WORLD KOBUDO GRAPPLING RULES ADULTS

Overseas
female
Overseas
male
featherweight
- 50,2 kg
leight
- 65,8 kg
leight
50,3 - 59 kg
middle
66 - 74 kg
middle
59,1 - 68,2 kg
leightheavy
75,1 - 84,3 kg
leightheavy
68,3 - 77,4 kg
heavy
84,4 - 93,2 kg
superheavy
+77,5 kg
superheavy
93,3 kg

 

Europe
female
Europe
male
featherweight
- 50 kg
leight
66 kg
leight
50 - 59 kg
middle
66 - 75 kg
middle
59 - 68 kg
leightheavy
75 - 84 kg
leightheavy
68 - 77 kg
heavy
84 - 93 kg
superheavy
+77 kg
superheavy
93 kg

All adult matches will start from a standing position, no striking of any kind will be allowed. Throws, sweeps and take-downs are allowed, but will not be considered as Atop superiority@.
NOTE: Suplexes, slamming and any other throws done with excessive force are not allowed.
The goal is submission, if there is no submission within the fight time, the winner of the match will be decided by referee majority, based on superiority/dominance. There will be no draws or overtime. Please refer to point system for explanation of superiority.
NOTE: Gradual force must be used at all times, excessive force on any technique will mean an immediate disqualification.
The referee has the right to stop the match if they believe the competitor is in danger of suffering an injury (ie: If a submission is locked on for more than 3 seconds and the opponent is unwilling to tap out)
It is mandatory to wear a GI (uniform).

LEGAL TECHNIQUES:
Wrist locks - Arm locks - Elbow locks - Shoulder locks - Neck restraints(chokes) - Foot locks - Ankle locks - Knee locks - Leg locks - Submission holds.

ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES:
No striking of any kind is allowed, (ie: punching, kicking, elbow or knee strikes)
No head butts, biting, eye-gouging, hair-pulls, or groin strikes.
No finger chokes, finger locks or toe locks.
No excessive force allowed on any technique.
No direct pressure to the trachea, (ie: eyes, nose and mouth)
No wearing shoes or boots, (bare feet only) ankle may be wrapped due to injury.
No suplexes, slamming or other throws done with excessive force.
No stopping or stalling the match
No unsportsmanlike conduct
NOTE: Any of the above tactics executed intentionally will result in immediate disqualification.

Stalling the match while the competitors are standing will result in a warning. (The goal is ground grappling). After the warning, the referee will start the competitors on their knees. A warning will only be given twice. The next step is the disqualification of the competitor who was viewed as stalling.

Stalling the match while on the ground: This is a submissions tournament, not a hold-down tournament. A competitor may stay in a superior position as long as there is evidence that he or she is trying to obtain a submission. If the competitor is not working for a submission and seems to be resting or stalling, the referee will say Awork@, if the competitor keeps stalling and has not yet changed position or is switching from one hold to another without evidence of attempting to obtain a submission the referee will stop the match and have the competitors continue the match from standing. The warning will only be given twice, the third step is disqualification of the competitor who is stalling

If competitors are standing and go out of bounds: the referee will call Abreak@ (the timer will stop time). The competitors will face off in the centre of the ring and continue the match when the referee signals Abegin@. If a competitor seems to be stalling by going out of bounds, the Astalling@ rule will apply.


If competitors are on the ground and go out of bounds: If the competitors are in a Atop superior@ position, the referee will say Afreeze@ (the competitors must not move) after which the competitors will be dragged to the centre of the ring. If the competitors are too heavy to be dragged they will be asked by the referee to return to the centre of the mat and continue the match in that same position. If the competitors go out of bounds in a Anon superior@ position, the referee will stop time and have the competitors return to the ring and continue the match from a kneeling position, the referee will again signal Abegin@. In the case of intentional out of bounds the Astalling@ rule will apply.

While on the mat, competitors cannot approach or talk with the referee (such conduct may result in disqualification). If a competitor disagrees with a decision, his or her trainer/instructor may approach the head referee to discuss the situation. If the centre referee leaves the mat area after his decision, that decision becomes final.

REFEREE CONDUCT

Must not be centre referee if his/her student is competing.
Referee must verify that the competitors have trimmed toe & finger nails and have clean uniform.
Must have competitors shake hands before and after each fight.
One competitor must wear a Red belt, and the other a White belt.
The referee will use hand signals to communicate with the time keeper.
If a side official stands up, the centre referee must stop time immediately to find out why.
When the centre referee leaves the mat area after a decision has been made, that decision is final.
Referee starts the match with the command of ABegin@.
Referee stops the match with the command ABreak@.
When there is a submission the referee will call ABreak@, the competitors will then line up and the referee will raise the hand of the winner to indicate to the crowd and call AWinner@.

DIVISIONS

Beginners: Under 1 year of grappling experience.
Intermediate: Between ! And 2 years grappling experience.
Advanced: Over 2 years grappling experience.

TIME LIMIT
All adult divisions are 5 minutes.

POINT SYSTEM
Adult: If there is no submission the fight will be decided by 3 officials based on superiority/dominance.

TOP SUPERIORITY
Mounted on opponent.
Cross body on opponent.
On opponents back with feet hooked in.
Competitor who was closest to achieving a submission.

LESS SUPERIORITY
Other holds.
Reversal or clean escapes from holds.
Throws.
Overall aggressiveness.

WEIGHT DIVISIONS
MALE
Light weight: 145 lbs and under (65.7 kilos) - Middle weight: 146 lbs. to 165 lbs. (74.8 kilos)
Light Heavy weight: 166 lbs. to 185 lbs (83.9 kilos) - Heavy weight: 186 lbs. to 205 lbs. (93 kilos)
Super Heavy weight: Over 205 lbs.

FEMALE
Feather weight: 110 lbs. And under (49.9 kilos) - Light weight: 111 lbs. to 130 lbs. (59 kilos)
Middle weight: 131 lbs. to 150 lbs. (68 kilos) - Light Heavy weight: 151 lbs to 170 lbs. (77.1 kilos)
Heavy weight: over 170 lbs.

JUNIORS AGES 15 AND UNDER

Rules for Juniors are the same as Adults except as noted:
The match will be awarded for holds and superiority on the ground. All hold-downs and throws will be taken into consideration. After each successful hold-down both competitors will be restarted from a starting position.

POINT SYSTEM
Hold-downs must be for a minimum of 10 seconds

TOP SUPERIORITY
Mounted on opponent.
Cross body on opponent.
On opponents back with feet hooked in.
Scarf hold-down

LESS SUPERIORITY
Other holds.
Reversal or clean escapes from holds.
Throws.
Closest to achieving a hold-down.

TIME LIMIT
All Junior divisions 3 minutes.

DIVISIONS
All Junior divisions will be divided by size, weight and experience on the day of the competition