New Black Belt Division Rules

Here are some VERY important rule changes now adopted by TKD Canada as prepared by Barbara Marian, WTF Canada Referee Committee Vice Chair (ON). These rules changes will be in effect in May for Senior & Junior Nationals this year.

In addition to weight division changes, key rule changes to remember are:

  • 3 points to the head section
  • 2 points to the body for any 180 degree kick, INCLUDING Back kick.

I will post the weight changes for the junior divisions as soon as I have confirmation of them. Here is what we know so far – this is a short summary covering only the high points and is  not meant to be a comprehensive explanation or list of all competition rule amendments. See for a full outline.

  • Competition area reduced to 8m by 8m
  • Head kick is 3 points
  • Turning kick (180 degrees or greater) to the body is 2 points
  • Combo of 2 x Kyong go or 1 Gamjeom adds one point to opposing player. Total of 4 point deduction still = loss.
  • Lifting the knee to avoid a valid attack or impeding the progress of an attack is now a kyong go.
  • The inactive period is 5 seconds for the “fight command”; then 10 seconds of further inactivity is now a kyong go. This is commonly practiced now.
  • Wearing of a Hijab beneath the helmet and dobuk is acceptable
  • Men’s Weight Classes: -54kg, -58kg, -63kg, -68kg, -74kg, -80kg, -87kg and +87kg
  • Women’s Weight Classes: -46kg, -49kg, -53kg, -57kg, -62kg, -67kg, -73kg, +73kg
  • Players hold head gear under left arm, and put it on after bowing at the start of the match. Players take off head gear and put under left arm and bow at end of match.
  • The definition of “face” is replaced by “head” including all areas above collar bone.
  • Legal scoring area is defined as the coloured area of the trunk protector
  • There is NO additional point if the referee counts
  • Win by 7 point gap and 12 point ceiling is removed.
  • In Kyeshi, the doctor is consulted before the order to resume the match is given; or declaring loss by expiration of kyeshi time. This is commonly practiced now.
  • Centre referee can have a casting vote in a “referee conference” during a match.
  • Lodging of protest time is 15 minutes after match conclusion.
  • Amendments to CSB composition, conflict, and procedure.

What do you think? Please post your thoughts to comments or let me know directly.

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