon-Form.

3.7.5. The competitor walks to points he has to start his Weapon-Form, and start his Weapon-Form when he is ready.

3.7.6. When the competitor is ready with his Weapon-Form, he salute the head referee again.

3.7.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the competitor to leave the Tatami.

 

3.8. Time of Weapon Form.

3.8.1. Maximum time of presentation and Weapon-Form is 5 minutes.

 

3.9. How to win in Weapon Forms.     

3.9.1. The competitor who scores the highest points at the end of the competition wins.

3.9.2. The scores will be given by 3 or 5 referees, depending the chosen system.

3.9.3. If two ore more teams of competitors, on the end of the competition (place one to four) have the same points, there will be a new round of forms, in this case only for competitors from place one to four. 

 

3.10. Refereeing and Judgements in Weapon Forms.

3.10.1. There are two systems of refereeing within the International Kempo Federation.

3.10.2. System 1 is one head referee with two referees and one score keeper.

3.10.3. System 2 is one head referee with four referees and one score keeper

3.11. Scoring Points and System in Weapon Forms.

3.11.1. -Scoring points are given for the SIX PRICIPLES OF WEAPON KATA, (see start of this manual), and the performance (start and end).

 

1. I ka ta kata               : Kata has to be alive and has to carry out with feeling. It must be clear where                                 the techniques are for, in that case a Kata get combat value. Otherwise a Kata                                    is just a dance, nice for looking, but nobody knows the fighting value of the                                    Kata.

 

2. I nen                                    : There has to be "spirit". Energy, force en mind must come together in one                                    point in a short moment. Here we can talk about " Kime" or "Focus".

 

3. Chikara no kyojaku  : The power of strong and weak, hard en soft, flex an relax (= go-ju). This we                                   have to see in a Kata.  

 

4. Waza no kan kyu     : The timing of fast and slow. There has to be a variation in speed. There is a                                  different between action and no action in a Kata. In this manner there will be a                                rhythm (hyoshi) in the Kata, also the Kata get character and a feeling of a                             battle.

 

5. Ki soko no don to     :  Rhythm of breathing, the right way of breathing in and out. Gather power                                     and energy in the area of "Tanden",  this is our energy-centre in the lower                                  abdomen.

 

6. Baransu                   : This word comes from "Balance", Balance is in every exercise very                                              important. For right and effective techniques its important to have a good                            balance of the body. Some techniques in a Kata (Weapon-Form) just have a                          goal for development balance of the body.    

 

3.11.2. Starting points of a Weapon-Form in National Championships is                 : 6.0.
3.11.3. Starting points of a Weapon-Form in Continental Championships is : 7.0
3.11.4. Starting points of a Weapon-Form in World Championship is                      : 8.0

3.11.5. Every referee has his own way of few to a Weapon-Form, that we called STARTING POINT (see above), so that will be for everybody competitor a 6.0, 7.0 or a 8.0 depending whit's championship.

3.11.6. For every point in the six principles of weapon form the competitor is doing not good enough, he get 0,1 point minus at his score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

3.11.7. For every point in the six principles of Weapon-Form the competitor is doing extra good, he get

0,1 point plus at his score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

3.11.8. If the competitor has or make a falter, but he is continue his Weapon-Form, he get 0,5 point minus.

3.11.9. If the competitor stops his Weapon-Form, his score will be 0.0 points as total on his score registration form.

3.11.10. Each time the competitor hits his one body with the attacking side of the weapon, the competitor get penalty of 0.5 point minus.

 

All scoring points together:

-Starting points of a Weapon-Form in National Championships is   :    6.0.
-Starting points of a Weapon-Form in Continental Championships is           :    7.0
-Starting points of a Weapon-Form in World Championship is                    :    8.0

-Within each 6 principles, scoring not good enough                                   : -  0,1
-Within each 6 principles, scoring good enough                                         :    0,0 (no points)
-Within each 6 principles, scoring extra good                                            : + 0,1

-Making a falter, but continue the Weapon-Form                                       : -  0,5

-Stop the Weapon-Form                                                             : disqualification

 

3.11.11. Each competitor who started first in a Weapon-Form competition  has a right to show his form (Kata) one second time on the end of the competition. The referees will give him again new points for his form. If the competitor make use of the possibility  to show his form for a second opinion of the referees, the highest score of both performance is the final score of the competitor.

 

Article 4 : Weapon Self-Defence          (Kobudo Kempo no Bunkai)
Within Weapon Self-Defence, two or more competitors shows their skills about  particular weapons of their own choice. These weapons are from origin, traditional weapons. Traditional weapons are for defending  or attacking. Soft weapons are no weapons in the way of Traditional Kobudo Kempo weapons, therefore it is not allowed to work with soft-weapons. Also original weapons like Katana (sword), Kama (sickle), Tanto (knife), and more has to be sharp.

 

4.0. Classification of competitor in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.0.1. Male and Female are separated in Weapon Self-Defence category's.

4.0.2. There is one group called "Weapon Self-Defence Open team", this is a team of minimum two (2) persons and maximum five (5) persons. In this Open team there will be no age category, no degree category and no separating of male and female.

 

4.1. Choice of weapons in Weapon Self-Defence. 

4.1.1. The competitors showing Weapon Self-Defence (bunkai) of a weapon form, with any weapon used in the different Kempo styles of the world.

 

4.2. Weapon safety in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.2.1. Each weapon is in good shape and safe for the competitors, referees and audience.

4.2.2. Before starting a Weapon Self-Defence competition, the weapons will be checked by the referees.

4.2.3. Each weapon what is not safe, will take out of competition, the competitor can stay in the competition, but has to use a other weapon whit's safe proved by one of the referees.

4.2.4. Only the competitor is responsible for his (own) weapon, nobody else.

4.2.5. Sharp weapons used in I.K.F. competitions, has to be covering  with a safety cover, outside of the tatami (competition area).

 

4.3. Weapon Equipment in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.3.1. Weapons equipment, by the competitors one's choice, fore example using short sword with shield.

  

4.4. Competitors Age Category in Weapon Self-Defence.

Cadets              : 8 and 9, 10 and11 years old      (only in National tournaments)
Juniors II           : 12 and 13, 14 and 15 years old             (World or Continental Championships)
Juniors I            : 16 and 17 years old.
Seniors             : 18 until 35 years old.

Masters            : 35 years and older

4.5. Competitors  Degree Category in Weapon Self-Defence.

In Continental and World Championships it will be the follow:

Juniors ll           : color belts and black belts

Juniors l            : color belts and black belts

Seniors             : color belts and black belts

Masters            : color belts and black belts

 

4.6. Competitor Kobudo- Kempo Costume in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.6.1. The competitor has to wear a clean costume,

4.6.2. The competitor has to wear white or black pants.

4.6.3. The competitor has to wear a black jacket (Gi).

4.6.4. It is not aloud wearing only a T-shirt or trouser.

4.6.5. The competitor has to wear the emblem of the I.K.F., anywhere on his jacket (Gi).

4.6.6. The competitor has to wear his present-day belt in color (Kyu) or black belt (Dan).

 

4.7. Competitors Presentation in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.7.1. If the name of the competitors is announced for the first time by the head referee, the competitors take place at the chairs in the back of the Tatami.

4.7.2. If the name of the competitors is announced for the second time by the head referee, the competitors have to start their presentation followed by their Weapon Self-Defence.

4.7.3. The competitors walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and speak out loud the next information for the jury: name of the competitors, name of their country and name of the Weapon Self-Defence.

4.7.4. The head referee gives a signal to the competitors to start their Weapon Self-Defence.

4.7.5. The competitors walking to the point the have to start their Weapon Self-Defence, and start their Weapon Self-Defence when they are ready.

4.7.6. When the competitors are ready with their weapon self defense, they salute the head referee again.

4.7.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the competitors to leave the Tatami.

 

4.8. How many Weapon Self-Defence applications in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.8.1. The competitors have to show six (6) Weapon Self-Defence applications from a traditional form.

4.8.2. Each application must be showing in slow motion and normal speed, before going to the next application.

4.8.3. It is allowed for the head referee to ask questions about the origin of the application en traditional form.

 

4.9. Time of Weapon Self-Defence Application in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.9.1. Maximum time of presentation and Weapon-Form is 6 minutes.

4.9.2. If the competitors are over time, all referees must take of - 0,1 point of the total score of the competitors (so for example total score = 8.3 0,1 = 8.2).


4.9. How to win in Weapon Self-Defence.      

4.9.1. The competitors who scores the highest points at the end of the competition wins.

4.9.2. The scores will be given by 3 or 5 referees, depending the chosen system.

4.9.3. If two ore more teams of competitors on the end of the competition (within place one to four) have the same points, there will be a new round of Weapon Self-Defence, in this case only for competitors from place one to four. 

 

4.10. Refereeing and Judgments in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.10.1. There are two systems of refereeing within the International Kempo Federation.

4.10.2. System 1 is one head referee with two referees and one score keeper.

4.10.3. System 2 is one head referee with four referees and one score keeper

4.11. Scoring Points and System in Weapon Self-Defence.

4.11.1. -Scoring points are given for the FOUR PRICIPLES OF WEAPON SELF-DEFENCE.

 

1. Presentation:                                   : The way the competitors enter the Tatami, introduce their            salute, introduction an closing        self's an the way they are closing the performance.          

 

2. Slow motion                                                : The way the competitors show the application in slow                                                                 motion. Are the application good, are they hitting with their                                                            weapons on the right part of the body. Is the technique good                                                          of booth competitors.

 

3. Normal speed                                  : How is de performance in normal speed.

 

4. Working together                             : How are the competitors in working together, is this minus,                                                         normal or extra good in performance.      

 

4.11.2. Starting points of a Weapon-Form in National Championships is                 : 6.0.
4.11.3. Starting points of a Weapon-Form in Continental Championships is : 7.0
4.11.4. Starting points of a Weapon-Form in World Championship is                      : 8.0

4.11.5. Every referee has his one way of few to a Weapon Self-Defence, that we called STARTING POINT (see above), so that will be for everybody competitor a 6.0, 7.0 or a 8.0 depending whit's championship.

4.11.6. For every point in the four principles of Weapon Self-Defence, the competitors are doing not good enough, they get 0,1 point minus at their score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

4.11.7. For every point in the four principles of Weapon Self-Defence, the competitors are doing extra good, they get 0,1 point plus at their score registration form (example will given in a score registration form later).

4.11.8. If the competitors have or make a falter, but they are continue their Weapon Self-Defence, they get 0,5 point minus.

4.11.9. If the competitors stop their Weapon Self-Defence, the score will be 0.0 points as total on their score registration form.

4.11.10. Each time the competitors hits their one body with the attacking side of the weapon, the competitors get a penalty of 0.5 point minus.

 

All scoring points together:

-Starting points of a Weapon Self-Defence in National Championships is                  :    6.0.
-Starting points of a Weapon Self-Defence in Continental Championships is             :    7.0
-Starting points of a Weapon Self-Defence in World Championship is                       :    8.0

-Within each four (4) principles, scoring not good enough                                        : -  0,1
-Within each four (4) principles, scoring good enough                                             :    0,0 (no points)
-Within each four (4) principles, scoring extra good                                               : + 0,1

-Making a falter, but continue the Weapon Self-Defence                                        : -  0,5

-Stop the Weapon Self-Defence                                                                           : disqualification

 

4.11.11. Each team whit's started first in a Weapon Self-Defence competition  have a right to show their Weapon Self-Defence one second time on the end of the competition. The referees will give them again new points for their form. If the team make use of the possibility  to show their performance  for a second opinion of the referees, the highest score of both performance is the final score of the team.

 

Article 5 : Registrations and Requirements          
5.1. The competitors must hold their own passport issued by the country/region he represents.
5.2. To participate in the competition of Weapon-Form/ Weapon Self-Defense, the competitor must show his weapon before starting the championship.

5.3. Who is not in the lists in the right time will be allowed to registry just after paying 50 Euro penalties/division to the IKF.

5.4. Competitors are not allowed to wear; earrings, necklaces, arm bracelets, watches and rings.

 

Article 6 : Drawing of Lots           
6.1. The drawing of lots, taking place after the competitors have register theme selves.

Minimum three (3) competitors are required for each  competition in order to be held that category .
6.2. The drawing of lots will be handled by the arranging and recording group, in the presence of the Chairman of referees , members of the IKF-officials and the coaches or team leaders of the participating teams. It is admitted to use also a software for random-drawing the lots , but this software has to be checked before by Chairman of referees and IKF-officials . Contestations and mistakes will be resolved before the competition starts .
6.3. The coaches or team leaders will draw lots only for their team members or , in case of missing team leaders, the organizer will authorize somebody to draw for them.


Article 7 : Protocol in Competition.          
7.1. If the name of the competitor(s) is announced for the first time by the head referee, the competitor(s) take place at the chair(s) in the back of the Tatami.

7.2. If the name of the competitor(s) is announce for the second time by the head referee, the competitor(s) has to start his/their presentation followed by their Form/ Self-Defence/Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence.

7.3. The competitor(s) walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and speak out loud the next information for the jury; name of the competitor(s), name of his/their country and name of the Form/ Self-Defence/Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence.

7.4. The head referee gives a signal to the competitor(s) to start his/their Form/ Self-Defence/Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence.

7.5. The competitor(s) walks to points he has to start his/their Form/ Self-Defence/Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence, when he is ready.

7.6. When the competitor(s) is ready with his/their Form/ Self-Defence/Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence, he/they salute the head referee again.

7.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the competitor(s) to leave the Tatami.

7.8. When being introduced, the competitors will make a "REI" salute to the audience.


Article 8 : Other Provisions Relating to Competition.         
8.1. The referees of a competition should only concentrate on the competition and mustn't talk with other people. They should remain in the designated seats unless they have the permission from the Chairman of referees to leave. Nobody but the Chairman of Referees could permit a judge to leave his seat.
8.2. The competitors shall respect the Rules of Competition and the referees, and obey their decisions. Wrangling, cursing, throwing away weapons to show discontent and the like are strictly prohibited and will bring disqualification at ones .
8.3. Doping is strictly prohibited. In case of founding a competitor of doping influence, he/she will be disqualified from entire tournament and will be judged by the IKF for his/her future as sprtiff.
8.4. After being announced , if the competitor(s) present himself/their self at the mat without all equipment as in the IKF rules , he will be disqualified , with the approval of the Chairman of Referees .

 

Article 9 : Abandon           
9.1. Competitor(s) who becomes incompetent for competition during the tournament , due to injury or illness will be regarded as a case of abandon. He/they will not be allowed to compete further anymore.


Chapter 2 : Officials and Their Duties

Article 10 : Composition of Officials          
10.1. There will be one Chairman of referees and one or two assistant head referees during a competition .
10.2. The referees division of one match will be composed of a head referee , an assistant head referee (scorekeeper) , two (2) or four (4) referees.
10.3. Each country must register at least 2 international referees or cadets (rank A or RA) in the IKF-World or Continental Championships .
10.4. The registration group will be composed of a head registrar and an assistant head registrar.
10.5. The IKF-Medical Committee
10.6. The Competition Doctors group will be composed of a one or two doctors for each fighting surface .
10.7. There will be one or two announcers .
10.8. Because it is the beginning, just for the W.C. Kempo 2005 and E.C. Kempo 2006, in the weapon divisions each country is allowed to register four (4) competitors by each category. The results of this division it will be no counted for the final classification  of Nations.


Article 11 : Duties of Officials          
11.1. The Chairman of referees duties.
11.1.1 Organize the referees to study the Rules of Competition and the Regulations, and to study and master the officiating method .
11.1.2. Check and make sure the competition area, equipments, and officiating apparatus in ready condition, and supervise all preparations related to the contests, such as those for weapon check, drawing of lots, and arrangement of weapon competition.
11.1.3. Settle problems related to competition according to the Regulations and Rules of Competition, but he has no power to modify the Regulations and Rules during the competition .
11.1.4. Hint by blowing a whistle when spotting apparent misjudgments or omissions made by the referees ore the score keeper.
11.1.5. Provide guidance to the referees groups during the competition and replace referees when necessary.
11.1.6. Have the final say when there is disagreement among the referees or contestations from the team-leaders .
11.1.7. Be responsible for supervising the officiating personnel and see that the Rules are properly implemented.
11.1.8. Examine, sign on, and announce the results of forms. He can also be the announcer for whole competition or for one of the form surface, if needed .
11.1.9. Submit to the leading body of the tournament a written summary report of the officiating work.
11.1.10. Organize referee courses before the competition to check the correct understanding for the rules , to harmonize the arbitration between referees and to certify new referees if needed .
11.1.11. Could perform as head referee, referee or announcer if needed .
11.1.12. Propose of the KEMPO TRADITIONAL referees and score keeper uniform, to be approved by the IKF COMITEE BOARD.

11.2. The head judge from the fighting surface duties.
11.2.1. The head referee for Traditional Kempo competitions, is some one who has long experience with Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapons and Weapon Self-Defence (or all of them). He's traditional educate and has a open mind for today and tomorrow.

11.2.2. The head referee will perform his duties fairly, and implement the Rules of Competition strictly.   

11.2.3. The head referee is responsible for everything on the Tatami, during the competitions.

11.2.4. The head referee fills in, for every competitor separately a score registration form.

11.2.5. The head referee is responsible for his score given to the competitor at any time.

11.2.6. The head referee looks at the weapon of the competitor for safety, before the competition start.

11.2.7. The head referee can call referees together, to give or ask information about the competitor(s) and/or his/their performance.

11.2.8. The head referee announce the names of the competitors.

11.2.9. The head referee give the signal to the competitor(s) to start.

11.2.10. The head referee blows two times during one complete weapon form at his whistle.

11.2.11. First whistle means; give your points for competitors weapon form.

11.2.12. Second whistle means; lay your points back on the table.

11.2.13. Between the first and the second whistle, the head referee call out loud for audience and  score keeper, the given point from the referees and himself.

11.2.14. The head referee give a signal to the competitor(s), for leaving the Tatami.

11.2.15. The head referee supervise the score keeper.


11.3. The ring referee duties.
11.3.1 The  referee for Traditional Kempo competitions, is some one who has experience with Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapons and Weapon Self-Defence (or all of them). He's traditional educate and has a open mind for today and tomorrow.

11.3.2. The referee will perform his duties fairly, and implement the Rules of Competition strictly.  

11.3.3. The referee fills in, for every competitor(s) separately a score registration form.

11.3.4. The referee is responsible for his score given to the competitor(s) at any time.

11.3.5. The referee looks at the weapon of the competitor(s) for safety, before the competition start.

 

11.4. The score keeper duties.
11.4.1.  Record the points on the competition total registration form, given by referees and the head referee according to the Rules.
11.4.2.  Give the complete fill in of the competition registration form, to the head referee.

11.5. The announcers duties.
11.5.1. Explain briefly to the audience the Regulations and Rules of Competition, and introduce other related subjects.
11.5.2. Introduce the referees and oncoming competitors.
11.5.3.  Announce the results of the contest and any other announcement indicated by the Chairman of Referees.

11.6. The IKF-Medical Committee duties.

11.6.1. Carry out the doping control.
11.6.2. Conduct selective physical check-ups on competitors before the competition.
11.6.3. Instruct the competition doctors for cases of treatment of injuries and illnesses of the competitors during the competition.

11.7. The Competition doctors duties.

11.7.1. A doctor for two (2) Tatami and an ambulance must be in attendance for Kempo Traditional competitions. The doctors and the ambulance are obligatory .
11.7.2. They will be responsible for determining the seriousness of a competitor's injury caused by actions during;  Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapons and Weapon Self-Defence.
11.7.3. The doctor has the right to interrupt or stop a contest by throwing in the emergency bag (small white bag with red cross) if he thinks a contestant is in life-danger and the head referee has not stopped the fight.
11.7.4. The competition doctor is to determine whether the injured athlete can carry on . The doctor has a maximum of three (3) minutes to reach a decision. A doctor may treat an injured athlete during this period . If the athlete could not continue after 3 minutes of medical treatment , this is to be interpreted as abandon .
11.7.5. They will be responsible for medical supervision over the competition, and timely propose to the Chairman of referees to prevent those who become unfit for competition due to injury or illness from continuing the forms or self defense.
11.7.6. The competition doctor will sit near the score keeper or near the head referee for that surface. If the competition doctor is not present near one of the Tatami , Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence is to be discontinued until he returns .
11.7.7. Before starting Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence, upon suspicion of illness a competitor must be examined by the competition doctor who will decide whether that contestant may participate or not . The doctor and head referee will not permit any competitor with a bandages on their head , arms or legs to compete .
11.7.8. No local anesthetics may be administered immediately before or during a Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence .
11.7.9. The competition doctor must be in a position to enter the Tatami surface quickly on the referee's call, on the head referee or Chairman of Referees' call to decide weather a competitor may continue or not or to decide any necessary medical treatment .
11.7.10. The competition doctor may treat an competitor between or during the Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence Weapon-Forms/ Weapon Self-Defence as follows : during all four, on head  referee demand , max. 3 minutes.
11.7.11. The competition doctor may not leave the competition area until the last Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence has finished and after he has assured himself that no further medical attention is required .


Chapter 3 : Jury of Appeal and It's Duties


Article 12 : Composition of Jury of Appeal         
12.1 The Jury of Appeal will be composed by :
-IKF-President
-IKF-Secretary general
-IKF-Kempo Traditional Vice-president
-IKF-Kempo Traditional Chairman of Referees
-IKF-Official (one person)

Article 13 : Duties of Jury of Appeal         
13.1. The Jury of Appeal shall be in charge of supervising the work concerning competition, such as checking the Tatami area facilities and equipment, supervising the competition arrangements, the drawing of lots, and the division of referee groups, and dealing with the appeals submitted by participating teams about their disagreement with implementation of competition rules and regulations.
13.2. The Jury of Appeal shall supervise the work of referees. If during the course of competition, any referee found being apparently partial or inaccurate in officiating, the Jury of Appeal shall have the right to give a warning(s) to the referee , referee group or head referee from that Tatami , or even suggest that Chairman of Referees replace the referee in that contest if the case is a serious one, so as to ensure the normal running of the competition.
13.3. The Jury of Appeal, upon receiving an appeal, shall take an impartial stand, immediately make investigations on the related matter and make a decision on the appeal, and inform all relevant sides of the decision in time, without affecting the progression of other Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Forms or Weapon Self-Defence , or the determination of placing, or the presentation of awards.
13.4. The referee decision shall remain unchanged if it is seemed correct after careful examination. However, it will be altered if there is apparent mistake. The decision of the Jury of Appeal shall be final.


Article 14
: Procedure and Requirements of Appeal
         
14.1. A team that has objection to a decision made by the judges in a Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence may send a written appeal through its team leader or coach to the Chairman of Referees before the next Open Hand Forms, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence is finished , or within 5 minute, following the conclusion of the Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence if it is the last one on that category . The appeal shall be handed in together with a deposit of EUR() 50, which shall be refunded just if the appeal is justified and the decision of judges altered, and shall not be refunded if the appeal is proved groundless and the decision of judges remain unchanged. Appeals against very obvious fair score will not be allowed .
14.2. After consulting the Jury of Appeal , the score tables , the opinion from all referees and head referee from the contested Tatami , the Chairman of Referees could decide the final winner or could claim one extra Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence for declaring the winner . In case of such an extra round , Jury of Appeal will supervise this Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence and the referee decision and the referee will be changed . In case of an extra round decision , the Chairman of Referees will decide the new group of referees to enter . The decision in this extra round will be final .
14.3. The decision of the Jury of Appeal shall be respected by all teams. Any act or remark against the decision shall bring penalties or even disqualification of that competitor or entire team .

Chapter 4 : Recording Methods, Winner and Loser, Placing

Article 15 : Recording Methods             
15.1. The head referee and referees, following the scoring criteria, will keep account of the points and minus points. Also the number of falters and even a stop committed by each competitors according to the decision of the referees. At the end of each Open Hand Form-, Open Hand Self-Defence-, Weapon-Form- and Weapon Self-Defence competition, they will count each competitor's scores into the recording forms.

15.2. At the end of each competition , the score keeper will get all recording forms of that competition and bring it to the head referee. At the end of the competition day, the head referee looks at all recording forms, if there is not made any mistake.

15.3. After de head referee overlooked the competition recording forms, he gives them to the Chairman of Referees, with the final results.

 

Article 16 : First, second and third places for individuals and groups.
16.1. First place gets the competitor who received most points, given by the referees.

16.2. Second place gets the competitor who received second most points, given by the referees.

16.3. Third  place gets the competitor who received third most points, given by the referees.

 

Article 17 : Placing for country teams.             
17.1. There are two possibilities of earning points for the team classification :
17.1.1. In case of more than 15 countries registered : gold medal is considered 5 points , silver medal is considered 3 points and bronze medal is considered 1 point . In such cases just teams with more or equal than 7 competitors will be scored .
17.1.2. In case of less or equal than 15 countries registered : gold medal is considered 3 points , silver medal is considered 2 points and bronze medal is considered 1 point . In such cases just the teams with more or equal than 10 competitors will be scored .
17.2. For each nation participating to the Championship it is calculating the amount of points earned and then it is divided the total points to the number of each nation's competitors . The IKF rules for calculating the official results on nations gives equal chances to each country . So , it is not important the number (quantity) of medals earned by each country , but it is important the balance between the number of points earned and the number of competitors (the quality of medals) . In this way , for example , a team composed by only 10 competitors has the same chances to win as well a team composed by 100 competitors . In the competition on nations could enter only teams with minimum 10 competitors .

 Chapter 5 : Organizing of Competition and Recording

Article 18 : Arrangement of Competition         
18.1. Preparations for the tournament.
18.1.1.
Studying the Competition Regulations the organizer must follow these steps :
1) The types and systems of the competition
2) The time and duration of the competition.
3) The color belts en black belts categories.
4) The eligibility of participants' and their total number.
5) The placing and awarding method.
18.1.2. Check and verify the entry forms.
18.1.3. Find out the total number of competitors in each category.

18.2. Principle to be followed in the arrangement.
18.2.1. Arranging according to the Regulations and on the basis of the entries and the duration of competition.
18.2.2. Competitors of color belts en black belts should be arranged in the different competition.
18.2.3. Competitors of different age should be arranged in the different competition.

 

18.3. Arranging method.
18.3.1. Calculate the rounds of competition and the number of Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Forms and Weapon Self-Defence of each category, in accordance with the systems of competition.
18.3.2. Work out the Competition schedule
18.3.3. Work out the Arrangement of the Rounds of Competition of each category.
18.3.4. Prepare the Program of Competition for each Open Hand Form-, Open Hand Self-Defence-, Weapon-Form- and Weapon Self-Defence competition.

Article 19 : Recording            
19.1. Prepare the Open Hand Form-, Open Hand Self-Defence-, Weapon-Form and Weapon Self-Defence diagrams.
19.2. Prepare the referee recording form.
19.3. Check and made public the result of each Open Hand Form-, Open Hand Self-Defence-, Weapon-Form- and/or Weapon Self-Defence competition.
19.4. Work out the placing through calculation of the scores.
19.5. Compile the Results Brochure.

Chapter 6 : Contest Area and Equipment

Article 20 : Contest Area            
20.1. Form (Open Hand)                                                (Kempo Kata)

20.1.1. Mat (Tatami) 8m x 8m

20.2. Self-Defence (Open Hand)                                    (Kempo Self-Defence)             

20.2.1. Mat (Tatami) 8m x 8m

20.3. Weapon Form                             (Kobudo Kempo Kata)

20.3.1. Mat (Tatami) 8m x 8m
20.4.
Weapon Self-Defence                 (Kobudo Kempo no Bunkai)

20.4.1. Mat (Tatami) 8m x 8m


Article 21 : Judging equipment for one performance surface

21.1. One stopwatch for the score keeper.
22.2. Whistles: 3 or 5 pieces, for every referee one.

22.3. Counter: 3 or 5 pieces.
22.4. Tables : 4 or 6 pieces.
22.5. Chairs : 9 or 11 pieces (4 or 6 for referee an 5 for competitors).
22.6. Pencils : 10-15 pieces.
22.7. Score tables : according to the number 3 or 5 depending the referee system for that Tatami.
22.8. Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence diagrams : according to the divisions categories.

Chapter 7 : Awarding of Referee's Certificates

Article 23 :  Referee's basic rules           
23.1. Referees will protect the health of the athlete
23.2. Referees will obey all the rules
23.3. Referees will be fair in their decision
23.4. Referees will follow the instructions and the decisions of the Chairman of Referees
23.5. Referees will be neutral at all times

Article 24 : General requirements and IKF-KT referee's ranks       
24.1. Responsibility of IKF KT Referees Committee.

 IKF-KT Referees Committee is responsible for ensuring the number of referees needed at the competition . For this duty it is expected that the organizers sent the required number of referees needed for the competition and the list with the IKF-certified referees available from the host-country with at least 3 month ahead to the IKF-KT Referees Committee .
24.2. IKF-KT Referee's ranks.
  Rank B: score keeper in national competitions
  Rank RB: referee and/or score keeper in national competitions
  Rank A: score keeper in international and national competitions
  Rank RA: referee and/or score keeper in national and international competitions

24.3. Difference within Kempo Traditional Ranks.

Regarding the type of the competition , referees must have the following ranks :
National competition (with no international participation)
  Score keeper   : Rank B/RB/A
  Referee           : Rank RB/RA
International competition
  Score keeper   : Rank A/RA
  Referee           : Rank RA
Competitions without certified referees and judges are prohibited and will not have the IKF recognition.
24.4 Supplement within Kempo Traditional Ranks.

There are four (4) supplement within Kempo Traditional Ranks:

a.         FOH     : Form Open Hand,

b.         SD        : Self-Defence,

c.         WF       : Weapon Form

d.         WSD    : Weapon Self-Defence

 

Example :         one referee with a rank of RA-WSD, is a International referee in Kempo Traditional for Weapon Self-Defence competition.

24.5. Ranks of a National Charman of Referees.

The national Chairman of Referees of each country affiliated to IKF-KT must have one of the following certifications :
-Rank A or RA.
All national Chairman of Referees must be registered at the IKF-KT Chairman of Referees to become official .
24.6. Age of IKF referees.

All referees must be at least 21 years old .
24.7. Organize Referee Courses.

The National Chairman of Referees will be able to organize referee courses inside his country only for rank B and RB certification , with IKF-KT Chairman of Referees approval .
24.8. Information about all courses.

The national Chairman of Referees will inform the IKF-KT Chairman of Referees about all courses organized and all the new Kempo referees , sending all the personal data to him . Referee Pass will be send by the IKF-KT Chairman of Referees after receiving the list with the new national referee from the national Chairman of referees *The national Chairman of Referees will be in permanent touch with the IKF-KT Chairman of Referees .
Article 25 : Awarding of Referee's Certificates          
25.1. IKF-KT Referees Committee will certify IKF-KT referees. Candidates must participate in a IKF-KT referees course leaded by IKF-KT Referees Committee and passed the practical and theoretical (written) examinations . A certificate can only granted when a candidate has shown that he is able to act as referee in Form (Kata) and Self-Defence, or as referee in Weapon Form (Kobudo Kempo Kata), and Weapon Self-Defence (Kobudo Kempo no Bunkai). Depending on the capacity of the referee he can also be a referee in all four categories. Without the theoretical and practical test passed, the cadet-candidate could not obtain the Referee Certificate.
25.2. The Rank B and RB Certificates are awarded to persons who passed the referees course and acted as score keeper (rank B) or referee (rank RB) in national competitions .
25.3. The Rank A and RA Certificates are awarded to persons who passed the referees course and acted as score keeper (rank A) or referee (rank RA) in international competitions. 
25.4. Referees courses will be organized when needed, at the request of country team leaders, under the leadership of the KT-Chairman of Referees.
25.5. A Certificate is issued for 2 years . Within this period the referee must have participated in a IKF-KT refreshing referees' course. If the referee fails to do so, he automatically loses his license but he can regain it when he will participate to the first referees' course.

 25.6. Every IKF-KT referee must have the Referee pass which contained: personal data, photo, date of issue, ranks and certificate's number awarded, leadership position held (national and international), participation in national competitions, participation in international competitions, participation in world championships, participation in Probation (courses) for referees. All data written in this pass will be signed and stamped by the IKF-KT Referees Committee. The national Chairman of referees of each country affiliated to IKF-KT can sign and stamp the participation in national competitions and the national leadership position held . Presenting the Referee pass before the competition is mandatory.
25.7. For repeated non-respecting rules of IKF-KT, for severe mistakes and misjudgments or for severe unfair decisions, the Referee Certificate could be cancelled with the approval of the IKF-KT Referees Committee, the IKF-KT Vice-president and the President of IKF.

Chapter 8 : Calls and Gestures

Article 26 : Calls and Gestures of Referees and Competitors        
26.1.
Enter and Salute of the referees.
26.1.1.
The referees will open each competition by greeting to the Tatami and the audience, head referee is leader in this.
26.1.2. If the head referee like to speak with his referees about a competitor or something else, he blows two (longer) times on his whistle.

26.1.3. If a referee like to speak with the other referees about a competitor or something else, he blows one (longer) time on his whistle.

26.1.4. If a competitor is ready with his Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence, the head referee blows one (short) time on his whistle, and all referee give directly their points. If the head referee blows again one (short) time on his whistle, they will bring down the points again. 

 

26.2. Enter and Salute of the competitors.

26.2.1. If the name of the competitor is announce for the first time by the head referee, the competitor(s) take place at the chair(s) in the back of the Tatami.

26.2.2. If the name of the competitor is announce for the second time by the head referee, the competitor has to start his presentation followed by his Weapon-Form.

26.2.3. The competitor walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and speak out loud the next information for the jury; name of the competitor, name of his country and name of the Weapon-Form.

26.2.4. The head referee gives a signal to the competitor to start his Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence.

26.2.5. The competitor walks to points he has to start his Weapon-Form, and start his Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence when he is ready.

26.2.6. When the competitor is ready with his Weapon-Form/Weapon Self-Defence, he salute the head referee again.

26.2.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the competitor to leave the Tatami.

  

Chapter 9 Members and Country Federations

Article 27 :  Members

27.1. Members have to be affiliated at a recognized federation (Country).
27.2. License or passport has to be shown.

 

Article 28.

28.1. The Country federation has to be recognized by their own Country as head of Kempo styles in that Country.

28.2.  The Country federation has to be recognized by the International Kempo Federation.


 

March 2005