Chapter 9 : General Rules in TRADITIONAL KEMPO divisions
Inside of the Sport of Kempo the TRADITIONAL KEMPO divisions are :
-KATA (Forms , Tao)
-WEAPON KATA ( Weapons Forms, Kobudo Kata )
-SELF-DEFENSE ( The defender use Empty Hands Self-Defence Applications )
-WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE ( Weapon Self-Defence applications where both competitors use real weapons but not sharp ).
Article 31: KATA top
-Within Kata a competitor shows his skills about a particular Kempo Kata of his choice.
-A Kempo Kata is from origin, a traditional Kempo Kata as well as a modern Kata if it is stipulated in the IKF Kata database.
-All IKF Kata have a purpose, they are for defending, attacking, balance, developing muscels or breathing purpose . An IKF Kata is not a dance .
The IKF KATA DATABASE:
The followings Kata are permitted to be performed in the IKF tournaments.
Seu Sai Iki Eku no Kata
Shaolin Chuan Fa
This table will be filled up with the specifical or own Kata sent to the IKF by each national kempo federation which is an IKF member
Article 32-WEAPON KATA top
-Inside the Sport of Kempo in the WEAPON KATA division a competitor shows his skills about a particular weapon form of his choice . This weapon form is from origin a traditional or a modern weapon forms ( NO fire guns weapons are allowed ) .
-Traditional weapons forms are for defending or attacking. Soft weapons are not weapons in the way of Weapon Kata Kempo weapons, therefore it is not allowed to work with soft-weapons.
-Also original weapons like Katana (sword), Kama (sickle), Tanto (knife), Tonfa, and more has to be made from Iron / Metal / Wood and not from plastic or silicon .
The IKF WEAPON KATA DATABASE :
The followings WEAPON KATA (Weapon Forms , Kobudo Kata) are permitted to be performed in the IKF tournaments:
Shu Shi no Kon
Cho un no Kon
Sagu Gawa no Kon
Kohbu no Tinaka no Kata
Tsuken no Kon
Koh Bu Nunchaku
Sei Bu Nuchaku
Tsuken Akachu no Ieku De
Ni Cho Zai
San Cho Sai
Kohbu Ni Cho Gama
Matayoshi no Timbe no Kata
Shi i shi no Kon
Woo Tsun no Kata
This table will be filled up with the specifical or own Weapon Kata sent to the IKF by each national kempo federation which is an IKF member
32.1. Choice of weapons in WEAPON KATA:
32.1.1. The competitor shows a weapon form, with any weapon he decide ( NO fire-guns is allowed )
32.2. Weapon safety in WEAPON KATA.
32.2.1. Each weapon is in good shape and safe for the competitor, referees and audience.
32.2.2. Before starting a weapon competition, the weapon will be checked by the referees.
32.2.3. Each weapon which is not safe, will be taken out of competition, the competitor can stay in the competition, but has to use another weapon safe provided and checked, thru a referee.
32.2.4. Only the competitor is responsible for his (own) weapon, nobody else.
32.2.5. Sharp weapons used in I.K.F. competitions, has to be covering with a safety cover when outside of the Tatami (competition area).
32.3. Weapon Equipment in WEAPON KATA:
32.3.1. A competitor can choose his own weapon.
32.3.2. All weapons must be modern or traditional , but Fire Guns are not allowed .
32.4. GENERAL RULES & PROCEDURES in KATA and WEAPON KATA
32.4.1. Categories in KATA and WEAPON KATA divisions :
Weight : In these divisions there is no weight categories .
Age : These divisions respects the IKF age categories .
Degree: In these divisions , in the Continental and World Championships there are not separated categories based on degree criterias . In the National Championships or International Cups there can be divided in categories using rank/degree criteria ; this it will be up to each organizer..
Sex : These divisions is separated in MALE and FEMALE .
32.4.4 Number of competitors registered in each division:
32.4.5. In KATA and WEAPON KATA divisions each country can register a maximum of 2 competitors in each division.
32.4.6. Competitor Kempo Costume in KATA and WEAPON KATA :
32.4.7. The competitor has to wear a clean costume.
32.4.8. The competitor has to wear white pants.
32.4.9. The competitor has to wear a black jacket (Gi).
32.4.10. The competitor has to wear the emblem of the I.K.F., on the left shoulder of his jacket (Gi).
32.4.11. All the competitors has to wear a RED BELT.
32.4.12. Competitor Presentation in KATA and WEAPON KATA :
32.4.13. If the name of the competitor is announced for the first time by the head referee, the competitor takes place at the chair in the back of the Tatami.
32.4.14. If the name of the competitor is announced for the second time by the head referee, the competitor has to start his presentation followed by his KATA or WEAPON KATA .
32.4.15. 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 KATA or WEAPON KATA .
32.4.16. The head referee gives a signal by a Gong to the competitor to start his performance .
32.4.17. The competitor walks to the point he has to start his performance , and start when he is ready to do it .
32.4.18. When the competitor is ready with his performance he salute the head referee again.
32.4.19. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee gives a signal by a Gong to the competitor to leave the Tatami.
32.4.20. Time limit of KATA and WEAPON KATA :
32.4.21. Maximum time is 5 minutes.
32.4.22. The time will start from the first sound of the gong until the salute at the end of performance .
32.4.23. If the time limit will be overlap , the scorekeeper will give the sign "TIME OVERLAP" to the head referee.
32.4.24. The head referee will inform after finish the performance the competitor and the audients the time limit is overlapped.
32.4.25. If the time it was overlap , the head referee will take of -0,5 points from the total score of the competitor.
32.4.26. How to win in KATA and WEAPON KATA competition:
32.4.27. The competitor who scores the highest points at the end of the competition is winner.
32.4.28. The scores will be given by 5 referees. They cut the highest and lowest note and calculate the sum of the other three, as the final score.
32.4.29. If two ore more competitors, on the end of the competition ( placed 1st 3rd ) have the same points, they will perform again a new kata. This must be a different KATA or WEAPON KATA then the first one . The decision will be taken directly by the referees as follows : the side referees and the head referee will watch in the same direction and they will show the winner of them directly by their hands , at once , at the sign of the head referee . The decision will be taken by the majority of all 5 referes . The competitors will stay face to face with the referees and they will wear in this final round one a Red Belt and the other one a Blue belt .
32.4.30. Refereeing and Judgements in KATA and WEAPON KATA :
The refereeing system within the International Kempo Federation is by having one head referee with four referees and one score keeper.
32.4.31. Scoring System in KATA and WEAPON KATA :
What is important and customary for performing and judging KATA and WEAPON KATA ?
In these divisions is talking about "San mi ittai" which it means "Three in one".
1. Ten i : changing of position
2. Ten tai : changing of body movement, move the body by hip rotation and weight movement
3. Ten gi : changing of technique, a correct order in technique, brings the best effect .
The SIX PRINCIPLES of KATA / WEAPON KATA ( Kata no roku gen soku )
1. I ka ta kata : Kata and Weapon 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 and Weapon Kata get combat value. Otherwise a Kata or a Weapon Kata is just a dance, nice for looking, but nobody knows the fighting value of the Kata and Weapon 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 and Weapon 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 and Weapon Kata . In this manner there will be a rhythm (hyoshi) in the Kata and Weapon Kata , also the Kata and Weapon Kata get a 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 it's important to have a good balance of the body. Some techniques in a Kata and Weapon Kata just have a goal for development balance of the body.
The upper SIX PRINCIPLES are very important if we have to judge about a competitor in KATA or WEAPON KATA . 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 .
32.4.32. Starting points is: 8.0.
The scores given by the referees will be from 6 points to 10 points. The middle score is 8, so this will be the score given by all referees to the first competitor . Comparing with this performance the referees will give scores less or higher to the others.
32.4.33. For every point of the six principles presented before , the competitor who is doing not good enough", he get 0,1 point minus at his score registration form.
32.4.34. For every point of the six principles presented before the competitor who is doing extra good he get 0,1 point plus at his score registration form.
32.4.35. If the competitor has or make a falter but he is continue the performance , he get 0,5 point minus.
32.4.36. If the competitor stops his performance , his score will be 0.0 points as total on his score registration form.
32.4.37. All scoring points together:
32.4.38. Starting points is: 8.0.
32.4.39. The first competitor will receive from all referees the score 8.0. He will compete again in the end and his best score will be counted.
32.4.40. For each 6 principles, scoring not good enough: - 0,1
32.4.41. Within each 6 principles, scoring good enough: 0,0 (no points)
32.4.42. Within each 6 principles, scoring extra good: + 0,1
32.4.43. Making a falter, but continue the Form: - 0,5
32.4.44. Stop the performance : disqualification
32.4.45. Time overlap: -0,5 (from the total score)
32.4.46. First competitor :
32.4.47. Each competitor who started first has a right to show his KATA or WEAPOPN KATA one more time on the end of the competition . The referees will give him again new points for his performance.
32.4.48. If the competitor will perform again in the last the highest score of both performances is the final score of the competitor who performed first .
32.4.47. Categories / Divisions :
32.4.48. In order to be organized a category there must be at least a registration of three (3) competitors within that category coming from at least 3 different countries.
32.4.49. In order to be counted the results of a category for the final results in the classifications on nations in a division , there must be registration of competitors from at least three (3) countries.
32.4.50. In case there will be less than three (3) countries within a category , the winners of place 1, 2 and 3 will get medals , diploma's and/or cups , but their results will not be counted , for the final results in the classifications on Nations .
Article 33-SELF-DEFENSE ( Embu , Self-Defence Applications) top
- Inside of the Sport of Kempo in the SELF-DEFENSE divisions the defender use only empty-hands.
- Each team presents a scenario using SELF-DEFENSE techniques in a realistic but also in a choreographic manner.
- A team shows each scenario in "slow motion" for the first time, than in the "real street-fight speed".
-When a team use weapons for there performance, the weapons have to be real weapons (not sharped but made from iron / wood / metal).
-Each team has to use weapons in 2 scenarios strictly , within whole their performance.
-Each team will work strictly like this :
FIRST 2 scenarios attacks with empty-hands , LAST 2 scenarios attacks with weapons . 33.0. Categories in SELF-DEFENSE:
-There are four (4) kinds of SELF-DEFENSE teams.
33.0.1. MALE teams is composed strictly by two (2) members male , having the same age category.
33.0.2. FEMALE teams is composed strictly by two (2) members female , having the same age category.
33.0.3. MIXT teams is composed strictly by two ( 2 ) members , one male and one female having the same age category.
33.0.4. OPEN teams is composed strictly by four ( 4 ) members , from any sex category , from any age category .
33.1. Time limit of SELF-DEFENSE :
33.1.1. Maximum time of a SELF-DEFENSE performance is five ( 5 ) minutes.
33.1.2. Minimum time of a SELF-DEFENSE performance is three (3) minutes.
33.1.3. Each team have to show strictly in their SELF-DEFENSE two ( 2 ) Self-Defense Applications with only Empty Hands techniques and two ( 2 ) Self-Defense Applications with Empty-Hands against Weapon(s). The defender starts always without weapons. 33.1.4. Each team have to show inside their performance 4 small street-fights (scenarios) strictly , in order to demonstrate their skills and abilities in Self-Defence Applications.
33.1.5. Every situation will be showing separate in first with slow-motion and in second in the real speed ( ex: first scenario slow-motion, first scenario real speed, second scenario slow-motion, second scenario real speed, and so on. A scenario" means a street-fight choreography including self-defence applications having few attacks, few counter-attacks and finalization).
33.1.6. Each team will work strictly like this : the FIRST two ( 2 ) scenarios Self-Defense Applications with only Empty Hands techniques and the LAST two (2) Self-Defense Applications with Empty-Hands against Weapon(s).
Article 34: WEAPON SELFDEFENSE ( Kobudo Embu ) top
Inside of the Sport of Kempo in the WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE division we'll have a traditional fight weapon vs. weapon" .
- Each team have to present 4 scenarios strictly using WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE techniques in a realistic but also in a choregraphic manner.
- Each team shows each scenario in "slow motion" for the first time, than in the "real street-fight speed".
- The weapons have to be real weapons (not sharped but made from iron / wood / metal).
34.0. Categories / divisions in WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE:
-There are two ( 2 ) kinds of WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE teams.
34.0.1. MALE team is composed by two (2) members male , having the same age category.
34.0.2. FEMALE team is composed by two (2) members female , having the same age category.
34.1. Time limit in WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE :
34.1.1. Maximum time of a WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE performance is five ( 5 ) minutes.
34.1.2. Minimum time of a WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE performance is three ( 3 ) minutes.
34.2. Categories in SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE divisions :
Weight : In these divisions there is no weight categories .
Age : These divisions respects the IKF age categories .
Degree: In these divisions , in the Continental and World Championships there are not separated categories based on degree criterias . In the National Championships or International Cups there can be divided in categories using rank/degree criteria ; this it will be up to each organizer..
Sex : These divisions is separated in MALE , FEMALE , MIXT and OPEN like it was specified in the rules above .
34.3. Competitors in each division:
34.3.1 In SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE divisions each country can register just 2 teams in each category .
34.4. Competitors Kempo Costumes in SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE :
34.4.1. All competitors have to wear clean costumes.
34.4.2. All competitors have to wear white pants.
34.4.3. All competitors have to wear black jackets (Gi).
34.4.4. All competitors have to wear the emblem of the I.K.F., on the left shoulder of his jacket (Gi).
34.4.5. All the competitors have to wear Red belts, in order to not make a subjective influence to the judges using their grades.
34.5. Competitor's Presentation in SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE :
34.5.1. If the name of the Team is announced for the first time by the head referee, the group take place at the chairs in the back of the Tatami.
34.5.2. If the name of the group is announced for the second time by the head referee, the group has to start their presentation followed by their performance .
34.5.3. The team walks in front of the head referee, salute to the head referee and the leader of the team speak out loud just the next information for the jury: the name of the country and their team number (ex: FINLAND, TEAM 1).
34.5.4. The head referee gives a signal by a GONG to the leader of the team to start their SELF-DEFENSE.
34.5.5. The team walks to their points and start the performance when they are ready.
34.5.6. When the team use weapons in there performance, the weapons will be real weapons made from iron / wood / metal but not sharp.
34.5.7. When the team is ready with their SELF-DEFENSE , they salute the head referee again and the time will stop.
34.5.8. After receiving points from referees and head referee, the head referee allow the team to leave the Tatami a sound of a GONG.
34.6. How to win in SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE :
34.6.1. The group who scores the highest points at the end of the competition is winner.
34.6.2. The scores will be given by 5 referees; they cut the highest and lowest score and calculate the sum of the other three, as the final score.
34.6.3. If two ore more teams on the end of the competition (placed 1st 3rd) have the same points, there will be a new round , in this case only for competitors placed from 1st 3rd place, in order to find finally the real teams for these places. 34.6.4. When 2 teams have same points the decision will be taken directly by the referees. The side referees will turn with their back to the main referee and at his signal they will show the winner directly by their hand . The teams will stay in the line face to face to the referees . In such a case the teams will wear one Red belts and the other one Blue Belts .
34.7 Refereeing and Judgments in SELF-DEFENSE:
34.7.1. The system of refereeing within the International Kempo Federation is by having one head referee with four referees and one score keeper.
34.8. The Scoring Points System in SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE :
34.8.1 Scoring points are given for the following FIVE PRINCIPLES :
Presentation: The way the group enter the Tatami , the martial attitude , the introduction , the salute , and the way they are closing the performance .
Slow-motion: The way the group show the application in slow motion. Are the applications good ? Are they hitting with their weapons on the right part of the body ? Is the technique good of all team members?
Normal speed: How is their performance in the normal speed ? It was good, it was to slow...? It was Focus , Kime in their techniques ???
Working together: How are the competitors in working together is this minus, normal or extra good in performance? Are they working like a real team, synchronizing their techniques, .... ?
Choreography: How it was the choreography? It was realistic? It was realistic enough? It was also attractive and spectacular having inside high standard and level of techniques?
34.9. Starting points of a SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE is: 8.0.
The scores given by the referees will be from 6 points to 10 points. The middle score is 8, so this will be the score given by all referees to the first team who will perform . Comparing with this performance the referees will give scores less or higher to the others.
34.9.1. For every point in the five principles of SELF-DEFENSE the team is doing not good enough", they get 0,1 point minus at his score registration form.
34.9.2. For every point in the five principles of SELF-DEFENSE the team is doing extra good they get 0,1 point plus at his score registration form.
34.9.3. If a team has or make a falter but they continue their SELF-DEFENSE, they get 0,5 point minus.
34.9.4. If a team stops their performance , their score will be 0.0 points as total on their score registration form.
34.10. All scoring points together:
34.10.1. Starting points for the first team is: 8.0.
34.10.2. The first team will receive from all referees the score 8.0. They will compete again in the end and his best score will be counted.
34.10.3. Within each FIVE PRINCIPLES , scoring not good enough: - 0,1
34.10.4. Within each FIVE PRINCIPLES , scoring good enough: 0,0 (no points)
34.10.5. Within each FIVE PRINCIPLES , scoring extra good: + 0,1
34.10.6. Making a falter, but continue the performance : - 0,5
34.10.7. Stop the performance : disqualification
34.10.8. Time overlap: -0,5 (from the total score)
34.11. First competing team :
34.11.1. Each team which started first in the category has the right to perform once again in the end of the competition. The referees will give them again new points for their performance .
34.11.2. The highest score of both performances is the final score of that team.
34.12. Categories / Divisions :
34.12.1. In order to be organized a category there must be at least a registration of three (3) teams within that category coming from at least 3 different countries.
34.12.2. In order to be counted the results of a category for the final results in the classifications on nations in a division , there must be registration of teams from at least three (3) countries.
34.12.3. In case there will be less than three (3) countries within a category , the winners of place 1, 2 and 3 will get medals , diploma's and/or cups , but their results will not be counted , for the final results in the classifications on Nations .
Article 35 : Drawing of Lots top
35.1. The drawing of lots, taking place after the competitors have register themeselves in the championship
35.2 . 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.
35.3. Competitors or Teams from at least 3 countries are required for each divisions in order to be held that category counting for the World or Continental title .
35.4 . The drawing of lots will be handled by the arranging and recording group , in the presence of the IKF TK Chairman of referees , members of the IKF-officials and the coaches or team leaders of the participating teams.
35.5. 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 .
35.6. All the contestations and mistakes will be resolved before the competition starts .
35.7. 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.
35.8. One competitor can appear just once in a female or in a male team , just once in a Mix team and just once in an Open team .
35.8 Each country can register maximum of 2 competitors or 2 teams/division/category .
Chapter 10 : Officials and Their Duties
Article 38 : Composition of Officials top
38.1. There will be one Director / Chairman of referees and one or two assistant head referees during a competition .
38.2. The referees division of one match will be composed of a head referee , an assistant head referee (scorekeeper) , two (2) or four (4) referees.
38.3. Each country must register at least 2 international referees or cadets (rank A or RA) in the IKF-World or Continental Championships .
38.4. The registration group will be composed of a head registrar and an assistant head registrar.
38.5. The IKF-Medical Committee
38.6. The Competition Doctors group will be composed of a one or two doctors for each fighting surface .
38.7. There will be one or two announcers .
Article 39 : Duties of Officials top
39.1. The IKF TRADITIONAL KEMPO Director/Chairman of referees duties.
39.1.1 Organize the referees to study the Rules of Competition and the Regulations, and to study and master the officiating method .
39.1.2. 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.
39.1.3. 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 .
39.1.4. Hint by blowing a flag/glove when spotting apparent misjudgments or omissions made by the referees ore the score keeper.
39.1.5. Provide guidance to the referees groups during the competition and replace referees when necessary.
39.1.6. Have the final say when there is disagreement among the referees or contestations from the team-leaders .
39.1.7. Be responsible for supervising the officiating personnel and see that the Rules are properly implemented.
39.1.8. Examine, sign on, and announce the results . He can also be the announcer for whole competition or for one of the form surface , if needed .
39.1.9. Submit to the leading body of the tournament a written summary report of the officiating work.
39.1.10. 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 .
39.1.11. IKF TK Chairman of Referees is not alowed to work as a mat referee during the competition . He just supervise the respecting of rules , and just in case of argues , contestations or dissagrements he can have the final word .
39.1.12. The IKF TK Chairman of Referees will sustain the activity of IKF FK Chairman of Referees , especially in the Kempo Warrior division .
39.2. The head judge from the fighting surface duties.
39.2.1. The head referee for TRADITIONAL KEMPO competitions, is some one who has long experience with Open Hand Forms Weapons Forms , Open Hand Self-Defence, Weapon Self-Defence Applications . He's traditional educate as well as modern educated and he has a open mind for yesterday as well as for today and tomorrow.
39.2.2. The head referee will perform his duties fairly, and implement the Rules of Competition strictly.
39.2.3. The head referee is responsible for everything on the Tatami, during the competitions.
39.2.4. The head referee fills in, for every competitor separately a score registration form.
39.2.5. The head referee is responsible for his score given to the competitor at any time.
39.2.6. The head referee looks at the weapon of the competitor for safety, before the competition start.
39.2.7. The head referee can call referees together, to give or ask information about the competitor(s) and/or his/their performance.
39.2.8. The head referee announce the names of the competitors.
39.2.9. The head referee give the signal to the competitor(s) to start.
39.2.10. The head referee blows two times during one complete weapon form at his whistle.
39.2.11. First whistle means; give your points for competitors weapon form.
39.2.12. Second whistle means; lay your points back on the table.
39.2.13. 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.
39.2.14. The head referee give a signal to the competitor(s), for leaving the Tatami.
39.2.15. The head referee supervise the score keeper.
39.3. The referee duties.
39.3.1 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 He's traditional educate and has a open mind for today and tomorrow.
39.3.2. The referee will perform his duties fairly, and implement the Rules of Competition strictly.
39.3.3. The referee fills in, for every competitor(s) separately a score registration form.
39.3.4. The referee is responsible for his score given to the competitor(s) at any time.
39.3.5. The referee looks at the weapon of the competitor(s) for safety, before the competition start.
***For any of reasons no referees including the Chairman of Referees they are not allowed to ask , to speak or to give advises for the future to the competitors during the competition ar in the end of their performance . They can do this after the whole day of the competition .
39.4. The score keeper duties.
39.4.1. Record the points on the competition total registration form, given by referees and the head referee according to the Rules.
39.4.2. Give the complete fill in of the competition registration form, to the head referee.
39.5. The announcers duties.
39.5.1. Explain briefly to the audience the Regulations and Rules of Competition, and introduce other related subjects.
39.5.2. Introduce the referees and oncoming competitors.
39.5.3. Announce the results of the contest and any other announcement indicated by the Chairman of Referees.
39.6. The IKF-Medical Committee duties.
39.6.1. Carry out the doping control.
39.6.2. Conduct selective physical check-ups on competitors before the competition.
39.6.3. Instruct the competition doctors for cases of treatment of injuries and illnesses of the competitors during the competition.
39.7. The Competition doctors duties.
39.7.1. A doctor for two (2) Tatami and an ambulance must be in attendance for Kempo Traditional competitions. The doctors and the ambulance are obligatory .
39.7.2. 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.
39.7.3. 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.
39.7.4. 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.
39.7.5. 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.
39.7.6. 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 .
39.7.7. 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 .
39.7.8. No local anesthetics may be administered immediately before or during a Open Hand Form, Open Hand Self-Defence Weapon-Form or Weapon Self-Defence .
39.7.9. 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 .
39.7.10. 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.
39.7.11. 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 11 : Jury of Appeal and It's Duties
Article 40 : Composition of Jury of Appeal top
40.1 The Jury of Appeal will be composed by :
-IKF Executive President or IKF Secretary General
-IKF- Director/ Chairman of Referees Traditional Kempo
Article 41 : Duties of Jury of Appeal top
41.1. 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.
41.2. 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.
41.3. 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.
41.4. 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 42 : Procedure and Requirements of Appeal top
42.1. A team that has objection to a decision made by the judges in a Traditional Kempo division may send a written appeal through its team leader or coach to the Chairman of Referees before the next performance is finished , or within 5 minute 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 .
42.2. 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 performance for declaring the winner . In case of such an extraround , Jury of Appeal will supervise this performance and the decision in this extraround will be final .
42.3. 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 12 : Recording Methods, Winner and Loser, Placing
Article 43 : Recording Methods top
43.1. 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 division , they will count each competitor's scores into the recording forms.
43.2. 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.
43.3. After de head referee overlooked the competition recording forms, he gives them to the Chairman of Referees, with the final results.
Article 44 : Placings for individuals and groups: top
44.1. First place gets the competitor who received most points , given by the referees.
44.2. Second place gets the competitor who received second most points , given by the referees.
44.3. Third place gets the competitor who received third most points , given by the referees.
Chapter 13 : Organizing of Competition and Recording
Article 45 : Arrangement of Competition top
45.1. Preparations for the tournament :
45.1.1. Studying the Competition Regulations the organizer must follow these steps :
-The types and systems of the competition
-The time and duration of the competition.
-The eligibility of participants' and their total number.
-The placing and awarding method.
45.1.2. Check and verify the entry forms.
45.1.3. Find out the total number of competitors in each category.
45.2. Principle to be followed in the arrangement :
45.2.1. Arranging according to the Regulations and on the basis of the entries and the duration of competition.
45.2.2. Competitors of color belts en black belts should be arranged in the different competition.
45.2.3. Competitors of different age should be arranged in the different competition.
45.3. Arranging method :
45.3.1. Calculate the rounds of competition and the number of KATA , WEAPON KATA , SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE of each category, in accordance with the systems of competition.
45.3.2. Work out the Competition schedule
45.3.3. Work out the Arrangement of the Rounds of Competition of each category.
45.3.4. Prepare the Program of Competition for each KATA , WEAPON KATA , SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE competition.
Article 46 : Recording top
46.1. Prepare the KATA , WEAPON KATA , SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE diagrams.
46.2. Prepare the referee recording form.
46.3. Check and made public the result of each KATA , WEAPON KATA , SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE competition.
46.4. Work out the placing through calculation of the scores.
46.5. Compile the Results Brochure.
Chapter 14 : Contest Area and Equipment
Article 47 : Contest Area top
There it will be a MAT area of 8x8 m .
Article 48 : Referee equipment for one performance surface top
48.1. One stopwatch for the score keeper.
48.2. Whistles: 3 or 5 pieces, for every referee one.
48.3. Counters : 3 or 5 pieces.
48.4. Tables : 4 or 6 pieces.
48.5. Chairs : 9 or 11 pieces (4 or 6 for referee an 5 for competitors).
48.6. Pencils : 10-15 pieces.
48.7. Score tables : 5 pieces for each Tatami.
48.8. KATA , WEAPON KATA , SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE diagrams : according to the divisions categories.
Chapter 15 : Awarding of Referee's Certificates
Article 49 : Referee's basic rules top
49.1. Referees will protect the health of the athlete
49.2. Referees will obey all the rules
49.3. Referees will be fair in their decision
49.4. Referees will follow the instructions and the decisions of the Chairman of Referees
49.5. Referees will be neutral at all times
Article 50 : General requirements and IKF-TK referee's ranks top
50.1. Responsibility of IKF TK Referees Committee.
The IKF 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 Referees Committee .
50.2. IKF Traditional Kempo 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
50.3. Difference within ALL DIVISIONS Commission's 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
Score keeper : Rank A/RA
Referee : Rank RA
Competitions without certified referees and judges are prohibited and will not have the IKF recognition.
50.4. Ranks of a Traditional Kempo National Chairman of Referees.
The national Chairman of Referees of each country affiliated to IKF-K/SD must have one of the following certifications :
-Rank A or RA.
All national Chairman of Referees must be registered at the IKF-TK Chairman of Referees to become official .
50.5. Age of IKF referees.
All referees must be at least 25 years old and definettely they will not compete in the entire competition . Also they will be not allowed in the whole tournament to act as a coach staying and advising in the corner
50.6. 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-TK Chairman of Referees approval .
50.7. Information about all courses.
The national Chairman of Referees will inform the IKF-TK 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-TK 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-TK Chairman of Referees .
Article 51 : Awarding of Referee's Certificates top
51.1. IKF-TK Referees Committee will certify all IKF- TK referees. Candidates must participate in a IKF-TK referees course leaded by IKF-TK Chairman of Referees 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 the Traditional Kempo divisions : KATA , WEAPON KATA , SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE . Without the theoretical and practical test passed , the cadet-candidate could not obtain the Referee Certificate.
51.2. 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 .
51.3. 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.
51.4. Referees courses will be organized when needed, at the request of country team leaders, under the leadership of the TK -Chairman of Referees.
51.5. A Certificate is issued for 2 years . Within this period the referee must have participated in a IKF- TK 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.
51.6. Every IKF- TK 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- TK Chairman of Referees . The national Chairman of referees of each country affiliated to IKF- TK can sign and stamp the participation in national competitions and the national leadership position held . Presenting the Referee pass before the competition is mandatory.
51.7. For repeated non-respecting rules of IKF- FK and TK, for severe mistakes and misjudgments or for severe unfair decisions, the Referee Certificate could be cancelled with the approval of the IKF- FK or TK Chairman of Referees .
Chapter 16 : Calls and Gestures
Article 52 : Calls and Gestures of Referees and Competitors top
52.1. Enter and Salute of the referees :
52.1.1. The referees will open each competition by greeting to the Tatami and the audience, head referee is leader in this.
52.1.2. If the head referee like to speak with his referees about a competitor or something else, he blows two (longer) times on his whistle.
52.1.3. If a referee like to speak with the other referees about a competitor or something else, he blows one (longer) time on his whistle.
52.1.4. If a competitor is ready with his performance 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 .
52.2. Enter and Salute of the competitors.
52.2.1. If the name of the competitor 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 .
52.2.2. If the name of the competitor is announced for the second time by the head referee , the competitor has to start his presentation followed by his performance .
52.2.3. The competitor walks in front of the head referee , salute to the head referee and speak out loud the informations specificated in the right of each division .
52.2.4. The head referee gives a signal to the competitor to start his performance .
52.2.5. The competitor walks to points he has to start and start his performance when he is ready.
52.2.6. When the competitor is ready with his performance , he salute the head referee again.
52.2.7. After receiving points from referees and head referee , the head referee allow the competitor to leave the Tatami .
Chapter 17 : Other Provisions Relating to Competition
Article 53 : Members top
53.1. Members ( clubs / associations ) have to be affiliated to a recognized national federation (Country).
53.2. Individuals licenses or BudoPassports has to be shown . The competitors must hold his own passport issued by the country/region he represents.
53.3. All competitors will compete just representing their citizenship country , even if he leaves in other country that the one he has borned . If he has 2 citizenships he will choose the country he wants to represent in the tournament .
53.4 To participate in the competition, the competitor must produce his health certificate (all tests should be taken within 6 months before his checking in , or at the place of competition if there is a doctor specialized in ) .
53.5 The competitor must produce his own insurance policy (against casualty) for the competition.
53.6 Competitors must be registrated with at least 30 days before the tournament . This it doesn't means to pay all the expenses for the competitor , because this it will be required by the organizer . This it means that with at least 15 days before a tournament the Chairmen of referees must have all the lists from all the coutries participated in : Name of the fighter , the date of birth , the weight-category , the divisions he will compete . 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 .
53.7 The judges 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 permitt a judge to leave his seat.
53.8 The competitors shall respect the Rules of Competition and the judges, and obey their decisions. Wrangling, cursing, throwing away protectors to show discontent and the like are strictly prohibited and will bring warnings , penalties and even disqualification from the entire competition .
53.9 The coach and team doctor will remain in the designated seats. They are prohibited from standing up or walking around during the fight. Massages to the competitor are allowed during the rest between two rounds. Infusion of oxygen,however, is forbidden.
53.10 Each competitor must have a coach and/or an assistant coach . Only the coach and/or his assistant may be at his corner .
53.11 The coaches and their assistants must refrain from doing anything that is likely to annoy the referee and judges , the opposing side or any other participants .
53.12 If the coach does not follow the referee's or Chairman of referee's instructions his athlete may be penalised by a warning or minus 3 points and , if necessary , even disqualified . Coaches may be asked to leave the corner or the enclosed area around the fighting surface if they misbehave .
53.13 The coach and his assistant must wear appropiate clothing and footwear which must be clean . They must make sure that the soles of shoes are clean and that no dirt (ex. sand) gets into the ring or fighting area .
53.14 If the coach does not respect the rules (or does not behave in a disciplined manner) , the competitor will be penalised with warnings , minus 3 points or even disqualification .
53.15 Before the announcement of the end of one match ,the competitor will not walk out (except when injured). He will not take off the protectors (except the headgear and gum-shield). Signaled by the ring referee , the competitors will get onto the platform and wait for the announcement of the result.
53.16 Doping is strictly prohibited.
53.17 After being announced , if the competitor or the team presents at the mat without the equipment as in the IKF rules , they will be disqualified , with the approval of the Chairman of Referees .
53.18. 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 sportiff .
Article 54 : Clasifications on nations top
54.1. The gold medal is considered 5 points , the silver medal is considered 3 points and the bronze medal is considered 1 point.
54.1.1. In the clasifications per nations just teams which will get the followings cumulative conditions will be scored :
- the team must be composed by at least of 10 competitors in the Continental Championships or 15 competitors in the World Championships
- the team have been competed in at least 3 fighting divisions and in at least 3 traditional divisions
54.1.2. For each nation participating to the Championship respecting the rules above it is calculating the amount of points earned and then it is divided the total points to the number of each nation's competitors in order to get the medium/competitor . 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 as a team composed by 100 competitors .
Chapter 18 : What should provide the organizer in order to have a good championship ?! top
1-accomodation and food free of charge for the IKF President , Executive President , FK and TK Chairmen of Referees , the Vicepresidents , the Secretary General ( 6 officials ) provided by the organizer .
2-accomodation and food free of charge for 1 from 10 persons from each national team accomodated there ( for exemple if a team has 40 persons 4 of them will be free of charge ) .
3-accomodation for as many as posible teams in the same place or close , trying to be not so far from the hall where the tournament will be organized . Accomodation and food is payed by the teams .
4-lunch and drinks ( soft drinks , coffee ) free of charge for all referees who really work as a judge , during the competition days . |
5-doctors and ambulance from local services .
6-national ithems and flags of all countries .
7-special diplomas or plaquetes for all team leaders and IKF Officials including the name and date of the event
8-T-shirts includings the name and date of the event ( for sale during the championships )
9-different diplomas , medals and cups for different divisions as folows :
- Semi-Contact : 16 Cups , 16 Gold Medals , 16 Silver Medals , 32 Bronze Medals , 64 Diplomas
( this total is just for Seniors and Masters but to the real necesary must be counted plus Juniors II and Juniors I depending on registrations . The organizer must keep in touch with the IKF KS Chairman of Referee about the number of competitors on that categories )
- Full-Contact : 16 Cups , 16 Gold Medals , 16 Silver Medals , 32 Bronze Medals , 64 Diplomas (this total is just for Seniors and Masters and must be counted plus Juniors II and Juniors I depending on registrations . The organizer must keep in touch with the IKF KS Chairman of Referee about the number of competitors on that categories )
- Knockdown : 16 Cups , 16 Gold Medals , 16 Silver Medals , 32 Bronze Medals , 64 Diplomas ( this is the real total and nothing can be changed )
- Triathlon : 12 Big Cups , 12 Medals , 24 Diplomas ( this is the total and nothing can be changed ) ***Just in case this division will be organized at individuals championships .
- Kata : 8 Cups , 8 Gold Medals , 8 Silver Medals , 8 Bronze Medals , 24 Diplomas ( this is strict the total , but in this division can appear draws" so my advice is to make 10 cups and 10 medals from each , and also 30 diplomas )
- Weapon Kata : 8 Cups , 8 Gold Medals , 8 Silver Medals , 8 Bronze Medals , 24 Diplomas ( this is strict the total , but in this division can appear draws" so my advice is to make 10 cups and 10 medals from each , and also 30 diplomas )
- Self-Defense : 24 or 36 Cups , 24 or 36 Gold Medals , 24 or 36 Silver Medals , 24 or 36 Bronze Medals , 72 or 108 Diplomas ( this is strict the total , but in this division can appear draws" so my advice is to make few more ). 24 or 36" and " 72 or 108" will depend by the existence of the OPEN division . If there will be not organzied the MIXT division there must be just 24 of each and 72 diplomas ,but if there will be organized MIXT division there must be 36 of each and 108 diplomas .
- Weapon Self-Defense : 16 or 24 Cups , 16 or 24 Gold Medals , 16 or 24 Silver Medals , 16 or 24 Bronze Medals , 48 or 72 Diplomas ( this is strict the total , but in this division can appear draws" so my advice is to make few more ). 16 or 24" and 48 or 72" will depend by the existence of the OPEN division. If there will be not the MIXT division there must be just 16 of each and 48 diplomas ,but if there will be organized the MIXT division there must be 24 of each and 72 diplomas .
* On each Cup , Medal or Diploma will be written :
- the name and the logo of the IKF
- the name and the logo of the organizer
- the name, the date and the place of the Event
- a line for the competitor name and the obtained place , a line for the name of the division and category
** All diplomas will be signed by :
-the IKF President
-the IKF Executive President
-the IKF Chairmen of Referees ( different chairman for Fighting and Traditional divisions )
-the IKF Secretary General
-the Continental Directors ( if it is a Continental Championship)
10-diplomas for participation for all competitors and instructors participated in .
11-posters of the tournament
* The posters must contain :
- the name of IKF
- the name of the organizer ( federation )
- the name , the date , the place of the event
- the name of sponsors
- any other details considered good by the organizer
12-Sayonara Party" organized in a discotheque or similar , or even in the place ( restaurant , lobby , ... ) where the majority is accomodated in . All the expenses for drinks , food or anything else will be paid by participants . The organizer just must take care to find a proper and appropiate place for this party for having all particpants togheter there .
Chapter 19 : SHORT BRIEF OF THE IKF MANUAL top
Per ansamble" we must create and think all the rules and principles to be easy to understand , to have a simetry of the rules and principles of organizing , and to not spend 12 hours/day in the hall during the World or Continental Championships . In this tournaments just the best of the best from each country must come . WKC and EKC is not a competition for everybody . The team leaders , coaches and competitors must understand they are selected in the national team because they deserve it by their skills and by their well-trained phisical and technical condition , and not just because they exist on the planet or because they have money to support the expenses .
We have time during the year to make other national or international tournaments for kids , for beginners , for coloured belts , for promoting KEMPO as we consider better for our national organization .
So in few words in this NEW IKF MANUAL we have :
1-In all divisions , Fighting and Kata/Self-Defense , we can put inside just 2 competitors or 2 teams/country/division and category .
2-All divisions will be separated in Male and Female . Just SELF-DEFENSE and WEAPON SELF-DEFENSE will have a MIXT DIVISION .
3-In the World and Continental Championships we'll don't have anymore coloured belts , black belts" , small-teams" , big teams" ...... . We'll have just divisions and competitors :
-Semicontact , Full-Contact , Knockdown , Kempo Warrior ( in the future Triathlon for teams competition )
-Kata ( Forms ) , Weapon Kata ( Weapon Forms , Kobudo Kata ) , Self-Defense ( Bunkai , Open-Hand Self-Defence Applications ) , Weapon Self-Defence ( Kobudo Bunkai , Weapon Self-Defence Applications )
4-Semicontact is same .
5-Full-Contact is 90 % same , but we have a subject of disscusions to eliminate or not the 10 sec of groundfighting" to give more chances to everybody to get inside .
6-Knockdown is same .We just introduced grappling gloves for more safety of competitors and + 3 points" for the one who has more action at the groundfighting .
7-Triathlon is a new fighting division which it will be mostly used for the TEAMS competition .
8-Kempo Warrior is a new division and it will be created for the future step by step .
9-Kata is same
10-Weapon Kata is same .
-we'll have just teams composed by 2 ( subject of disscusions 2-3 members ) members
-we'll have separate divisions for male and female having just 2 members inside
-5 scenarios / 5 small street-fights"
-time limit : 3-5 minutes
-we'll have a Mixt division having 3-4 members inside .
12- Weapon Self-Defense :
-we'll have just teams composed by 2 members
-we'll have separate divisions for male , female
-time limit : 3-5 minutes
-we'll have a Mixt division having inside just 2 members , 1 male and 1 female .
13-We'll introduce KEMPO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS ( WORLD KEMPO TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS and EUROPEAN KEMPO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS ) which will take place in different periods of the year than INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS : there will be national teams vs national teams , Romania vs France , USA vs Portugal , .... , being registrated in a diagram as in Soccer/Football , Voleyball .... . The fighting sistem will be Triathlon . Each team will have 5 male / members ( maybe in the future will be teams composed by 5 male competitors + 2 female competitors )
14-Age categories in the World and Continental Championships will be from 16 years old .
15-The Equipment used in IKF will be WHITE PENSES / BLACK GI JACKET
16-In Fighting divisions the equipment will be used as follows :
a)-RED CORNER / RED JACKET / RED GLOVES / RED BELT / RED HEADGEAR
b)-BLUE CORNER / BLACK or DARK BLUE JACKET / BLACK OR DARK BLUE GLOVES , BLACK OR DARK BLUE BELT , BLACK OR DARK BLUE HEADGEAR
17-In Traditional divisions there will be used as follows : WHITE PENSES / BLACK GI JACKET / RED BELT
18-ATTENTION TO THE ORGANIZERS OF THE WORLD and CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO HAVE A WELL DONE ORGANIZED COMPETITION IS TO FOLLOW STEP BY STEP THE INDICATIONS WRITTEN IN THE : Chapter 18 : What should provide the organizer at least in order to have a good championship