Article 1. The ring shall be larger than 6.5m by 6.5m square shape, approved by the promoter.
Article 2. The length of a fight and the interval between each round shall be in the following manner.
Section 1. Tournament fight shall be five (5) minutes x three (3) rounds format. The interval between each round shall be one and a half (1:30) minute.
Section 2. Title fight shall be five (5) minutes x four (4) rounds format. The interval between each round shall be one and a half (1:30) minute.
Section 3. The length and the interval between each round of a fight other than above-mentioned are determined by the promoter and should be described in the contract document.
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Article 3. The costume and equipment shall be in the following manner.
Section 1. The fighters shall wear open finger gloves provided by the promoter.
Section 2. The fighters shall wear spat, boxer shorts, Judo uniform, Jiu-jitsu gi, Sambo uniform or wrestling singlet as a general rule.
Section 3. Fighters may wear kneepads, elbow-pads, shin guards, tape and ankle supporter.
Section 4. Any costume and supporters must be approved at the rules review done before the event by the competition officials.
Section 5. Any costume and supporters must be approved by competition officials on the event day to ensure that the costume and the supporters are the ones previously approved.
Section 6. Mouthpiece and a foul cup usage are mandatory for all fighters, and must be prepared by the fighter.
Section 7. All costumes and equipments should not have any ornament that is decided harder than the surface of human body by competition officials. Also, all costumes and equipments should not have any kind of fastener and pocket.
Article 4. The use of tapes and bandages to the fists shall be in the following manner.
Section 1. Fighters may use tapes and bandages.
Section 2. Only the bandages provided by the promoter shall be allowed to use.
Section 3. The use of tapes that is twisted into a string is prohibited.
Section 4. All tapes and bandages must be approved and sealed with a sign by competition officials before the fight.
Section 5. All fighters must unseal groves and bandages under observation of competition officials after the fight. When any illegal act is detected, it will result in penalties, including confiscation of a title, prize money, and full amount (100%) of fight fee.
Article 5. The use of wrestling shoes shall be in the following manner.
Section 1. Fighting with wrestling shoes shall be allowed when approved safe at the rules review done before the event by the competition officials.
Section 2. The competition officials will check to ensure that the shoes are the same as previously approved, on the event day.
Section 3. The shoestrings must be covered with tapes.
Article 6. Prohibition against use of Vaseline and cleat.
Section 1. No substance such as oil, Vaseline, massaging cream, hair products, any kind of cleat to the bottom of shoes, the sole of feet and any part of the body, or anything of these sorts shall be applied before and during a fight.
Section 2. When a fighter is found of using theses substances, it shall be removed immediately and the fighter shall be given a caution from the referee. Also, 10% of the fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter.
Article 7. The winner shall be determined by one of the following.
SECTION 1. IPPON
When give up, submission and/or forfeiture is expressed either verbally or by tapping more than three times on the mat or the opponent’s body.
Section 2. K.O. (Knock Out)
When a fighter falls unconscious by striking, throwing or choking.
Section 3. T.K.O. (Technical Knockout)
(a) Referee Stop
When a fighter is remarkably superior to the other and the referee judges the inferior is in danger if the fight continues.
(b) Doctor Stop
When a fighter is injured by the opponent’s legal attack and if the official physician determines that the injured fighter is incapable of continuing the fight, the injured fighter loses the fights. However, if the injury is caused by the illegal action of the opponent, the opponent loses the fight. For the official physician’s examination, a sub-referee takes the fighter’s primary corner man to the neutral corner to inform him/her with the diagnosis and instruction. When the official physician determines the doctor stop is appropriate and required, the sub-referee explains diagnosis and fighter’s condition to the primary corner man.
The fighter’s corner men may stop the fight by “throwing in the towel”. In case referee fails to see it, the judges may stop the fight.
Section 4. Judgment
The three (3) judges shall determine the winner based on the following elements: The top of the list is the most important as a descending order. The fighter whom evaluated as the superior by two judges or more shall be the winner.
(d) Weight difference
Judges evaluate fighters by 10 point decreasing system. When the points are even at the end of a fight, the judges determine the superior fighter reviewing whole progress of the fight. If the points are even as a result of point reduction for caution(s), the fighter who originally gained higher points will be considered superior.
Section 5. Disqualification
The referee shall pronounce a warning by showing him a yellow card, when a fighter executes a foul technique and/or fails to follow the referee’s instruction during a fight. A total of four (4) warnings during a fight shall be grounds for disqualification. However, the referee may immediately disqualify a fighter by showing him a red card, if the referee finds the foul technique being inflicted intentionally or with a malicious intent.
Section 6. No contest
In case both fighters violate the rules, or in case the judges and/or the promoter decide to cease the fight due to an injury caused by an accident, or when an accident that has happened in the first (1) round causes either or both fighter(s) unable to continue to proceed with the fight, the fight shall be considered as No Contest.
In a tournament, when any of these accidents happens in the first round, the fighter who is able to continue fighting shall be treated equally as a winner.
However, in case the accident occurs during or after the second round, the decision for the winner shall be made accordingly to their performance during the first round and the preceding round(s) up until the moment accident occurred.
In a tournament, in case there is no winner for a fight because of no contest, or the winner of a fight cannot perform the next fight, the right to perform the next fight shall be given to the fighter according to the Article 17.
Article 8. The following actions are defined as illegal attacks.
A fighter executing a foul technique shall be given a caution and point reduction from the referee, and four(4) cumulative cautions in the fight shall result in a disqualification. Furthermore, 10% of his fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter, per caution. Moreover, the full amount of his fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter when the fighter is disqualified.
- Attacking the eye, nose mouth and ear
- Head butting
- Attacking the groin
- Pulling hair, ear and nose
- Direct attacks to the throat with fingers/hands, such as attacking or grabbing the throat
- Striking the back of the head, the spine, and/or the medulla of his opponent. (The back of the head is the centerline of the head, and the side of the head and the area around the ears are not considered as the back of the head)
- Strikes with elbow and/or forearm to the head, or to the face of the opponent
- Kicking by a fighter in the standing position to the face and head of a fighter in the ground position (When both fighters are in the ground position, kicking to the face and head of the opponent fighter is allowed)
- Knee kicking to the face and head of a fighter in the state of any ground position including 4-point position etc.
- Attacking fingers (grabbing three or less fingers)
- Intentionally grabbing anything the opponent is wearing (not including Gi) (i.e. gloves, fighting costume, supporters, etc)
- Putting opponent’s jacket into the state that is considered “not correctly worn”
- Attacking with jacket in the state of “not correctly worn”
- Attacking with belt
- Grabbing the ropes and corner post, hanging the limbs of the body hand(s), arm(s), leg(s) or feet, over the rope, or wrapping fighting costume around the ropes and corner post.
- Escaping to the outside of the ring during the course of a fight
- Throwing the opponent outside the ring
- Attacks that does not inflict any damage to the opponent or, action that induces deadlock/stalemate
- Exhibition of ill-mannered behavior or a malicious attitude as a professional fighter
When a fighter is damaged by any of these illegal actions and when an illegal action effects both fighters’ position, the referee stops the fight, declares a warning and restarts the fight in the position immediately before the illegal action is done. When the referee decides an illegal action does not affect to the course of the fight, the referee declare a warning without stopping the fight.
Article 9. Recovering from damage caused by an illegal action shall be in following manner.
Section 1. In case a fighter is damaged severely by the opponent’s illegal action, the referee and the official physician shall resume the fight after the damaged fighter adequately recovers from the injury.
Section 2. If the referee and the official physician judge the fighter is not capable of continuing the fight, the opponent who committed the illegal action shall be disqualified accordingly to Article 7, section 3.
Article 10.Applying “Stop! Don’t move” shall be in following manner.
Section 1. When fighter(s) are nearly falling from the ring or when the rope is obviously preventing fighters from fighting, the referee declares, “Stop! Don’t move”, moves both fighters to the center of the ring keeping the same position, and restarts the fight.
Section 2. When it is difficult to reproduce the same position of the fighters or when the fighters fall from the ring, the referee restarts the fight with both fighters standing.
Article 11.The treatment when the costume tears shall be in following manner.
Section 1. When fighter’s costume is broken, become too loose or disordered, the referee stops the fight and asks the fighter to correct it, and the fighter must obey the instruction.
Section 2. Only when a fighter’s costume is broken and the fight is not running, the fighter may change his costume to another approved one, no matter if it is in a round or in an interval of rounds.
Article 12.The treatment for deadlock shall be in following manner.
Section 1. When one of the referee and judges decides there is no effective action between both fighters, the referee gives verbal caution to the fighters and requests to execute more effective attacking.
Section 2. If there is no effective action within 5 to 10 seconds after the caution, the referee breaks both fighters and restarts the fight with the both fighter standing.
Article 13.Objection to decision of the referee and/or judges must be done in following manner.
Section 1. The fighters and the corner men shall abide by any judgment or instructions made by the referee and judges. If fighters and corner men have any objection to the judgment, the objection must be in writing addressed to the promoter within 2 weeks after the event.
Section 2. No third party can intervene this matter. If this article is violated, 10% of the fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter as a penalty.
Article 14.Corner men shall be in following manner.
Section 1. A fighter is allowed to have the total of three(3) corner men, including one(1) chief corner man and two(2) corner men, standing by the ring side.
Section 2. The name of the three(3) corner men shall be registered prior to the event.
Section 3. The corner men shall not leave their designated corner.
Section 4. The corner men are not allowed to have a physical contact with the fighters and the referees in any circumstances during the fight.
Section 5. Only one corner man shall be allowed to enter the ring while round intervals.
Section 6. If any of the corner men violates this Article, 10% of the fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter as a penalty.
Article 15.Pre fight and post fight medical check shall be in following manner.
Section 1. It is mandatory for all fighters receive a doctor check before the fight at the venue.
Section 2. When a fighter is overweight by less than 1kg, the fighter shall be given a caution and one point reduction. Furthermore 10% of the fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter as a penalty. When a fighter is overweight by 1kg or more, the fighter shall be disqualified. The full amount (100%)of his fight fee shall be confiscated by the promoter as a penalty when the fighter is disqualified.
Section 3.All fighters are obligated to submit to doping check upon the promoter’s request in any occasion.
Section 4.Testing positive for doping will result in penalties including disqualification, the confiscation of a title, prize money, and full amount (100%) of fight fee.
Article 16. The official physician shall be in following manner.
Section 1. The official physician is allowed to stanch the bleeding of a fighter.
Section 2. The official physician has the authority to make the referee stop the fight for medical reasons.
Article 17. The deliberation committee shall be in following manner.
Section 1. The deliberation committee can protest against the decision of the referee and judges to improve the safety of the fighter and to improve the fairness of the fight.
Section 2. The competition officials must disclose an official opinion or improvement idea in a document within two weeks when there is an objection from the deliberation committee.
Article 18. The right as a reserve fighter is given to the fighter defeated in the tournament.
However, the right as a reserve fighter is not given follows cases.
- 1. If the fighter was Knocked Out by striking.
- 2. If the fighter lost by Doctor Stop because of cut or any injury.
- 3. If the fighter renounced by corner man’s throwing in the towel.
- 4. If the fighter disqualified by accumulation of warning.
- 5. When the official physician doesn’t consider the fighter to be appropriate by the reason such as the injuries.
The fight as a reserve fighter shall be given to the fighter who won the reserve match. However, the right as a reserve fighter is not given in following case.
- 1. When the official physician doesn’t consider the fighter to be appropriate by the reason such as the injuries.
The priority of the reserve fighter is defined as the following orders. (The top of the list has the highest priority as a descending order.)
- 1. The defeated fighter fought against the renouncing fighter.
- 2. The winner of the reserve match.
- 3. The defeated fighter who fought in the different block and the different order of the match.
(ex. The reserve fighter for the winner of A block, 1st match is the defeated fighter of B block, 2nd match.)
- 4. The defeated fighter who fought in the different block and the same order of the match
(ex. The reserve fighter for the winner of A block, 1st match is the defeated fighter of B block, 1st match.)
- 5. The defeated fighter who fought in the same block and the different order of the match.
(ex. The reserve fighter for the winner of A block, 1st match is the defeated fighter of A block, 2nd match.)
Based on above-mentioned priority level, the fighter who has the highest priority of the right as a reserve fighter shall be allowed to fight to fill in for the renouncing fighter
Only when there is no proper reserve fighter for some reason, the fighter who was scheduled to fight against the renouncing fighter shall be the winner by default.
Article 19.Any issue or circumstances not specifically stipulated in this rules, shall be resolved by a consensus among the promoter and the referee and the judges.
Supplement 1 The ground position means that any area of a fighter’s body besides the bottom of the foot has touched on the mat continuously.
Supplement 2 The definition if a fighting costume is “correctly worn”.
Jacket A jacket is “correctly worn” when both arms of a fighter put trough both sleeves completely and its front and back is in the position that is originally supposed. (For example, if a fighter puts the back of his jacket covering over his head and face, it is not “correctly worn”.)
Pants A pair of pants is “correctly worn” when its waist is fixed on the fighter’s waist and his legs put through its trouser bottoms completely.
Belt A belt is “correctly worn” when it is rounded more than twice around a fighter’s waist and its knot is not loosen.
KOK INTERNATIONAL RULES
Article 1 – VENUE
The match shall be held in 6.4 m X 6.4 m square ring surrounded by 4-level ropes.
Article 2 –ESSENTIALS
Each fighter shall wear regulated gloves provided by the promoter. Protective cup and Mouthpiece usage is mandatory. Contact lenses are prohibited. Each fighter shall prepare their own protective cup and a mouthpiece.
Article 3 – WEIGHT CLASS
Gloves sizes for each weight class are as follows:
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Article 4 – FIGHT METHOD
1. Matches shall be held in the following manner.
(a) One-match fights:
Each match consists of three (3) minutes X five (5) rounds (no extra rounds). Under special rules, the match will consist of three (3) minutes X three (3) rounds with maximum of extra two (2) rounds.
(b) Tournament fights:
Each match consists of three (3) minutes X three (3) rounds with extension of one (1) round, except for the final match. The final match may have a maximum of two (2) extra rounds.
(c) Must Point System:
The winner must be decided in the Must Point System by scoring points.
The purpose of establishing the Must Point System is to eliminate any possibility of a draw match, and the System is to be applied in the last round of the fight. Even when the score difference is minimal, a winner will be decided on the merit of the final round fight. The following rounds shall be considered as a final round.
- The fifth round in three (3) rounds X five (5) minutes of One-match fights.
- The second extra round in three (3) rounds X three (3) rounds of One-match fights.
- The second extra round in final match of tournament fights
- The first extra round in tournament fights, excluding the final match.
- In consideration of fighter’s safety, no fighter shall participate in more than fifteen (15) rounds in one day.
- Interval between rounds shall be one minute.
Article 5 – AUTHORIZED FIGHTING TECHNIQUES
The following techniques are authorized.
Punches: Straight punches, hooks, uppers, and backspin blows.
Kicks: Front kicks, low kicks, middle kicks, high kicks, side kicks, back kicks, inner thigh kicks, jumping kicks, and knee kicks.
The following restrictions apply to the usage of the backspin blow.
- The authorized area of contact for the backspin blow shall be the area of the glove from the wrist to the tip of the fingers.
- In case the referee cannot decide if the backspin blow was made by the authorized area or not, the match shall be stopped. The supervisor, supervisory staff, and the referee and the judges shall review the fight by reviewing the Video Replay, if necessary. When it is determined that the attack was made by the unauthorized area, the backspin blow is considered as a foul, and the fighter shall be penalized. If the committee cannot determine the area where hit the opponent, the attack shall be considered as an accident.
Article 6 – FOUL TECHNIQUES
- A fighter who executes a foul technique shall be penalized with a “caution”, “warning”, or a “point reduction”. The referee announces a “caution” verbally. A yellow card shall be shown for a “warning” and a red card for a “point reduction”. Two (2) cautions shall lead to one (1) warning; however, a warning shall be given for any cautions thereafter. Two (2) warnings shall lead to a point reduction, and three (3) point reductions in one (1) round shall be grounds for disqualification. Conversely, this clause shall not apply in cases where the referee rules that the foul technique as unintentional. The following behavior is considered as foul techniques.
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- Using the head to deliver a blow.
- Using the elbow to deliver a blow.
- Attacking the opponent in the groin (knee kicking or punching the opponent in the area under the navel shall be considered as low-blows and will be ruled as fouls).
- Delivering wrestling or judo throwing or submission techniques.
- Thumbing the opponent
- Choking and punching the throat of the opponent.
- Biting the opponent.
- Attacking the opponent while he is down or in the process of getting up.
- Attacking the opponent after the referee calling a break.
- Holding the ropes to whether offensively or defensively.
- Using offensive or insulting language to the referee.
- Attacking the back of the head with a punch (the side of the head and the area around the ears are not considered as the back of the head and are valid target areas).
- Attempting to cause the opponent to fall out of the ring.
- Voluntarily exiting the ring during the course of a match.
- Attacking the opponent who turned around and showed his back. However, the referee may give a caution, warning or point reduction to the fighter who showed his back as loosing his will to fight.
- Delivering a backspin blow with an unauthorized area, and giving damage to the opponent.
- A point reduction may be given immediately to a fighter if the referee finds that the foul technique was inflicted with malicious intent.
- A caution shall be given to a fighter who repeatedly charges inside the opponent’s arms, with his head held low (ie. to avoid attack). This shall be considered as inducing a head-butt. In case that either fighter gets a cut from a head-butt and is bleeding, the fighter who has caused the other to get a cut shall receive one (1) point reduction, even if the head-butt was not intentional. However, if the referee finds the head-butt to have been intentional, a reduction of two (2) points shall be given. If both fighters get a cut and are bleeding, a warning shall be given to each fighter.
- A caution, warning, and a point reduction shall be given to a fighter who repeatedly uses holding and clinches that are not accompanied by attacks, and are judged as being defensive/passive in nature (ie. to avoid attack). Two (2) cautions will sum up to one (1) warning, and the next caution shall be a deduction of one (1) point. Furthermore, the same applies to when grasping and holding the opponent immediately after launching an attack (ie. to avoid a counter-attack.), or falling on the matt intentionally.
- A caution, warning, and a reduction of point may be given to the fighter when a fighter is only waiting for a counter blow and is delivering few attacks, and is considered to be passive.
- Holding the kicking leg of an opponent is not a foul, but only a single attack, whether a punch or a kick while holding the leg is authorized. Continuous attack while holding a leg is a foul. If a fighter does not take any action while holding the kicking leg, the referee shall call a break. Holding the kicking leg and using a throwing technique is also a foul.
- When a fighter is holding a neck of his opponent with both hands, the fighter is limited to kick or knee kick his opponent to only one time. Therefore, continuous attack is judged as a foul. Attacking the opponent continuously while holding the neck with one hand is authorized. However, referee may call a break if judges the attack does not give any damage to the opponent.
- Passive holding or clinching is prohibited. However, the referee can permit it only when it is accompanied by an authorized attack. A fighter can be penalized if he resorts to holding or clinching after an authorized attack or in order to avoid attacks.
Article 7 – CATEGORIES OF OUTCOME
The outcome of fight shall be made by the following manner.
- KNOCKOUT (KO):
- Applicable when a fighter does not stand up before the call of count ten (10). Or when a referee decides that the fighter has severely damaged and cannot stand up within the call of count ten (10).
- Applicable when a fighter is judged to have lost his will to continue to fight, even though he has stood up within the call of count ten (10), and/or when a fighter is judged to be incapable of continuing the fight.
- Applicable when a fighter goes down three (3) times in a round (or two (2)
times in a tournament fight except in the final match).
- TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT (TKO):
- Applicable when the referee judges that it is impossible to continue the match due to an accidental injury by neither fighter’s fault.
- Applicable when a corner man throws a towel into the ring during the course of a match. In the event that the referee does not notice the towel being thrown in, the supervisor is authorized to announce the end of match.
- Referee Stop
- Applicable when the referee judges that it is impossible to continue the match due to an accidental injury by neither fighter’s fault.
Applicable when the referee judges that one fighter is overwhelmingly superior to his opponent and the inferior fighter is in a physically perilous condition.
- Doctor Stop
Applicable when the official physician judges that it is impossible to continue the match due to an injury or severe damage to a fighter. If a fighter is down and has sustained severe damage, the official physician shall advise to the supervisor, and the match shall be stopped after the deliberation.
Applicable when there is no knockout, technical knockout, or disqualification to decide the winner. Three (3) judges shall award points to each fighter, and the fighter with the higher point in total at the end of final round will be declared the winner. However, the winner must obtain the consent from two (2) out of three (3) judges. When a winner is not declared by the consent of at least two (2) judges, the extra rounds shall be conducted in tournament fights or in three (3) minutes X three (3) rounds of one match fights. A winner must be determined at the final extra round, as well as after the final round in three (3) minutes X five (5) rounds of one match fights.
(a) Applicable when both fighters go down at the same time and neither rises to his feet before or at the call of count nine (9).
(b) Applicable when a fighter is unable to continue the fight due to an accidental injury after the authorized round stated in Article 8, and neither fighter obtains the consent of two(2) judges as a winner after counting the points of the completed rounds.
- NO CONTEST (NULL and VOID match)
(a) Applicable when both fighters are found to have violated the rule(s), match fixing, or collusion.
(b) Applicable when both fighters fail to fight in good faith (a spiritless fight) after repeated cautions and warnings by the referee, and when the referee declares disqualification of both fighters.
(c) Applicable when both fighters are judged as not being able to continue the match due to an accidental injury of neither fighter’s fault before completing the authorized round in accordance with Article 8.
Article 8 – JUSTIFICATION OF MATCH
A match shall be considered as justified after completed the second round in three (3) minutes X five (5) rounds matches. A match shall be considered as justified when the first round is completed in three (3) minutes X three (3) minutes matches. When there is an accident during a match, the match shall be determined in accordance with Article 14.
Article 9 – REFEREE COUNTDOWN
- The definition of a DOWN is when any area of fighter’s body besides the bottom of the foot has touched the ground due to a damaging attack(s). However, the DOWN shall be considered as FLASH DOWN when the referee determines that the damage is not sever, and the downed fighter shows his will to fight by standing up immediately.
- When a fighter falls to the ground and cannot stand up immediately, he may be considered as a “Down”.
- Even without falling to the ground, a (standing) DOWN may be announced when it is obvious that a fighter has sustained damage, and the referee has determined that the fighter would be in a dangerous situation if the attack were to continue.
- The “DOWN” count will be preceded by a “DOWN” call and gesture by the referee. Following the “DOWN” call, the MC shall announce the count down in accordance with the count of each second from the official timekeeper’s stopwatch. The referee shall be the sole person with authority to call a “DOWN.”
- The fighter who has knocked downed his opponent shall go to a neutral corner immediately and wait there during the “DOWN” count by the referee until further instructions are given.
- If the fighter does not follow the referee’s instruction to wait at the neutral corner, the referee may stop his count, and continue the countdown only after the fighter has moved to a neutral corner.
- When a fighter is knocked down, and the round is finished while referee is still counting, the timekeeper shall not signal the end of the round (the time keeper will not ring the bell). Hence, the referee continues to count, and the round will end when the counts stop. When the counts reaches ten (10) counts, the downed fighter will be considered knocked out(KO). When the referee decide that the downed fighter is not in the condition to continue to fight after the ten(10) counts, the referee stops the fight and the result will be considered technical knock out.(Referee Stop:TKO).
Article 10 – JUDGING CRITERIA
Awarding of points shall be based on the following elements:
- Whether an effective and accurate attack is acknowledged, and damage is inflicted on the opponent by authorized blows.
- Points will be awarded in this priority:
(1) Number of downs
(2) Extent of damage inflicted on the opponent
(3) Number of clean hits
(4) Degree of aggressiveness (points in the offensive)
The dominant fighter shall be awarded a score of ten (10), and points shall be deducted from his opponent.
The example of scoring the points will be the followings.
- When the difference is clear, the inferior fighter receives a one(1) point reduction.
- When a fighter is downed once, the downed fighter receives a two(2) point reduction. However, if the down is considered as FLASH DOWN, the reduction may be one(1) point.
- When a fighter is downed twice, the downed fighter receives a three(3) point reduction (applicable to the final match in tournament fights, and one match fights).
- A fighter shall be penalized with a one(1) point reduction for actions such as foul techniques when the referee declares such a penalty.
- A fighter shall be penalized with a two(2) point reduction for actions such as foul techniques when the referee declares such penalty.
In the final round, even with a minimal point difference, the difference will be counted as one(1) point, and winner must be decided.
Article 11 – EXTRA ROUNDS
In case the points are equal in the tournament fights and One-match fights, the extra round shall take place. The maximum of two(2) extra rounds shall take place for the Final match of the tournament and/or a One-match fight with 3 minutes (X) 3 rounds, and one(1) extra round for the other matches. The extra round shall be executed when there is no point difference at the end of third round. The judges must score the round resulting in a clear difference in points. Furthermore, the same formula as the tournament final match applies to the final round in one match fights. (abolition of draw).
Article 12 – DISQUALIFICATION
A fighter shall be disqualified and fined the full amount (100%) of fight money in following conditions.
① A fighter intentionally uses a foul technique and the referee declares the disqualification to the fighter.
② A fighter fails to follow the referee’s instructions during a match.
③ A fighter is late for a match or does not show up at all.
④ A fighter exhibits ill-mannered behavior or a malicious attitude during a match.
⑤ The referee determines that a fighter does not have the will to fight.
⑥ When a fighter receives three (3) point reductions due to foul techniques within one (1) round.
⑦ The official physician deems a fighter unfit to fight as a result of a medical check.
⑧ A corner man has entered in the ring or touched one of the fighters during the match. And in case corner men scuffles with each other.
⑨ A fighter is found to be positive in the result of doping test.
⑩ A fighter is found to have broken other rules.
Article 13 – PENALTY
In case the fighter delivers foul techniques, the fighter will be penalized in the following manner.
- The full amount (100%) of fight money shall be confiscated when a fighter is disqualified (three points reduction).
- Thirty percent (30%) of fight money shall be confiscated if a fighter received two (2) point reductions.
- Twenty percent (20%) percents of fight money shall be confiscated if a fighter received one (1) point reduction.
The penalty shall be cumulative throughout an event. When a fighter proceeds to more than two matches in tournament fights, the penalty of the every match shall be added, and the sum of the penalty will be confiscated from his fight money.
Article 14 – ACCIDENT 1
In case a fighter is injured and is impossible to continue the match, the match shall be conducted in the following manner:
- If the injury is caused by a rule violation by the opponent, the referee shall give the injured fighter a rest period to check his condition. If the fighter does not recover and the match cannot be resumed, the fighter who has violated the rules shall be the loser (disqualification of the violator). A fighter who is disqualified for a rule violation shall not be entitled to advance in a tournament even if the opponent is not in a condition to continue the match. An injury caused by low-blow will be considered as an accident, whether intentional or unintentional.
- If the cause of the injury is carelessness of the injured fighter himself and the match cannot be resumed, the fighter who has injured himself shall be declared the loser (disqualification of the injured).
- If the cause of the injury is accidental and at neither fighter’s fault:
(a) If the match is not justified,
- Tournament fights: The fighter who remains in a condition to continue fighting shall be declared the winner.
- One-match fights: The match shall be considered as “No Contest” and void.
(b) If the match is justified,
The match is considered as justified at the end of the first round in 3 minutes X 3 round fights and at the end of the second round in 3 minutes X 5 round fights. The points shall be awarded for the completed rounds, and the fighter with more points shall be declared the winner. In case a fighter is injured after the justified round, the points shall be awarded until the actual time of the round when the fighter was injured.
If the points are even;
- Tournament fights: The fighter who remains in a condition to continue fighting shall be considered as the winner.
- One-match fights: The match shall be considered as a Draw.
- In the fist round of the tournament, if a fighter with higher points is not in a condition to continue to fight in the next stage, the following order shall be applied to decide who is proceeding to the next fight after the priority of the reserve matches is decided.
(a) When two reserve matches are held;
- The opponent of the winner in the tournament fight (the looser)
- The winner of the first reserve match
- The winner of the second reserve match
- The looser of the first reserve match
- The looser of the second reserve match
(b) When only one reserve match is held;
- The opponent of the winner in the tournament fight (the looser)
- The winner of the reserve match
- The looser of the reserve match
In case there are more than two forfeitures, the above order shall be applied to decide a fighter who fights in the next stage. However, if a fighter has knocked out in the prior match, or if the official physician determines that a fighter is still sustaining severe damage, the fighter is not allowed to fight regardless of the above order.
Article15 – ACCIDENT 2
If a fighter is injured, the official physician, the supervisor, the supervisory staff, the referee and the judges shall confer to decide whether the fight shall continue or not. The official physician is allowed to provide minimal treatment (i.e; stop bleeding and taping) to the injured areas.
When a fighter falls out of the ring, the time count shall be stopped immediately, and the official physician shall check the fighter. During this time, the supervisor, the supervisory staff, and the referee and the judges shall confer to discover the cause(s) of the fall.
- When judged as a DOWN by an authorized technique:
(a) If the fighter is able to resume the match:
It shall be counted as 1 “DOWN”, and the match shall resume from the time stopped.
(b) If the fighter is not able to continue the match:
The match shall be ruled a Technical Knock Out (TKO) by doctor stop.
- When the fighter is judged as not having been downed:
(a) If the fighter is able to continue the match:
The match shall be continued from the time stopped.
(b) If the fighter is not able to continue the match.
Article 17 – DRESS CODE
- All fighters must be dressed in clean and proper clothes when they enter the ring for the occasions such as opening ceremony. The promoter may not approve the attire, when considered inappropriate.
- Fighters are free to select their fighting costume, provided that the costume is approved.
- Any attire, which may cause injury to opponents or reduces any damage to the fighter, shall be prohibited. All supporters and fighting costumes must be approved and signed by the referee and the judges or the event official. In case they determine that the supporters and the costumes are unsafe, wearing the items will not be approved.
- The referee and judges shall give a caution if a team does not abide by any of these regulations listed above. A yellow card shall be given for a second caution and every caution thereafter. The fighter shall be disqualified automatically by receiving three yellow cards and must leave the venue. Furthermore, the corner man and the fighter may be suspended thereafter.
Article 18 – MOUTHPIECE
Mouthpiece usage is mandatory in the fight. If the mouthpiece comes out of a fighter’s mouth during a match, the referee shall, in principle, retrieve it and hand it to the corner men after the end of the round.
Article 19 – USE OF OIL AND VASELINE
Fighters are allowed minimal usage of Vaseline to the facial area. No other substance shall be applied. In addition, fighters shall not apply any substance to their body. The definition of “minimal” in this case means the amount that the referee and the judges permit. Fighters must abide by the following regulations.
- A fighter with an excessive amount of oil/Vaseline to the face and/or body shall not be allowed to compete. In such cases, the excessive oil/Vaseline shall be removed.
- Fighters are not allowed to apply Thai Oil and oils containing any stimulative and irritating substance to any part of their body.
- Fighters are allowed to apply minimal substance to the sole of their feet in order to prevent from slipping on the matt. The substance shall not be used to any other part of their body.
Should the fighter and the corner men does not follow the instruction of the referee and judges, he may be given a caution, warning, and a reduction of points.
Article 20 – USE OF TAPE AND BANDAGES
Fighters may not wear any other material other than tape and bandages provided by the promoter on their knuckles and on other part of the hands (wearing gloves without using any tape or bandages on their hands is also authorized). Every fighter must abide by the following instruction regarding the usage of such items.
- All fighters are prohibited to use any tapes and bandages that they bring themselves to matches for use on their hands.
- Every fighter shall receive and apply tapes or bandages upon arrival at the venue. Such items shall be checked and signed by the event official before a fight.
- Any tapes and bandages applied before entering the venue are not approved.
- The tapes and bandages supplied by the promoter shall be used for the hand only, and not applied to injured areas and such.
- Should a fighter use his own tapes, he must abide by Article 21 – PROTECTOR.
Cautions, warnings and point reductions may be given to the fighter when not following the instruction of the referee and judges.
Article 21 – PROTECTOR
The use of protectors made of rubber, plastic, or other material is not allowed for any reason including the protection of an injury. However, when the official physician or the referee and judges allow the usage of protectors depending on the injuries, the following applies;
- Only elastic tapes, supporters and approved pads may be used, any other items are prohibited.
- Such authorized items shall be checked and signed by the official physician and the event officials before a mach.
- All tape and/or bandages without an official signature must be removed.
- The promoter and the official physician will not supply any items such as tapes and supporters in the use of the injuries.
- Only the official physician is authorized to tape the injured area, once the mach starts.
Caution, warning or point reduction may be given if a fighter does not follow the instruction of the judges.
Article 22 – GLOVE CHECK
All fighters must have their gloves checked, sealed and signed off by the event officials, before they are put on. The gloves may not be taken off until the match is over. If there is any evidence that the gloves have been removed or tampered with, the fighter must undergo another glove check. Moreover, the fighters shall not apply any substance to their gloves. Caution, warning, or point reduction may be given to a fighter who does not abide by the instruction of the judges.
Article 23 – MEDICAL CHECK
All fighters must submit to a medical check by the official physician before competing. In a tournament, the winner is obligated to go through subsequent medical checks in order to proceed to his next match.
Article 24 – DOPING CHECK
In order to establish prestige and fairness of K-1, all fighters are obligated to submit to a doping check upon the promoter’s request in any occasion. Testing positive for doping will result in penalties, including the confiscation of a title, prize money, and full amount (100%) of fight money. Additionally, a fighter will also be penalized based on his own contract.
Article 25 – TREATMENT OF INJURED FIGHTERS
1. Official physician may apply minimal treatment (to stop bleeding) during a match.
2. No other person besides the official physician is permitted to apply treatment to an injured area during the match, including the interval.
3. The approval of the official physician and the event officials is necessary if a corner man wishes to give treatment to an injury, such as applying a tape to the injured fighter during the intermission before proceeding to the next match in tournament fights. The tape shall be used in accordance with Article 21.
Article 26 – CORNERMEN CONDUCT
A fighter is allowed to have the total of three (3) corner men, including one (1) chief corner man and two (2) corner men, standing by at ringside. The name of the three (3) corner men shall be registered prior to the event.
- All three (3) corner men must remain within the designated corner area during the rounds.
- Only the chief corner man may give instructions to the fighter during the rounds.
- Corner men may not place their hands on the ropes, ring apron, or on any part of the ring area during the rounds.
- Only one (1) corner man is allowed to enter into the ring during intervals.
- No corner man is allowed to enter into the ring or touch the fighters during the rounds. In case any of the corner man violates the regulations, the fighter shall be disqualified.
- Corner men may not place any item (such as towels etc…) in the area around the corner post of the ring.
- When the referee calls “SECONDS OUT”, corner men must immediately leave the ring.
- The three (3) corner men are obligated to wear a unified team wear with the fighter. Combination of clothes such as “jeans and T-shirts” shall not be allowed. T-shirts, however, may be worn if they are “team” T-shirts. Wearing sunglasses and suites is strictly prohibited.
The referee and judges (sub judges) shall give a caution when the above regulations are violated. A yellow card shall be given for every each caution after the second caution. Three yellow cards shall leads to disqualification and the received corner man must leave the venue immediately. Moreover, the corner man may be disqualified thereafter.
Article 27 – OPERATION OF THE EVENT
K-1 event shall be administered by the Rules Committee under the jurisdiction of the promoter and the rule director, and each event shall be operated by a supervisor, supervisory staff, a referee and judges, official physicians, and event officials elected from the members of the Rules Committee.
≪Structure of the Rules Committee≫
A supervisor shall possess the exact same authorities as the referee and the judges, and shall oversee whether accurate and proper decisions are made. The supervisor is given one vote to protest against a judgment as well as the authority to revise the result. Moreover, the supervisor is able to stop a fight in case the referee does not recognize a danger of a fighter, by the official physician’s advise, or by his own judgment. One supervisor must stay at the ring side during a course of a match.
- Supervisory Staff
As well as a supervisor, the supervisory staff shall possess the exactly same authorities with the referee and the judges, and shall oversee whether accurate and proper are made. Each supervisory staff has one vote to protest against a judgment. Two supervisory staff shall stay by the ring side. Moreover, the supervisory staff shall be in a position to educate and supervise a referee and judges for their improvement.
- Referee and Judge
A referee shall be in the most important position to judge a match. One referee shall be in the ring during a match.
A judge shall be authorized to score a match. The total of three(3) judges, each for three different direction by the ring side shall stay during a match.
(c) Sub Judge
Sub Judge shall oversee the corner men and the fighters during interval. There shall be the total of two(2) sub judges, one for each red and blue corner.
- Official Physician
The official physician shall examine prior to a match whether fighters are fit to fight, and must report to the promoter. In case a fighter is injured or knocked out during a course of a match, the official physician shall determine if the fighter is able to continue to fight and confer with the referee and the judges. Moreover, the official physician is authorized to end a fight by informing the supervisor that a fighter is in a dangerous condition when the referee can not recognize it. Furthermore, more than two official physicians shall be in the ring side and more than one in the back stage area.
- Event Official
(a) Weight Check Official
The weight check official shall check the weight of fighters to exam whether they are within a contracted weight. Any member in the Rules Committee is able to act as the weight check official.
(b) Back Stage Check Official
The back stage check official shall ascertain if bandages, tapes, and gloves are properly worn. More than one back stage check official shall stay in each red and blue corner.
(c) Time Keeper
The time keeper shall count an exact time with a stop watch, and announce it. All the matches shall be operated by every exact second counted by the time keeper. There shall be one time keeper at the ring side.
(d) Personnel for Bell
The personnel for bell shall ring a bell(gong) to announce a beginning of a fight along the signal from the referee, and also to announce the end of the fight by the instruction from the time keeper, the referee or the supervisor. One personnel for bell shall stay at the ring side during a fight.
The scorer shall fill out the official scoring sheet made by the Rules Committee according to the point awarded by the referee and the judges. The official scoring sheet must be submitted to the promoter at the end of a fight. One scorer shall remain at the ring side during a fight.
Article 28 – RECONSIDERATION FOR JUDGEMENT
Every supervisor and supervisory staff shall posses a vote to stop a fight when a judgment made by the referee and the judges is considered inaccurate. The supervisor and the supervisory staff are allowed to review a video of the fight with the other judges and confer whether the judgment has made precisely. However, more than two voters must claim for the reconsideration of the judgment to review the fight, and the reconsideration shall be executed by the following manner.
- The referee shall announce “Reconsideration” during or immediately after a match.
- The referee shall order the fighters to stay at the neutral corner while reviewing the match.
- The corner men must remain within the designated area. Only the official physician is allowed to apply the minimal treatment to an injury in case a fighter is injured.
- The referee shall announce a result of the review by gathering the fighters to the center of the ring.
Article 29 – PROTEST
No fighter, coach, trainer and/or manager are allowed to raise an objection to calls and decisions made by the referee or the judges before the event finishes. However, official written protest to the Rules Committee is accepted within two (2) weeks from the date of the match. The Rules Committee shall review and reply in a written form within two (2) weeks from the date of receiving the protest.
Article 30 – OTHERS
Any issues or circumstances not specifically stipulated in this International Rules shall be resolved by a consensus among the promoter and the Rules Committee.