The competition rules and regulations for the U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship (USOMAC) are established, updated, and regulated by the members of the Competition Committee of the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF). These rules are strictly enforced by the USOMAC’s Panel of Judges. During the competition, any disputes regarding the rules and regulations should be filed to the WFMAF’s Competition Committee. For masters and instructors who are interested in becoming judges at the US Open Martial Arts Championship, please submit your credentials for consideration using our online Judge Application form.

Form (Open Hand & Weapons) Divisions

Each division is categorized into (1) Open Hand Form, (2) Short Weapon Form, and (3) Long Weapon Form

  • Beginner less than 2 years of experience
  • Intermediate 2 to 4 years of experience
  • Advanced more than 4 years of experience
  • Beginner Under Belts: 6 – 7.5 points
  • Intermediate Under Belts: 7 – 8.5 points
  • Advanced Under Belts: 8.5 – 10 points
  • Children 8 & under
  • Children 9 – 11
  • Teen 12 – 14 | Boys
  • Teen 12 – 14 | Girls
  • Teen 15 – 17 | Boys
  • Teen 15 – 17 | Girls
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.
  • Adult 18 – 29 | Men
  • Adult 18 – 29 | Women
  • Adult 30 – 45 | Men
  • Adult 30 – 45 | Women
  • Adult 46 & Above | Men
  • Adult 46 & Above | Women
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

Hero of Combat Divisions

  • Beginner: Less than 2 years of experience
  • Intermediate: 2 to 4 years of experience
  • Advanced: More than 4 years of experience
  • Children 6 – 7
  • Children 8 – 9
  • Children 10 – 11
  • Teen 12 – 13 | Boys
  • Teen 12 – 13 | Girls
  • Teen 14 – 15 | Boys
  • Teen 14 – 15 | Girls
  • Teen 16 – 17 | Boys
  • Teen 16 – 17 | Girls
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.
  • Adult 18 – 22 | Men
  • Adult 18 – 22 | Women
  • Adult 23 – 45 | Men
  • Adult 23 – 45 | Women
  • Adult 46 & above | Men
  • Adult 46 & above | Women
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.
  • Featherweight (145 lbs & Under)
  • Lightweight (146 – 155 lbs)
  • Welterweight (156 – 170 lbs)
  • Middleweight (171 – 185 lbs)
  • Light Heavyweight (186 – 205 lbs)
  • Heavyweight (206 lbs & Above)
  • Youth groups 17 yrs & under are not categorized by weight.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

*Weight classes for Point Sparring (Kumite), Taekwondo Sparring, & Full-Contact Sanda are listed in the sections below.
*Short Weapon Sparring, Long Weapon Sparring, & Arnis Stick Fighting are not categorized by weight.

60kg & under (upper limit: 132.2 lbs)
60.1kg – 65kg (upper limit: 143.3 lbs)
65.1kg – 70kg (upper limit: 154.3 lbs)
70.1kg – 75kg (upper limit: 165.3 lbs)
75.1kg – 80kg (upper limit: 176.4 lbs)
80.1kg – 85kg (upper limit: 187.4 lbs)
85.1kg (198.4 lbs) & above
  • Youth groups 17 yrs & under are not categorized by weight.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in a weight class, the judge reserves the right to combine weight classes.
48kg & under (upper limit: 105.8 lbs)
48.1kg – 52kg (upper limit: 114.6 lbs)
52.1kg – 56kg (upper limit: 123.5 lbs)
56.1kg – 60kg (upper limit: 132.2 lbs)
60.1kg – 65kg (upper limit: 143.3 lbs)
65.1kg – 70kg (upper limit: 154.3 lbs)
70.1kg – 75kg (upper limit: 165.3 lbs)
75.1kg (176.4 lbs) & above
  • Youth groups 17 yrs & under are not categorized by weight.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in a weight class, the judge reserves the right to combine weight classes.
Lightweight: 48kg & under (upper limit: 105.8 lbs)
Welterweight A: 48.1kg – 52kg (upper limit: 114.6 lbs)
Welterweight B: 52.1kg – 56kg (upper limit: 123.5 lbs)
Welterweight C: 56.1kg – 60kg (upper limit: 132.2 lbs)
Middleweight A: 60.1kg – 65kg (upper limit: 143.3 lbs)
Middleweight B: 65.1kg – 70kg (upper limit: 154.3 lbs)
Middleweight C: 70.1kg – 75kg (upper limit: 165.3 lbs)
Light Heavyweight A: 75.1kg – 80kg (upper limit: 176.4 lbs)
Light Heavyweight B: 80.1kg – 85kg (upper limit: 187.4 lbs)
Light Heavyweight C: 85.1kg – 90kg (upper limit: 198.4 lbs)
Heavyweight A: 90.1kg – 95kg (upper limit: 209.4 lbs)
Heavyweight B: 95.1kg – 100kg (upper limit: 220.5 lbs)
Heavyweight C: 100.1kg (209.4 lbs) & above
  • Youth groups 17 yrs & under are not categorized by weight.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in a weight class, the judge reserves the right to combine weight classes.

Competition Grouping & Dress Code

For forms divisions, competitors are grouped first by age groups and then by level of experience.

For hero of combat divisions, competitors are grouped by the order of age groups, level of experience, and weight classes. Restriction on age groups may apply to some divisions of hero of combat, learn more on the rules page of each of these divisions.

All competitors are required to dress appropriately.

For Chinese martial arts divisions, competitors may wear traditional Chinese martial arts uniforms (preferred), or school T-shirt. For Karate divisions, competitors may wear Karate-type Gi’s. For Taekwondo division, competitors may wear Taekwondo uniform.

For beginner and intermediate sparring divisions, competitors may wear traditional uniforms. For Full-Contact Sanda and Ultimate Sanda divisions, competitors may wear sparring t-shirt and shorts.

Shoes are mandatory for all events, except for sparring. All shoes should be regular athletic type shoes.