WKF introduces “WKFECS” – the “NEW” Ring Sport “EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS” RULES BOOK – A “World First”. (Updated February 2018)

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WELCOME TO “WKFECS”
(WKF EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS)

The LATEST in WKF Ring Combat Sports!

In a “WORLD FIRST”, the WKF (World Kickboxing Federation) Head Office is introducing a “NEW” Combat Ring Sport that will capture the World, attracting ALL the very best in COMBAT SPORTS. Its called WKF EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS (WKFECS)! This Ring Combat Sport will attract ALL the various Fighters from ALL Combat Martial Arts and Boxing. This “New” Sport has been introduced and submitted by WKF World CEO Mr Robert Wilesmith (WKF World Head Office) on 1st February 2018. This is “HISTORY” in the making.

1.1 The WKF EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS RING:
The fighting area shall be a regular Cage or Boxing Ring according AIBA standard, as approved by the WKFECS. A standard boxing type rope ring or MMA type cage is allowed subject to WKF approval. If a standard boxing type roped ring is used it shall have four or five ring ropes and the ring floor shall extend beyond the ropes not less than 50cm. Padding must extend over the edge of the platform, the area around the ring must be matted. The fighting area must have a canvas covering. No vinyl or other plastic rubberized covering will be permitted. If fencing is used then all metal parts must be covered and padded in a manner approved by the WKF World Head Office.

1.2 Height of the WKF EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS RING or CAGE:
The ring platform shall be at least 70 cm above the floor of the building and shall be provided with suitable steps or ramp for use by the Fighters. Ring-side tables must be no higher than ring platform level and must run the full length of all four sides of the ring.

1.3. FIGHTERS; EQUIPMENT AND SECONDS:

1.3.1. APPAREL

Apparel proved by the WKF Representative must be worn by all fighters upon entering the ring. Any fighter presenting themselves in attire deemed inappropriate may be fined by the WKF A1 Supervisor, and will not compete in their bout until they present themselves according to regulations. No shoes, No shirts for male contestants, No metal zippers on shorts, No rings, jewellery, or items other than those authorized may be worn.

1.3.2. PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

1.3.3. GLOVES – STANDARD SPECIFICATION

  • All gloves must be of a professional quality and must be approved by the WKF Representative.
  • All gloves must be made so as to fit the hands of any fighter whose hands may be unusual in size.
  • The make and type of all gloves must be approved in advance by the WKF Representative.
  • All gloves for Title fights will be provided by the promoter in red and blue and distributed to the fighters according to their assigned corner color.
  • The WKF “Approved” Referee must inspect and approve any tape used on the gloves. If the gloves have been used previously, they must be whole, clean and subject to inspection by the referee or by the WKF A1 Supervisor as to condition. If found imperfect, they shall be changed before the bout starts.
  • No breaking, roughing, or twisting of gloves shall be permitted.

1.3.4. HAND AND FOOT/ANKLE WRAPPINGS

  • The wrapping of hands is allowed according to the following specifications:
  • Fighters who wish to wrap their hands shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape.
  • Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2 inches in width.
  • Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 1.5 inches in width.
  • One roll of gauze, and not more than two yards of tape, are the maximum allowable amounts for each hand.
  • No other materials, including premade hand wraps, shall be allowed; nor shall any amounts exceeding those listed be allowed under any circumstances.
  • Gauze shall be for the protection of the hand only, and the amount shall be the discretion of the WKF A1 Supervisor.
  • Tape shall be present only to hold the gauze in place, and no more than one layer of tape be allowed on the striking surface of the hand and only 1 strip between the fingers not to exceed 1/4 in width and 4″ in length.
  • The wrapping of feet / ankles is not mandatory.
  • Fighters who wish to wrap their feet/ankles shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape or may use an approved neoprene ankle brace.
  • Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2” in width.
  • Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 1.5” in width.
  • Up to 6’ of tape may be used to wrap each foot and ankle.
  • The use of footgear or soft shoes is prohibited.
  • The WKF A1 Supervisor, or his designee, must inspect all hand and foot/ankle wrappings, and mark with a pen.

1.3.5. GROIN PROTECTORS and MOUTHPIECE

  • All fighters male and female are required to wear an approved groin protector. A plastic cup with an athletic supporter is adequate.
  • Chest guards for woman are voluntary, but high recommend by WKF.
  • Mouth guard is compulsory, all fighters must wear fitted mouthpieces.

2.0 RULES of WKFECS (WKF Extreme Combat Sports)

2.1. The WKFECS Rounds are very simple to follow.
The WKFECS is fought over 5 Rounds (Amateurs 5 x 2min Rounds), (Professional 5 x 3min Rounds). Each Round that has “Specific” discipline rules “Must be followed” in the nominated Round. Rounds 1-4 are Scored on a 10-9 “Must” System. The Rounds are as follows:

ROUND ONE: Boxing Rules Only! Both fighters are to “Only” fight Boxing Rules (No Kicks, No Knees, No Elbows, No Grappling or ground work).

ROUND TWO: Full-Contact Rules! Both fighters are allowed to fight Boxing Rules and Kicks above the Waist Only (No Elbows, No Knees, No Grappling or ground work).

ROUND THREE: K1 Kickboxing Rules! Both Fighters are allowed single clinch, single strike with knee, Boxing Rules, Kicks to the inside and outside leg, kicks to the body and head. (No Elbows, No continuous Clinching, No Ground Work).

ROUND FOUR: Muaythai Kickboxing Rules! Both Fighters are allowed stand-up Clinching, Kicks to the legs, Body and Head. Elbows and Knees to the Body and Head. Boxing Techniques to the Body and Head. (No Ground Work).

ROUND FIVE: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Rules!. This allows punches to the body and head, kicks, knees, elbows to body and head, grappling and clinching both standing up and Ground Work.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If in any of the Rounds a fighter gets “Stopped”, cannot continue, the fight is “Stopped”, and the Winner is declared in that Round. If an “Accidental Foul” occurred after the “First Round” and the injured fighter cannot continue, we go to the Score Cards and whoever is ahead on points after the First Round, they are declared the “WINNER”.

AGES FOR MEN AND WOMEN: 16 – 18yo (CADETS). 18 – 35yo (OPENS).  36 – 45yo (MASTERS).  Over 45’s (VETERANS).


RULES OF WKF EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS (WKFECS):

3.1. RULES OF BOXING (Round One)

An effective offense depends on the ability to throw punches quickly and to place them strategically so as to penetrate the opponent’s guard. Defensive tactics include parrying or warding off punches with one’s upraised arms and gloves, moving the head evasively up and down (“bobbing”) and side to side (“weaving”), and bending or twisting one’s head and upper body out of the blow’s path. Footwork is important to both offense and defense. The two generally recognized stances are “orthodox” and “southpaw.” The former has the left hand and the left foot forward, the latter the right hand and the right foot forward—the foot or hand that is forward is known as the lead. Boxers using orthodox stances ordinarily are right-handed and rely on that hand for power, using the left hand to jab and hook; the converse is true of southpaw boxers, who are usually left-handed. In either stance the lead hand is extended forward in front of the body and the other hand is held near the chin for protection, the chin is tucked into the chest, and the shoulders are hunched. There are individual variations.

There are four basic punches: the Jab, hook, uppercut, and straight right (straight left for a southpaw), which is sometimes referred to as a “cross.” All other punches are modifications of these basic punches. The jab, whether thrown from an orthodox or a southpaw stance, is a straight punch delivered with the lead hand, which moves directly out from the shoulder. The Hook, also thrown with the lead hand, is a short lateral movement of arm and fist, with elbow bent and wrist twisted inward at the moment of impact. The Uppercut is an upward blow delivered from the direction of the toes with either hand. The straight right or left is thrown at shoulder level with the back hand, usually as a follow-up to a jab from the other hand.

3.2. BOXING AMATEUR CONTESTANTS:
The Rounds are scored on a 10-9 “Must” System. The “First Round” can end in a knockout when a boxer is knocked down and cannot get up by the count of 10. A fight can be stopped by a technical knockout (TKO) when a boxer is deemed by the referee (and sometimes the ringside physician) to be unable to defend himself properly, when a boxer is deemed to have sustained a serious injury, or when a boxer or his seconds decide he should not continue. A bout may also end in a decision when the bout has gone the scheduled number of rounds and the scoring officials decide the winner. Several conditions can cause a bout to end in a draw: all three judges awarding identical scores to both contestants results in a draw, as does two of three judges awarding opponents identical scores, regardless of the third judge’s score; further, two of the three judges giving the decision to opposing contestants and the third judge’s scorecard being evenly divided between the opponents leads to a draw. In a “no contest” the bout is declared a nullity because of a premature and inconclusive end, such as one of the participants being unable to continue owing to a cut caused by an accidental clash of heads early in the fight.

WKF “APPROVED” 10oz Boxing Gloves must be worn by Fighters weighing “Under” 69.5kg, whereas fighters weighing 72.3kg and Over “Must” wear 10oz Boxing Gloves.

3.3. BOXING PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:
The Rounds are scored on a 10-9 “Must” System. The “First Round” can end in a knockout when a boxer is knocked down and cannot get up by the count of 10. A fight can be stopped by a technical knockout (TKO) when a boxer is deemed by the referee (and sometimes the ringside physician) to be unable to defend himself properly, when a boxer is deemed to have sustained a serious injury, or when a boxer or his seconds decide he should not continue. A bout may also end in a decision when the bout has gone the scheduled number of rounds and the scoring officials decide the winner. Several conditions can cause a bout to end in a draw: all three judges awarding identical scores to both contestants results in a draw, as does two of three judges awarding opponents identical scores, regardless of the third judge’s score; further, two of the three judges giving the decision to opposing contestants and the third judge’s scorecard being evenly divided between the opponents leads to a draw. In a “no contest” the bout is declared a nullity because of a premature and inconclusive end, such as one of the participants being unable to continue owing to a cut caused by an accidental clash of heads early in the fight. A bout may also end in disqualification.

WKF “APPROVED” 10oz Boxing Gloves must be worn by Fighters weighing “Under” 69.5kg, whereas fighters weighing 72.3kg and Over “Must” wear 10oz Boxing Gloves.

4.1. RULES OF FULL-CONTACT KICKBOXING (Round Two)

FULL-CONTACT KICKBOXING AMATEUR CONTESTANTS:
All forms of Boxing in combination with kicks above the waist to the body and the head. The use of “Spinning Back Fist” only with focus on the opponent, in all ring divisions.

Rear (reverse) kicks to the body or the head, spinning back kicks to the body and to the head with full contact to knock out the opponent. Foot sweeps are permitted.

4.2. Warnings and Minus Points
In case of a serious violation of the following points the Referee shall stop the fight with the command “Stop“, stop the Time by indicating a “T” sign to the Timekeeper, and issue a Warning to the Fighter. The Warning shall be issued clearly and in such a manner that the Fighter in question understands the reason for the Warning. The Referee shall clearly indicate which fighter has received the Warning by pointing his hand. If a Fighter has got a “Warning” because of a foul, no point is to be deducted by the Judges, but they should immediately award the other fighter with one extra successful punch. If a fighter has got a second Warning because of a foul, no point is to be deducted, but the Judges shall immediately award the other fighter with another two successful punches. Following a Warning the referee shall let the match proceed by commanding „Fight“. Should a fighter receive 3 warnings in one match, immediately he/she gets penalized simultaneously with the first Minus Point (Penalty Point), and one point must be deducted by the Judges on the Scorecard. After three Minus Points in a match, he/she shall immediately be disqualified simultaneously with the last Minus Point being issued. The Warnings and Penalty (Minus) Points are given for using any illegal technique or doing prohibited actions. This also applies to the Coach or Second.

4.3. Illegal Techniques (Fouls)

  • Full Contact
  • All forms of biting are prohibited.
  • All strikes, blows and punches executed with the palm side of the gloves are prohibited.
  • All kicks to the back and the back of the neck are prohibited.
  • Any form of butting with the head is prohibited.
  • All attacks (strikes, punches, kicks) against the joints are prohibited, Kicks to the groin are prohibited.
  • Attacking a downed Opponent is prohibited. Also attacking an Opponent who touches the floor with his gloves is prohibited.
  • Spitting out one’s tooth protector (gum-shield) is prohibited.
  • Any kind of throwing
  • Holding the ropes and attacking an opponent, any form of clinching or holding the opponent is prohibited.
  • All types of strikes with the elbows are prohibited, any form of kicking with the knees is prohibited.
  • All kicks against the thighs or under the waistline are prohibited, excluding Foot Sweep.
  • Punching to the back or top of the head is prohibited.
  • Punching or Kicking after the Referee calls Stop, or after the bell.

5.0. INTENTIONAL EVASION OF CONTEST
A Fighter intentionally avoiding any physical contact with his opponent will receive a Warning from the Referee. If a Fighter continues to avoid a confrontation with his opponent after receiving a Warning during that round, he may be penalized by the Referee with a Minus Point. If the Fighter continues to evade action, either in the same round or in any round, the Referee may, at his discretion, award more penalties, or stop the bout and declare a Technical Knockout. In an instance where the Fighter is purposely going down without being hit, the Referee will automatically administer a Standing 8-count, as specified in the rule on Knockdowns.

5.1. WKF Amateur Division Scoring Rules.
The WKF Amateur Division’s scoring rules in matches have 10 points as the maximum score and 6 points as a minimum score.

  • The use of “clickers”, point adding machines, is recommended.
  • The points are awarded to the Fighters by the Judges during each round.
  • Points are given for clean hits according to the following criteria:
  • Any legal strike or punch to the body or to the head, to a legal area 1 point
  • Any legal foot sweep if the opponent is downed, 1 point
  • Any legal kick to the body, to a legal area, 1 point
  • Any legal kick to the head, to a legal area, 2 points
  • Any legal jumping kicks to the body, 2 points
  • Any legal jumping kicks to the head 3 points

The Judges shall base their evaluation of the fight on the following guidelines:

Best technique / Effective Parries and Counterattacks / Best combinations / Fighting spirit and initiative / Good sportsmanship and fair play / Number of clean hits scored / Number of minus points and knock downs / Defence / Ring-Craft / Fitness. To score points all effective legal kicks or punches must hit directly without being blocked or parried on any legal area. For punches and blows the technique must be delivered with the striking zone of the closed glove.

5.2. Kickboxing Scoring Criteria – The kicker will always have the advantage.

5.3. Scoring and Points in Full Contact

Decisions shall be made after the following guidelines:
Victory on points (P). If no Fighter dominates and the round is even, the score for the round is 10:10. Following this, points are subtracted from each Fighter’s score according to the number of Minus points they have been awarded by the Referee. The winning Fighter of a round gets 10 Points, his/her opponent gets 9 points. If a Fighter offers no reply during the round, a score of 10:8 can be recorded by the Judges even if there are no Minus Points or Knockdowns.

If an official warning was given because of a “foul”, the Judges shall immediately mark these warnings with the letter W (for warning) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the Fighter has received a Warning.

If an official Minus Point was given because of a “foul” and not just a warning, each Judge must deduct 1 point from the scorecard of the involved fighter, immediately when the round is over. (i.e. 10:9 assuming neither Fighter dominated). The Judges shall always mark these points with the letter M (for Minus Point) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the Fighter has received a Minus Point. If a second official Minus Point was given in the same round, each Judge must deduct 2 points from the score of the involved fighter, immediately when the round is over.(i.e.10:8 assuming neither Fighter dominated). In case of a third official Minus Point in that match, the fight is over immediately by Disqualification. If a Fighter gets counted, each Judge must deduct 1 point from the Scorecard, immediately when the round is over (i.e. 10:9 becomes 10:8 because of the Knockdown).

The Judges shall always mark this knockdown with the letter K (for Knockdown) under “KD” in the Scorecard to indicate that the Fighter has received a Knockdown. At the conclusion of the match all rounds are added up to the final score (i.e. 30:27) and the Fighter with more points on the Scorecards shall be declared the winner. Should a Judge observe a violation that has apparently escaped the notice of the Referee, and if he/she subsequently imposes a reasonable sanction upon the fighter committing the violation, he/she shall indicate that he/she has done just that by marking the points of the violating fighter with the letter J (for judge’s minus) and in writing state his/her reasons for the sanction. This incurs a Minus Point for the Fighter concerned. Victory by attending Physician stopping the contest or because of injury (DOD). The attending Physician is the supreme authority in questions relating to the safety of the Fighters, and may demand that the match be stopped. If one of the Fighters is injured, it is only the Doctor’s decision to stop the fight, or the Fighter him/herself or his/her Coach wants to retire from the fight. The attending Physician may stop any match regardless of it being a World or European Championship or any other important match. Should the attending Physician wish to stop a match to examine a fighter, he/she must first inform the Referee. The Referee then stops the match until the Physician has examined the Fighter, but only to decide that the fight can continue or not. This examination must take place in the ring and have a maximum duration of one minute. Any kind of treatment of the Fighter is explicitly forbidden and would finish the fight immediately. Should this time not be sufficient, the Referee shall end the match. If one of the Fighters is injured and the fight is over because of a foul, the innocent Fighter is declared the winner. In case of an accident, the Judges have to finish their Scorecards, and the contestant with the highest number of points is declared the winner. If both Fighters are injured or knocked-out simultaneously, and neither is able to continue the match, the Judges shall add up each Fighter’s points, up to the time the fight was stopped, and the fighter leading on points shall be declared the winner. Should this situation occur in the first round, the match shall be declared “No Contest” and no winner is declared.

5.4. Giving Up (SUR)
In cases where a Fighter voluntarily gives up because of injuries, or for any other reason, or if he or she does not resume fighting immediately after the intermission between rounds, the opponent shall be declared the winner. In these cases the Second shall throw a towel into the ring to signal that his/her Fighter gives up.

5.5. Victory by Referee Stopping Contest (RSC)
The Referee may stop a match if a Fighter is clearly outmatched or if he/she is a hazard to his/her own safety after the following guidelines:

  • If a Fighter in the judgment of the Referee is clearly overmatched and will face unnecessary punishment in the ring should the match be allowed to go on.
  • If a Fighter in the judgment of the Referee is unable to continue the match due to injuries or for any other physical reasons, the Referee must stop the match and call the official match Doctor to the ring.

5.6. No referee can decide how seriously a fighter is injured, He / She must call the doctor!

5.7. No Contest (NC)
A match may be stopped by the Referee before the prescribed time due to circumstances beyond the control of the Fighters or the Referee:

  1. The referee has to stop the match before the first round has finished.
  2. The safety equipment of the ring has been damaged.
  3. The ring is unsafe for use.
  4. The lighting over the ring is failing
  5. Weather conditions force the referee to stop the match.

Under such circumstances the match shall be stopped and a “no contest“, with no winner is declared.

5.8. Victory by Walk-Over (WO)
If one Fighter is present in the ring and ready to fight and his/her opponent fails to show after his/her name has been called over the loudspeaker, the Referee shall signal the Referee’s Table to start with the running of 1 minute. If the opponent has not entered the ring within a time limit of 1 minute, the Timekeeper shall strike the gong to signal that the match has been stopped. The Referee shall then announce the Fighter who was first in the ring & declare him/her the winner by “Walk-Over“. The Judges shall note this on their cards, which are then collected. The Judges shall then summon the fighter who has won on Walk-Over to the centre of the ring, and thereafter the announcement of the decision, raise his/her hand and declare him/her the winner.

5.9. The Three Knockdown Rule
There will be a “Three Knockdown Rule” in effect in any bout. The Referee will in all circumstances have to stop the contest when 3 Knockdowns or Standing 8 counts in one round, or 4 standing counts in the fight occur. Before a fallen Fighter resumes fighting after having been knocked down, or having slipped or fallen to the canvas, the Referee will wipe the Fighter’s gloves free of any dirt or moisture.

5.10. Minimum Kicking Requirement – MKR Rule
In all matches there will be no Minimum Kicking Requirement. Kicking Judges will not be required.

5.11. Knockdowns
Method of counting over a Fighter who has been downed. When a Fighter is knocked down, the Referee will send the standing fighter to the furthest neutral corner of the ring, pointing to that corner. He will audibly announce the passing of the seconds, and continue the count holding up fingers in front of the Fighter who was knocked down. If a Fighter is knocked down, the Referee will begin a mandatory eight count. If the Fighter then appears able to continue, he will allow the bout to resume. The Referee’s count is the only official count. The Referee shall not count past eight if a Fighter has risen to his feet. A fighter may not be saved by the bell, not even in the last round. However, if the bell sounds, ending a round, before a Fighter begins to fall, the Fighter will be allowed to return to his corner, being helped, if necessary, by only one of his Seconds. Should the opponent fail to stay in the furthest neutral corner, the Referee will cease counting until he has returned to it, and then resume the count at the point from which it was interrupted. If the Fighter does not rise before the count of ten, he will be declared Knocked Out and the bout will be awarded to his opponent. If, in the Referee’s opinion, the downed Fighter will not be able to rise by the count of eight, and he believes the fighter requires more immediate attention, he may signal the end of the bout before the count of ten by waving his arms in front of his face and immediately summoning the Fighter’s corner personnel and the Ring Physician to attend the downed Fighter. No referee can decide how seriously a fighter is injured, He / She must call the doctor ! A Fighter will be declared “Knocked Down” if any portion of his body other than his feet touch the floor. A Fighter will not be declared Knocked Down if he is pushed or accidentally slips to the floor. The decision as to whether a contestant has been pushed or slipped to the floor, rather than being knocked down, will be made by the Referee. If the fighter taking the count is still down when the Referee calls the count of ten, the Referee will wave both arms to indicate that he has been Knocked Out, and will signal that the opponent is the winner. A round’s ending before the Referee reaches the count of ten, will have no bearing on the count. There is no saving by the bell. In all bouts, the fallen Fighter must rise before the count of eight to avoid being knocked out. The Referee may determine during the rest period between rounds, that a Fighter is unable to continue the bout safely and is thus the loser of the bout by “Technical Knockout” (TKO). The Referee may, at his discretion, request that the ringside Physician examine a Fighter during the bout but from outside the ring only. Should the examination occur during the course of a round, the time shall be stopped until the examination is complete. If both Fighters go down simultaneously, counting will be continued as long as one of them is down. If both Fighters remain down until the count of eight, the bout will be stopped, and the decision will be a “technical draw”. If one Fighter rises before the count of eight and the other Fighter remains down, the first Fighter to rise shall be declared the winner by Knockout. If both Fighters rise before the count of eight, the round will continue. If a Fighter gets counted, each Judge must deduct 1 point from the scorecard, immediately when the round is over. The Judges shall always mark this knockdown with the letter K (for knock down) under “KD” in the Score-Card to indicate that the Fighter has received a knockdown.

6.0. FULL-CONTACT KICKBOXING PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:

The use of “clickers”, point adding machines, is high recommended. Violation of WKF rules and regulations, or infringements of the unwritten laws of good sportsmanship and fair play may lead to a Warning or Disqualification for a shorter or longer duration of time, depending on the seriousness of the violation or infringement. During the rounds neither of the Seconds may enter the Ring, or in any other manner hinder or disturb the proper proceeding of the fight.

6.1. Legal Techniques in Full-Contact Kickboxing
1. All forms of Boxing in combination with kicks above the waist to the body and the head. The use of “Spinning Back Fist” only with focus on the opponent, in all Ring divisions.
2. Rear (reverse) kicks to the body or the head, spinning back kicks to the body and to the head with Full-Contact to knock out the opponent. Foot sweeps are permitted.

The Judges shall base their evaluation of the fight on the following guidelines:
Best technique / Effective Parries and Counterattacks / Best combinations / Fighting spirit and initiative / Good sportsmanship and fair play / Number of clean hits scored / Number of minus points and Knockdowns / Defense / Ring-Craft / Fitness. To score points all effective legal kicks or punches must hit directly without being blocked or parried on any legal area. For punches and blows the technique must be delivered with the striking zone of the closed glove.

6.2. AGAIN: The kicker will always have the Advantage

If an official warning was given because of a “foul”, the Judges shall immediately mark these warnings with the letter W (for warning) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the Fighter has received a Warning. If an official Minus Point was given because of a “foul” and not just a warning, each Judge must deduct 1 point from the scorecard of the involved fighter, immediately when the round is over. (i.e. 10:9 assuming neither Fighter dominated).

The Judges shall always mark these points with the letter M (for Minus Point) under “fouls” on the scorecard to indicate that the Fighter has received a Minus Point. If a second official Minus Point was given in the same round, each Judge must deduct 2 points from the score of the involved fighter, immediately when the round is over.(i.e.10:8 assuming neither Fighter dominated). In case of a third official Minus Point in that match, the fight is over immediately by Disqualification. If a Fighter gets counted, each Judge must deduct 1 point from the Scorecard, immediately when the round is over (i.e. 10:9 becomes 10:8 because of the Knockdown).

The Judges shall always mark this knockdown with the letter K (for Knockdown) under “KD” in the Score card to indicate that the Fighter has received a Knockdown.

At the conclusion of the match all rounds are added up to the final score (i.e. 30:27) and the Fighter with more points on the Scorecards shall be declared the winner. Should a Judge observe a violation that has apparently escaped the notice of the Referee, and if he/she subsequently imposes a reasonable sanction upon the fighter committing the violation, he/she shall indicate that he/she has done just that by marking the points of the violating fighter with the letter J (for judge’s minus) and in writing state his/her reasons for the sanction. This incurs a Minus Point for the Fighter concerned.

7.0. RULES OF K1 KICKBOXING (Round Three)

7.1. K1 KICKBOXING AMATEUR CONTESTANTS:

K1 KICKBOXING PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:

 

8.0. RULES OF MUAYTHAI KICKBOXING (Round Four)

8.1. MUAYTHAI (THAI-BOXING) KICKBOXING AMATEUR CONTESTANTS:

MUAYTHAI (THAI-BOXING) KICKBOXING PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:

 

9.0. RULES OF MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) (Round Five)

9.1. MMA (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS) AMATEUR CONTESTANTS:
WKF MMA Rules permit all styles of Martial Arts fighting. The competitors fight the scheduled rounds to a Judge’s decision, or until one submits, or until the Doctor, Referee, or designated second stops the fight.

9.1.1. Fighters’ Eligibility

9.1.2. Amateur Status
No Fighter may compete in an WKF MMA Amateur bout, if the Fighter has competed as a Professional in any combat sport without the express written approval of the WKF.

9.1.3. Fighters’ Association Membership
WKF licensing is mandatory for all Fighters and Promoters. All fighters must sign an WKF approved liability waiver for each bout.

9.1.4. Suspended Fighters
Any Fighter who is currently under suspension by the WKF or by any athletic commission will not be permitted to participate in any WKF event for the duration of the suspension.

9.2. Pre Fight Regulations

9.2.1. Examination of Fighters
Any Fighter applying for eligibility to compete in an WKF event must be examined by a Physician certified by the WKF, to establish both physical and mental fitness for competition.

 9.2.2. Weight Time
Fighters will be weighed on or before the day of the match, at a time to be determined by the WKF A1 Supervisor, on scales approved by the WKF.

9.2.3. Minimum Ages of Fighters

  • No Fighter shall participate in an WKF MMA event, if he is less than 18 years of age.
  • Male and female cadets can fight in the category after the 16th birthday and before the 18th
  • All Fighters seeking eligibility to compete in an WKF event must provide proof of age, such as a notarized copy of their Birth Certificate, or a Government issued form of identification.

9.2.4. Fighters Must Report
All Fighters or representative Second, must attend the Pre-fight meeting held by the WKF Representative. This meeting will typically be following the weigh-in, or during the afternoon before the event. In addition, Fighters will be required to report for physicals, and to their dressing rooms, at the time specified by the WKF Representative. Failure to do so will result in fines as per the WKF fine schedule, and possibly result in the Fighter being dropped from the event. All fines will be retained by the WKF. All Fighters, once they report to the WKF Representative or the A1 Supervisor in charge of dressing rooms immediately prior to the start of an event, are not to leave the facility, and are subject to urinalysis and fines, if they do not remain in approved areas.

9.2.5. Fighters’ Appearance
All Fighters must be clean and present a tidy appearance. Only Vaseline may be applied lightly, and only to the face of a fighter. No other product may be permitted. Fingernails and toenails must be well trimmed.

9.2.6. Fighters Disqualified or Declared Ineligible
Fighters who are declared ineligible for their bouts due to excessive weight, misrepresented age, physical incapacities pre-known to the Fighter, or other wilful violation of WKF regulations, will be subject to fines and suspension by the WKF Supervisor. Unless otherwise specified in the Fighter’s contract, the Promoter will have no obligation to the ineligible Fighter, and may demand reimbursement from the Fighter for any expenses pre-paid by the Promoter. The Promoter will, however, be obligated to pay the expenses of the opposing Fighter who presents himself properly, plus any cancellation settlements if provided for in that Fighter’s contract. Fighters who are disqualified during their bout for wilful gross rule violations, or unprofessional performance, or who represent themselves improperly following their bout, may be subject to the same penalties, at the discretion of the WKF Representative, with the approval of the WKF Commissioner.

9.2.7. Fighters and/or Trainers on Suspension.
Fighters and or Trainers who are on disciplinary suspension may not participate in any function of a match for the duration of the suspension. They may not be in the locker room or at ringside in any role or capacity.

10.0. FIGHTERS, CORNERMAN, SECONDS APPAREL

10.1. Apparel
Apparel approved by the WKF Representative must be worn by all Fighters upon entering the ring. Any Fighters presenting themselves in attire deemed inappropriate may be fined by the WKF Representative, and will not compete in their bout until they present themselves according to regulations. No shoes, no shirts for male contestants, no metal zippers on shorts, no rings, jewellery, or items other than those allowed may be worn.

10.2 Protective Equipment

10.2.1. MMA GLOVES – STANDARD SPECIFICATION (minimum of 7 oz.)
All gloves must be of a professional quality and must be approved by the WKF Representative. All gloves must be made so as to fit the hands of any Fighter whose hands may be unusual in size. The make and type of all gloves must be approved in advance by the WKF Representative. The Referee must inspect and approve any tape used on the gloves. If the gloves have been used previously, they must be whole, clean and subject to inspection by the Referee or by the WKF A1 Supervisor as to condition. If they found to be imperfect, the gloves will be changed before the bout starts. No breaking, roughing, or twisting of gloves shall be permitted.

10.2.2. HAND AND FOOT/ANKLE WRAPPINGS
The wrapping of hands is allowed according to the following specifications: Fighters who wish to wrap their hands shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape. Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2 cm in width. Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 2.5 cm inches in width. One ten yard roll of gauze and not more than two yards of tape, are the maximum allowable amounts for each hand. No other materials, including pre-made hand wraps, shall be allowed; nor shall any amounts exceeding those listed be allowed under any circumstances. Gauze shall be for the protection of the hand only, and the amount shall be the discretion of the WKF Representative. Tape shall be present only to hold the gauze in place, and no more than one layer of tape be allowed on the striking surface of the hand and only 1 strip between the fingers. The wrapping of feet/ankles is not mandatory. Fighters who wish to wrap their feet/ankles shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape, or may use an approved neoprene ankle brace. Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2 cm in width. Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 2.5 cm in width. The use of footgear is prohibited. The WKF Representative, or his designee, must inspect all hand and foot/ankle wrappings.

10.2.3. GROIN PROTECTORS
All male and female Fighters are required to wear an approved groin protector. A plastic cup with an athletic supporter is adequate. A breast protector for female Fighters is high recommended.

10.2.4. MOUTHPIECE
All fighters must wear fitted mouthpieces. All fighters are required to have an extra mouthpiece ringside during their match.

10.2.5. Number of Seconds and their Appearance
Each Fighter may have up to three Seconds of his choice and each Second, while assisting the Fighter must wear an WKF approved uniform (subject to the approval of the WKF Representative), must present a neat and tidy appearance, provide a pail, tape, water bottle and other equipment necessary to perform his function. Seconds may not sit, stand on, lean on or touch the cage / ring apron during the course of the bout, nor otherwise interfere physically or verbally with the bout or the duties of the Officials. Seconds must remain in designated areas assigned to them by the WKF A1 Supervisor during the bout. The WKF A1 Supervisor may levy fines and/or disqualification of the Fighter for improper and unprofessional conduct by the Seconds. A Manager or Chief Second may toss a towel into the ring in token of the defeat of his principal.

11.0. CONDUCT OF BOUTS

11.1. Duration of Amateur Bouts
A maximum of three rounds three minutes with a break for one minute will be scheduled for each bout. In case of a draw one extra round for three minutes is compulsory. All cadets will fight for two rounds three minutes with a break for one minute. In case of a draw one extra round for three minutes is compulsory. The fight continues until one Fighter submits, his Corner throws in the towel, the Referee stops the fight or the Doctor stops the contest, or the time limit of the rounds expires. The time runs continuously and may be called or stopped only by the Referee in special cases, such as equipment malfunction or commitment of a foul.

11.2. Referee Instruction
The Referee will, before starting a bout, ascertain from each Fighter the name of his Chief Handler and will hold said Chief Handler responsible for the conduct of his Assistant Handler(s) during the progress of a bout. Immediately before the bout commences, the Referee will call the Fighters to the centre of the ring and address them for the final time before the bout commences. The Fighters will then return to their corner and wait for the Referee’s command to begin. The Referee will signal the Timekeeper and the bout will commence. The Referee will supervise the action of the bout insuring that it is conducted adhering to all of the safety and fairness rules, regulations and policies.

12.0. AUTHORIZED OFFENSIVE TECHNIQUES

12.1. LEGAL TECHNIQUES WHILE STANDING

  • Closed hand strikes to the head and body. Spinning Back Fist
  • Kicks to the head, body and legs
  • Knees to body and legs
  • Throws/Take downs/Sweeps
  • Standing Submissions
  • Chokes
  • Arm bars and locks
  • Shouldering

12.2. LEGAL TECHNIQUES WHILE ON THE GROUND

  • Closed hand strikes to body and legs
  • Submissions (Chokes, Arm Bars/Locks, Straight Leg Locks ONLY)

12.3. ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES WHILE STANDING (FOULS)

  • Elbows
  • Knees to head
  • Linear Kicks to knees
  • Stomps on feet
  • Groin strikes
  • Intentionally Hitting back of head
  • Spine or kidney strikes
  • Excessive Slamming
  • Throws onto head or neck (spiking)
  • Throws against a joint
  • Throwing out of competition area
  • Neck cranks (turning the neck)
  • Holding ropes or cage or holding the uniform or protective padding
  • Pinching, biting, gouging, and anything that might be considered “dirty fighting”
  • Fish hooking

 12.4. ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES WHILE ON GROUND (FOULS)

  • Elbow strikes
  • Neck cranks (twisting the neck)
  • Heel hooks
  • Finger locks or Toe Locks
  • Choking with hand on throat
  • Smothering (hand over mouth)
  • Spine locks
  • Hammer locks
  • Fish hooks
  • Groin strikes
  • Spine strikes
  • Throwing out of competition area
  • Pinching, biting, gouging, and anything that might be considered “dirty fighting”
  • Grabbing or holding the uniform or protective padding.

12.5. FOULS (other than those mentioned above)
Fouls, at the discretion of the Referee, based on the intent of the Fighter committing the foul and the result of the foul, may cause time to be stopped in the bout and warnings, recuperation time and/or Disqualification being issued. Anything not expressly included above as legal techniques may be considered a foul, including but not limited to:

  1. HEAD BUTTING
  2. EYE GOUGING
  3. BITING
  4. HAIR PULLING
  5. FISH-HOOKING
  6. GROIN ATTACKS OF ANY KIND
  7. PUTTING A FINGER INTO AN ORIFICE OR INTO A CUT
  8. SMALL JOINT MANIPULATION / FINGER LOCKS
  9. STRIKING THE SPINE OR THE BACK OF THE HEAD
  10. STRIKING WITH THE ELBOW OR FOREARM
  11. KNEE STRIKES TO THE HEAD
  12. LINEAR KICKS TO THE KNEES
  13. HEEL HOOKS
  14. SPINE LOCKS
  15. NECK CRANKS
  16. EXCESSIVE SLAMMING
  17. STOMPS ON THE FEET
  18. THROWS AGAINST A JOINT
  19. THROAT STRIKES OR GRABBING THE TRACHEA
  20. CLAWING, TWISTING OR PINCHING THE FLESH
  21. GRABBING THE CLAVICLE
  22. STRIKING THE HEAD OF A GROUNDED OPPONENT
  23. PURSUING AN OPPONENT TO THE GROUND WHO HAS BEEN DOWNED BY A DAMAGING STRIKE
  24. STOMPING A GROUNDED OPPONENT
  25. STRIKING THE KIDNEY
  26. SPIKING AN OPPONENT TO THE CANVAS ON HIS HEAD OR NECK
  27. PUSHING OR THROWING AN OPPONENT OUT OF THE RING
  28. HOLDING THE SHORTS OR GLOVES OF AN OPPONENT
  29. SPITTING
  30. ENGAGING IN ANY UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT THAT CAUSES AND INJURY
  31. HOLDING THE FENCE
  32. USING ABUSIVE LANGUAGE
  33. ATTACKING ON THE BREAK
  34. ATTACKING YOUR OPPONENT WHILE HE’S UNDER THE CARE OF THE REFEREE
  35. ATTACKING AFTER THE BELL
  36. FLAGRANTLY DISREGARDING THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE REFEREE
  37. TIMIDITY, INCLUDING AVOIDING CONTACT, LOSING YOUR MOUTHPIECE, FAKING INJURY
  38. INTERFERENCE FROM THE CORNER MAN

Fouls result in a point being deducted by the official Scorekeeper from the offending contestant’s score. (The Judges should only make notations of points deducted by the Referee, for each round). Only a Referee can assess a foul. If the Referee does not call the foul, Judges must not make that assessment on their own. A fouled Fighter has up to three minutes to recuperate. If a foul is committed:

  1. The Referee shall stop time and shall check the fouled contestant’s condition and safety. The Referee shall then assess the foul to the offending contestant, deduct points, and notify the Corner Men, Judges and official scorekeeper
  2. If a bottom contestant commits a foul, unless the top contestant is injured, the fight will continue. If top contestant is injured, he will be give his recovery time and then put back into top position if able to continue.

12.6. NOTE: A fighter who executes a fouling technique which is deemed malicious (with the intent of causing injury above and beyond the scope reasonably expected in a bout of this nature), may be subject to bearing the medical, as well as related recovery and recuperation expenses of the fighter who is injured as a result of such fouling technique.

12.7. FOULING, STOPPING THE BOUT
If the Referee determines that the fouled Fighter needs time to recover, he may stop the bout (and the time) and give the injured Fighter a reasonable amount of time to recover, up to a maximum of 3 minutes under normal circumstances. At the end of this reasonable rest period the Referee and the Ring Physician will determine if the fouled Fighter can continue the bout, if he can, the bout will continue. The results of the foul will be based on the following determination by the Referee:

  • If the referee determines that the foul was obviously committed by one of the fighters, and that the fouled Fighter did not contribute to the injury (by landing his groin on an opponent’s knee, etc.), the Referee can Disqualify the Fighter committing the foul and declare the fouled Fighter the winner.
  • If the Referee determines that the injured Fighter was responsible for his own injury, the Referee will not penalise his opponent in any manner. In this case, if the Referee or Ring Physician determines that the injured Fighter is unable to continue, he will lose by “Technical Knock-Out”.
  • If the Referee determines that there was no fault attributable to either Fighter (that the injury was caused by both Fighters), the Referee will allow the injured Fighter time to recover. If, at the end of the recovery period, the Referee or the Ring Physician determines that the fouled Fighter cannot continue, the bout will be called a “Technical Draw”.
  • If an injury occurs due to a suspected foul, that the Referee was unable to see, a “Blind Foul”, the Referee may, at his sole and final discretion, confide with the WKF Representative, to determine if and where the fault may be placed. A referee’s decision on fouls may be overruled at ringside only by the WKF A1 Supervisor, and then, only in the instance of a clear error or misapplication of the rules.

12.8. THE POWER TO STOP THE CONTEST
The Referee, the Fighter’s Chief second, the Doctor or the Fighter may stop contest. The Referee or the Doctor shall have the power to stop a bout at any stage during the bout, if he considers that either Fighter is in such condition that to continue might subject him to serious injury. Should both Fighters be in such condition that to continue might subject them to a serious injury the Referee will declare the match a “technical Draw”. A Fighter who submits or “taps out” or a Fighter whose Chief second “throws in the towel” loses the bout.

12.9. PROCEDURE FOR FAILURE TO COMPETE
In any case where the Referee decides that the Fighters are not honestly competing, that a knockout is a “dive”, or a foul is actually a prearranged termination of the bout, he will not disqualify a Fighter for fouling, nor render a decision. He shall stop the bout and declare it ended and an investigation will be initiated. The Announcer shall inform the audience that a “No Decision” was rendered. The WKF A1 Supervisor will have the final authority in rendering a decision on the match.

12.10. GROUND ACTIVITY RULE
If both Fighters have gone to the ground and neither is actively working to improve his position then they shall be separated and stood up by the Referee. The Referee shall immediately restart the bout from the standing position. If one Fighter has gone to the ground and the other fighter refuses to pursue his opponent to the ground and fails to administer legal strikes from the standing position the referee shall “stand up” the downed fighter and re-engage the action.

12.11. MOUTHPIECES
No Fighter will be allowed to begin any bout without a mouthpiece. Whenever the mouthpiece is knocked out by a fair blow or a foul tactic, or however the mouthpiece is dropped or spit out by the Fighter, the Referee shall wait for a lull in the activity of both Fighters, call time out, stop the bout in place, and replace the mouthpiece. Wilful dropping, or spitting out of the mouthpiece by a Fighter, shall also be deemed as a “delay of bout” foul, and the Fighter shall be penalised accordingly by the Referee. The mouthpiece is replaced whenever it is lost for any reason. All fighters must bring two mouthpieces to the ringside for use during their match.

 

13.0. MMA (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS) PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:

13.1. WEIGH-IN’S
Fighters will be weighed on at least two hours before the fight, or a day before the match, at a time to be determined by the WKF, on the same scales at the same time. Both fighters, coaches and WKF supervisor must compulsory attend the weigh-in.

13.2. MINIMUM AGE OF FIGHTERS
No fighter shall participate in an WKF pro MMA event, if he is less than 18 years of age. All fighters seeking eligibility to compete in an WKF event must provide proof of age with official pass port or ID card.

13.3. FIGHTERS MUST REPORT
All fighters, or representative second, must attend the pre-fight meeting held by the WKF Representative. This meeting will typically be following the weigh-in, or during the afternoon before the event. In addition, fighters will be required to report for physicals, and to their dressing rooms, at the time specified by the WKF Representative. All fighters, once they report to the WKF Representative or WKF A1 Supervisor in charge of dressing rooms immediately prior to the start of an event, are not to leave the facility, and are subject to (Drug Testing) urinalysis and fines, if they do not remain in approved areas.

13.4. FIGHTERS’ APPEARANCE
All fighters must be clean and present a tidy appearance. Only Vaseline may be applied lightly, and only to the face of a fighter. No other product may be permitted. Fingernails and toenails must be well trimmed.

13.5. FIGHTERS DISQUALIFIED OR DECLARED INELIGIBLE
Fighters who are declared ineligible for their bouts due to excessive weight, misrepresented age, physical incapacity’s pre-known to the fighter, or other wilful violation of WKF regulations, will be subject to fines and suspension by the WKF Supervisor. Unless otherwise specified in the fighter’s contract, the promoter will have no obligation to the ineligible fighters, and may demand reimbursement from the fighter for any expenses pre-paid by the promoter. The promoter will, however, be obligated to pay the expenses of the opposing fighter who presents himself properly, plus any cancellation settlements if provided for in that fighters contract. Fighters who are disqualified during their bout for wilful gross rule violations, or unprofessional performance, or who represent themselves improperly following their bout, may be subject to the same penalties, with the approval of the WKF A1 Supervisor.

13.6. FIGHTERS AND/OR TRAINERS ON SUSPENSION
Fighters and or Trainers who are on disciplinary suspension may not participate in any function of a match for the duration of the suspension. They may not be in the locker room or at ringside in any role or capacity.

 13.7. “STANDING 8 COUNT”

  • In NO professional MMA bouts the referee may administer a standing 8 count to a fighter who is in trouble.
  • If a fighter is obviously knocked-out by a any punch, elbow or kick, the fight is over.
  • If the attack was correct we have a clear winner.
  • Fighters who have been knocked out will be kept lying down until they have recovered.
  • When a fighter is knocked out, no one will touch him except the referee who will remove his mouthpiece, until the ringside physician enters the ring and personally attends the fallen fighter and issues such instructions as he sees fit to the fighter’s handlers.
  • If a fighter suffers an injury, has been knocked out, or has participated in an unusually punishing bout, or if a technical knockout decision has been rendered against him by the referee, such fighter will be placed on the ill and unavailable list for such period of time as may be recommended by any approved WKF physician who may examine him.
  • A fighter who loses a bout by head knockout will be suspended from competition by the WKF for a minimum of 30 to 90 days.
  • A fighter who loses a bout by technical knockout will be suspended for 30 days, or longer, if substantial head or body trauma was involved.

14.0. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION, SAFETY REGULATIONS AND FEES

14.1. Physical Examinations and Safety Regulations
The attending Physician will have a suitable place or room in which to make his examinations. His fees shall include temporary or emergency treatment to any injured Fighter in the arena or dressing room. The fees for such examination shall be borne by the Promoter. The Physician to be retained must have been the recipient of an M.D. or D.O. degree, or recognized international equivalent.

14.2. TIME AND EXAMINATION
A thorough physical and eye examination will be given to each Fighter by the attending physician at the time of weigh-in, unless otherwise specified by WKF Local Commission.

14.3. EXAMINATION ORDERED BY THE WKF
Any Fighter who participates in an WKF sanctioned event, may, at the request of the WKF A1 Supervisor, be required to submit to a pre-fight or post-fight blood and/or urine examination for foreign substance. Any Fighter who refuses to submit to the examination will be immediately suspended for a length of time as specified by the WKF, and will be subject to disciplinary action.

14.4. REJECTIONS AND REPORTS
Should any Fighter examined prove unfit for competition, the Fighter must be rejected, and an immediate report of the fact made to the Promoter and the WKF Representative. The examining Physician will, one hour before the start of any event, clarify in writing to the WKF Representative that the Fighters are in good physical condition.

14.5. REPORTS OF ILLNESS
Whenever a Fighter, because of injury or illness, is unable to take part in a bout for which he is under contract, he or his Manager must immediately report the fact to the WKF. The Fighter will then submit to an examination by a Physician designated by the WKF. The examination fee of the physician is to be paid by the Fighter, or the Promoter, if the latter requests an examination.

14.6. CONTINUOUS PRESENCE OF PHYSICIAN AND EMERGENCY MOBILE UNIT
At least one licensed Physician, possessing an M.D. or equivalent degree, and one standby emergency mobile unit with appropriate personnel and equipment, all approved in advance by the WKF, must be in attendance at all WKF sanctioned events. The use of two Physicians at ringside is strongly recommended. The mobile unit must include a full range of resuscitative equipment and be parked inside or adjacent to an entrance of the building hosting the event. The Physician(s) must sit at immediate ringside throughout the duration of the bouts. A stretcher (backboard and neck brace) and oxygen tank, and containers of “instant ice”, should be readily available at ringside. No bout will be allowed to proceed unless the Physician is in his seat. The Physician shall not leave until after the decision in the final bout. He shall be prepared to assist if any serious emergency arises, and will render temporary or emergency treatments for cuts or minor injuries sustained by the Fighters. Under no circumstances are the Fighters Seconds permitted to enter the ring, or to attend to a Fighter in any manner whatsoever, during the course of a bout (outside of the rest periods). The ringside Physician can inspect and injury, but not render treatment to an injured Fighter during the course of a fight.

14.7. REPORT OF INJURY
All attending Physicians must report all cases in which the Fighters have been injured during a bout, or have applied for medical aid after an event. If a Fighter has suffered a knockout, or any other severe injuries whether in or out of the ring, and whether or not connected with WKF, and has on such account been treated by his personal Physician or has been hospitalised, he and his Manager must promptly submit to the WKF World Head Office a full report from such Physician or hospital.

14.8. FIGHTERS KNOCKED OUT
Fighters who have been knocked out will be kept lying down until they have recovered. When a fighter is knocked out, no one will touch him except the official ring Doctor / Physician, who will remove his mouthpiece and personally attends the fallen Fighter and issues such instructions as he sees fit to the Fighter’s Handlers. If a Fighter suffers an injury, has been knocked out, or has participated in an unusually punishing bout, or if a technical knockout decision has been rendered against him by the Referee, such Fighter will be placed on the ill and unavailable list for such period of time as may be recommended by any approved WKF Physician who may examine him. A Fighter who loses a bout by knockout will be suspended from competition by the WKF World Head Office for a minimum of 30 days. A Fighter who loses a bout by technical knockout will be suspended for 30 days, or longer, if substantial head or body trauma was involved.

14.9. SUSPENSION FOR DISABILITY
Any Fighter rejected by an examining Physician will be suspended until it is shown that he is fit for further competition. Any Fighter suspended for 30 or more days for his medical protection, or suspended for a hard fight will take the same examination as required for the eligibility physical, except as directed by the WKF World Head Office. The physician may require any other procedure, including an electroencephalogram, if indicated.

14.10. ADMINISTRATION OR USE OF DRUGS
Use by a Fighter of any of the substances listed as illegal by the American Association of Boxing Commissions, or any other illegal drugs, will result in disqualification from his bout, and fines and suspension by the WKF IRC Chairman Mr Robert Wilesmith.

15.0. RINGSIDE OFFICIALS

15.1. Ringside Officials and Duties.
A Referee, two Timekeepers, three Judges, an WKF A1 Supervisor, a Physician, all approved by the WKF, will be employed at all WKF sanctioned WKF events. All WKF Officials must be WKF certified. The WKF World head Office will appoint to each event a WKF A1 Supervisor who will be responsible for the assignment of the Officials. The WKF A1 Supervisor will work with the Promoter in the assignment of the ringside Officials, but the final authority for the selection and appointment of all ringside Officials shall rest with the WKF A1 Supervisor.

15.2. TIMEKEEPER’S EQUIPMENT
The Promoter will guarantee that the necessary timekeeping equipment will be available whether via arrangements through the ring/cage provider or through the WKF A1 Supervisor.

15.3. TIMEKEEPER’S DUTIES
The Timekeeper will keep the time during each bout, starting and stopping the official clock, for time-outs designated to him by the Referee.

15.4. TYPES OF BOUT RESULTS:

Submission by:

  • Tap Out
  • Verbal tap out

TKO by:

  • Referee stops bout
  • Ringside Physician stops bout
  • Corner stops bout

KO by:

  • Failure to rise from the canvas

15.4.1. Decision via score cards:

  • Unanimous – When all three Judges score the bout for the same contestant.
  • Split decision – When two Judges score the bout for one contestant and one Judge scores for the opponent.
  • Majority – When two Judges score the bout for the same contestant and one Judge scores a draw.
  • Disqualification, forfeit, technical draw, technical decision, no contest.

15.5. SCORING SYSTEM
Using the 10-Point Must Scoring System Judges are required to determine a winner of a bout that ends after the initial scheduled number of rounds have been completed. 10 points must be awarded to the winner of the round and nine points or less must be awarded to the loser, except for a rare even round, which is scored (10-10).

15.6. CHANGE OF DECISION
A decision rendered at the termination of any bout is final, and cannot be changed unless the WKF Representative at the event, or subsequently the WKF Commissioner, determines that any one of the following occurred:

  • There was collusion affecting the results of any bout.
  • There was a clear violation of the rules or regulation governing WKF bouts which affected the result of any bout.
  • A judge mixed up the corners.

If the WKF A1 Supervisor or Commissioner determines that any of the above occurred with regard to any bout, then the decision rendered shall be changed as the WKF Representative or Commissioner may direct.

16.0. CHAMPIONS REGULATIONS

16.1. WKF EXTREME COMBAT SPORTS TITLE DEFENSE
A new WKF Champion will have the option of defending the title within the first six months of their reign. After six months a title defense will be mandatory, if there is more the one qualified challenger the Champion may choose which challenger he will defend against. A Champion must respond to a challenge within seven days of receiving it.

  • If a Champion had not made a defense for more than twelve months they will be declared inactive, they would have no choice but to defend against the first qualified challenger, confirmed by the WKF World Head Office.
  • If a Champion had not made a defense for more than eighteen months and declared inactive, the WKF can declare the title vacant without giving notice. The WKF has the final decision on whether a challenger is qualified.

16.2. CHAMPIONS CONDUCT
WKF Champions must conduct themselves in public in a professional and sports man like manner. Any behavior likely to bring the WKF or the sport into disrepute may result in disciplinary action or stripped of the title. If a Champion is convicted of a violent crime, they will be automatically stripped of the title and will face disciplinary action and possible suspension for competing on WKF sanctioned events.

16.3. VACATING TITLES
If a current Champion wins the next title in line (e.g. if a regional Champion wins a National Title) the lesser title will be automatically vacated with the exception of the British and Commonwealth titles which can be held and defended simultaneously. If e.g. a British Champion challenges for a World title regardless of the outcome the British will be automatically declared vacant. If a Champion moves up or down a weight division and wins a title of the same level in the same style/rules (e.g. if the British Welterweight Muaythai Champion wins the British Super Welterweight Muaythai Title) the Champion may hold both titles for a period of three (3) months after which he must choose the weight division he want to compete in and the title he want to keep, then vacate the other title.

16.4. DRAW AFTER TITLE FIGHTS
In case of a draw after any title fight following decision occurs: “One final extra round”

17.0. PROTEST
All protests over the decision of a match shall be verbally registered only by the protesting fighter and/or his chief handler to the WKF A1 Supervisor prior to the end of the event, who will note the nature of the protest in his Representative’s report. The WKF A1 Supervisor can ask all involved Judges, but his decision is final. No protest will be considered unless accompanied by the appropriate fee of US$100.00. All parties should recognize that the WKF has NO authority over local authorities and cannot change their rules. The standard for review is “clear” evidence which would justify a change of decision, or “clear” circumstances which in the best interest of the sport, would justify a change in decision. Any questions on the rules of the WKF should be directed to the WKF World Head Office at: admin@wkf.org.au.

 

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