IKF

Amateur Kickboxing Tournament



RULES - REGULATIONS - INFORMATION


WHO CAN
ENTER


BELOW FOR WORLD CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ONLY

Regardless of your placement at any of the Regional Seeding Tournament,
or even if you NEVER attended a Regional Seeding Tournament,
any male or female fighter between the ages of 8 and *45, from ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD can attend the
IKF World Classic Amateur Championship Tournament.
(*) See Below "FOR FIGHTERS 40 YEARS OLD AND OLDER"


AGE REQUIREMENTS

MANDATORY!
FOR FIGHTERS 40 YEARS OLD AND OLDER CLICK-HERE-


MANDATORY
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS


All Fighters are required to have a FULL Fighter's Physical "PRIOR" to their ARRIVAL to the IKF World Classic, by a Licensed Physician (MD OR DO).
IF YOU WISH TO HAVE IT DONE AT WEIGH-INS YOU WILL PAY THE DOCTOR DIRECTLY AND THE FEE IS $50.00 - CASH PAYMENTS ONLY.
You must bring your "COMPLETED" Physical Form with you to the Tournament registrations and present for approval to the
IKF Physician conducting your pre-fight physical on Friday, July 11th.
YOUR IKF PHYSICAL FORM CAN BE ATTAINED BY CLICKING
"HERE"


WHO CAN
NOT ENTER


If You Have EVER Fought As A PRO Fighter In ANY Contact Sport
(Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts)
Or Been PAID A Fighters Purse You CANNOT Participate in This Event

This Event Is For AMATEURS ONLY!
CLICK HERE FOR AMATEUR INFO



HOW TO
ENTER

BELOW FOR WORLD CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ONLY


CLICK HERE

REGISTRATION
DEADLINES

BELOW FOR WORLD CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ONLY


CLICK HERE

SEEDING

BELOW FOR WORLD CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ONLY


CLICK HERE



RULE
STYLES


  • POINT KICKBOXING - SEMI CONTACT

    1. FOR COMPLETE IKF POINT KICKBOXING RULES CLICK HERE!






  • IKF TOURNAMENT GENERAL RULES FOR
    INTERNATIONAL STYLE


    1. FOR COMPLETE IKF INTERNATIONAL RULES CLICK HERE!
      FOR COMPLETE IKF RULES CLICK HERE!

    2. Fighters may kick above the waist and to the legs.

    3. Leg kicks (shin or foot) are allowed to BOTH inside & outside of the legs but not the knees.

    4. Foot Pads are Optional.

    5. DIRECT SIDE KICKS TO THE LEGS ARE NOT ALLOWED!

    6. SHIN AND INSTEP PADS
      • Mandatory
      • Must be secured to the leg by tape.
      • NO DUC TAPE!
        • ALLOWED: Cloth Slip On ONLY! NO Velcro Closure & NO METAL!

    7. SHORTS
      • Shorts are Mandatory in all International Rule Bouts.
      • NO PANTS!
      • The bottom of the shorts must be 3 inches ABOVE THE KNEE.

    8. CLOTHING
      • MEN/BOYS
        • May wear a T-Shirt, Tank Top or Rash Guard but it must be TUCKED INTO the fighters shorts at the waist AT ALL TIMES. Although allowed, the wearing of ANY Upper Body clothing is NOT RECOMMENDED THOUGH.

      • WOMEN/GIRLS
        • MANDATORY: Must wear a T-Shirt, Tank Top or Rash Guard
        • Must be TUCKED INTO the fighters shorts at the waist AT ALL TIMES.
          • ALL Women must wear a minimum of a Sports Bra with Padding.
          • Molded Chest Protectors are acceptable yet optional.

    9. There is no Kick Minimum.

    10. Spinning Backhands/Fists are Legal.

    11. No Clinching like in Muay Thai.
      Fighters will be asked to break as in FCR or Boxing.

    12. No Elbows allowed.

    13. No Knees allowed.

    14. Foot sweeps are legal to the "FRONT" Foot as long as the striking foot is not higher than the ankle.
      • If a fighter's rear is square to the ropes, BOTH feet become targets for a sweep.



  • IKF TOURNAMENT GENERAL RULES FOR
    MUAY THAI STYLE


    1. FOR COMPLETE IKF MUAY THAI RULES CLICK HERE!
      FOR COMPLETE IKF RULES CLICK HERE!

    2. SHORTS
      • Shorts are Mandatory in all Muay Thai Bouts.
      • NOT PANTS!
      • The bottom of the shorts must be 3 inches ABOVE THE KNEE.

    3. CLOTHING
      • MEN/BOYS
        • May wear a T-Shirt, Tank Top or Rash Guard but it must be TUCKED INTO the fighters shorts at the waist AT ALL TIMES. Although allowed, the wearing of ANY Upper Body clothing is NOT RECOMMENDED THOUGH.

      • WOMEN/GIRLS
        • MANDATORY: Must wear a T-Shirt, Tank Top or Rash Guard
        • Must be TUCKED INTO the fighters shorts at the waist AT ALL TIMES.
          • ALL Women must wear a minimum of a Sports Bra with Padding.
          • Molded Chest Protectors are acceptable yet optional.

    4. SHIN AND INSTEP PADS
      • Mandatory
      • Must be secured to the leg by WHITE MEDICAL TAPE.
      • NO DUC TAPE!
        • ALLOWED: Cloth Slip On ONLY! NO Velcro Closure & NO METAL!

    5. CHEST PADS
      • ADULTS
        • NOT Allowed.
      • JUNIORS
        • Chest guards are "OPTIONAL"
          If one Fighter or Trainer requests to wear one and the other fighter chooses NOT TO, NEITHER Fighter will wear one because this provides a difference of equipment that may result in an advantage or disadvantage to the other fighter.
          • IF BOTH FIGHTERS WISH TO or AGREE TO WEAR ONE:
    6. KNEES
      • Only Below the Shoulder Line.
      • No Knee strikes are allowed to the groin or joints (Knees) of the leg.

    7. Direct (Side Kick Style) kicks to the front of a fighters legs are NOT ALLOWED.

    8. ELBOWS
      • Dropping, Spiking, Downward, Rising or Striking with ANY "Point - Tip" of the Elbow is Illegal and NOT ALLOWED.
        • FOREARM STRIKES
          • Some may call this an "Elbow", However, it is not.
            A "FOREARM" strike that strikes HORIZONTAL to the body such as in Martial Arts "ARE ALLOWED" but NOT TO THE HEAD.

    9. FLASH KNOCKDOWNS
      Flash Knockdown Rule is in effect for all bouts.
      In TRUE Muay Thai as with these rules, FLASH KNOCKDOWNS, where the knocked down fighter rises up immediately after being knocked down are usually not counted as knockdowns with a standing 8 count.
      HOWEVER, if the fighter is "ROCKED" by the shot taken, the referee can make the decision to give an 8 count if he/she feels necessary, no matter how fast the fighter rises after the fall.

    10. CLINCHING
      • Clinching is allowed as long as 1 fighter is ACTIVE WITHIN the clinch. If there is inactivity for a period of 3 seconds, the referee will break the fighters.

    11. NO HIP THROWS
      Over the hip throws such as in Japanese arts like Judo, JuJitsu, Karate, Sambo, or San Shou are illegal. You can NOT use the hip or shoulder to throw an opponent in any kind of judo throw or reap. No stepping across, or in front of, your opponents leg with your leg and bringing your opponent over your hip.

    12. Taking an opponent around the waist with both arms and twisting them off balance so they will fall is legal.

    13. NECK WRESTLING
      If in a clinch with arms around each others shoulder, as to deliver or defend from an elbow strike, twisting the opponent using the upper body in such a way that you will fall to the ground is allowed. By using neck and shoulder manipulation, you can spin and throw/dump an opponent to the canvas without using any part of your body as a barrier. This is fully legal.

    14. PLOWING
      Fighters are allowed to catch their opponents leg and take 1 step forward. After 1 step, the fighter holding the leg must STRIKE before taking a second step or more or let go! You can not hold a leg and charge an opponent to the ropes. You can "dump" a person if you catch their leg and throw it back towards them causing them to fall backwards but must do so within 2 steps (see previous). You can also catch under their knee while they are doing a swing knee and topple them over backwards but must do so within 2 steps (see previous).

    15. Stepping on a fallen opponent is illegal. Commonly one sees an athlete twist and pull an opponent over the side of their body (and then land on top), this is illegal.

    16. It is considered an Intentional foul is when a fighter plans, with the sole intention, of falling on top of their opponent to either strike with their knee or to intentionally hurt their opponent, by making it look like an accident.

    17. ILLEGAL TRIP
      If you position your foot next to your opponent and twist them over your foot you must clear the leg as your opponent falls or it is an illegal trip. An athlete CAN spin or pull an opponent over the inside or outside of the leg and dump him on the ground. However the leg being used to manipulate and dump the opponent to the ground can NOT stay in that position as the opponent goes to the floor. If it is set and stays in that position, that too is an illegal throw (tripping). In other words, the leg must clear immediately after the opponent is pulled or tripped over the knee. Clear means that the leg must be moved out of the way BEFORE the opponent hits the canvas. This means skipping the leg or slightly jumping to the side (as long as it is moved from the original position). Strangely, this means an athlete can trip over a leg but must move the tripping leg while the opponent falls to the ground, or it will be deemed illegal and called a trip.

    18. SWEEPING
      Sweeps (With instep of foot) are not allowed but a fighter may "KICK" his/her opponents supporting leg with the top of their foot or shin, NOT the instep as in a karate style sweep. You can not grab an opponent in the clinch and then sweep their legs out. Common example is to kick the back of the supporting leg out of the opponent using the back of one's own leg or calf, this is illegal. All you can do is KICK (roundhouse or using the top of your foot) an opponents legs out (shin, instep).

    19. LIFTING
      You can NOT in any way lift an opponent off of the ground to throw them. Common to see an athlete clinch their opponent around the waist, lift their opponent off the canvas and then twist and throw them around to the side and onto the canvas. This is illegal and points could be deducted of continues use this move.

    20. Spinning Backhands/Fists are Legal.



  • IKF TOURNAMENT GENERAL RULES FOR
    "MODIFIED" INTERNATIONAL STYLE

    ONLY ALLOWED TO MATCH MIXED RULE FIGHTERS WHO DO NOT HAVE A MATCH AT END OF REGISTRATION.


    1. Some FCR & IR/MTR fighters agreed to do this when they did not get a match.

    2. *Fighters are required to wear shin pads & full foot pads that secure to the foot and cover the heel.

    3. *Leg kicks are allowed but only to the OUTSIDE of the FRONT leg only and ABOVE THE KNEE.

    4. *There will be no kick minimum.

    5. *Fighters are requested to wear "Shorts" so that the officials can clearly see the Knee line.

    6. SHORTS: The bottom of the shorts must be 3 inches ABOVE THE KNEE.

    7. CLOTHING
      • MEN/BOYS
        • May wear a T-Shirt, Tank Top or Rash Guard but it must be TUCKED INTO the fighters shorts at the waist AT ALL TIMES. Although allowed, the wearing of ANY Upper Body clothing is NOT RECOMMENDED THOUGH.

      • WOMEN/GIRLS
        • MANDATORY: Must wear a T-Shirt, Tank Top or Rash Guard
        • Must be TUCKED INTO the fighters shorts at the waist AT ALL TIMES.
          • ALL Women must wear a minimum of a Sports Bra with Padding.
          • Molded Chest Protectors are acceptable yet optional.

WEIGHT CLASS
INFO

CLICK HERE

TRAINER &
COACHES
INFORMATION


BELOW FOR WORLD CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ONLY


CLICK HERE




FIGHT GLOVES


  • SUPPLIED BY IKF

    1. Mandatory For All Fighters In All Rule Styles

    2. Fighters 150 lbs and below Will Wear 10 Ounce Gloves Provided By The IKF.

    3. Fighters 150.1 lbs and above Will Wear 12 Ounce Gloves Provided By The IKF.

    4. Gloves will have Velcro Straps to secure their fit.

    5. Gloves will have an attached thumb.

    6. Once on, Wrist area must be covered by either white athletic tape or vinal IKF approved "Glove" tape.




HEADGEAR


MUST BE SUPPLIED BY FIGHTER

Mandatory For All Fighters In All Rule Styles

Headgear that are sold with the word "Training" in there title are not legal "Competition" headgear for IKF Amateur Kickboxing. (Just like they are not allowed in USA Amateur Boxing) The issue with "TRAINING" Headgears is that they usually have the large ear padding or the jaw bars. When you look at the LEGAL Competition Headgear you will notice there is no Jaw Bar and the Ears are far less padded. Training Headgear range between 16 - 18 ounces depending on the size while Competition headgear is 10 ounces.
Don't Get Disqualified!
To Read What Headgear Is LEGAL

CLICK HERE



GROIN
PELVIC
PROTECTORS


  • MUST BE SUPPLIED BY FIGHTER

    1. MANDATORY For All MALE Fighters.

    2. OPTIONAL For All FEMALE Fighters In All Rule Styles.

    3. Must be supplied by each fighter.

    4. We recommend a full tuck under groin cup.

    5. TRAINING Style (Boxing Mainly), No Foul Protectors are "NOT" allowed.



SHIN PADS


  • MUST BE SUPPLIED BY FIGHTER

    1. Mandatory For All Fighters In All Rule Styles

    2. Must cover Shin & INSTEP.

    3. ALLOWED: Cloth Slip On ONLY! NO Velcro Closure & NO METAL!

    4. NO Soccer guards.



HANDWRAPS


  • MUST BE SUPPLIED BY FIGHTER

    1. Mandatory For All Fighters In All Rule Styles.

    2. Must be supplied by each fighter.

    3. "Cloth handwraps" or "Pro Style Wraps" are allowed for Amateur fighters.

    4. One winding of surgeon's adhesive tape, not over one and one-half inches wide, placed directly on the hand to protect that part of the hand near the wrist.

    5. Said tape may cross the back of the hand twice but shall not extend within one inch of the knuckles when hand is clenched to make a fist.

    6. Contestants shall use soft surgical bandage not over two inches wide, held in place by not more than two yards of surgeons adhesive tape for each hand.

    7. One 10 yard roll of bandage shall complete the wrappings for each hand.

    8. Contestant, if requested, may witnessing the wrapping of his/her opponent's hand.

    9. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES shall there be ANY tape on the Front side of the knuckles!

    10. DO NOT WET your handwraps after being wrapped.

    11. The IKF event Referee, IKF event Representative or the State Athletic/Boxing Commission representative shall inspect all wraps and will sign across the back of the hand if approved before the gloves are allowed to be placed and secured on the fighters hands.
  • CLOTH HANDWRAPS
    • Cloth Handwraps are also allowed, but still need to be secured with Medical Tape and signed off by an IKF Ring Official prior to the bout.



MOUTHPIECE


  • MUST BE SUPPLIED BY FIGHTER

    1. For Added Safety, IKF Requests ALL Fighters to wear a DUAL ARCH Mouthguard.
    2. Must be supplied by each fighter.

    3. Must be FORM FITTING and remain in place when a fighter opens their mouth.

    4. The IKF Recommends BrainPad.
      • However fighters are allowed to use their own brand of mouthpiece if they desire.
      • FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE!



CHEST
PROTECTOR


  • MUST BE SUPPLIED BY FIGHTER

    1. Not allowed for any Adult Men's Divisions.

    2. WOMEN
      ALL Women must wear a minimum of a Sports Bra with Padding.
      • Molded Chest Protectors are acceptable yet optional.

      • "TRAINING" Chest Protectors are "NOT" allowed.

    3. JUNIORS
      Chest guards are "OPTIONAL", if one Fighter or Trainer requests to wear one, both fighters must wear it.



FIGHTER'S
ADDITIONS


BELOW FOR WORLD CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ONLY

  • BODY RUBS

    • Vasoline is the only substance that can be used on a fighters face.

    • Vasoline, Abilene and Liniment Rubs such as Muay Thai Oil etc. can be used on the body.
      • HOWEVER - NONE may be used in excess and the IKF Referee may require you to wipe it ALL off if you stand to begin the bout with excessive amounts on.
      • Liniment Rubs
        • May be used to warm-up a fighter prior to their bout.
        • NO Liniment may be applied "DURING" the bout.
        • NO Liniment can be applied above the shoulders to the neck and/or head.
        • The following are NOT ALLOWED: Baby Oil, Ben Gay, Icy Hot, and any other comparison sports cremes.

  • MUAY THAI ACCESSORIES

    • Arm Bands (Prajioud) Arm bands may be worn by fighters.
      • However, they cannot "Hang-Reach" down past the elbow.
      • If the bands slip down, you will be asked to take them off.

    • Ankle Wraps/Supports: Fighters may wear athletic style ankle supports.


MANDATORY
DRESS CODE


  • ALL Muay Thai & International Rule Fighters will wear SHORTS.
  • ALL Muay Thai Bouts MUST WEAR ONLY "MUAY THAI" SHORTS!!!
    • The bottom of the Shorts must be 3 inches ABOVE THE KNEE.


TRAVEL
EXPENSES


  • Since this is a TOURNAMENT and not a General Event, all fighters are required to pay their own travel expenses. We suggest each fighter to seek SPONSORS to pay for their travel expenses and in return, list these sponsors on fight clothing, warm up robes, cornermens jackets trainer T-shirts, hats or other areas you feel you can offer your sponsor exposure. ALL REGIONAL DIRECTORS/PROMOTERS are asked to negotiate special rates with hotels and restaurants in their area to attain special discount rates for the incoming fighters and trainers. We appreciate your work in this MUCH NEEDED AREA.



SEEDING
&
Placement At
The Finals


FIGHTER ARE SEEDED ACCORDING TO THE
DATE THEIR REGISTRATION IS RECEIVED
HERE AT THE IKF OFFICE


If a Tie on Day RECEIVED, the tie will be broken by Earliest date registration was
POSTMARKED to IKF.


DEADLINES CLICK HERE



BOUT
TIMES


  • BOUT LENGTH

    1. ALL ADULT BOUTS Are 3, 2 Minutes Rounds - 1 Minute Rests.

    2. Juniors Ages 8 to 15: 1:30 Minute Rounds - 1 Minute Rests.

    3. Juniors Ages 16 & 17: 2:00 Minute Rounds - 1 Minute Rests.


BOUTS
ENDING IN
A DRAW


  • If a bout ends in a draw or majority draw after the scheduled 3 rounds, the fighters will fight 1 more round to break the draw and continue this if necessary until 2 of the 3 judges determine a majority winner or all 3 judges pick the same winner. 5 ROUNDS MAXIMUM


PROTESTS


  • There will be NO PROTESTS OF ANY BOUTS ACCEPTED.
    This rule has come from the fact that in the first 3 years of the tournament, EVERY Protested bout that was either reviewed by video or had a scheduled "EXTRA ROUND FIGHT", ALL of them came out with the same winner.


RULE STYLE
REGISTRATION


  • All Fighters must choose a RULE DIVISION - FIGHTING STYLE to Fight in when they register.

  • If the fighter wins at the Regional Level and advances to the Finals, they CANNOT change their RULE DIVISION at the Finals Event UNLESS there are no fighters in or close to their weight-division.

MATCHMAKING
PRIOR TO THE
FINALS


FOR WORLD CLASSIC MATCHMAKING INFO - CLICK HERE

MATCHMAKING
AT THE
FINALS


  1. All FINAL MATCHMAKING and BOUT ORDER will be Confirmed AFTER the Official Weigh-Ins.

  2. WALKOVER CHAMPIONS
    There will be several REGIONAL WALKOVER WINNERS if the regional Directors/Promoters cannot find fighters for some of the registered fighters. However, at the Finals, there will be NO WALKOVER CHAMPIONS.

  3. IF Your confirmed with a scheduled opponent BEFORE the weigh-in date of the Finals Tournament and your opponent doesn't show up for some reason at the official weigh-ins, doesn't make weight, etc. of the Finals Tournament you are allowed at this time to switch rule styles or weight divisions (division must have equal or greater competition than the division you were registered in) so you can at least have a fight, and a chance at win a belt.

  4. If a fighter qualifies at a regional event and we discover that there are no CONFIRMED Opponents for them to fight in their weight class PRIOR to the date of the Finals Tournament Weekend, they will have several options.
    • SWITCH to a WEIGHT CLASS above or below them to be matched.

    • SWITCH to a different rule style.

    • Not attend the Finals Tournament and receive a full refund of their registration fees.

DIVISION CHANGE REQUESTS

  • ONCE YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED
    • You cannot move from your originally registered division / weightclass or rule style once registered UNLESS there are:
      1. NO OTHER FIGHTERS in your division / weightclass.
      2. The division / weightclass you are "REQUESTING" to move to has equal or more fighters who all have equal or greater skill level as the division you originally registered in.


    • MATCHMAKING AFTER JULY 1st.
      • If a fighter has at least 1 matched fighter in their registered bracket, they cannot move unless there are 4 or more other contenders in the division they are requesting to move from.
        • Since this is a "TOURNAMENT" we try to make it a "LEGIT" TOURNAMENT match up.
          Meaning we try to assure that to become a "TOURNAMENT" Champion, that fighter will fight a minimum of 2 times to win the Title.

      • If the division has 4 or more other fighter's, the requesting fighter may ONLY move to another division if it has;
        • MORE Contenders in it.
        • The skill level of those in the division the fighter is moving to is greater than the division they are requesting to move out of.

MORE
FINALS MATCHMAKING INFO CLICK HERE!


BOOKING
FIGHTS
PRIOR TO THE WORLD CLASSIC

Once registered,
We respectfully ask all fighters "NOT" to book a bout 45 days prior to the Tournament.

The reason for this is because if you get injured or stopped by a TKO or KO inside 45 days prior to the Tournament, you would be given an automatic medical suspension that would at the very least be 30 days or more.
If this happens, you would also drastically hurt the other fighters in your bracket.
This would be worse if there are only you and one other fighter in your bracket.
ESPECIALLY if the other fighter has paid travel expenses to come a long way for the Tournament.


IKF
CONTACT


Phone: (916) 663-2467 - Fax: (916) 663-4510 or E-MAIL at: main@ikfkickboxing.com
E-Mails are much easier for us to respond to than Phone Calls.
Thank You...




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