Tournament Rules

 In general we will follow the rules outlined in the AKA Rule Book. Rules for Point Sparring, Self-Defense, and Team Form divisions are summarized below. See the  AKA RULE BOOK for additional information, including the definition of Creative and Extreme forms and weapons divisions.

Point Sparring: We will follow AKA and NASKA rules, so hand contact to the head is allowed. Scoring is 1 point for a successful hand technique, 2 points for successful kick. You will need to  wear head protection, a mouth guard, and shin guards (we will have those to loan if you don’t own any), gloves that cover the fingers, and boots that cover the toes. Chest protection is optional as is a face guard. Rounds are 2 minutes or until there is a 7-point advantage. We will spar for 3rd and 4th place as well as first and second.

If there are 3 competitors in a division (A, B, C), competitor (C) will get a bye. If competitor A wins the first bout, but then loses to C, C will get first place, A second, and B third. If competitor A wins both bouts, then B and C will spar for 2nd and 3rd place.

Self-Defense:The goal of the competitors is to demonstrate practical self-defense techniques through the safe performance of self-defense scenarios (choreographed attack and defend sequences). Each competitor can perform up to three attack-defense scenarios. A competitor may do three single attacks with one attacker each or a sequence of attacks from multiple attackers. Any combination of three attacks is acceptable. Two of the attacks must be empty handed. The third attack may use a weapon. All self-defense techniques will be empty handed, although the defender may use a weapon to finish a scenario if it was taken from the attacker.

Judges will base their scores on the following:

  • Practicality – are the techniques in the realm of possibility.
  • Effectiveness – would the techniques sufficiently control or disable the attacker.
  • Focus – were the techniques aimed at the appropriate targets and performed well.
  • Speed and Distance – were the techniques performed quickly and did they finish close enough to the attacker to demonstrate control yet seem realistic.
  • Originality and choreography – this criterion will be applied to Black Belt competitors only.

Competitors will be divided into divisions as needed. Remember, safety is the primary concern in self-defense demonstrations.

Team Forms: Family Team members can be any age or rank. Other Teams will compete in the division of the oldest and/or highest rank member of the team. For example, if any team member holds a Black Belt, the team must compete in a Black Belt division, even if other team members are underbelts. If any team member is over 18, the team must compete in an adult division.