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Article I Contest

Section I.

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.

Section II.

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.

Section III.

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


Section IV.

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.

Section V.

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.

Section VI.

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

Section I.

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.

Section II.

The judges shall take position at opposite sides and outside the contest area and shall not encroach upon the contest area.

Section III.

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


Section IV.

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.

Section V.

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.

Section VI.

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.


2.Section I.

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.

Section II.

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.

Section III.

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.

6.Knockdown "BAGSAK".

7.Win by disqualification.

8.No contest.

9.Win by walkover or default.

Section IV.

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.

Section V.

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

Section I.

Primary concern. The primary concern or duty of the referee is to ensure the safety of the fighters.

Section II.

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.

Section III.

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

winning fighter.



5.Section IV.

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.

8.Section V.

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

the public.


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

erring contestant.


16. Section VII.

17. Disqualification;


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.

7.Technical disqualification;

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.

Section VIII.

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

X.Referee's name

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.