Rules for Short Weapon Sparring

General Rules

  • Competitors are required to bring their own short weapon (similar to the weapon shown on the photo below).
  • There Is No Age Limit for Short Weapon Sparring competitors.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.
  • Competitors are categorized by age, not by weight classes.
  • Mandatory Safety Equipments: Head gear with face protector, groin protector for men, chest protector.
  • No Contact Areas: Back of the head, neck, spine, and groin.
  • Prohibited Techniques: punching, kicking, takedowns, or joint locks.
  • Competitor should demonstrate power, accuracy, speed, and good defense.
  • Referee stops and restarts the fight if one or both competitors fall on the ground, or one or both weapons fall on the ground.

Duration of Bout

  • Each bout is 1 round of 2 minutes.

The Winner of the Bout is Determined By

  • Beginner Level:
    • Contact is not continuous.
    • The winner is the competitor with the most points at the end of the bout.
  • Intermediate Level:
    • Contact is continuous.
    • The winner is determined by both competitors’ effectiveness in executing their techniques during attacks and defenses.
  • Advanced Level & Black Belt:
    • Contact is continuous.
    • The winner is determined by both competitors’ effectiveness in executing their techniques during attacks and defenses.
    • A competitor can also win the bout by taking over his/her opponent’s weapon, through grabbing the handle of his/her opponent’s weapon and takes over the weapon. The time limit for executing this technique is 2 seconds.

Warning

  • Attacking with excessive force.
  • Attacking to the “No Contact” areas.
  • Using “Prohibited Techniques” against the opponent.
  • Using performance-enhancing drugs prior or during the bout.
  • Disrespecting the referee, judges, or the opponent.
  • Disregards the instructions of the referee and the judges.
  • The referee has the right to disqualify a competitor from the bout or competition if:
    • The competitor receives 3 or more warnings from the referee.
    • The competitor engages in unsportsmanlike conducts.
    • The competitor injures his/her opponent using prohibited techniques or attacks to the no contact area, depending on the seriousness of the injury.
  • The referee has the right to stop the contest if:
    • There is a big gap in the skill level between the 2 competitors. The competitor with the skill advantage wins the bout.
    • A competitor is injured as a result of a legal maneuver, depending on the seriousness of the injury. The opponent wins the bout.
  • Courtesy Rule: Salute to the judges first and then competitors salute to each other before the bout begins. After the bout finishes, salute to the judges again and then competitors salute to each other.

 

Short Weapon Sparring competition at the US Open Martial Arts Championship