MARA Martial Arts Referee Association

Non Profit Organization

The Martial Arts Referee Association

Rules

Black Belts Rules Overview

Forms & Weapons

⇒ Competitors compete in random order.

⇒ Judges will watch all competitors before giving out scores.

⇒ Judges will use the “2” point deviation rule before presenting scores.

⇒ There are no introductions before forms.

⇒ There are no re-starts. If a competitor drops his or her weapon or they forget their form, they

cannot restart the form. If they pick up their weapon and finish the form, they receive a “zero”

score.

⇒ In the traditional weapon division, only non-tapered staffs (Bo) are allowed.

⇒ Competitors are responsible for their own music player.

⇒ No words or lyrics in the music.

Point Sparring

⇒ All matches are one round of 2 minutes.

⇒ The winner is determined by who is ahead at the end of the round.

⇒ The winner must win by a 2 point margin of victory. If the match is ties or one fighter is ahead

by only 1 point, the fight resumes until the 2 point margin is achieved.

⇒ All fighters are required to wear, helmet, foam dip hand pads, foam dip kick pads, mouth guard,

groin protection and shin guards. All equipment will be inspected and should be fitted and in

good repair, no tape or rips. No ring star shoes. All hand pads must have fingers enclosed.

⇒ Fighters must wear long pants, belt and uniform top or school t-shirt.

⇒ All techniques thrown must display, balance, focus and control and be targeted to legal striking

area.

⇒ 1 point for all hand techniques

⇒ 1 point for a body kick

⇒ 2 points for head kick

⇒ 2 points for a jump kick to the body and 3 points for jump kick to the head.

⇒ Fighters are allowed one coach. Any abuse of officials or unsportsmanlike behaviour of the

coach will result in a penalty point awarded to the other fighter.

   Colour/Kyu Belt rules

Divisions

⇒ Competitors compete their age as of January 1st.

⇒ Each school has a different belt system. It is the competitor’s responsibility to know what category they should enter

     {Novice, Intermediate, Advanced}.

⇒ It is the competitor’s responsibility to have a proper uniform {no shorts or tank tops, school t-shirt only} and proper 

sparring equipment. {helmet, mouth guard, foam dip gloves, foam dip kicks, groin protection.} equipment must cover

toes and fingers and be in good condition.

Weapons

⇒ Competitors compete in random order.

⇒ Judges watch all competitors before scoring.

⇒ Judges use the “2 point deviation rule” before presenting scores.

⇒ All weapons will be checked for safety before the start of the division. Any weapon deemed unsafe will not be allowed

in the competition.

⇒ If a weapon breaks during a form, the competitors receives a “0” score.

⇒ If a competitor drops their weapon, they can re-start once with a .05 deduction. This deduction is done by the judges

before scores are presented.

⇒ If the division is just “weapons” then competitors may perform a traditional or open style form

⇒ In case of a tie, individual scores are compared to determine if 2 judges scored a competitor higher.

Forms

⇒ Competitors compete in random order.

⇒ Judges watch all competitors before scoring.

⇒ Judges will use the “2 point deviation rule” before presenting scores.

⇒ If a competitor forgets their form they may re-start once with a .05 deduction. This deduction is done by the judges

before scores are presented.

⇒ Competitors are encouraged to use introductions before their performance.

⇒ If the division is just “Forms” then competitors may perform a traditional or open style form.

⇒ In case of a tie, individual scores are compared to determine if 2 judges scored a competitor higher.

Point Sparring

⇒ Matches are determined by who reaches 5 points first or who is ahead after 2 minutes.

⇒ 1 point for all hand and kicking techniques.

⇒ Proper equipment is mandatory. Head guard, mouth guard, foam dip hand pads that cover thumb, foam dip feet pads

that cover heel and toes, groin cup and shin guards. Chest guards and face shields are permitted.

⇒ All techniques thrown must display; control, balance and focus.

⇒ Legal scoring areas: stomach, chest, rib cage and head.

⇒ Non –scoring areas: groin, spine and back of head.

⇒ Competitors may touch the body and head gear with a controlled technique, however no facial contact is permitted.

⇒ Il-legal techniques include: kicks below the belt, sweeps, grabbing, throws, knees, elbows, blind spinning kicks, all

spinning back fists.

⇒ If a fighter throws an illegal technique or an uncontrolled technique, they will be penalized, hit or miss.

⇒ Any infraction of these rules will result in an immediate penalty point or disqualification. No warnings.

⇒ Fighters are allowed one coach, however coaches must address their fighters not the referees. Any abuse of an official

will result in a penalty point being awarded. The centre referee has the power to award this penalty point. Coaches can

respectfully ask for clarification of a call. If the call is still in dispute an arbitrator can be called.