The Elite Federation Of Kickboxers are SIMILAR to that of WAKO and K-1 rules.
Clinching is allowed, however there must be consistent activity from the clincher otherwise the ref will break the action
All elbow techniques are illegal
Punching techniques reaching legal targets have the same value for judges as knee, leg or any other technique in the repertoire
Art. 2. Legal Target Areas
The following parts of the body may be attacked using the authorized fighting techniques:
Head, front and side Torso, front and side Legs, any part, which can be attacked using the shin Foot, only for sweeps (ankle)
Art. 2.1 Prohibited Techniques and Behavior
It is prohibited to:
Attack the throat, lower abdomen, kidneys, back, groin and back of the neck Elbow, knife-hand, head-butts, thumb and shoulder Foot sweeps done above the ankle Turn one's back to the opponent, run away, fall down, blind techniques, wrestling and ducking below opponent's waist Attack an opponent who is falling to the floor or is already on the floor; that is, as soon as one hand or knee touches the floor Leave the ring/cage without the central referee's consent Continue after the command "stop" or "break" or the end of the round signal has been given Oil the face or the body Violations of the rules and regulations may, depending how grave they are, lead to warnings, minus points or even disqualification
Art. 2.2 Legal Techniques The folowing hand techniques may be applied:
Art. 2.2.1 Hand Techniques
Punches (all boxing repertoire) Back fist and the possibility to use the spinning back fist Clinching with two hands around the neck
Foot, Leg and Knee Techniques
Front Kick Side Kick Roundhouse Kick Heel Kick Crescent Kick Axe Kick Jump Kick Using the shin to attack any part of the leg or the body (legal targets only) Knee can be used to attack any part of the body even jumping, except the back Clinching and kneeing Foot sweeps as long as it is foot to foot (meaning below the ankle)
Art. 2.2.2 Throwing Techniques
A fighter cannot throw his opponent using torso, hips, ankles, feet or the legs. Hand and foot techniques should be used equally during the entire fighting period. Foot techniques are only recognized when they clearly show intention to hit the opponent with power.
All techniques must be used with full power. Any technique which is partially deviated or blocked, or that simply touches, brushes or pushes an opponent will not be scored.
Art. 3 Decisions
The decisions will be reached as follows:
Victory via points: At the end of a bout, the kickboxer who has obtained a victory by the decision of the majority of judges is declared the winner (victory via majority vote). If both kickboxers are simultaneously injured or KOed and cannot continue the fight, the judges will mark the points obtained by each fighter to that point, and the kickboxer ahead by points will be declared the winner.
Victory via abandonment: If a kickboxer voluntarily gives up, due to an injury or any other reason, or if he fails to continue the fight after the one minute break between the rounds, his opponent will be declared the winner.
Victory via stoppage, upon order of the referee (TKO)
Injury: If the referee determines a fighter is unable to continue the fight, due to an injury or any other physical reason, the fight will be stopped and his opponent declared the winner: The right to make such a decision is incumbent upon the referee, who can consult the doctor. Having done so, the referee will folow the doctor's advice. When a referee asks the doctor to intervene, they will be the only officials present in the ring/cage. No seconds will be admitted.
Victory via disqualification: If a kickboxer is disqualified, his opponent will be declared the winner. If both kickboxers are disqualifed, the decision will be announced accordingly. A disqualified kickboxer cannot receive any reward, medal, trophy, honorary award, grade or title for the competition in the course of which he has been disqualified, except in the case when the promoter or chief official decideds otherwise.
Victory by default: When a kickboxer is present in the ring/cage and ready to fight, and his opponent does not appear when announced by the loud speaker, after two minutes the referee will declare the kickboxer presently waiting in the cage/ring the winner by default. He will ask the judges to annotate the score sheets accordingly; gather them and call the kickboxer to the center of the ring/cage and raise his hand as the winner.
Additionally, the 3 knockdown rule is valid. This means that the fight will be stopped if a fighter has been knocked down 3 times in the same fight. The referee declares the fighter TKO after the 3rd knockdown.
Art. 4 Changing a decision
All public decisions are definitive and cannot be changed unless:
Mistakes which occurred in calculating the points are discovered; One of the judges declares he has made a mistake and switched the scores of the fighters; There are evident violations of the rules.
The observer/organizer of the ring/cage (chief referee), will immediately handle all protests. After discussions, the final result will be announced.
Art. 5 Awarding of points
At the end of each round, the judge will determine who controlled/dominated the round and award the following points:
10-9 10 goes to the winner of the round and 9 goes to the loser 10-10 This score is given if the round was declared a draw and there was no clear winner 10-8 This score is given if one fighter was truly dominated in a round. It is typically given when a knockdown was committed in a round (one fighter was knocked down and the other fighter was not)
At the end of the match, the judge will sum the points given (all 10-10's or 10-9's or 10-8's) per round and name the winning fighter who has the larger sum of points. The judge must make a circle around the fighter's name.
Art. 6 Penalties
When a fighter spits out his/her mouth-guard on purpose, the central referee should stop the fight immediately and count him as if for a knock down (to 8). This only happens when the mouth-guard is PURPOSELY spit out. If the mouth-guard comes out accidently, the ref will wait until the first natural break in action before replacing it.
Warnings will be carried over throughout the match to all rounds 1st violation-Verbal Warning 2nd violation-Official Warning 3rd violation-Award Penalty Point (-1) 4th violation-Disqualification
Art. 7 Criteria for minus points
Unclean fighting style Constant tie ups/clinching (without working inside of the clinch) Constant and continuous ducking, turning of the back Too few foot techniques Three warnings Any violation of the rules
Art. 7.1 Offenses
A fighter who does not obey the referee's order; who violates regulations, who demonstrates unsportsmanlike behavior or who commits offenses can receive a caution, warning or be disqualified by a referee without an official warning. Only 3 official warnings can be given to a fighter in the course of the entire bout. The third warning will automatically mean DISQUALIFICATION (the procedure starts from a caution, 1st official warning, 2nd official warning and 1 minus point, third official warning and consequent disqualification of the fighter).
Art. 7.2Warnings given to his "Second" count against the Kickboxer
A referee may, without stopping the fight, give a caution to a kickboxer at any moment. If he wants to give a warning to a kickboxer, he will sto pthe fight and announce the offense. He will show it to the three judges, pointing with his finger to the kickboxer at fault.
The following actions are considered fouls:
Punching below the belt, hooking, tripping, and hitting with elbows Butting with head, shoulders, with forearms and elbows, strangling the opponent, crushing his face with arm or elbow Hitting with open gloves, with the inside of the gloves, with a wrist Hitting the opponent's back, and particularly on the nape of his neck, head and kidneys Attacking while holding the cage/ropes or using them improperly Lying down, wrestling or not fighting at all Attacking an opponent who is on the floor or getting up Using artificial means for a passive defense and falling down intentionally in order to avoid a blow Using insulting and aggressive language during a round Refusing to withdraw after the order "BREAK" Trying to land a blow on the opponent immediately after a "BREAK" order and before withdrawing Assailing or insulting the referee at any time when a warning for a particular foul has been administered
The referee will not caution the kickboxer again for the same offense. An official warning will follow and a third caution for the same foul will become a minus point. If a referee thinks that an offense has been committed without his knowledge, he will have to consult with the judges.
Art. 8 On the floor
A kickboxer is considered "on the floor" if:
If he touches the floor with a part of his body other than his feet following a blow or series of blows. If he hopelessly hangs on to the ropes (or against the cage) after a blow or a series of blows. If, after a violent blow, he has not fallen to the floor but is in a state of semi-consciousness and, in the referee's opinion, he is not able to continue fighting. In the case of a KO, the referee must immediately start counting out the seconds. When a kickboxer is on the floor, his opponent must instantly go to the neutral corner, shown by the referee. He will only continue the fight with his fallen opponent when the latter has risen, and when the referee has ordered the continuation of fighting. If the opponent does not go to the neutral corner following the referee's order, the referee will stop the count until that order is executed. The count will then be continued where it was left off.
When a kickboxer is on the floor, the referee will count from 1 to 10 with a one second interval betwen each number, and will indicate each second with his fingers so that the fallen kickboxer knows how many seconds have already been counted. One second must pass from the moment the kickboxer falls down to the start of the count.
When a kickboxer is on the floor due to a blow, the fight will not continue before the referee has counted to 8, even if the kickboxer is ready to continue the fight before that time. If the kickboxer DOESN'T RAISE HIS HANDS the referee will continue to count until "10", the round will be finished and a KO declared.
If a kickboxer is on the floor at the end of a round, the referee will continue the count even if the bell rings. If the referee counts to 10, the kickboxer will be declared loser via KO.
If a kickboxer is on the floor after having received a blow and the fight continues after the count out of 8 seconds, but the kickboxer falls back to the floor without receiving a new blow, the referee will resume the count, starting at 8.
If both kickboxers fall at the same time, the count will continue on as long as one of them is still on the floor. If they both remain on the floor after 10 seconds, the bout will be stopped and a decision given, considering the points granted before the KO. Otherwise a NO CONTEST will be declared between the two fighters. A kickboxer who does not resume the fight after the break or after a KO loses the fight.
Art. 8 Procedure after KO, Injury
If a fighter gets injured in a fight the doctor is the only person that can evaluate the circumstances.
If a kickboxer remains unconscious, only the referee and the doctor in charge will be allowed to stay in the ring, unless the doctor needs extra help.
Art. 8.1 Procedure for KO, Injury
A kickboxer who has been knocked out due to a head-blow during the fight, or if the referee has stopped the fight due to severe head trauma which prevents him from continuing, he will be examined by a doctor immediately afterwards. The aforementioned kickboxer will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 4 weeks after the KO. If this situation repeats itself two times in a period of 3 months, he will not be allowed to take part in another competition or bout for a period of at least 3 months after the second KO.
Art. 9 Use of Oil and Vaseline
Minimal use of Vaseline to the facial area is allowed. No other substance shall be applied. The term minimal in this case means the amount that the Rule Committee permits. A fighter with an excessive amount of oil/Vaseline to the face and/or body shall not be allowed to compete. In such cases, the excessive oil/Vaseline shall be removed.