RULES and REGULATIONS

CHAPTER Α’ GENERAL GUIDELINES

Paragraph 1. ORGANISING AUTHORITY

A. As organizing authority of the World Competition is appointed the Panhellenic Federation of Self Defense Martial Arts Training in cooperation with and under the aegis of the World Kobudo Federation.

A2. The organizing authority ensures a special area of conducting the competitions according to the requirements of this significant event.

In any case, it will provide with all the requisites for the complete and simultaneous operation of two (2) to six (6) venues for the competitions of all categories.

Paragraph 2. COMPETITIONS VENUE AND EQUIPMENT

A1. The area of competitions will be at least 5 X 5 m² and it will be composed of anti-shock mats, such as ‘puzzle’ mats, ‘judo’ mats or of any equivalent material.

A2. The area outside the place of competition, which is called Safety area will be at least three (3) meters in case of consequent competition areas.

Α3. Τhe distance among the secretariat, the judges and the area of competitions will be at least two (2) meters.

A4. The distance between the audience and the competition area will be at least three (3) meters.

Paragraph 3. PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS-ASSOCIATIONS-DOJO

A. Only students over the age of ten (10) have the right to participate.

A2. The participations will be sent to the following e-mail address info@self-defense.gr to the organizing authority, ten (10) days before the beginning of the World Self Defense Competition.

A3. The School representative/representatives will be appointed and sent to the following e-mail address info@self-defense.gr to the organizing authority, six (6) days before the beginning of the World SelfDefense Competition.

A4. An unlimited number of participations of contestants shall be applied. (School demonstrations will be allowed one demonstration every 15 participants of each school.
For instance: A school with 29 participants will be able to compete with one demonstration. A school with 30 to 44 contestants will be able to compete with two demonstrations of different participants and so on.

A5. The age of students is estimated based on the year of birth. The date of birth is not taken into account.
Any school which will provide false data concerning the age of a contestant will be disqualified.

A6. If a contestant exhibits inappropriate behavior (towards the contestants, the judges, the audience or any other person), the head judge will be able to decide their disqualification from the competition.

If the inappropriate behavior of the contestant continues, the head judge in consultation with the
organizing authority will be able to decide their disqualification for the rest of the event.

Paragraph 4. COMPETITOR’S REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

A. Competitor ID card (It is received by the Special Secretariat for the World Competition and with this only can the competitor enter the area of competitions. The competitor keep the Competitor ID card as a memento.)

A2. Participation Card (It is received by the Special Secretariat for the World Competition and with this only can the competitor participate in the competition. The card is handed in the Secretariat before thebeginning of each category.)

Paragraph 5. PARTICIPATION FEE FOR THE COMPETITION

A. The competition fee is set

  • for the Junior boys-girls age 10 to 13, to twenty-five (25) euro,
  • for the young boys-girls age 14 to 17, to thirty (30) euro
  • and for the men-women over the age of 18, to thirty-five (35) euro.

A2. The competition fee for the school demonstrations is set to 10 euro per person for all ages.

A3. The participation fee concerns all competitors of School- Associations who have signed up by e-mail,
regardless of the fact that they may not participate in the end, for different reasons.

Paragraph 6. REPRESENTATIVES OF SCHOOLS – ASSOCIATIONS – DOJO

A. Every school-association-dojo has the right to appoint a representative for every ten (10) competitors who will participate from his school-association. The name, surname, grade, style, country will be sent by e-mail to info@self-defense.gr six (6) days before the beginning of the World Competition.

A2. The higher limit allowed for every school-association is three (3) representatives.

A3. The representative is responsible for the discipline of the members of the team they represent, as well as for the punctual arrival of the competitors of each category.

A4. The representative takes part- attends the first meeting of the organizing authority.

A5. The representative has the right to complain in written about any violation of the regulation.
The representative must refer to the paragraph of the regulation and justify their complain.

A6. It is forbidden for the representative to interfere with the activities of the coordinators or the decisions of the judges.

A7. During the competition, each couple can be attended by only one representative who will be situated in a preassigned position (usually on a chair next to the area of competition.)

A8. The representative cannot be a judge in a category in which a member of his team competes.

In special cases, which are defined by the organizing authority, the representative can be a judge of a competitor of his team.

A9. The representative will be dressed in the appropriate formal outfit, as defined by the Federation, either this of the Instructor or the one of the competition judge, or the formal outfit of his system.

A10. If a representative exhibits inappropriate behavior (towards the contestants, the judges, the audience or any other person) the head judge will be able to decide their removal for the rest of the competition.

If the inappropriate behavior of the representative continues, the head judge in consultation with the organizing authority will be able to decide their removal for the rest of the event.

Paragraph 7. COMPETITION CATEGORIES

Three categories of competition are specified A1, A2, B1 (In some cases, there is the possibility of forming a new category, for instance, the Master category for the competitors from the 4th Degree
Black Belt)

A. Individual

A1. Self-Defense Techniques Competition (Junior boys-girls / young boys-girls /men-women) – See Chapter B’.

A2. Weapons (young boys-girls /men-women) – See Chapter C’.

B. Style Demonstration (mixed)

B1. Demonstration Competition of School Association teams (Mixed) See Chapter D’.

Paragraph 8. COMPETITORS’ CATEGORIES

A. Junior Boys / age 10 – 13

A1. Beginners (to name but a few, white yellow orange belt or equivalent according to each style)
A2. Intermediate (among others, green purple – blue belt or equivalent according to each style)
A3. Advanced (indicatively, brown – red belt black 1st to 3rd Degree or equivalent according to each style)

B. Junior Girls / age 10 – 13

B1. Beginners (to name but a few, white yellow orange belt or equivalent according to each style)
B2. Intermediate (among others, green purple – blue belt or equivalent according to each style)
B3. Advanced (indicatively, brown – red belt black 1st to 3rd Degree or equivalent according to each style)

C. Young Boys / age 14 – 17

C1. Beginners (to name but a few, white yellow orange belt or equivalent according to each style)
C2. Intermediate (among others, green purple – blue belt or equivalent according to each style)
C3. Advanced (indicatively, brown – red belt black 1st to 3rd Degree or equivalent according to each style)

D. Young Girls / age 14 – 17

D1. Beginners (to name but a few, white yellow orange belt or equivalent according to each style)
D2. Intermediate (among others, green purple – blue belt or equivalent according to each style)
D3. Advanced (indicatively, brown – red belt black 1st to 3rd Degree or equivalent according to each style)

E. Men / over the age of 18

E1. Beginners (to name but a few, white yellow orange or equivalent according to each style)
E2. Intermediate (among others, green purple – blue belt or equivalent according to each style)
E3. Advanced (indicatively, , brown – red belt black 1st to 3rd Degree or equivalent according to each style)

F. Women / over the age of 18

F1. Beginners (to name but a few, white yellow orange or equivalent according to each style)
F2. Intermediate (among others, green purple – blue belt or equivalent according to each style)
F3. Advanced (indicatively, , brown – red belt black 1st to 3rd Degree or equivalent according

Paragraph 9. JUDGES

A. In the categories of Beginners and Intermediate 3 judges* are appointed.

B. In the category of the Advanced 5 judges** are appointed.

C. In the category of School Demonstrations 5 judges** are appointed.

*A. The total of the grades of all three judges will be calculated
**B and C. Both the higher and the lower grade will be extracted and the total of the grades of the three remaining judges will be calculated.

9.1 Head Judge.
The Head Judge is assigned by the organizing authority and is responsible for the compliance with the regulation. He is the one who can stop a competition or demand the repetition of a technique. He is the one to declare a winner in case of a draw.

Paragraph 10. COMPETITORS’ DRESS CODE

A. As specified by the Federation the trousers of each school and (special T-shirt of the competition they are included in the participation fee and will be received by the Special Secretariat of the World Self Defense Competition) must be clean and in good condition. Any tearing, tampering or extracting from the outfit will bring upon disqualification. Shorts and leggings are forbidden. The couple has the right of two-minute-time (2) to comply with the recommendations of the Head Judge.

A2. Concerning the category of school demonstrations, each school is dressed in an outfit of its choice.

A3. The personal health and hygiene of the competitors must be of high level. (Participants who have a cold, a runny nose, a cough or a bandage in an obvious part of the body etc. are not allowed to compete)

A4. The competitors must have short nails in hands and feet.

A5. Jewellery of any kind, form and cause are forbidden.

A6. Long hair must be tied back with a soft rubber band.

A7. The competitors are not allowed to wear glasses. The use of contact lenses is allowed under the competitors’ responsibility.

A8. In the categories of weapons, the assistant as well as the defense will necessarily be wearing special protective glasses, which will be approved by the judges before the beginning of the competition.

Paragraph 11. SECRETARIAT

A. In every part of the competition there will be two secretaries.

A2. They will register the name of the person in defense and of the assistant before the beginning of the competition in the special form of the competitions.

A3. They will register the grades of the judges in the special form of the competitions.

A4. Every secretariat will have, apart from the special form of competitions, an A4 size notepad, two blue and two red pens, a calculator and a timer.

Paragraph 12. DEFINING WINNERS

A. For each categories, four places are assigned (first, second, and two third places)

A2. The definition of the winners is specified for each category, by the final grade of the secretariat, signed by the head judge.

Paragraph 13. AWARDS OF THE COMPETITION

A. All participants enjoy a special medal and a special certificate of participation.

A2. The first four (4) places per category are awarded with a special Custom, a significant equivalent medal, while both members ‘assistant-person in defense’ will be awarded with an equivalent special diploma which certifies their position.

A3. With a special certificate, as an honor, the older man and the older woman of the competition are awarded.

A4. All school- associations-dojo’s receive a special diploma of participation with their name on it.

A5. The first three schools in victories are awarded with a special diploma or a special award (a plaque or a cup)

A6. A special award (a plaque or a cup) and a special diploma will receive the three schools associations with the most participated members.

A7. A special diploma will receive the judges.

A8. A special diploma will receive the representatives of Schools – Associations – Dojo

Paragraph 14. CANCELLATION – PERFORMANCE IN A CATEGORY

A. In order to conduct each category, it must be completed with at least five (5) participations.

A2. If a category is cancelled due to a small number of participants, the competitors with the approval of their representatives can compete in the next category.

Paragraph 15. CASES NOT MENTIONED IN THE REGULATION

A. Any incident not mentioned in the regulation will be dealt with according to the decision made by the head judge and the approval of the rest of the judges.

A2. In case of a non common decision of the judges, the final decision will be made by the person in charge of organizing the event, appointed by the Federation.


CHAPTER B’ SPECIFICALLY:

1. COMPETITION OF SELF-DEFENCE TECHNIQUES

Paragraph 1. COMPETITORS

A. Every couple consists of two (2) participants. One (1) assistant (attacker-feeder) and the competitor (defender-receiver).

B. Every couple strictly consists of two (2) people of the same gender and same age category.

Paragraph 2. GRADES

Α. The grades are defined from 5,1 to 8 in beginners category, from 6,1 to 9 in the intermediate category and from 7,1 to 10 in the advanced category using decimal number system.

Α2. The integral part (before the decimal point) will be from 5 to 10.

A3. The decimal part (after the decimal point) will be from 1 to 9.

Paragraph 3. OBTAINING THE SAME NUMBER OF POINTS-TIE SCORE

A. In case of a tie score between two couples, which are in the final quad, each couple of the Beginners and Intermediate Category will conduct a technique which they have competed in, chosen by the defender.

A2. In case the couples obtain the same score again, the head judge will define the winner.

A3. In the event of a tie score of more than two couples, the first grade of the head judge will define the winner, or his final judgement.

A4. In case of a tie score between two couples, which are in the final quad, each couple of the (Advanced) Category will execute a new technique.

A5. In case the couples obtain the same score again, the head judge will define the winner.

A6. In the event of a tie score of more than two couples, the first grade of the head judge will define the winner, or his final judgement.

Paragraph 4. CRITERIA OF GRADING

A. The grades will be appointed based on the following seven principles.

A1. Presentation: the way the competitors enter the area of competition, the posture, greeting, ending the presentation.

A2. Performance in slow motion (only for the advanced category): the way of presenting the technique (balance, rhythm)

A3. Performance in normal speed: the accurate performance in executing in comparison with the presentation in slow motion, control of strikes.

A4. Cooperation: Synchronization of the couple.

A5. Being realistic: effectiveness, realism, difficulty, practical application, synchronization, rhythm, speed, balance, dynamic attacking, control, variety in techniques.

A6. Theatrical performance- Choreography: attractiveness, impression, scenario.

A7. The attack of the assistant as well as the defense of the competitor must be performed using accurately the techniques.

Paragraph 5. CANCELLATION- DISQUALIFICATION

A. No correlation of slow motion and normal speed (category of advanced).
A2. Disrespect towards the judges, the competitors and the audience.
A3. Injury of the assistant due to absence of control of the competitor.
A4. Presentation of techniques not predicted in the category.

Paragraph 6. BEGINNERS

A. Every competitor will execute two (2) techniques in normal speed.

A2. The first technique will be against any type attack performed using the hand (e.g. direct/jab/cross, hook, palm hand, slapping, hammer, uppercut etc.)

A3. The second technique will be against an attack of pushing or grabbing coming from any position angle, in vertical position, executed with one hand.

A4. The assistant as well as the competitor, in both techniques, will start from a standing position.

A5. The techniques may result in the neutralization or immobilization of the rival.

Paragraph 7. INTERMEDIATE

A. Every competitor will execute three (3) techniques in normal speed.

A2. The first technique will be against any attack performed using the hand (e.g. direct/jab/cross, hook, palm hand, slapping, hammer, uppercut etc. elbow etc.)

A3. The second technique will be against any attack of a combination of two strikes coming from any position angle, in vertical position, executed either with hands or hand-leg.

A4. The third technique will be against an attack of pushing or grabbing coming from any position angle, in vertical position, having the ability to be executed with both hands.

A5. The assistant as well as the competitor, in the three techniques mentioned above, will start from a standing position.

A6. The techniques may result in the neutralization or immobilization of the rival.

Paragraph 8. ADVANCED

A. Every competitor will execute four (4) techniques, first in slow motion and afterwards in normal speed.

A2. The first technique will be against any attack performed using the hand (e.g. direct/jab/cross, hook, palm hand, slapping, hammer, uppercut elbow, spinning back fist, finger jab etc.)

A3. The second technique will be against any attack of a combination of two strikes executed either with hands, hand-leg or leg-hand.

A4. The third technique will be against any attack using the hand or leg which will include one block or parry one deflection or one avoidance or one counter- attack performed by the assistant during the technique.

A5. The forth technique will be against an attack of pushing or grabbing coming from any position angle, in vertical position, having the ability to be executed with both hands.

A6. The assistant as well as the competitor, in the four techniques mentioned above, will start from any position.

A7. The techniques may result in the neutralization or immobilization of the rival.


CHAPTER C’ SPECIFICALLY:

COMPETITION OF WEAPONS SELF- DEFENSE TECHNIQUES

Only for the categories of young boys-girls 14 – 17 and men-women 18+

Paragraph 1. COMPETITORS

A. Every couple is composed of two (2) participants. One (1) assistant (attacker – feeder) and one (1)competitor (defender – receiver).

B. Every couple is strictly composed of two (2) members of the same gender and same age category.

C. As weapons in the categories of Beginners and Intermediate are defined a knife (or any kind of short edged weapon), or a stick (or any kind of an impact weapon) up to the length of the hand or a sword as defined in each style.

C1. As weapons in the categories of Advanced are defined a knife (or any kind of short edged weapon), or a stick (or any kind of an impact weapon) up to the length of the hand or a sword as defined in each style (Boken, Shinai, Bolo, Chinese etc.), the bo / staff up to plus-minus the height of the competitor, the flexible weapons (belt, rope, cloth etc.), the firearms simulators as well as any improvised weapon.

D. The weapons, which are strictly training weapons, before the beginning of the competition will be presented to the judges and the competition will start after being approved of.

D1. If one (or more ) weapon is not approved by the judges, the couple has two (2) minutes to change weapons. After the two-minute time, the couple will be disqualified.

Paragraph 2. GRADES

Α. The grades are defined from 5,1 to 8 in beginners category, from 6,1 to 9 in the intermediate category and from 7,1 to 10(excellent) in the advanced category using decimal number system.

Α2. The integral part (before the decimal point) will be from 5 to 10

A3. The decimal part (after the decimal point) will be from 1 to 9

Paragraph 3. OBTAINING THE SAME NUMBER OF POINTS-TIE SCORE

A. In case of a tie score between two couples, which are in the final quad, each couple of the Beginners and Intermediate category will conduct a technique which they have competed in, chosen by the defense.

A2. In case the couples obtain the same score again, the head judge will define the winner.

A3. In the event of a tie score of more than two couples, the first grade of the head judge will define the winner, or his final judgement.

A4. In case of a tie score between two couples, which are in the final quad, each couple of the Advanced Category will conduct a new technique.

A5. In case the couples obtain the same score again, the head judge will define the winner.

A6. In the event of a tie score of more than two couples, the first grade of the head judge will define the winner, or his final judgement.

Paragraph 4. CRITERIA OF GRADING

A. The grades will be appointed based on the following six (6) principles.

A1. Presentation: the way the competitors enter the area of competition, the posture, greeting, ending the presentation.

A2. Performance in slow motion (only for the advanced category): the way of presenting the technique (balance, rhythm)

A3. Performance in normal speed: the accurate performance in executing in comparison with the presentation in slow motion, control of strikes.

A4. Cooperation: Synchronization of the couple.

A5. Being realistic: effectiveness, realism, difficulty, practical application, synchronization, rhythm, speed, balance, dynamic attacking, control, variety in techniques, ability of using a weapon.

A6. The attack of the assistant as well as the defense of the competitor must be performed using accurately the techniques.

Paragraph 5. CANCELLATION- DISQUALIFICATION

A. No correlation of slow motion and normal speed.

A2. Disrespect towards the judges, the competitors and the audience.

A3. Injury of the assistant due to absence of control of the competitor.

A4. Presentation of techniques not predicted in the category.

Paragraph 6. BEGINNERS

A. Every competitor will execute two (2) techniques in normal speed.

A2. At first, the assistant will demonstrate the weapon attack.

A3. The first technique will be against any attack performed with a short edged weapon (knife).

A4. The second technique will be against any attack performed with an impact weapon (stick).

A5. The assistant as well as the competitor, in both techniques, will start from a standing position.

A6. The defense, in both techniques, will be able to defend unarmed or with a weapon of their choice, from the weapons allowed in their category.

A7. The techniques may result in the neutralization or immobilization of the rival.

Paragraph 7. INTERMEDIATE

A. Every competitor will perform three (3) techniques in normal speed.

A2. The first technique will be against any attack conducted with a short edged weapon (knife).

A3. The second technique will be against any attack conducted with an impact weapon (stick) or a long edged weapon (sword).

A4. The third technique will necessarily be unarmed in any kind of attack with the weapons allowed of their category.

A5. The defense, in the first two techniques, will be able to defend unarmed or with the use of a weapon of their choice from the weapons allowed in their category.

A6. The assistant as well as the competitor, in the three techniques mentioned above, will start from a standing position.

A7. The techniques may result in the neutralization or immobilization of the rival.

Paragarph 8. ADVANCED

A. Every competitor will perform four (4) techniques. Every technique will be presented, at first, in slow motion and afterwards in normal speed.

A2. The first technique will be against any attack conducted with a short edged weapon (knife).

A3. The second technique will be against any attack conducted with an impact weapon (stick) or a long edged weapon (sword).

A4. The third technique will necessarily be unarmed in any kind of attack with the weapons allowed of their category.

A5. The forth technique will be against any offensive action, with a combination of two attacks, either by one or double weapon.

A6. The defense, in the first two techniques as well as in the forth, will be able to defend unarmed or with the use of a weapon/weapons (or they can use the weapon of the assistant after his being disarmed) of their choice from the weapons allowed in their category, except for the firearm simulator.

A7. The assistant as well as the competitor, in the four techniques mentioned above, will start from any position.

A8. The techniques may result in the neutralization or immobilization of the rival.

Paragraph 9. TEAM PERFORMANCE- Only for the advanced

A1. The defense competes against two (2) assistants.

A2. The regulation applied is the same as in the individual performance.


CHAPTER D’ SPECIFICALLY:

COMPETITION OF SCHOOLS’ DEMONSTRATION IN SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES

Paragraph 1. COMPETING MEMBERS

A. Every team is composed of at least four (4) members up to ten (10) the most.

A2. The members can be mixed in gender with a free number of choices according to the day.

Paragraph 2. GRADING

Α. The grades are defined from 7,1 to 10 (excellent) using decimal number system.

Α2. The integral part (before the decimal point) will be from 5 to 10.

A3. The decimal part (after the decimal point) will be from 1 to 9.

Paragraph 3. OBTAINING THE SAME NUMBER OF POINTS-TIE SCORE

A1. In case two teams obtain the same score and are in the final quad, the head judge in cooperation with the judges will define the winner.

A2. In the event of a tie score of more than two teams, the first grade of the head judge will define the winner, or his final judgement.

Paragraph 4. CRITERIA OF GRADING

A. The grades will be appointed based on the following four (4) principles.

A2. Presentation: the way the competitors enter the area of competition, the posture, greeting, ending the presentation.

A3. Performance: Presentation of demonstration (balance, rhythm, technical training, synchronization)

A4. Creativity: scenario

A5. Theatrical performance- Choreography: attractiveness, impression, difficulty, timing, speed, balance, dynamic attack, control, variety of techniques.

Paragraph 5. CANCELLATION- DISQUALIFICATION

A1. Disrespect towards the judges, the competitors and the audience.

A2. Injury of a member due to absence of control during the demonstration.

A3. Completion or end of the demonstration before or after the time limit predicted.

Paragraph 6. DURATION OF DEMONSTRATION

A. The least time defined is three (3) minutes starting from the entrance of the team.

A2. The most time for the completion of the demonstration is defined at six (6) minutes.

Paragraph 7. PRESENTATION

A. Every team can present the demonstration partly or as a whole- continuous.

A2. Every team can use one of its members as inactive-if it serves the script.

A3. The team will be able to use any weapons of the allowed list of the regulation.

A4. The weapons will be presented to the judges and will be used after being approved of.

A5. The demonstration must, in most of its part, present and promote Self-Defense.