Rules & Regulations

SECTION - I – GENERAL

T1. PURPOSE

The purpose of these rules is to elevate the quality of Tamo by scoring every aspect and to provide an equal opportunity for all participants to show the ultimate of their abilities in friendly competition with one another.

T2. APPLICATION

These are to be applied at every National Tamo Martial Art competition for all color belt holders along with black belt degree holders. They apply to males and females except where stated otherwise. 

T3. OFFICIALS

The Juries, Referees, and Judges, will be selected according to the rules of certified Umpires.

 T4. DUTIES

  • One (1) Jury President will be seated (in the center) at the Jury table, and will be responsible for decisions as written in the Umpire rules.
  • One (1) Center Referee will be in the square to control the match.
  • Minimum three (3) Judges for pattern and pre-arranged free sparring will be seated in a line facing the competition.
  • Four (4) Judges for sparring will be seated at the four corners of the square. They will give points in accordance with their judgment.
  • One (1) Jury member will be seated at the Jury table to check the time and indicate the beginning, end, and continuation of each match.
  • One (1) Jury member will be seated at the Jury table to keep match records.

 

T5. COMPETITORS

a. JUNIOR COMPETITORS

Junior competitors must be 14 to 17 years old and shall compete in the divisions laid down in the following rules, but all competitors must be white belt to first degree rank and must be holders of current Tamo Martial Art certificate and membership cards. Competitors in all divisions must be healthy and registered with their State associations

b.SENIOR COMPETITORS

Senior competitors must be 18 years old or above and shall compete in the divisions laid down in the following rules, but all competitors must be I degree rank and above and must be holders of a current Tamo Martial Art certificate and membership card. Competitors in all divisions must be healthy and registered with their State associations.

 

T 6. DRESS

  • Officials will wear the dress requirements as laid down in the Tamo Martial Art Umpires rules.
  • Competitors, while competing must wear the “official approved” Tamo dress with badges officially approved by the Tamo Martial Art. The black belt must be of the official dimensions and must indicate the competitor’s degree. Female competitors may wear a white T-shirt under the dress jacket.
  • Competitors are allowed, when not performing, to wear normal sportswear such as track suits, dressing gowns, training shoes, etc. however it is at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. For opening and closing ceremonies, States may wear the official Tamo Martial Art dress or the official state training suit, but all team members should be dressed the same. No participant in the parade is permitted to carry cameras, flags, banners, etc... Other than those authorized, on the field during the opening and closing ceremonies. Any participant committing a breach of the above regulations will be liable to sanctions.
  • Drinking of alcoholic beverages or smoking whilst within the time frame of the tournament is strictly prohibited.

 

T 7. SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND PROTECTIVE WEAR

a. Competitors must be in possession of, and wear: 

  • Red or blue colored hand and feet safety equipment of an approved model, as certified by the Tamo Martial Art Federation Tournament and Umpire Committee, of a Tamo Martial Art Federation approved supplier as Certified by the Board of Directors.
  • Groin guards must be worn inside the dress trousers – male-only.

b. Competitors may, optionally, wear the following:

 

  • Shin protectors (not hard one).
  • Breast protectors (must be worn INSIDE the dress jacket - female only).
  • Mouthguards (Optional).
  • Head guards.
  • Groin guards must be worn inside the dress trousers – female only

c. These all (With the exception of groin guards and mouth guards) being of an approved type consisting of elasticized material with sponge or rubber type padding and containing no metal, bone or hard plastic or similar hard material whatsoever, nor involving the use of zip, lace or stud fasteners.

d. Groin Guards and Mouth Guards must be made of a plastic or rubber material designed to absorb impact, and must not contain any metal whatsoever, nor involve the use of zip, lace or stud fasteners.

e. No other protective or safety equipment may be worn, except in special circumstances with the approval of the Tournament Committee. 

f. All competitors with injuries that require bandaging or strapping of any kind must satisfy the Tournament doctor of their need, and obtain approval of type before performing i.e. no pins or hard material can be worn, neither can bandaging give extra support so that it constitutes an advantage to that competitor.

g. No jewelry, watches or other adornments may be worn, hair may be kept in place using a material of a soft elastic nature only, no grips, or slides are allowed.

 

T 8. MEDICAL ATTENTION

All tournaments must have a Doctor(s), qualified First Aid personnel and ambulance in attendance. Doctor’s recommendations, with regard to competitors’ further participation, following injury, must be adhered to.

 

T 9. INJURY LIABILITY AND INSURANCE – COMPETITORS

All competitors must be in possession of Insurance coverage as the host is not responsible for any eventuality and/or Injury.

 

T 10. INSURANCE – FOR EVENT

All hosts must ensure that the event booked has all the necessary public liability insurance, fire certificates and Government licenses that are all required to host such events.

 

T 11. SQUARE

An approved competition floor will be provided for each ring area. Approved competition floors shall consist of:

  • Square size will be min. 10 meters by 10 meters floor space (min. 8 meters by 8 meters fighting area).
  • A jig saw – padding floor must be used at all times.
  • When the square is elevated then the elevations must be at least two (2) meters enlarged and greater in size than the square. Elevations may be from 50 cm to 100 cm.
  • Lighting must not be lower than five (5) meters above the ground.
  • The official Jury table is in front of the square.

The Organizing Committee may optionally apply, in writing, to the Tamo Martial Art Federation Tournament and Umpire Committee, for formal permission to alter the size of the competition floor, for sparring events only, to a size of not less than 8 by 8 meters. Upon application, the Tamo Martial Art Federation Tournament and Umpire Committee shall review said request and return a written decision to the tournament host, within 30 days of their receipt of said application.

 

T 12. RESULT RECORDING

All tournaments will have several forms of visual display of results for the benefit of participants and audience. Results should generally be shown as often as possible so as to enable the competitors to follow the course of the event whilst it is in progress.

T 13. DELEGATES

A delegate of the individual or team may be any person authorized by the State Governing Body. A delegate registers the competitors, submits the documents, lodges complaints and co-operates with the other officials at the competition.

T 14. COACHES

For individual or team competition, there may be only one (1) coach close to the square. During the tournament, coaches must wear a training suit, gymnastic shoes and carry a towel. They will be seated at least one (1) meter away from the square. They must not interfere in the competition by action or words. They are the only ones allowed to present an official protest.

Failure to abide by the above-mentioned rules may render the coach liable to be disqualified from his advisory position.

  

T16. OFFICIAL TERMINOLOGY 

  • ATTENTION
  • BOW
  • BOW DOWN
  • READY
  • BEGIN
  • SEPARATE
  • CONTINUE
  • END
  • WARNING
  • DEDUCTING POINTS
  • DISQUALIFICATION
  • RED
  • BLUE
  • TIME START / TIME STOP / TIME OUT
  • DRAW
  • FIRST ROUND
  • SECOND ROUND

 

T17. KICKING NAME:

  • Front Rising Kick
  • Side Rising Kick
  • Side Kick
  • Bowl Kick / Front push Kick
  • Flap Kick / Snap Kick
  • Out to in drop Kick
  • Into out drop Kick
  • Back Thrust Kick
  • Round Kick
  • Reverse Flap Kick
  • Front Skip Flap Kick
  • Skipping Step flap Kick
  • 360 Flap Kick
  • Hook Kick

 

T 18. ORDER OF MATCH

Pattern, Sparring, Power This should be followed where possible but is subject to the requirements of the time and schedule of the tournament overall.

 

T 20. WEIGHT CHECK

Checking the weight of competitors will not be earlier than 24 hours and not later than one hour before the tie creation.

 

T 21. DRAW FOR ORDER OF COMPETING

The computer draws competitors and teams. First and second place winners from the previous Tamo Martial Art state Championship will be placed at the top and bottom of the pyramid system. None of the competitors or teams can win 2 rounds one after another without competing unless it is due to the withdrawal of their opponent due to a previous injury. By will be decided at the draw. When the drawing of the competitors or teams is completed, then registration will be closed.

 

T 22. ANNOUNCEMENTS

It will be announced in which square an event will take place and it is the responsibility of the competitors/teams to be close to the square so that they may compete without delay when called upon to do so. They will be called to the red or blue side of the square complete with any equipment (such as safety equipment) which they require.

Should they not come forward immediately then their number will be called for a second time. Should the individual/team still not come forward to the square within one (1) minute from the second call then they will be disqualified.

 

T 23. EQUIPMENT CHECK

Competitors’ dress and/or equipment check will take place outside of the square to ensure that they are of an officially approved type and that they are not defective.

Competitors MUST present themselves at the ring when called, AND BE IN POSSESSION OF, AND WEARING, the appropriate colour of safety equipment, in accordance with their position on the draw sheet.

Should any item(s) not be satisfactory then they must be changed. The competitor/team has a maximum of three (3) minutes to change what is requested, following which he/she/they will be disqualified and the match points awarded to the opponent where appropriate.

 

T 24. COURTESY

Competitors must at all times bow to the Jury and also to each other at the beginning and end of each performance/match.

 

SECTION II - PATTERN

T 25. GROUPS

Male and Female.

T 26. ELIMINATIONS – INDIVIDUAL

The pyramid system of elimination will be used. Competitors will compete for 1 to 1 and will perform simultaneously one (1) optional Pattern and one (1) designated Pattern. The boxes containing the names of the optional patterns will be taken out of the basket by the Jury President before choosing the designated pattern. The Judges will choose the best competitor to go forward to the next round.

 

T 27. PERFORMANCE AND DECISIONS – INDIVIDUAL

In individual matches the following decisions will apply: 

  • When three (3) or more judges give a decision in favour of one competitor then that competitor is the winner. When three (3) judges give a draw and two (2) judges give a decision in favour of one competitor then that competitor is the winner.
  • When two (2) judges give a decision in favour of one competitor and one (1) judge gives for the other and two
  • (2) judges give a draw, then the competitor with two (2) judges in favour is the winner.
  • When two (2) judges give a decision in favour of one competitor and the other two (2 judges give a decision in favour for the other, and one (1) judge gives a draw, then another designated Pattern must be performed, until the winner is decided.
  • When one (1) judge give a decision in favour of one competitor and four (4) judges give a draw, then another designated Pattern must be performed, until the winner is decided.

 

T 28. ELIMINATION – JUNIOR AND SENIOR – TEAM

  • The pyramid system of elimination will be used.
  • Designated pattern draw will take place whilst both teams are on the floor.
  • From the second round of the draw a coin will be tossed to decide which team goes first. The winning coach of the toss decides which team performs as first. The first team will perform 2 patterns and the second team will do likewise. The judges will choose the better one to go forward to the next round.

 

T 29. PERFORMANCE AND DECISIONS – TEAM

Each Team (five (5) competitors) must perform together one (1) optional and one (1) designated Pattern. The designated Pattern and optional Pattern.

They may line up in any format they choose and team members may perform movements individually, or together, as they choose, but it must be seen to be teamwork. For example, one team member may not perform moves of the Pattern on his own without the other team members following in unison.

In team matches, the following decisions will apply 

  • When three (3) or more judges give a decision in favour of one team then that team is the winner.
  • When three (3) judges give a draw and two (2) judges give a decision in favour of one team then that team is the winner.
  • When two (2) judges give a decision in favour of one team and one (1) judge gives for the other and two (2) judges give a draw, then the team with two (2) judges in favour is the winner.
  • When two (2) judges give a decision in favour of one (1) team and the other two (2) judges give a decision in favour for the other, and one (1) judge gives a draw, then another designated Pattern must be performed, until the winner is decided.
  • When one (1) judge gives a decision in favour of one competitor and four (4) judges give a draw, then another designated Pattern must be performed, until the winner is decided.

 

T 30. OFFICIALS FOR PATTERN DIVISION

One (1) Jury President, two (2) Jury Members and five (5) Referees.

  

T 30. FIGHT TIME

  1. Color Belt (Upto Red Belt)
  • Normal Round (2 minutes one round)
  • Final Round (2-2 minutes two-round)
  1. Black Belt (Black strip to Black Belt+)
  • All Round (2-2 minutes two-round)

 

SECTION III – SPARRING

 T 32. COLOR BELTS (BOYS & GIRLS)

BoysGirls

Below 10 YEARS

a) Below 13 kg

b) 13 kg to 18 kg

c) 18.1 kg and above

Below 10 YEARS

a) Below 13 kg

b) 13 kg to 18 kg

c) 18.1 kg and above

10+ TO 14 YEARS

a) Below 26 kg

b) 26 kg to 30 kg

c) 30.1 kg to 34 kg

d) 34.1 kg to 38 kg

e) 38.1 kg to 42 kg

f) 42.1 kg to 46 kg

g) 46.1 kg to 50 kg

h) 50.1 kg to 54 kg

i) 54.1 kg to 58 kg

j) 58.1 kg and above

10+ TO 14 YEARS

a) Below 26 kg

b) 26 kg to 30 kg

c) 30.1 kg to 34 kg

d) 34.1 kg to 38 kg

e) 38.1 kg to 42 kg

f) 42.1 kg to 46 kg

g) 46.1 kg to 50 kg

h) 50.1 kg to 54 kg

i) 54.1 kg to 58 kg

j) 58.1 kg and above

10+ TO 14 YEARS

a) Below 26 kg

b) 26 kg to 30 kg

c) 30.1 kg to 34 kg

d) 34.1 kg to 38 kg

e) 38.1 kg to 42 kg

f) 42.1 kg to 46 kg

g) 46.1 kg to 50 kg

h) 50.1 kg to 54 kg

i) 54.1 kg to 58 kg

j) 58.1 kg and above

10+ TO 14 YEARS

a) Below 26 kg

b) 26 kg to 30 kg

c) 30.1 kg to 34 kg

d) 34.1 kg to 38 kg

e) 38.1 kg to 42 kg

f) 42.1 kg to 46 kg

g) 46.1 kg to 50 kg

h) 50.1 kg to 54 kg

i) 54.1 kg to 58 kg

j) 58.1 kg and above

14+ TO 18 YEARS

a) Below 40 kg

b) 40 kg to 45 kg

c) 45.1 kg to 49 kg

d) 49.1 kg to 53 kg

e) 53.1 kg to 57 kg

f) 57.1 kg to 61 kg

g) 61.1 kg to 65 kg

h) 65.1 kg to 69 kg

i) 69.1 kg to 73 kg

j) 73.1 kg and above

14+ TO 18 YEARS

a) Below 40 kg

b) 40 kg to 45 kg

c) 45.1 kg to 49 kg

d) 49.1 kg to 53 kg

e) 53.1 kg to 57 kg

f) 57.1 kg to 61 kg

g) 61.1 kg to 65 kg

h) 65.1 kg to 69 kg

i) 69.1 kg to 73 kg

j) 73.1 kg and above

ABOVE 18+ YEARS

a) Below 43 kg

b) 43 kg to 47 kg

c) 47.1 kg to 51 kg

d) 51.1 kg to 55 kg

e) 55.1 kg to 59 kg

f) 59.1 kg to 63 kg

g) 63.1 kg to 67 kg

h) 67.1 kg and above

ABOVE 18+ YEARS

a) Below 43 kg

b) 43 kg to 47 kg

c) 47.1 kg to 51 kg

d) 51.1 kg to 55 kg

e) 55.1 kg to 59 kg

f) 59.1 kg to 63 kg

g) 63.1 kg to 67 kg

h) 67.1 kg and above 

 T 33. BLACK STRIP TO BLACK BELTS+ (BOYS & GIRLS)

BoysGirls

Below 14 YEARS

a) Below 25 kg

b) 25.1 kg to 30 kg

c) 30.1 kg to 35 kg

d) 35.1 kg to 40 kg

e) 40.1 kg to 45 kg

f) 45.1 kg to 50 kg

g) 50.1 kg to 55 kg

h) 55.1 kg and above

Below 14 YEARS

a) Below 25 kg

b) 25.1 kg to 30 kg

c) 30.1 kg to 35 kg

d) 35.1 kg to 40 kg

e) 40.1 kg to 45 kg

f) 45.1 kg to 50 kg

g) 50.1 kg to 55 kg

h) 55.1 kg and above

14+ TO 18 YEARS

a) Below 40 kg

b) 40.1 kg to 45 kg

c) 45.1 kg to 50 kg

d) 50.1 kg to 55 kg

e) 55.1 kg to 60 kg

f) 60.1 kg and above

14+ TO 18 YEARS

a) Below 40 kg

b) 40.1 kg to 45 kg

c) 45.1 kg to 50 kg

d) 50.1 kg to 55 kg

e) 55.1 kg to 60 kg

f) 60.1 kg and above

ABOVE 18+ YEARS

a) Below 45 kg

b) 45.1 kg to 55 kg

c) 55.1 kg to 65 kg

d) 65.1 kg to 75 kg

e) 75.1 kg and above

ABOVE 18+ YEARS

a) Below 45 kg

b) 45.1 kg to 55 kg

c) 55.1 kg to 65 kg

d) 65.1 kg to 75 kg

e) 75.1 kg and above


 

N.B.: In individual sparring matches competitors shall participate in the category according to their weight. It is not allowed to participate in any other weight class.

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