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Old 06-12-2009, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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American Taekwondo Association Striking Rules for Competition

Here are the striking rules of a style of Taekwondo that has over 1,500 schools and has instructed over one million students. This is a style of Taekwondo developed as an art form and life betterment. It does exactly what it is designed to do and does it well. Unfortunately many people see this style and feel that Songham Taekwondo represents the fighting aspects of Taekwondo.

Swpt - When I mentioned the style of the art that trains people to keep their hands lower than recommended, this was the style. You'll see the rules of sparring drive that behavior and why so many people get such a negative view of Taekwondo as a fighting art.

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ATA Tournament Sparring Rules

This is an unofficial summary of the rules of ATA sparring competition. For the official rules, please click here.
(http://www.ataonline.com/the_ring/rules/index.asp)

Legal target areas
Hand strikes are allowed to the front of the body only. The legal target area is the region above the belt, below the neck, and in front of the side seams of the uniform. Hand strikes are not permitted to the back, the head, or below the belt.

Kicks are allowed to the front of the body (just like hand strikes) and also to the front, sides or back of the head. (This includes the sides and back of the neck, but not the front of the neck.) Kicks are not permitted to the back or below the belt.

Forbidden techniques
The following techniques are not permitted:

* Grabs or holds
* Joint locks
* Sweeps
* Throws
* Spinning (blind) hand strikes
* Pressure points
* Elbow or knee strikes
* Any technique to an illegal target area

Scoring points
Full contact is not permitted in ATA tournaments. To score, a technique need only come within a short distance of the target (black belts should touch the target lightly). If it is clear that the only reason you did not penetrate the target is that you chose not to do so (as opposed to your partner preventing you from doing so by blocking or evading) then the judges should give you the point.

Points are awarded on the following basis

* One point: Any hand strike or kick to a legal part of the body (below the neck)
* Two points: Any kick to a legal part of the head, or any jump kick to a legal part of the body (below the neck)
* Three points: Any jump kick to a legal part of the head

Warnings
Any illegal conduct can earn you a warning from the judges. In particular, you will be warned for kicks or hand strikes to illegal target areas. If you get two warnings then your partner is awarded a "penalty point." For each additional warning, your partner gets another point.

If you make physical contact to an illegal target area (such as a punch to the head), then your partner is awarded a penalty point. If your conduct is malicious or reckless then you can be disqualified from the match.

Winning
A competition match lasts two minutes. If you score five points or more before that time limit is reached, then you win the match. If not, then the person with the most points at the end of the two minutes is the winner. If the score is tied after two minutes, then the match enters a "Sudden Victory" round. All points and warnings are wiped clean and the next point wins the match.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems it would be better to post the WTF rules, since that is the dominant style in the US and the rest of the world, the Olympic style, and the one that allows full impact strikes.
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I mainly posted the ATA rules as a demonstration of how so many people form opinions of Taekwondo based on their exposure to styles such as Songham (ATA) and how that exposure is misconstrued as how Taekwondo fares as a fighting art.

Honestly WTF rules only differ from ATA in terms of contact. WTF does not allow striking with the hand(open or closed) to the head.


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WTF Competition Rules

Article 14. Prohibited Acts
1. Penalties on any prohibited acts shall be declared by the referee.
2. In the case of multiple penalties being committed simultaneously, the heavier penalty shall be declared.
3. Penalties are divided into "Kyong-go" [warning penalty] and "Gam-jeom" [deduction penalty].
4. Two "Kyong-gos" shall be counted as deduction of one [1] point. However, the odd "Kyong-go" shall not be counted in the grand total.
5. A "Gam-jeom" shall be counted as minus one [-1] point.
6. Prohibited acts: "Kyong-go" penalty
A. Inteference with the progress of the match
a. Crossing the Boundary Line
b. Falling down
c. Evading by turning the back to the opponent
B. Undesirable acts
a. Grabbing the opponent
b. Holding the opponent
c. Touching the opponent with the hand or the trunk
d. Pretending injury
e. Butting or attacking with knee
f. Attacking the groin
g. Stamping or kicking any part of the leg or foot
h. Hitting the opponent's face with hands or fist
i. Interrupting the progress of the match on the part of the contestant or the coach
j. Avoiding the match
7. Prohibited acts: " Gam-jeom" penalty
A. Inteference with the progress of the match
a. Throwing down the opponent by grappling the opponent's attacking foot in the air with the arm or by pushing the opponent with the hand
b. Intentionally attacking the fallen opponent after declaration of 'Kal-yeo'.
c. Intentionally attacking the opponent's face with fist
B. Undesirable acts
a. Temporary suspension of the match due to violent remarks or behaviors on the part of the contestant or the coach
8. When a contestant refuses to comply with the Competition Rules or the referee's order, the referee may declare the contestant loser by penalty after one (1) minute.
9. When the contestant receives minus three [-3] points, the referee shall declare him/her loser by penalties.
10. "Kyong-go" and " Gam-jeom" shall be counted in the total score of the three rounds.
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