Be at your ring at least 10 minutes before the division starts. You may want to be even earlier to warm up in the ring if time/space allows.
Time/score keeper- This person(s) is in the corner and is keeping track of order of the competitors as well as announcing the scores and adding scores up.
Corner judge- an official that is under the direction of the center referee.
Center referee- Person in charge of the ring. He/she is responsible for the entire ring. This person can answer any questions regarding what is going on in the ring or contact a Coordinator for additional clarification.
Coordinator- Official who is responsible for supervising a section of the competition rings and personnel. In addition this person may split/move groups to other rings based on division size/ring availability.
A general question can be answered by any judge, if they cannot answer it, they will find a Coordinator who can.
You can talk to the center referee. If he/she cannot answer your question they will contact a Coordinator for you.
Judges score on a variety of categories. These include execution of the form/moves, balance, power, precision and presentation of the form.
Divisions may be split depending on the size/belt levels of the division. A division that is split may be moved to an open ring.
The order of competition is a random shuffling of the cards. If you are late to your ring, then there are rules to address this.
The judges will look at each competitor/team before scoring, they are taking notes on both how the form looked and where they compare to other teams.
The judges may confer with each other before scoring to ensure that each judge is within a preset scoring range compared to the other judges. This is called the “maximum deviation” rule and prevents drastically different scoring ranges.
Please talk to the center judge right away. If they cannot help you or you have additional questions/concerns please ask to speak with a coordinator
General rules: Note: Please see the DN website for a complete listing of all tournament rules.
You get a "point"/score by hitting a valid target with a valid move. Kicks are 2 points/hand techniques are 1 point.
Valid targets are all above the belt. The chest, stomach, side of body, and entire head are the targets. The back of the neck and throat are not legal targets.
The winner is whoever establishes a seven point advantage first or whoever has the most points at the end of 2 minutes. If there is a tie at the end of regulation time, the match then goes into Sudden Victory mode. Sudden Victory means who ever scores first wins. There is no time limit on Sudden Victory mode. Note: the Rules for “AA” Black Belts are slightly different.
Fighters are randomly paired up, there may be adjustments based upon physical size of competitors and to separate competitors from the same school.
In the “A” level Black Belt divisions and in all Under-black divisions, the Diamond Nationals offers a Consolation bracket for competitors (six or more in the division) who lose their first match. The Consolation bracket insures that a competitor will get a second opportunity to compete. In divisions with 5 or fewer competitors, the fifth place person automatically is awarded the Consolation trophy but will not compete in a second match.
In the Performance divisions, competitors may do forms or self-defense demo or basics and will receive an award. The Performance divisions are not scored.; Competitive divisions are scored.