WKC President Ireland Brendan DonnellyyWKC RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR
Age Categories for Point

Fighting Kids:If a competitor qualified in the ‘Kids’ section at the National Championships, he/she is entitled to compete in that same section at the World Championships of that year, even if he/she turns 13 years of age before the World Championships.
Cadets:If a competitor qualified in the ‘Cadets’ section at the National Championships, he
/she is entitled to compete in that same section at the World Champions
hips of that year,even if he/she turns 16 years of age before the World Championships.
Juniors:If a competitor qualified in the ‘Junior’ section at the National Championships, he
/she is entitled to compete in that same section at the World Championships of th
at year,even if he/she turns 18 years of age before the World Championships.
Adults:All competitors 18yrs of age and older are classed as adults.
Veterans;An adult aged 35 yrs or older is permitted to compete in both the adult and veteran sections if they so wish.
Note: in all world level championships wherever rankings are available, hea
ts must be seeded. Each competitor’s name, country and number must be listed. In the case of only one competitor in a final the gold medal cannot be awarded by default. The competitor has to fight for the world crown. No opponent (for any reason) no world Gold.
Fighting Areas for Point Fighting:
a) The fighting area has to be square. Each side must be 8m in length (8 x 8) maximum or (7 x 7) minimum.
b) Around the fighting area, a safety zone strip of two meters has to be kept clear, onl
y referee tables are allowed to be placed within this safety zone. No spectators are
allowed to be within that zone. The safety strip zone can be marked.
c) The Timekeeper and Scorekeeper are located at the referee-table fac
ing the Head Referee.
d) In case there is only one fighting area, sufficient space for the medics and/or e
mergency personnel has to be provided at the referee-table.
e) The referee-table must be equipped with the following items:
The Draw sheets, Score displays, Stop watch, Bean-Bag, Paper and pencils
In Point-Fighting division Eliminations in all age categories are 1 x 1.5 minute
round. Finals in all age categories are 2 x 2 minute rounds unless otherwise stated
before the start of the tournament. Extra time rule in case of a draw, there is no break; 1 minute
extra time will be given. If there is still no decision, this is followed by sudden de
ath the competitor to get the first point as the winner.
The Competitor
The competitor must be dressed in a clean and appropriate outfit. The competitors
should be wearing a clean T-shirt with long trousers. The trousers must reach the feet and
be open on the bottom. There should be no zip fasteners, pockets or buttons. Traditional Karate GI or Tae kwon do uniforms (Dobok).
Competitors cannot wear any metal objects that may cause injuries to the opponent. Piercing, chains, watches or earrings are not allowed. Eyeglasses are forbidden; soft
contact-lenses are possible but at the competitor own risk. Competitors may wear badges of their respective clubs, associations or Sponsor. Names and slogans are permitted
as long as they do not offend public decency. Headbands, hairnets and scarves are not
allowed since they may slip. Long hair must be tied together. This should be done with
an elastic band. Hair grips are not allowed.
The Competitor’s Equipment
Gum shield (mouth guard)
Open hands gloves (in USA called foam gloves) must have the fingers and thumbs enclosed,
Safety kicks; (footboot, must have toes and heels covered)
Groin protector (men and women) must be worn under the clothes;
Shin guard must be worn under the clothes; and Breast protector for female juniors, adults and veterans is compulsory.
Competitors, additionally, may wear:
Hand -bandages, maximum length 3.5 meters; though no tape on the fist or knuckles
Elbow and knee protectors
Breast protector for female kids is recommended
The Referees Power
1.The referee, world president and doctor are the only persons that can stop the bout.
2.The referee may deduct a point from a competitor leaving the fighting area 3 times
in a bout.
3.The referee may disqualify a competitor for leaving the area on 4 occasions during t
he same bout.
4.The referee may deduct a point from a competitor for dissension after he has been already warned
5.The referee may deduct a point from a competitor for dissension
from his coach after he has been already warned.
6.The referee may deduct a point from a competitor for serious unsportsmanlike behavi
our, by either himself or his coach.
7.The referee can disqualify a competitor if he does not turn up after he has been re
peatedly called for his fight (usually one minute is allowed).
8.The referee can disqualify a competitor who turns up with improper safety equipment a
nd can not replace it in the time allotted (usually one minute is allowed).
What a Referee cannot do
1.The referee cannot disqualify a competitor for any reason other than those stated in the chapter above.
2.The referee can not at anytime impose, change or alter any of the rules.
3.The referee cannot overrule any score by a judge unless that score is a minori
ty one.(However, if a rule has been broken that the judge is unaware of, then they may be
Beginning, Interruption and End of Fights
A contest is refereed by a main referee and two side-judges, which are always s
tanding opposite to him. The side-judges have to move during the fight and not stand on the same point.
Equipment Check:The side-judges have to check the competitors’ safety equipment. Each judge is responsible for the competitor at his end. He starts from the head to the toes. In the case of female competitors, the breast protector and groin protector are checked by asking only. This is also the case with the KIDS and the JUNIORS (complying with child safety laws.).
If in case of an injury the competitor was found not to have the correct protective equipment he/she will be disqualified immediately.
The judge is also responsible for the following; that the competitor has no jewellery or metal and that the nails on toes are short. No glasses (spectacles)are allowed to be
worn during a competition. There are no exceptions to this rule. This includes specia
lly made unbreakable sports spectacles. Also no face shields on helmets. Soft contact-
lenses are possible but at their own risk. Groin protectors, shin guards (and breast
protectors for female juniors, adults and veteran) must be worn under the clothes, breast
protector for female kids is recommended.
The main referee will take his place in the middle of the competitors, faci
ng the official table. He must check that his side-judges are ready to start, that the timekeeper and scorekeeper are ready to begin and that the match doctor is by the referee table or close by in the hall. Finally he should keep an eye on the visual score cards, that t
hey are not showing points or warning, except in a team competition.
After the command “shake hands “or“touch gloves “or “bow” to the competitors he w
ill start the match with the command “fight”.
If the main referee acknowledges a point scored by one of the competitors he has to raise h
is hand IMMEDIATELY then he will stop the fight saying “stop” and both competitors will return to their starting position. The match time is still running!
The main referee will also quickly return to his starting position and show with his
hand in the direction of the competitor who has scored. He must look for his side-judges,
and in case of a majority decision he will give the points and announce the score.
After giving the point he should start the competition again with the command “fight”. The main referee should always keep an eye on the referee table,to be sure that the
visual scoreboard shows the correctpoints and warnings.
Important note:
when the side-judges are not showing the point by raising their hands before the mai
n referee stopped the fight the only possible decision is no score. To
raise the hand or to show a point after the command “stop” is too late and illegal.
Apart from the referee, only the doctor / medic and supervisor can stop a competition.
The coach may throw in the towel for his competitor, when he wants to retire from the
fight. The referee has to stop the time if the competitor is outside of the are
a, for giving warnings, penalty points and additional 10 seconds penalty time, or when the
equipment is not fitting well.
End of the Match:
The time of the fight is over when the timekeeper shouts “stop” and concurrently throws the bean bag on the fighting area. The fight is over in any case, when the main referee
stops the fight finally with the command “stop” and not earlier.
The difference of 10 points in elimination fights ends a fight by TKO. i.e. -10 / 0 and 12 /
2 on international tournaments.
If there is a score in the time between the “end of time” and “end of fight” that score is valid. Main referee turns to the referee table, takes one hand of both competitors and shows the winner, announcing the final score.
Scoring Area:
Front, back and side of the head Front and side of the body
Sweeps below mid calves.
Every action must be controlled and well timed
Punch only a downed opponent within 3 seconds
The referee will count until 3 in his mind before calling stop. In the event of a competi
tor falling on to the floor the 3 second rule applies.
Prohibited Actions
Sweep and kick to knee and thigh (low kick).
Kick and punch to the groin
Kick and punch to the back of the body or to the top of the head
Scratching, biting, spitting, verbal attacks to the referees or his opponent
Kick and punch after stop called
Uncontrolled actions
Leaving the fighting area or falling down to waste time
It is not usual to stop the time to give points, but the referee will stop time t
o give a warning or minus-point. In Point-Fighting competitions only one coach is allo
wed and he/she is to stay seated. If the coach feels there has been an infringement of the rul
es, he may indicate to the centre referee using the sign “T” -for time. At no tim
e may the coach enter the fighting area. The referee may give a penalty point.
On each fighting area the referees also acts as the “ring inspector “. He is
responsible, that on his fighting area all WKC rules will be correctly appl
ied. He is also responsible
that neutral referees are on duty, depending on the competitors. (E.g. they are not
from the same club/country.)

Permitted Techniques              Illegal Techniques
Jab and Reverse                         Punch Inside Hand
Back Fist                                       Spinning Back Fist
Ridge Hand                                 Knife Hand
Side Kick                                      Throws
Front Kick                                   Elbow Strike
Spinning Back Kick                  Pushing With Arms
Roundhouse Kick                       L ow Kick
Hook Kick                                    Knee Butts
Crescent Kick                             Head Butts
Axe Kick                                       Using Thighs
Spinning Sweep