Rules

                            

 WORLD  MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION           

SHOOT BOXING – MMA Full

SHOOT BOXING  is a discipline which allows the highest expression of martial art in a sporting fight where k.o.is admitted.

1)  COMPETITION  AREA

Matches of shoot boxing are held on a ring like those used in kick boxing, preferably with four ropes, out of which there are the jury board and the three chairs of the side judges. The floor must be a mat and in any case it should be properly padded. In exceptional cases class B fights can be held on square kick jitsu type tatami. In this case the use of a head guard  is mandatory. Moreover it is possible to use the MMA cage.

2)  UNIFORMS   AND  EQUIPMENT

Shoot boxing athletes Class. B must wear short , groin guard, shin instep guards without hard parts, open gloves covered on the thumbs , mouth guard, hand wraps fixed by a single tape turn. Gloves should reach the middle point of knuckles and have a pad at least 3 cm thick.The Class A fighters do not wear shin guards . Women must wear a chest protector. The fighting safety equipment must be of an approved type and will be inspected by the competition jury. Mouth guard should be properly placed and it is not allowed to fight with open mouth.

3)  DURATION  OF  MATCH

Fights last from a minimum of 2 rounds of 3 minutes each to a maximum of 6 rounds of 3 minutes each, the pause being in any case of 1 minute, according to the athlete’ s class and to the kind of championship at stake :

Class B     eliminatory and finals fight in a tournament     2  x  3′

Class A      eliminatory and finals fight in a tournament     3  x  3′

National championship                    4  x  3′

European championship                 5  x  3′

World championship                       6  x  3′

4)  LEGAL  TARGETS

It is allowed to hit the whole body with the exception of spine,  nape, throat and groin, with punches, kicks, shin techniques, knee techniques.

( As regards the knees, they can hit only the body in B class ). It is not allowed to hit the ‘opponent on the ground and it is forbidden to hit while you are on the ground.

The athlete who has even a hand or a knee in contact with the carpet is considered to be in ground position.

5)  THROWS

It is allowed to seize, hold and throw opponents in every way but not during finalization. Besides it is allowed to hit while seizing or being seized. It is not allowed to project  the opponent knocking him on the neck head first or causing him to fall on his knees. It is not allowed to hurl the antagonist beyond the ropes.

A “takedown” is considered any way one is able to carry or push the opponent to the ground either falling on the opponent or remaining standing. A “takedown” is considered valid any way in which the opponent winds up on the ground, even due to his/her own fault.

It is forbidden to hold on to the ropes. If after a throw, the athlete is unable to return promptly to fight, the referee is counting up to 8, and subsequently if the athlete is unable to continue he is declared «out of action» as in case of a normal KO.

6)  IMMOBILIZATIONS

It’s allowed to block the opponent on the mat in any manner, but only the combatant who gains a position of advantage will obtain points.  It is allowed to do locks and chokes both to keep up the immobilization and to obtain the surrender. In case of surrender the match ends with the win due to abandonment. However if the referee stops the match because he thinks there is a dangerous situation, a count is made. Referee stops fight after 5″ clinch situation on ground.

Vantage points are given based primarily on the position of  the opponent, except for the rear mount which is still considered advantageous position. The Referee ascertains the stability of the position (after about 5 seconds), signals the hold with his arm stretched out and counts out loud in order to be heard by the athletes up to 5 which coincides with the stop and then assigns the points .If during the counts the situation is reversed  or the fighter escapes the lock the referee stops the fight  and raises the athletes ordering them to stand up. However if during the count  the fighter applying the lock changes to another kind of lock without loosing his advantage  the count continues. If at the end of the 5 second count, after the award of the points, the athlete is unable to promptly resume fighting  the referee continues to count up to 8 and subsequently if the fighter is still unable to continue the «KO» is declared.

7) SUBMISSION

In Shoot boxing  finalization by choking, strangling ,compression and arm bars is allowed. Submission ends the fight. Fighter can not use his hands to attack his opponent’s face. The referee may stop a pending submission if he considers it dangerous for the athlete. This will result in the deduction of 1 point from the score of the athlete who underwent submission. In case of loss of mouth guard during ground fighting the Referee does not stop the fighting. The Referee will have it replaced at the end of  the ground fighting phase.

Ripping (violently applied) joint locks are not allowed. They should always be executed progressively. It is not allowed to apply submission techniques to fingers..

8)  SCORING

At the end of each round the side judges give 10 points to the better fighter and 9 points to his opponent ( 8 if there has been a remarkable gap ). Then they subtract the points owing to penalties and counts, marking the total score on the “round” column. At the end of the match the result will be given by the sum of the points obtained in each round. In case of equal  points in an elimination tournament the judge must give his preference.

The winner is declared by a majority of verdicts.

It is allowed to file a claim which must be submitted in writing immediately after the match to the chairman followed by the pertinent fee.

9) REFEREE

The central referee supervises the bout, he is the first to enter the ring. Referee starts the fighting with the word » fight «, stops it with the word » stop » or parts the  fighters in a prolonged clinch with the word » break «, at the utterance of which, after a step backward, the fight automatically begins again. He signals the projection with his uplifted arm and the immobilization with his horizontally stretched arm, while counting aloud, close enough to the fighters as to be clearly heard up to 5 seconds, before stopping the match and giving the immobilization points. If the referee sees a dangerous situation he can interrupt the count and in this case, the immobilization without delay. If at the end of the  5 seconds count after the award of the points the athlete is unable to promptly resume fighting  the referee continues to count up to 10 as in the case of the usual   knock — down. The same thing happens after a projection, starting this time the count from 1. The central referee can at any time count the fighter who is supposed to be in trouble, or declare the defeat due to evident superiority. In case of injury he must consult the doctor. He can ask the timekeeper to interrupt the time and  stops the fight if after a projection, an immobilization does not immediately follow or if there is a reverse of the situation while the count has already begun. The Referee immediately stops the count during immobilization if he thinks the athlete is in danger.

10)  JUDGE

The side judge evaluates techniques, combinations, number of blows hitting the target, efficacy,  projections and  immobilizations. He fills in every part of the scoring paper.

11) JURY

The jury consists of the timer keeper who stops the time only at the central referee’ s request and signals the » seconds out » 10 seconds before the beginning of each round, the ring announcer, the commissioner who is the ultimate authority for the entire competition, the ringside doctor whose duty is to decide if an injured fighter can continue to fight or not. His decision is indisputable. 

12) POINTS

For each round award of the points is based on the following scoring criteria:

Throw taking both legs off the ground……………………………………….         3

Throw             ……………………………………………………………………………    2

Takedown   …………………………………………………………………………………..1

Immobilization ……………………………………………………………………………    1

Side immobilization……………………………………………………………………….  2

Immobilization over the body (“mounting and rear mounting“)……….     ..     3

 

Punch……………………………………………………………  1

Kick to the leg…………………………………………………..1

Kick to the body………………………………………………..2

Kick to the head………………………………………………..3

Great efficacy of the technique …………………………………………………………       1

Knee kick to the body……………………………………………………………………………..1

Knee kick to the head……………………………………………………………………………..2

 

Count……………………………………………………………..one point less on the final score

13) WEIGHT  CATEGORIES 

Men:                       Kg. 56, 60, 65 , 71, 78, 86, 95, 105, over 105
Women:                  Kg. 50, 55, 61, 68, 76, over 76

 

The minimum age is 18 ( 16 with the written permission of parents )

14) EXIT FROM THE FIGHTING AREA

In case both athletes go out of the competition area thus compelling  the referee to stop the fight the referee has the following choice of making decisions:

A: One of the two athletes is mounted in a lateral position.  In this case the referee takes the fight to the center of the ring in a lateral mount position or full mount. In both cases the one above puts his hands on the ground on the side of the opponent’s body and the one below  girds the opponent’s waist.
B: None of the athletes had achieved  the lateral mount position or full mount. In this case the fight is resumed in standing position.
C: One of the two athletes had a pending finalization. The referee assigns a point less (on final score) to  the athlete who suffered the risk of the finalization and the fight is resumed in standing position.

15) INJURIES

In the event of the injury due to the foul technique the injured fighter has  3 minutes  to  try to recover and decide whether to continue the fight subject to the discretion of the ringside doctor.

16) CLINCH

The «clinch» is a stalemate, both fighters standing or in  ground position during approximately 5 seconds without any actions on the part of one of the  fighters (or both of them) in an attempt  to turn the fight to his/her advantage. Please note that clinch might be also an attempt to reach the time limit of the fight without trying to achieve submission of the opponent.


 

SHOOT BOXE GROUND AND POUND

Light contact

 

Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound is a sports discipline which applies fighting both at a distance  with blows, punches, knee and kicks, and in clinches and man-to-man fighting on the floor with grappling techniques, throws, locks, chokes,  immobilization and punches.

 

 

1)  COMPETITION AREA

Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound matches are held in a ring like those used for kickboxing and boxing may be employed or MMA cage or on a square surface of small mats measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a surrounding perimeter area, preferably of a different colour and in any case delineated, measuring 1 metre, for a total of  8 x 8  metres.

 

2)UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT

Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound combatants must wear rashguard, shorts, groin guard, shin instep guards without hard parts, open-hand gloves which covered  thumbs, a head guard and mouthpiece. Gloves should reach the middle point of knuckles and have a pad at least 3 cm thick. For women a chest protector is mandatory. Adults are allowed to fight without head guard in ring or cage. Also on tatami but in this case tatami must have 2 meters safety area on the periphery. It is forbidden to wear bracelets, necklaces, ear-rings and rings and any other thing likely to cause injury during the fight. The fighting safety equipment must be of approved type and will be inspected by the competition jury.

 

3)  DURATION OF MATCHES

Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound matches last, unless the event commissioner decides otherwise, two rounds of three minutes each, with an interval of one minute between rounds, for elimination and finals.

 

4)  LEGAL TARGETS

In Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound it is allowed to strike with control all parts of the body except the groin, throat, eyes, back of the neck and spine with punches, knee and kicks. All techniques passing beyond the target will be considered «without control». It is okay to hit or grab when you have been seized. The knee to the head is not allowed.

 

 

5) THROWS

In “Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound “ it is allowed to seize and throw the opponent in any way, but not during a finalization. It is not allowed to throw one’s opponent straight down vertically on his/her head or neck (head first) or causing him/her to fall on  knees. Throws started from within the area of the square are valid even if they end outside of it. A “takedown” is considered any way one is able to carry or push the opponent to the ground and gain an over position, either falling on the opponent or remaining standing.

 

6)  IMMOBILIZATIONS

In “Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound “ it is allowed to pin the opponent on the mat in any manner, but only the combatant who gains a position of advantage will obtain points. The immobilization must last 10 seconds. If a fighter who is lying face down gets up on all fours (knees and hands) he is no longer considered immobilized.The rear mount  is the only case when the  opponent in the lower position scores immobilization points. If during immobilization the fighter changes his position but he is still immobilized Points are awarded based on final position.

 

7) FINALIZATION
In “Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound “ the finalization can be achieved by way of suffocation, strangling, compression and arm lock.  You cannot place your hands on your opponent’s face. Finalization puts end to the fight. The referee may stop a pending finalization if he considers it dangerous for the athlete that is undergoing it. This will result in the deduction of one point from the score of the combatant who was under finalization. In case of the loss of a mouthpiece during ground fighting the match is not stopped. The referee will replace it at the end of the phase on the  ground. Ripping (violently applied) joint locks are not allowed. They should always be executed progressively. Locks to the small joints (fingers) are not permitted.

IMPORTANT: after a knockdown Referee stop the time and start again standing.

 

8)  SCORING

At the end of each round the  judges ( 3 ) write down the score on special scoring papers: 10 points to the better fighter and 9 points to the other; 8 if there has been a remarkable gap. Then they subtract the points due to fouls and mark the total score in the special  square. At the end of the match, each judge sums up the given points; in case of equal  points in an elimination tournament the judge must give his preference.

 

 

9)  REFEREE

He supervises the bout, he is the first to enter the «mat». He should ask the side judges to inspect the protective equipment, order the salute and start  the fighting with the word «fight». He stops the match with the word «stop» every  time he thinks it necessary; he can give warnings, award penalties and disqualify the combatants. He signals throws with his uplifted arm. He signals for the interruption of time to the jury table; he signals voluntary exits from the fighting area and he separates the fighters when they are seizing each other without attempting a throw at once. He awards the win at the end of the match.

 

10)  JUDGE

He evaluates  techniques,   control,  combinations, the athletes’ endurance to award the score. He decides if  immobilizations and projections signalled by the central referee are valid or not; he can give penalty points and he can ask for consultation with the central referee. He inspects the fighting safety equipment on call of the central referee and fills out every part of the score sheet.

 

11) JURY

The juryis formed by a time keeper, who stops the clock only upon the central referee’s request,an announcer  and the event commissioner who reads the scoring papers results before the verdict. The commissioner is responsible for the entire competition. A member of the jury can also act as announcer in the absence of a proper person. The commissioner can take decisions which might deviate from with the usual rules, due to necessities. He will justify these decisions in the minutes of the competition, together with the results, the times and the observations of  the head referee.

 

12) ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES AND ACTIONS.

In “Shoot Boxe Ground and Pound “ it is not allowed :

to deliver blows without control, to speak during the match, to waste time by avoiding combat, to strike with the head, shoulders, and elbows, to strike without looking at the target, to turn one’s back on the opponent unless it is clearly justified by technique and to behave in an unsportsmanlike manner towards the opponent, the referee or the judges. A coach or other seconds must not shout and must not address the opponent or the commissioner. It is forbidden to grab the shorts and the tatami edge.

 

13) DOCTOR

The ring-side doctor must be present throughout the entire event in the vicinity of the fighting square. In case of injury he is the only one who can decide if the injured fighter can continue to fight. Any fighter who abandons his match because of a doctor’s decision cannot in any case continue to take part in the tournament.

 

14) POINTS

A throw taking both legs off the ground……………………………………….3

A throw technique………………………………………………………………….2

A ”takedown”……………………………………………………………………….1

An immobilization ………………………………………………………………1

A side immobilization………………………………………………………………2

An immobilization over the body (“mounting and back mounting“)……….3

 

A punch…………………………………………………………….1

A kick to the leg…………………………………………………..1

A kick to the body………………………………………………..1

A kick to the head………………………………………………..3

Knee to the body…………………………………………………………………. 1

A “Ground & Pound” ( three consecutive punch to the head )………………..5

A third voluntary exit ……………………………………………1    subtracted from final score

A fourth voluntary exit………………………………………….. disqualification

IMPORTANT: after a Ground & Pound referee stop the time and start again standing.

At the second Ground & Pound finish the fight.

15) WEIGHT  CATEGORIES

Men:                       Kg. 56, 60, 65 , 71, 78, 86, 95, 105, over 105
Women:                  Kg. 50, 55, 61, 68, 76, over 76

Junior 16-18 age

Boys : kg. 56 – 60 – 65 – 71 — 78 — 86 — + 86

Girls :  kg. 50 — 55 — 61 — 68 — + 68

 

16) CLINCH

The «clinch» is a stalemate, both fighters standing or in  ground position during approximately 10 seconds without any actions on the part of one of the  fighters (or both of them) in an attempt  to turn the fight to his/her advantage. Please note that clinch might be also an attempt to reach the time limit of the fight without trying to achieve submission of the opponent.


 

                  KICK JITSU ( MMA Light )                                          

 

 

Kick jitsu is a sports discipline which applies fighting both at a distance  with blows, punches, knee and kicks, and in clinches and man-to-man fighting on the floor with grappling techniques, throws, locks, chokes  and immobilization.

 

 

1)  COMPETITION AREA

Kick jitsu matches are held on a square surface of small mats measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a surrounding perimeter area, preferably of a different colour and in any case delineated, measuring 1 metre, for a total of  8 x 8  metres. As an exception, at the event commissioner’s discretion, a ring like those used for kickboxing and boxing may be employed or MMA cage.

 

2) UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT

Kick jitsu combatants must wear shorts, groin guard, shin instep guards without hard parts, open-hand gloves with covered  thumbs, a head guard and mouthpiece. Gloves should reach the middle point of knuckles and have a pad at least 3 cm thick. For women a chest protector is mandatory. Adults are allowed to fight without head guard but in this case tatami must have 2 meters safety area on the periphery. It is forbidden to wear bracelets, necklaces, ear-rings and rings and any other thing likely to cause injury during the fight. The fighting safety equipment must be of approved type and will be inspected by the competition jury.

 

3)  DURATION OF MATCHES

Kick jitsu matches last, unless the event commissioner decides otherwise, two rounds of two minutes each, with an interval of one minute between rounds, for elimination matches. The finals will have three 2-minute rounds. For boys and girls of 10-12 years the duration will be 2 rounds, 1 min 30 sec each with 1 minute interval between the rounds.

 

4)  LEGAL TARGETS

In kick jitsu it is allowed to strike with control all parts of the body except the groin, throat, eyes, back of the neck and spine with punches, knee and kicks. All techniques passing beyond the target will be considered «without control». It is okay to hit or grab when you have been seized. It is not allowed to strike the opponent when either of the two combatants is on the ground.

For the age of 10-12 it is not permitted to strike while grabbing, it is forbidden to finalize by submission technique.

For the age of 13-15 it is not permitted to strike while grabbing. Submission techniques are allowed but without finalization. Fighters are permitted only to show the application of the submission technique without actually completing it.

 

5) THROWS

In kick jitsu it is allowed to seize and throw the opponent in any way, but not during a finalization. It is not allowed to throw one’s opponent straight down vertically on his/her head or neck (head first) or causing him/her to fall on  knees. Throws started from within the area of the square are valid even if they end outside of it. A “takedown” is considered any way one is able to carry or push the opponent to the ground and gain an over position, either falling on the opponent or remaining standing. A “takedown” is considered valid any way in which the opponent winds up on the ground, even due to his/her own fault.

 

6)  IMMOBILIZATIONS

In kick jitsu it is allowed to pin the opponent on the mat in any manner, but only the combatant who gains a position of advantage will obtain points. The immobilization must last 10 seconds ( 5 seconds  to begin the count and 5 seconds of referee’s count ). If a fighter who is lying face down gets up on all fours (knees and hands) he is no longer considered immobilized. If an immobilized combatant gets completely out of the inner fighting area the count must be stopped. The rear mount  is the only case when the  opponent in the lower position scores immobilization points. If during immobilization the fighter changes his position but he is still immobilized the referee continues to count. Points are awarded based on final position.

 

7) FINALIZATION
In kick jitsu  the finalization can be achieved by way of suffocation, strangling, compression and arm lock.  You cannot place your hands on your opponent’s face. Finalization puts end to the fight. The referee may stop a pending finalization if he considers it dangerous for the athlete that is undergoing it. This will result in the deduction of one point from the score of the combatant who was under finalization. In case of the loss of a mouthpiece during ground fighting the match is not stopped. The referee will replace it at the end of the phase on the  ground. Ripping (violently applied) joint locks are not allowed. They should always be executed progressively. Locks to the small joints (fingers) are not permitted. If finalization ends the round it is always given to the contestant who has applied finalization by 10 to 8. In case of finalization on the part of the other combatant in the second round there will be a third round of combat.

 

 

8)  SCORING

At the end of each round the  judges ( 3 ) write down the score on special scoring papers: 10 points to the better fighter and 9 points to the other; 8 if there has been a remarkable gap or finalization. Then they subtract the points due to fouls and mark the total score in the special  square. At the end of the match, each judge sums up the given points; in case of equal  points in an elimination tournament the judge must give his preference.

 

9)  REFEREE

He supervises the bout, he is the first to enter the «mat». He should ask the side judges to inspect the protective equipment, order the salute and start  the fighting with the world «fight». He stops the match with the word «stop» every  time he thinks it necessary; he can give warnings, award penalties and disqualify the combatants. He signals throws with his uplifted arm. He signals immobilization with his horizontally outstretched arm while counting aloud up to 4 seconds  standing close enough to fighters so they can hear; then he says «stop», asks the combatants to stand up and gives the «points». The central referee can stop his count before 5 if he thinks there is a dangerous situation. He signals for the interruption of time to the jury table; he signals voluntary exits from the fighting area and he separates the fighters when they are seizing each other without attempting a throw at once. He stops the fighting if, after beginning a count for immobilization, there is a reverse, and in any case if after a throw the immobilization does not follow. He awards the win at the end of the match.

 

10)  JUDGE

He evaluates  techniques,   control,  combinations, the athletes’ endurance to award the score. He decides if  immobilizations and projections signalled by the central referee are valid or not; he can give penalty points and he can ask for consultation with the central referee. He inspects the fighting safety equipment on call of the central referee and fills out every part of the score sheet.

 

11) JURY

The jury is formed by a time keeper, who stops the clock only upon the central referee’s request, an announcer  and the event commissioner who reads the scoring papers results before the verdict. The commissioner is responsible for the entire competition. A member of the jury can also act as announcer in the absence of a proper person. The commissioner can take decisions which might deviate from with the usual rules, due to necessities. He will justify these decisions in the minutes of the competition, together with the results, the times and the observations of  the head referee.

 

12) ILLEGAL TECHNIQUES AND ACTIONS.

In kick jitsu it is not allowed :

to deliver blows without control, to speak during the match, to waste time by avoiding combat, to strike with the head, shoulders, and elbows, to strike without looking at the target, to turn one’s back on the opponent unless it is clearly justified by technique and to behave in an unsportsmanlike manner towards the opponent, the referee or the judges. A coach or other seconds must not shout and must not address the opponent or the commissioner. It is forbidden to grab the shorts and the tatami edge.

 

 

13) DOCTOR

The ring-side doctor must be present throughout the entire event in the vicinity of the fighting square. In case of injury he is the only one who can decide if the injured fighter can continue to fight. Any fighter who abandons his match because of a doctor’s decision cannot in any case continue to take part in the tournament.

 

14) POINTS

A throw taking both legs off the ground……………………………………….      …3

A throw technique……………………………………………………………………………2

A ”takedown”…………………………………………………………………………………..1

An immobilization ……………………………………………………………………………1

A side immobilization………………………………………………………………………..2

An immobilization over the body (“mounting and back mounting“)……….     ..3

 

For 10-12 years old boys and girls 2 points are given for each takedown and 2 points for each immobilization. I point is given for each strike.

For 13-15 years old boys and girls 2 points are given for each finalization which lasts for about 5 seconds.

 

 

A punch…………………………………………………………… 1

A kick to the leg…………………………………………………..1

A kick to the body………………………………………………..2

A kick to the head………………………………………………..3

Knee to the body…………………………………………. 1

A third voluntary exit ……………………………………………1    subtracted from final score

A fourth voluntary exit………………………………………….. disqualification

 

 

15) WEIGHT  CATEGORIES

Men:                       Kg. 56, 60, 65 , 71, 78, 86, 95, 105, over 105
Women:                  Kg. 50, 55, 61, 68, 76, over 76

Junior 16-18 age

Boys : kg. 56 – 60 – 65 – 71 — 78 — 86 — + 86

Girls :  kg. 50 — 55 — 61 — 68 — + 68

Children 13 – 15 age

Boys : kg. 28 – 32 – 37 – 42 – 47 — over

Girls :  kg. 28 – 32 – 37 – 42 – 47 – over

Children 10 – 12 age

Boys :  kg. 42 – 47 – 52 – 57 – 63 – 69 — over

Girls : kg. 42 – 46 – 50 – 55 – 60 – 65 – over

 

16) CLINCH

The «clinch» is a stalemate, both fighters standing or in  ground position during approximately 5 seconds without any actions on the part of one of the  fighters (or both of them) in an attempt  to turn the fight to his/her advantage. Please note that clinch might be also an attempt to reach the time limit of the fight without trying to achieve submission of the opponent.


 

 

M.M.A.ELITE

 

The MMA is a discipline that allows the highest expression of martial arts in a fight where  the knockout is permitted.

1)  PLACE OF COMPETITION

MMA matches are held inside a caged octagon 7- 10 meters in diameter or, alternatively, in a ring similar to the ones used in kickboxing  preferably with four ropes. In any case the floor mat must be adequately padded. In exceptional cases class E fights can be disputed on square “MMA light” type mats. In this case the use of a head guard  is mandatory.

2) CLOTHING

MMA fighters should wear Bermuda-length  shorts  or baggy trunks like those used in kickboxing. In the latter case tighter  shorts must be worn underneath.

The protective gear consists of a groin cup, open-hand gloves covered on the thumbs and a mouthpiece. Gloves should reach the middle point of knuckles and have a pad at least 3 cm thick. Women must also wear a T-shirt or top and chest guard. Guards must be of approved types and will be checked by the jury. The mouthpiece must be tightly fit and the combatant will not be allowed to fight with mouth open.

MMA gloves

  1. There should be 3-4 cm thick padding
  2. Thumbs should be covered
  3. The padding on the thumb should be between 0.5 and 1 cm thick.
  4. Gloves should reach the middle point of knuckles.

3) DURATION OF MATCHES

Class E (beginners) up to a maximum of 3 matches fought, against opponents with a maximum difference of 2 matches fought: two 4-minute rounds with a 1 minute 30 second interval.
Class B up to an additional 5 matches (from 4 to 8 total): two 5-minute rounds with a 1 minute 30 second interval.

Class A: three 5-minute rounds with 2 minute intervals.

International tournaments: two 5-minute rounds with 1 minute 30 second interval.

 

4) LEGAL TARGETS – ALLOWED TECHNIQUES

Class A: It is allowed to hit the whole body with the exception of spine, nape, top of the head, throat and groin with punches (closed fist), kicks, knees, shin techniques.  Elbow strikes are legal only if they are executed in circular path  without downward vertical movement and without hitting the target with the tip. With one or both fighters on the ground, the same blows are allowed but only punches can be delivered to the head. Fighter in ground position is allowed to kick his standing opponent in the face.

Class B: The same as class A, but all elbow strikes are forbidden.

Class E: The same as class B, but in standing position knee strikes to the head are forbidden and only punches can be used in ground position.

 

5) TAKEDOWNS

It is allowed to grab, hold and throw the opponent in any manner. It is also possible to strike while grabbing. Holding on to the ropes or the cage is forbidden. It is not allowed to launch the ‘opponent over the ropes. It is not allowed to project  the opponent knocking him on the neck head first or causing him to fall on his knees.

6) IMMOBILIZATIONS

It’s allowed to block the opponent on the mat in any manner, but only the combatant who gains a position of advantage and keeps it for minimum 5 seconds will obtain points.  It is allowed to do locks and chokes both to keep up the immobilization and to obtain the surrender. Vantage points are given based primarily on the position of  the opponent, except for the rear mount which is still considered advantageous position.

6) SUBMISSION

It is allowed to finalize the match by choking, strangling, compression, arm, leg or foot bars, locks (except finger locks).  Submission ends the fight. Fighter can not use his hands to attack his opponent’s face (mouth, nose, eyes). The referee can interrupt a submission situation in progress if he believes it to be dangerous for the fighter who is suffering it, awarding victory to the other fighter. In case of loss of mouth guard during ground fighting the Referee orders the fighters to hold their positions, allow the mouthpiece to be re-inserted, and then resume the match.

It is not allowed to apply submission techniques to heels (twisting).

 

7) SCORING

 

At the end of each round the side judges give 10 points to the better fighter and 9 points to his opponent ( 8 if there has been a remarkable gap ). Then they subtract the points owing to penalties and counts, marking the total score on the “round” column. At the end of the match the result will be given by the sum of the points obtained in each round. In case of equal  points in an elimination tournament the judge must give his preference.

The winner is declared by a majority of verdicts.

It is allowed to file a claim which must be submitted in writing immediately after the match to the chairman followed by the pertinent fee.

 

8)REFEREE

 

The central referee supervises the bout, he is the first to enter the ring. Referee starts the fighting with the word » fight «, stops it with the word » stop » or parts the  fighters in a prolonged clinch with the word » break «, at the utterance of which, after a step backward, the fight automatically begins again. The referee separates the two combatants after the prolonged standing clinch or orders them to stand up after a prolonged clinch on the mat.

He ends the fight and awards a KO after three full power punches are thrown to the face of his/her passive opponent on the mat by the combatant who is above. At any moment the referee can stop a combatant he perceives to be in great difficulty or proclaim defeat due to the evident superiority of his/her opponent. When an injury occurs he interrupts fighting and calls for the ringside doctor to evaluate the injury.

 

 

9) JUDGES

 

The side judges evaluate techniques, combinations, number of blows hitting the target, efficacy,  throws and  immobilizations. They fill in every part of the scoring paper.

 

10) JURY

The jury consists of the timer keeper who stops the time only at the central referee’ s request and signals the » seconds out » 10 seconds before the beginning of each round, the ring announcer, the commissioner who is the ultimate authority for the entire competition, the ringside doctor whose duty is to decide if an injured fighter can continue to fight or not. His decision is indisputable.

 

11) POINTS

For each round award of the points is based on the following scoring criteria:

Throw  taking both legs off the ground……………………………………….       3

Throw             ……………………………………………………………………………    2

Takedown   …………………………………………………………………………………..1

Immobilization ……………………………………………………………………………    1

Side immobilization……………………………………………………………………….  2

Immobilization over the body (“mounting and rear mounting“)……….     ..     3

 

Reversal (escape from the guard position)………………………………………. 1

Any strike to a legal target……………………………………………………………… 1

Great efficacy of technique ……………………………………………………………  1

For a count received from referee one point less on the final score….  -1

 

12) WEIGHT CATEGORIES

Men:                       Kg. 56, 60, 65 , 71, 78, 86, 95, 105, over 105
Women:                  Kg. 50, 55, 61, 68, 76, over 76

The minimum age is 18 years old (16 with the written permission of parents)

Under 18 fighters fight only with Class E rules (beginner)

 

13) LEAVING THE FIGHTING AREA (when in the Ring)

In case both athletes go out of the competition area thus compelling  the referee to stop the fight the referee has the following choice of making decisions:

A: One of the two athletes is mounted in a lateral position.  In this case the referee takes the fight to the center of the ring in a lateral mount position or full mount. In both cases the one above puts his hands on the ground on the side of the opponent’s body and the one below  girds the opponent’s waist.
B: None of the athletes had achieved  the lateral mount position or full mount. In this case the fight is resumed in standing position.
C: One of the two athletes had a pending finalization. The referee assigns a point less (on final score) to  the athlete who suffered the risk of the finalization and the fight is resumed in standing position.

14) INJURIES

In the event of the injury due to the foul technique the injured fighter has  3 minutes  to  try to recover and decide whether to continue the fight subject to the discretion of the ringside doctor.

If the match is stopped because of an involuntary injury, the match is considered “no contest“ if the first round has not been completed. If at least the first round has been completed the scoring papers of the completed round(s) will determine the winner.

 

 

15) CLINCH

The «clinch» is a stalemate, both fighters standing or in  ground position during approximately 5 seconds without any actions on the part of one of the  fighters (or both of them) in an attempt  to turn the fight to his/her advantage. Please note that clinch might be also an attempt to reach the time limit of the fight without trying to achieve submission of the opponent.

 

16) ILLEGAL ACTIONS

The following techniques are not permitted:

  • Grabbing the shorts or gloves of the opponent
  • Grabbing the cage
  • Scratching the skin
  • Biting
  • Head butting
  • Pushing with the head the frontal parts of the face ( eyes, nose, mouth )
  • Using ointments, oils and creams on eyebrows, cheekbones and nose other than those permitted by the chief referee.

PLEASE NOTE: Any agreements between coaches that go beyond or take exception to these rules are to be considered totally unofficial and the referee can only enforce these official federation rules as they are written.