Tournament rules

Self-Defense Karate Rules Details

The rules of self-defense karatedo can be summarized as follows

“Rules to reproduce Kumite at Oyama Dojo, the origin of Kyokushinkaikan, and the early Ikebukuro Sohonbu Dojo before the 5th All Japan Kyokushin Karate Tournament.”


“Perfect full-contact rules (complete direct hit system) required by the original Kyokushin Karate.”
It is.

More to the point ,

The complete non-discriminatory martial arts rules, the rules of self-defense karate-do, sought not only by Kyokushin Karate, but also by its roots, Ryukyu Karate, Okinawa Karate, and traditional karate.
It is a complete, non-discriminatory, martial arts rule, the self-defense karate-do rule.

Begins and ends with a bow

① Bow to the playing field upon entrance
② Ensuring that the front, the chief referee, and the players bow to each other immediately before the start of the game.
③ Three rites immediately after the match
④ Bow to the playing field when exiting
We ask that the above be strictly adhered to.

There are blows to the face, and there is a golden blow.
The kumite rule says that both kinteki tsuki/uchi and kinteki kicks are acceptable for kumite.

In fact, if you look at the kumite up to the 5th All Japan Championships at Kyokushinkaikan, where I first competed, you can see “up and down stances,” which represent the warning pause against face attacks and the defense with the hands against kin-teki attacks.

In other words, the rule that allows attacking the face, which is essentially the vital point of the body, and the kintai, which is far more than that and is truly the vital point of a single blow, is an essential rule for karate as a martial art and self-defense art.

If we do not realize a self-defense karate-do rule that makes all these kinetic blows effective, we will not have a non-discriminatory martial art, but one that favors those who have the advantage in size, strength, and weight and tends to be force-oriented, and will eventually have to be made into a weight-based sport.
(Of course, weight-based sport rules have their own advantages.)


In other words, the Kyokushin Goshin Karate-do rules are an attempt to return karate to its original form of budo karate or self-defense karate, which has become a sport and tends to lose its original form of martial arts.

However, as an amateur kumite tournament, we cannot aim for knockdowns by kinetic blows, even if there are knockdowns by blows other than facial blows and kinetic blows.
Because it is too dangerous.
Because they are not professionals in their profession.
*However, I would not rule out professionalizing this rule with a slight modification to adopt a knockout with 3 seconds down for a golden blow and 10 seconds down for a blow to any other part of the body.

“Elbow strikes, head-butts, throws, and sleeping techniques (arthrodesis and strangulation) are also allowed in professional fights. Biting and penetrating attacks to the eyes are prohibited and illegal.”

About Points

Implement a point system to ensure safety.

●Blow to the face
1 point per blow
2 blows, 2 points → waza-ari
4 blows 4 points → Won by two technical points and the match ended.
※ 3 seconds of knockdown by a blow to a non-kinetic target

●Monetary blow
1 Blow 2 points → waza-ari
2 Blows, 4 points, 2 technical points, won by 1 point, match ended
a. Kin-Teki Strikes such as Jun-Tsuki from a low forward bending standing posture and Gyaku-Tsuki from a Gyaku-Tsuki.
b. One-handed kinetic strike by one hand and strike by one hand when entangled in a holding situation
The chief referee, assistant referees, and assistant referees are instructed to make sure to take In particular, if you hold your waist not from the front but from the left side, it is easier to hit the opponent’s kanate with your free right hand side fist. The same is true for the opposite sides.

Less than 3 seconds 2 points → waza-ari
4 points over 3 seconds → Ippon win, end of match

●Glove drop
When an opponent’s drag glove is dropped by a thrust, strike, or kick, the player is awarded a technique with 2 points.

It’s a double rule to ensure safety with the 4-point & 3-second knockdown rule as well as the drag robes and double and triple golden ball cups.

In addition, if there is a significant difference in the strength of the opposing players and it is deemed dangerous to continue or continue the match, the chief referee will

“Match suspended.”

and confer with the team of assistant referees to decide whether to continue or not to continue the match.

At that time, the chief referee
“End of match. Please give me a decision.”
“Match cancelled.”
Declare this.

Similarly, if there is a difference in strength and the chief referee or assistant referee deems that one player has lost the will to fight, the same applies.

“End of match. Please give me a decision.”
“Match cancelled.”
Declare this.

Points for off-the-field penalties
If both feet leave the playing field, a caution is strictly taken.
Attention 2 times → 1 point of the opponent
Attention 4 times → Minus point 2, point 1 deducted
The opponent is treated as having a technique.
※ However, this deduction of 1 point is not equivalent to the deduction of 1 point if the competitor has already received a waza-ari, and the waza-ari takes precedence over the waza-ari.
waza-ari > Subtract 1

About the Count

Addition of the 3-second strike rule from the 3-second knockdown rule and adoption of the W3-second rule

In addition to the 3-second rule before knocking down a fighter with an arm throw or a foot throw, a 3-second rule for striking a fighter after he falls is added.

In other words.
Holding Throw and Foot Throw 3 sec.
3 seconds to strike from the fall
for a total of 6 seconds.
The chief referee is
Till I fall down.
1 ← 2 → 3
Even more since the fall.
1 → 2 → 3
In this way and will be counted twice, three times.
This makes it possible to take a quick golden or facial blow to a fallen opponent.
→ In addition to thrusts and punches, strikes to a fallen opponent’s face, including strikes with a hammer, are also considered valid, and points are scored aggressively.

To ensure safety

To minimize the damage caused by blows to the face, the

⑴ Newly developed dora-gloves are used to prevent tailbone fractures, orbital floor fractures, jaw fractures, and further damage to teeth, and to prevent bleeding due to nosebleeds and eyelid cuts.
Dora-gloves must be worn bare-handed (military gloves, bandages, punching gloves, etc. are prohibited as they interfere with the “weapon drop technique”).

⑵ The legs are covered from the toes to below the knees with a self-defense karate-do federation-approved shin supporter to minimize damage to the face from turning kicks.

⑶ A self-defense karate-do federation-approved supporter is also used on the knee to minimize damage from facial blows and kinetic attacks caused by knee kicks.

⑷ The kin-teki is equipped with a double kin-teki cup approved by the Karate Organization for Self-Defense Karate to minimize damage to the kin-teki.
In addition, the organizer will allow the competitors to wear their own gold ball cups or metal ball cups provided by the organizer under the approved double gold ball cups at their discretion.
※ Always wear two layers.

Supporter thickness and finger cover length

About shin and ankle supporters
Please be sure to use a supporter at least 1.5 cm thick for both the shin and ankle.
If the thickness is less than 1.5 cm, the victory may be canceled or disqualified by the chief referee and the assistant referee upon consultation.
In addition, in the future, toes should be in a supporter that covers all fingernails.
The reason.
・To avoid injury from breaking a nail by kicking a hard metal cup.
・To prevent the opponent’s eye from being severely injured by a kick to the eye.

Please note that the use of supporters with protruding nails is prohibited and may result in disqualification upon consultation between the chief referee and the assistant referee.
* If nails are showing, cover them with duct tape or other means.


Knee Supporter Wearing Regulations
Knee supporters shall be at least 1.5 cm thick.
① Athletes under 90kg
One knee supporter, at least 1.5 cm thick
③ Athletes over 90kg
Two knee supporters, at least 3 cm thick
* If the number of points is less than the specified number, a point deduction of 1 point or disqualification may be imposed.

Referees and game time

One referee will be the chief umpire.
Judgment raised simultaneously by 5 judges with 4 sub-judges

・2 minutes of the main game
・Extension 2 minutes
・Re-extended 1 minute must decision system
 point Sudden death format

In order not to miss any kaneteki hits, i.e., kaneteki kicks and kaneteki tsuki/strikes, which are difficult to see between the legs, four assistant referees specialized in judging kaneteki hits will be placed in the center of the line connecting the four assistant referees.

This assistant referee does not look at the facial blows so as not to be distracted by facial blows, but only observes and judges the kinetic blows.

a. First, visibility, visual judgment
b. Next, judging by the sound of blows
c. Finally, judged by the reaction reactions of the hit players.

If the strike is judged to be effective, a “presumptive technique is used” is taken.
In particular, the sound of a metal blow with a dora-glove is almost silent, so more attention is paid to judging the blow.

Foul or Prohibited Techniques

① Knees with repeated neck wrestling for more than 3 seconds

② Elbow strikes are a prohibited offense.

③ Head butting is also a prohibited offense.

④ Biting is also a prohibited offense.

⑤ Stamping on a downed opponent from above and soccer kick from the side are prohibited offenses.

→ Direct blows to a fallen opponent’s face and metal target with easy-to-control thrusts and strikes are just as important as standing blows.
A series of hits is also possible.

→ Instantaneous throws and foot stomps within 3 seconds are valid, and golden and facial blows within a further 3 seconds after knocking down are valid.

In other words, the W3-second rule is 3 seconds + 3 seconds for striking by knocking down.

⑥ Frontal knee joint kick

⑦ Newaza and Tackle
Newaza is prohibited and illegal.
Unlike a one-on-one match, from the viewpoint of self-defense, when there is more than one opponent, the opponent is considered to be dangerous and cannot be defended by Newaza and tackling, and is considered to be a prohibited offense.

These are the only seven forbidden moves.

Prohibition of seconds


・Prohibition of seconds
・Loud advice prohibited

Seconds are naturally necessary for advising fighters in general sports matches and professional sports events, but since the main purpose of this self-defense karatedo rules tournament is self-defense, seconds are not necessary and are prohibited/infringing.

Because in the case of an emergency crisis situation where self-defense is needed, no one has an advisor.
All people in the area are in danger, and all are expected to flee as soon as possible.
Therefore, those who fail to escape or are in a position where they cannot escape should be forced to think and judge the situation and battle strategy alone.
From this self-defense perspective, advice by second advisors and cheering is unnecessary and is prohibited and illegal.
Please note that excessive loud cheering or advice by cheering may result in a player being penalized with a penalty point of 1, and the cheering supporters will be ejected from the venue.
→ Think of the civility of a young kendo fencer in a Japanese kendo match, entering alone, fighting alone, and exiting alone, with no one guarding or seconding him or her.
We believe that this is the ideal way of being a martial artist.

→ Loud cheering is prohibited, including supporters and spectators, because it interferes with the presumed technique of the sound of blows, which is one of the three types: sight, sound of blows, and reaction of the bludgeoned player.

Prohibition of gut posing


Martial arts and martial arts differ from sports in that the original victory is to kill the opponent on the battlefield.

Killing and winning and killing is fine as a martial art, but martial arts are clearly different from martial arts and sports.
→  The spirit of peace that, even if we have to fight as enemies, at the very least, we should be considerate of our opponents’ personalities and families, and not lose our human spirit, is the high spirituality of Japanese budo, the spirit of peace that has the idea of katsunin-ken to utilize people, not murder-ken, even in a killing situation.

That is why budo should not be just a martial art of killing each other or a sport to enjoy winning.
→ In fact, even in sports, for example, the Olympics, all physical and competitive movements on the battlefield are the origin of that sporting discipline, and competition and competition in combat should be the origin of sports.

In other words, its origin should be the same as martial arts.

So essentially, even in Olympic sports, we️ shouldn’t be proud of winning with guts.
“It should not be a martial art that is only about winning and losing.”
 It is a sportsman’s way of thinking that one should have a martial art and a martial artist’s way of thinking.
→ However, it is extremely difficult for non-Japanese to understand this. It may be almost impossible.
→ Darwinian evolutionary theory of the weak and the strong.
“He who wins is right, winning is everything, kill the enemy.”
This kind of thinking is fine for “martial arts” but should not be done in “budo”.

In Japanese martial arts, the Japanese ecologist, Dr. Kinji Imanishi’s segregated role-playing
“Coexistence, co-prosperity, and symbiosis, in other words, making the most of people through harmony.”
This is the idea of peace.
Gut-posing after a match is prohibited, and if it is too much, the referee and the assistant referee will discuss the matter and may even disqualify the player from the match by canceling the victory.
We ask that both instructors and players understand this martial art of courtesy to one’s opponents.
→ Please explain the purpose of this martial arts competition to foreign martial arts and sports athletes, such as Muay Thai and kicking, in detail and make them understand the purpose of this competition.

* When you come to Japan and are in the hands of the Japanese
baseball → baseball road
boxing → boxing road
wrestling → wrestling road
soccer → soccer road
This is what happens.
Conversely, when Japanese martial arts are subjected to a democratic (?) foreign When exposed to majority rule, the opposite is true.
martial arts → the martial arts
martial arts → sport
This is how they are ancestral and degenerate.
Sumo-do and other forms of Japanese martial arts have the same spiritual ideology as budo.
It is not just about winning or losing, and anything that wins is not good enough.
It is not about winning or losing by rules, but there is the dedication to God and the idea of harmony as a person who is a child of God.


5 items of equipment for players just before the match

5 pieces of player equipment just prior to the match (4 items must be brought)

❶ My Mouthpiece

→ Players will bring their own.

❷ Dora-gloves by weight🥊

size XS, SS, S

→ Everything will be provided by the organizer.

→ Pre-purchased my dora-gloves🥊 can also be used.

However, the player must use the specified size dora-glove🥊 according to the player’s weight.

❸ Double and triple gold ball cups (provided by the organizer)

* Always triple if your opponent weighs 90 kg or more.

→ In the case of three cups, the bottom one is the player’s own cup or a metal cup provided by the organizer.

→ All competitors under 90kg must use the double gold ball cup provided by the organizer.

❹ Knee supporter → Athletes weighing 90kg or more should wear a supporter at least 1.5 cm thick as a double layer on both the left and right knee.
→ Players weighing less than 90kg wear only one knee supporter of at least 1.5 cm thick on each side.

❺ Long supporter for shin, instep and toe cover on both sides.

→ To avoid damaging the nail and instep with a golden target kick


The above five points are confirmed by the corner staff and two assistant referees on the player entrance corner side, for a total of three.

* If even one of the items is not worn, the player is declared ineligible to participate in the match.

→ The game begins again, fully mounted.