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Well today I competed in my first competetion ever and, I'm glad to say that I received 1st in tul competetion and 2nd in sparring!
I entered this tournament with really low expectations and also being really nervous but somehow I managed to come out the winner...
Also, the only reason that I received 2nd for sparring was because that when I was one point away from winning when I was sparring this Karate girl....
I then tried to end the match doing a jumping backfist to the side of her head but just as my fist landed the girl turned her head and it hit her in the face.
Unfortunately my hit had too much power in it and it was ruled excessive by the judges and they gave her the win...
Oh well stuff happens, I'm just glad of how good I did in my first tournament and now I'm looking forward to winning my next one! :D
Yeah tournaments are fun but hitting a girl hard LOL I would never do a thing like that. No offense to women :bow: . But I guess good job. Also what belt are you?
Thanx, and you asked what belt I am?
Well I'm just a green stripe...But I'm getting up there!
Umm is that a white belt with a green stripe or a green belt. I probally dont undertsand your belt system sorry.
What type of tournament was it that allowed spinning backfists to the head?
Most TKD tournaments dont even allow punching to the head at all?
Yeah, that's kinda what I was thinking but didn't want to say anything in case I was wrong. Also, I haven't been around that long, but I'm surprised they would have males and females compete against each other. The only time I've seen it was with kids.
Most of the tournaments I have been to, 13 and under its co-ed. But I have never been to a tournament that allowed anyone under 18 and not blackbelt punch to the head. There might be some Karate tournaments that allow it, but never a TKD.
I think it depnds on what tournaments you go to. I have never sparred with a female in one either, and i have only seen it with kids, but i have always had punches to the head, minimal contact, but if it's controlled than it will be a point, the first tournament i went to i was 12 and was a green belt, but maybe it's changed? dunno, maybe the ones i went to were an exception.
The one tournament that I have been to did not have co-ed sparring. Ofcourse, I didn't see the little kid divisions so I can't vouch for them. I'm with Silverhand on the issue of the punching to the head. I've never heard of a TKD tournament allowing that. I know some kicks to the head are allowed but punching to the head isn't allowed from my understanding. In fact, my instructor was disqualified from his first tournament for that. Was this an open style tournament?
Sorry, haven't been online in a while...
Anyways the tourney was a co-ed open one but, it was hosted by a Karate school who established the rules.
As far as I understood the rules were:
2.)Touch to face= 1pt. to opponent
3.)Touch ruled excessive by 3 judges= Disqualification
Out of Ring, blind techniques, spinal strikes to head or spine, leg checks, groin attacks and sweeps all = One point to the opponent.
When I sparred the girl not only did I hit her on the side of the face(Which they still say counts as "the face"), I guess I hit her too hard which was ruled excessive by the judges.
So I kinda got disqualified but not really because I still received second place. :(
And to SRK85:
This is how our ITF ranking system goes-
White, yellow stripe
Yellow, green stripe
Green, blue stripe
Blue, red stripe
Red, black stripe
Black followed by the different degrees.
The tournaments I go to never allow punching to the head/face either, but here in Canada, we are allowed to attack the back and it will count for points. Apparently though, it's not allowed in the US. I was at a tournament in Canton, NY and we found out the hard way and a few of us from Canada got called for attacking the back because we were so used to not worrying about it here at home.
I just started taking again so I havn't been to a tourney in about 8 years. I don't remember much at all. From pictures I can see that at the age I was at (9) it was co-ed. I'm not sure if punches to the head were allowed but I know light contact kicking was. As for hitting the back I don't know. TKDCANADA says it's illegal so I guess it was.
Well I found out the rules tonight. Controlled punching and kicking to the head are allowed, unless it is to the back of the head. Striking the back of someone's head will result in a penalty. Kick, but not hand strikes, are allowed to the back, with control. Also, black belts only, are allowed to strike the back of another black belts leg. This is apparently a new rule. Obviously it must be since striking below the belt will result in a penalty unless the previously stated condition is met. I believe that's it.
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