Tournament Rules and Regulations

Jul 21, 2015; Mississauga, Ontario, CAN; Paige McPherson of the the United States (blue) fights Julia Vasconcelos of Brazil (red) in the women’s taekwondo 67kg semifinals during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Mississauga Sports Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-230714 ORIG FILE ID: 20150721_pjc_si8_188.JPG

The following items, as approved by the International Taekwondo Federation Board of Directors, are temporary amendments made to the Official I.T.F. Rules of Competition, and are in effect for all competitors participating in the I.T.F. World Championships to be held in Wellington, New Zealand.

The benefits and effects of these rules will be further investigated, with the goal of permanent adoption as articles in the official I.T.F. Rules of Competition.

1. Safety Equipment (T. 7)

All competitors must wear approved sparring gear and mandatory matching head gear of a Blue and/or Red colour for free sparring competition.

2. Team Pattern – Performance (T. 29)

Teams (5 competitors) will perform as follows:

– Team Red Optional Pattern

– Team Blue Optional Pattern

– Team Red Designated Pattern

– Team Blue Designated Pattern

The designated Pattern and optional Pattern being any from CHON-JI to GE-BAEK.

3. Power Breaking (T. 44)

– In power breaking it is permitted to MOVE forward, slide, skip and or jump,

– A forearm guarding block must be adopted before and after each attempt to break the board(s).

– The step criteria and L-Stance ready position is not required any longer.

– The four highest scores will set 1st, 2nd and two (2) 3rd place winners.

Note: Only in the event that two or more competitors tie for third place, with the same total score, in the same round of breaking, will there be two 3rd place winners.

4. Special Techniques (T. 46)

– It has been approved (and tried out in the World Cup 2008) that the long flying side kick will be changed into  the “ Twimyo noomo yopcha jirugi- High Flying Side Kick“ (For Height)

Note: Only in the event that two or more competitors tie for third place, with the same total score, in the same round of breaking, will there be two 3rd place winners.

5. Special Techniques (T. 47)

– The four highest scores will set 1st, 2nd and two (2) 3rd place winners.

Note: Only in the event that two or more competitors tie for third place, with the same total score, in the same round of breaking, will there be two 3rd place winners.

6. Pre-Arranged Free Sparring (T. 51)

Two (2) participants follow a prepared scenario that enables them to skilfully exhibit a wide variety of techniques without fear of injury. They shall participate according the following rules and regulations:

– Pre-arranged free sparring must consist of Traditional Taekwon-Do movements as shown in the ITF Encyclopaedia, Manuals CD Rom and as taught in the International Instructor Courses.

– Attacking techniques must be a blocked or avoided and must be performed with realism.

– Competitors may be from 1st to 6th degree and may be Male, Female and/or Mixed Couples.

– Duration of one (1) round: minimum 60 seconds – maximum 75 seconds.

– Competitors shall enter the ring, bow, assume an L-stance guarding block and at the command of Si-Jak by the centre referee the bout time will start.

– The bout time ends with a final blow and when one competitor shouts goman indicating the end of the bout assuming an L-stance guarding block.

– Teams that exceed the 75 seconds bout duration will receive 0 points.

– NO protection gear may be worn.

– Only one acrobatic sequence per competitor may be performed during the bout.

– Teams performing more than one acrobatic sequence technique during the bout shall receive deduction of points.

– Teams shall compete according to the pyramid system.

– In the event of a tie teams will compete once more until the places are decided.