WEKAF (WORLD ESCRIMA KALI ARNIS FEDERATION)
Article I Contest
Length and number of rounds. The bout shall have three (3) rounds of one (1) minute per round, with thirty (30) seconds to one
(1) minute intervals.
Striking or hitting points shall be any part of the body and hand EXCEPT from the knee down to the foot, the groin, the neck,
the back of the head and the back of the body.
The contestants shall stand about two (2) meters or six (6) feet apart at the center of the contest area, both facing the jury. At
the command of the referee who shall stand between the contestants, the contestants shall execute the formal salutation or
"YUKO" to the jury, then facing each other another "YUKO". After the "YUKO", the contestants shall assume the on-guard
"HANDA" position upon instruction of the referee. The contestants then begins at the referee's command to fight "LABAN or
When a round ends or when the time allotted for the contest expires, the timekeeper shall notify the referee by the ringing of the
gong, bell or whistle, or by some other means which shall indicate the end of the contest.
Any strike or technique applied when the other or both contestants are outside the contest are shall be judged as null and void.
In this case, the contestants shall be directed to return to the center of the contest area.
Strikes or techniques executed while both contestants are in the contest area shall be valid even if the other falls down or lands
outside the perimeter of the contest area.
Article II. Judgment of Contest
The contest shall be decided by a panel of three (3) judges. Their decision shall be final and unappeasable. The referee has no
decision on the scoring.
The judges shall take position at opposite sides and outside the contest area and shall not encroach upon the contest area.
When the time limit expires without any player having lost by technical knockout (TKO) or referee stopped contest (RSC), the
referee shall require both contestants to return to the original position at the start of the contest. The referee shall then collect the
score cards from the judges and hand them over to the jury. After checking the score cards, the jury shall announce the
Judgment of draw "PATAS" shall be made when the result of the contest reaches a tie, i.e., when no result is reached in a
contest within the regulation limit of time or when the superiority or inferiority of the two contestants cannot be judged from the
comparison of their action, skill, or technique and other conditions during the particular contest. In the event of a draw
"PATAS", the contest shall be extended for another round of one (1) minute. Should the extension fail to break the "PATAS",
then another extension shall be granted until one contestant shall be declared a winner.
The following acts shall be prohibited:
1.Holding, pushing, grabbing punching, kicking, fist, elbow, knee, or any martial art blow and the like.
2.Hitting an opponent who is down, or who is in the act of rising, or who signals to surrender.
3.Hitting while holding an opponent's "OLISI" or "BASTON", or holding to avoid action.
4.Hitting when a contestant turns his back in surrender.
5.Deliberately going outside the contest area.
6.To adjust or fix the consume or protective gears without the referee's permission.
7.Hitting the groin, neck, back, knee, or any part below the knee.
8.Locking the opponent's arm or hand, or pushing an arm underneath the arm of the opponent.
9.Useless, aggressive or offensive utterances during the round.
10.Failure to step back when ordered to break "BUWAG".
11.Attempting to strike the opponent immediately after the referee has ordered "BUWAG" and before taking a step back.
12.Assaulting or behaving in an aggressive manner towards a referee at any time.
13.Any unsportsmanlike conduct causing embarrassment to an opponent, tournament official, or the public.
14.The use or application of prohibited drugs such as stimulants, steroids, marijuana, opiates, and the likes.
15.All other things or acts which might be prejudicial to the spirit of Eskrima, Kali Arnis.
Legitimate strikes or blows include slash, thrust, and butt. However, in consideration for the safety of the contestants, the
organizers may limit or totally exclude the application or use of thrusts or butts, or both, upon approval of WEKAF.
Article III. System of Scoring.
1.A contestant making more hits to the body, head, and arm.
2.When a contestant goes down with the application of a footsweep.
3.When a contestant loses his "OLISI" or "BASTON" as a result of a disarm "AGAW", or his "OLISI" or "BASTON" is
knocked off from his hand.
Scoring shall be by the "10-Point Must System". The winner during the "encounter" or "exchange" gets 10 points whle the loser
receives anywhere from 9 to 7 points, depending upon the decisiveness by which the former won the round. The 10-Point
Must System of scoring shall be applied as follows:
1.Even Round 10-10
2.Slight Edge 10-9
3.Wide Edge 10-8
4.One Sided 10-7
In scoring a contest, the elements of offense, defense, clean hitting, ring generalship, technique, and sportsmanship shall be
carefully considered. The use of foul strikes or blows, and other foul or unsportsmanlike tactics shall result either in a warning or
penalty. The referee shall stop the contest upon the commission of the foul to admonish or warn the contestants, and to advise
the judges in case of a point deduction. However, on a clean intentional foul, the referee shall disqualify the erring contestant
automatically or only after consultation with the judges.
Judgment for "winner of contest" shall be made on the following conditions:
1.Win on points. At the end of the contest, the fighter who has been awarded the decision by a majority of the judges shall
be declared the winner. If both fighters are injured or are technically knocked out simultaneously and cannot continue the
contest, the judges shall record the points gained by each fighter up to its termination and the fighter who has been
leading on points at the actual end of the contest shall be declared the winner.
2.Win by Technical Knockout (TKO).
3.Outclassed or one-sidedness of the contest.
5.Refusal to continue, or voluntary surrender.
7.Win by disqualification.
9.Win by walkover or default.
A contestant is "DOWN" or "BAGSAK" when any part of his body but his feet, is on the floor, resulting from the application of
a footsweep or when he goes down without being struck for the purpose of avoiding a legitimate strike or attack.
In the event that a contestant fails to continue because of injury, the result of the contest shall be decided on the following
1.When the cause of the contestant's injury is through any means except by foul blows, the injured shall be the loser.
However, if the injury occurs in the frist round a judgement of "PATAS" shall be declared.
2.When the cause of the contestant's foul tactics or strikes, the opponent shall be the loser.
Article IV Referee
Primary concern. The primary concern or duty of the referee is to ensure the safety of the fighters.
Dress code. Referees in all WEKAF sanctioned competitions shall be dressed in white shirt, white trousers and rubber shoes
without heels and prefereably white. Referees while officiating in WEKAF national championships may wear the organization's
patch on their attire.
Duties. The referee shall officiate in the contest area or ring, he shall;
1.See that the rules and fair play are strictly observed.
2.Maintain control of the contest at all stages.
3.Prevent a weak fighter from receiving undue and unnecessary punishment.
4.Check the protective gears and equipment.
5.He shall use three ( 3 ) words of command;
"TIGIL" When ordering the fighters to stop fighting.
"LABAN" or "PALO" When ordering the fighters to start or continue
"BUWAG" When breaking a clinch, upon which each fighter shall step back.
1.He shall indicate to a fighter by any suitable explanatory signs or gestures any infringement of the rules.
2.At the end of the contest, collect and check the score cards of the judges; after checking, he shall hand these score cards
to the jury or on occasion where there is no jury, to the announcer.
3.The referee shall not indicate the winner by raising a fighter's hand otherwise, until the announcement has been made.
When the referee has disqualified a fighter or stopped the bout, he shall first inform the jury or announcer which fighter he
has disqualified or the reason for which he stopped the bout, to enable the jury to instruct the announcer to make the
decision correctly know to the public. When the winner of a bout is announced, the referee shall raise the hand of the
6.Powers of the referee. The referee is empowered;
4.To terminate a contest at any stage if he considers it too one-sided.
5.To terminate a contest at any stage if one of the fighters has received an injury on account of which the referee decides he
should not continue.
6.To terminate a contest at any stage if he considers the contestants are not fighting in earnest. In such cases he may disqualify
one or both contestants.
7. To caution a fighter or stop the bout during a contest and administer a warning to a fighter against fouls or for any other
reason in the interest of fair play or to ensure compliance with the rules.
9.Warnings. A warning shall be called up by the referee for the first offense based on the following conditions;
1.Any foul strikes or blows and prohibited acts provided in Article II Section IV.
2.Unruly contestants and their officials or any unsportsmanlike conduct causing embarassment to an opponent, official or
12. Section VI.
13. Point deduction. A deduction of points shall be called upon by the referee to the offending contestant and advise the judges
of the point to be deducted. Immediately upon the commission of fouls based on the following;
3.A second violation of the same offense shall be given a point deduction.
4.Another point deduction thereof for the third offense, or the referee may in his own discretion declare a disqualification of the
16. Section VII.
5.A contestant who continuously commits a prohibited act shall be disqualified by the referee after sufficient warning or
warnings. Except on clearly intentional fouls, in which case the referee shall automatically disqualify the erring player or upon
consultation with the judges.
6.Default, any contestant who fails to appear three minutes after the final announcement of his name during the contest shall be
declared in default.
VIII. Any contestant or his official committing grave technical foul on an opponent or official in the contest area shall be
declared a technical disqualification.
IX. Any contestants under the influence of prohibited drugs such as stimulants, steroids, hormone-like substances, alcohol,
marijuana, opiates and the like.
Guide for officials;
1.A judge is advised to direct his gaze on a point midway between the two fighters to enable him to see and note the
actions of each fighter. He should avoid any inclination to watch a particular fighter, who by reason of his style or
personality may attract more attention than his opponent. Therefore, such concentration on one fighter is not advisable as
the judge may fail to see some of the scoring actions of the other fighter. Judges are advise to assess the scoring value of
each incident as it occurs and credit it mentally to each fighter concerned. When a fighter has obtained a lead in points,
further gains made by him shall be added to his score and those by his opponent subtracted from his score.
2.A judge must be thoroughly familiar with all WEKAF rules and procedures. He/She should also have a complete
understanding of the signals, motions and procedures in refereeing.
3.It is well to verify names and identities of listed fighters as soon as your program is received. Check for changes. Verify
corner colorings and team assignments, if any.
4.As soon as the announcement of the verdict is made of the bout previous to the one you are officiate, occupy the correct
judge's seat assigned to you.
5.Complete legibly the following in the score card before the commencement of the bout;
VI. Judge's number
VII. Date of tournament
VIII. Bout number
IX. Weight divisions
XI. Fighter's name
XII. Fighter's clubs
XIII. Judge's signature
14. You may speak to the referee during the interval and bring to his attention any incident involving breaking of the rules which
he has not indicated. However, when the bout is in progress, do not speak to the contestants, coaches, referee, or to the other
15. When coffee of soft drinks are served while actually judging, drink only during intervals, and place the drink container on
the floor and not openly on the judge's table. Do not smoke while sitting on the judge's seat or anywhere close to the ringside.