EMAC Rules

EMAC’s mission is to provide fair, safe, competitor focused martial arts tournaments.

 EMAC Code of Conduct

Tournament Officials

EMAC Officials are known for excellence, integrity and professionalism in Judging and in Conduct when officiating at martial arts competitions. In order to maintain the Highest Standards for Excellence, Safety and Ethics, the following Standard of Excellence will be strictly enforced.

  1. EMAC Officials must dress in their proper uniform
  2. EMAC must not fraternize with their students in the ring they are judging in.
  3. EMAC Officials must not enter any ring they are not judging in unless there is an injury to their students or they are asked by the Center Referee.
  4. EMAC Referee must observe the 2 foot “No Coaching Zone” around each competition area, whether marked or not.
  5. No Negative Coaching is allowed at anytime
  6. No acts of Vulgarity, Profanity, Violence or Extreme Outward displays of anger will be tolerated.

Competitors

All competitors will also be held to the Highest Standard of Excellence. There will be Zero Tolerance for Unsafe or Un-sportsmanlike Behavior. This includes any disrespectful gestures or behavior while performing or attending at any EMAC event.

Spectator/Instructor/Coach or other Participant

  1. No Negative Coaching will be allowed at anytime
  2. No person may step into a ring unless their student or child is injured or invited by Center Referee.
  3. No acts of Vulgarity, Profanity, Violence or Extreme Outward displays of anger will be tolerated.

Violations may be treated with disqualification from the division in which the person is competing in and Disqualification from the current and any future EMAC Event and or a request to leave the event.

Our primary goal is to provide a Safe, Fair and Motivating Environment in which a competitor can test their skills. It is through our example of Excellence that we can achieve our goal.

Rules: (updated 02-11-16)

  • CMX: Empty Hand or Weapon Form

All movements & gymnastics are allowed. Music required and all equipment is responsibility of competitor. Weapon(s) may not be used to strike the floor at anytime. Must bring own music and music player. No bad language.

Judging based on use manipulation, control of the weapon(s), creativity then look at Balance, Stances, Focus, Technical, Presentation, & Difficulty

  • Forms/Weapons Rules:

Judging is based on difficulty and execution of techniques/forms.  Both modern and traditional.  Scoring is 9.80-10 with 9.90 as average (unless more than 20 in a division).

Only under Black Belts may restart form once.  If weapon is dropped a score is still given.

NEW: judge each person, one at a time, write notes, then bring back up for scoring. Can only use top 4 numbers once.

  • Point Karate Rules: Center Refs are encouraged to stop action and call for points if contact occurs. Refs are to physically step in when they yell “Break”. Center will stop action and say “Call” all Referees will signal their point.

Light contact, 1:30 minute round or 5 point match; whichever comes first.  Face contact allowed-light contact.  All techniques 1 point.  Sweeps allowed to non-supporting leg ONLY if followed by attempt to score.  Trapping allowed for 1 second ONLY if followed by attempt to score.

Required gear: head cages for ALL ages, footgear, hand gear, mouthpiece, groin cup (males).  No boxing gloves or MMA gloves. No bops to top of the head; martial arts techniques allowed.

Only one coach allowed to sit in coaches chair and coach. Coaches may call 1 ten second timeout.

Point Karate legal target areas:
Above the belt, entire head, front of torso, and kidneys.  No groin contact.

Warnings: 
1st verbal warning, 2nd takeaway point, 3rd takeaway point, 4th DQ-loss from match; warnings are added; and not separate warnings.

Officials can DQ competitor at any time. On purpose blood rule in effect except in Adult Black Belt Point Karate. 

King of Ring is first to 5 pts no time limit!

  • Continuous Karate Rules:

Will take place in same ring as point karate

Continuous Karate is defined as an event involving (2) individuals engaged in one 1:30 min Round Light Contact continuous karate match.

Required Safety Gear:

All competitors must wear a mouth guard. Males- cup and supporter.   All competitors must wear a helmet with a face shield. Gloves that cover the knuckles and backside of fingers (must be soft foam). Foot pads that cover the complete top of the foot and be soft foam.   Shin pads are optional, but recommended

Chest protectors for ages 9 and below required and highly recommended for all others.

EMAC reserves the right to add or eliminate divisions. If only one competitor, then may go up to next skill level if division isn’t already in session. If not exhibition match is the default.

Target Areas

Ages 17 & Below & Adult Under Black Belts: The entire front of the torso from front of shoulder to the waist. No front leg sweeps allowed.

Adult Black Belts: same and sides of the head, no face contact

Match Duration:

Each match will be one round of 1:30 minute each.

Scoring: Center Refs will separate competitors after 3-5 hand strikes to encourage kicks

Athletes will be judged on:

1 – Ring Generalship. 2 – A good balance of punching and kicking, scored equally. 3 – Good, clean quality technique. 4 – If all 3 areas above are even then we will look at who connected more which is the quality & quantity of the techniques

In the event one athlete wins the first 2 rounds then the match is over. If tied after 2 rounds then a 3rd sudden victory round will take place.

Match Winner:

The end of each match, The Center referee will yell “CALL” and each The Corner Referees will hold up the flag of the athlete winning that round at a 45% angle in the air immediately. The Center Referee will hold up their hand in the same manner.

New: If round becomes one sided or non-competitive; referee can stop match and award winner. Safety of the competitors. Referee reserves right to stop match at any time.

Warnings:

  • Contact Warning: Attacking illegal targets including but not limited to the head
  • Stepping out of bounds with both feet (unless pushed by the opponent). One foot in is allowed, however only for 2 seconds
  • Falling down, intentionally or as a result of a technique-referee discretion
  • Holding, grabbing, sweeping, pushing, pulling the opponent

Boundary Warning: Fleeing from your opponent to avoid sparring.

  • 1st warning – Verbal reprimand
  • 2nd Warning – Loss of Round
  • 3rd Warning Match Forfeit

Disqualification – Referee can escalate to this if blatant issues occur.

  • Ignoring the referees, judges or any Kick officials
  • Excessive Contact
  • Committing 3 Fouls

Injuries: Whether intentional or unintentional

During an injury, the center referee will stop time and diagnose the athlete.

  1. If the athlete can not continue because of the injury, he/she is the winner if the opponent is responsible.
  2. If the athlete can not continue because of the injury, he/she is the loser if the opponent is not responsible.
  3. If you can not continue during your event, due to injury, you must not compete anymore that day.
  • Grappling Rules:

New: Ages 17 and below 3 minute contest.

New: Most points at end of 3 minutes for juniors or 5 minutes for adults, 5 points awarded for tap, Top Mount 4 points, Back Control 4 points, Takedown 2 points (for any controlled takedown expect pulling into guard) Side Control 3 points, Knee on Belly 2 points.  If tied at end of match, first person to land on their back loses.

When restarting competitors may be placed back where they were on stoppage.  Referee calls all points. Referee reserves right to stop match at any time.

Injuries:

During an injury, the center referee will stop time and a medical professional or coach may be brought in to diagnose the athlete.

 

  1. If the athlete cannot continue because of the injury, he/she is the winner if opponent is responsible and the injury is deemed intentional.
  2. If the athlete cannot continue because of the injury, he/she is the loser if opponent is not responsible and the injury is deemed unintentional.
  3. If you cannot continue during your event, due to injury, you must not compete anymore that day.

Legal Submissions

The legal submissions would include all variations of arm, shoulder locks, as well as chokes. Leg locks are not allowed for youth (0-12) or teen (13-17)

Attacks Below the Waist – Adults Only

Only straight knee bars and ankle locks are allowed

Illegal Techniques (17 & Under)

Neck Cranks
Wrist Locks
Attacks Below the waist

Referee can tap for all youth competitors.

Warnings: 1st verbal warning, 2nd takeaway point, 3rd takeaway point, 4th DQ-loss from match; warnings are added; and not separate warnings.

Officials can DQ competitor at any time.  On purpose blood rule in effect. 

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