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Cincinnati Bando Group 2017 Open Style Martial Arts Tournament

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Shroder High School

5030 Duck Creek Road

Cincinnati, OH 45227

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  1. GENERAL:
    1. The sparring bouts will be continuous and judgment of a winner will be determined by a simple majority of the Ring Judges at end of the time period.
    2. The sparring bouts will be one round, two minutes in duration, unless otherwise determined by the Tournament Director. For Black Belt Divisions the final fight for 1st Place will be three (3) rounds, 90 seconds per round (1.5 minutes).
    3. Each sparring will consist of a Ring Referee positioned in the center and two or four Ring Judges positioned at each of the ring’s four corners.
    4. The Ring Referee will break a tie in the Ring Judges’ decision. A disputed decision by the ring staff may be appealed to the Tournament Director’s whose decision is final.
    5. Competitors shall be required to spar from the middle or long range, entering to close range only temporarily to deliver offensive techniques and then immediately withdrawing back to the middle or long range. Clinches are permitted; but, fighters will be immediately separated by Ring Referee.
    6. All competitors must have their own complete set of safety equipment to include:

●Mouth piece ●Head protector

●Shin pads ●Groin protector for all males

●Soft, foam-padded safety gloves

[NO MMA GLOVES]

  1. All competitors may use the following optional equipment:

●soft, padded safety-kick ●Chest protector for women

boots or instep pads and children

  1. Intentional hard contact is not allowed to any target. However, light contact is permitted to the head protector. Such contact touches the head protector; but, does not cause injury or pain.

  1. PERMITTED TARGETS:

●Front and sides of torso ●Legs (except knee joint)

●Face (except eyes) (outside thigh, inside & outside calve)

●Sides of head ●Lead leg fast sweep


  1. EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN TARGETS:

●Back of head ●Top of head

●Throat ●Spine

●Knee/Elbow joint ●Groin

●Inside thigh

  1. PROHIBITED ACTS:
    1. Continuing to fight after the “break” is called by the Ring Referee or Ring Judges.
    2. Fighting outside of the ring.
    3. Drawing blood either with a single blow or cumulative blows.
    4. Executing blind techniques.
    5. Striking with the knees, elbows and/or head.
    6. Executing throws or other grappling-oriented techniques.
    7. Striking an opponent after she or he has dropped a mouthpiece.
    8. Unsportsmanlike conduct including unbecoming actions, profanity and disrespect towards the competitors or the officials.
    9. Interference during a match of a coach/instructor by stepping into the ring, excessively shouting instructions, or engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct.
    10. Any refusal of competitor or coach/instructor to obey commands of the Ring Referee or tournament officials.
    11. Failure to wear approved safety equipment (no safety equipment should have loose or torn pieces which could injure a competitor, in the judgment of the Ring Referee).
    12. Intentional heavy contact to any target as judged by the Ring Referee.

Violations, even in the first instance, may result in a competitor’s disqualification from the bout. Repeated violations in the same or subsequent bout(s) may result in disqualification from that competition or the tournament, based on the joint decision of the Ring Referee and Ring Judges.

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