Friend of Arizona Rules
First off, we would like to express our gratitude to all of you for being here and showing such strong support for our league. We appreciate your time and efforts, as we cannot make this even successful alone. Thank you very much for your support!
The Friends of Arizona Tournamentt League was established to be a fair and friendly teaching league that promotes fellowship among competitors, fair and consistent judging, and sound principles for the upcoming generation of martial artists in Arizona to follow when judging or competing.
The following are guidelines established to assist judges in their efforts to evaluate competitors consistently.
All center judges will lead the rings. Most center judges will be the promoters of the Friends of Arizona League or certified Friends of Arizona Judges. This is to ensure that our standards will be upheld so that everyone will have a great time and an all-around good experience, win or lose. A good tournament experience on the part of all competitors is essential to our future success.
Center judges are expected to communicate with all of the other judges in their ring(s). This includes efforts at educating our younger or less experienced judges, and promoting consistency among the more experienced. Please do not become offended by this, as we are a “teaching league”
All center judges will select 2 black belts from different dojos. This is to ensure the fairness in judging, All black belt judges are encouraged to pose questions to their center judge in any should come to mind before, during, and/or after the event. ALL JUDGES SHOULD BE IN UNIFORM. All Competitors must be in uniform.
Forms are to be judged on the following features of a competitor’s performance” Focus/concentrations, speed, power, positive attitude, strength, and their confidence in their knowledge of their form. They are NOT to be judged on whether or not their version is the same as one you are familiar with, as many variations exist. The time limit is 3 minutes for each competitor.
a) For 8 or less competitors: Scoring will be either from 9.90-9.99, or 9.80-9.89 ( one a 10-point scale)
b) For more than 8 competitors: Scoring will be from 9.80-9.99 (a 20-point range)
Point sparring will consist of a 5 point match, with 2 points awarded for kicks and 1 point awarded for punches. Matches are NOT to exceed 2 minutes. It is the center judge’s duty to be sure that a time keeper/score keeper is keeping track.
Points should not be awarded unless they are under control. For example, if a punch or kick is going through the target, it is not considered controlled. Spinning back fists are another example because it is considered a “blind technique”. All techniques should either have a good pull-back or it should be obvious that it was a deliberate set-up for the next technique.
PLEASE REMEMBER: NO WILD/CRAZY TECHNIQUES SHOULD BE SCORED! SAFETY FIRST PLEASE!
Face contact: Light contact ONLY ALLOWED IN BLACK BELT LEVEL. Please remember this is LIGHT contact, so all face techniques MUST be pulled-back with complete control. There is NO face contact for under belts. For a first face-contact (if light), one point must be deducted (under belts only). For the second contact, or hard contact (regardless of whether it is 1st or 2ndcontact), the competitor will be automatically disqualified.
Lead Hand Jabs: Lead hand jabs DO NOT score body! To score, one must follow with a reverse punch with good body power.
Below the Belt: NO contact below the belt at ANY level! Keep in mind that the groin is a TARGET AREA ONLY for black belts. This means that the kick must not make contact and must be pulled back with decent control. There will be no kicks to the legs, no sweeps and no grabs!
Cheering or Coaching: ONLY ONE BLACK BELT COACH PER STUDENT. This is to ensure that parents/ friends are maintaining better sportsmanship and are not getting out of hand. If some one other than the one black belt coach coaches, it is the duty of the center judge to keep is under control.
Score sheets are filled out in the order of “first to register, last to compete”.
Thank you very much and let’s all work together to make this a fun and safe event for everyone involved!