TRADITIONAL WEAPONS COMPETITION

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Color Belt Rules & Guidelines

Type & Style of Weapons Available to Color Belt

The color belt student must confer with their instructor concerning the weapon they will use in competition.
If competing in weapons, a color belt MAY ONLY compete with one of the following:

  • Single or Double Bahng Mahng Ee.
  • Single or Double Ssahng Jeol Bong.
  • Jahng Bong.
  • Ssahng Nat.
  • Jee Pahng Ee.
  • Gum Do.
  • Oh Sung Do.

Color belts may use only Protech safety weapons for traditional weapons competition except for the Jahng Bong and the Jee Pahng Ee, which any style is acceptable.

Content of Color Belt “Free-Style” Demonstration

The color belt student will demonstrate a “free-style” routine of his/her own creation that has a maximum duration of 30 seconds. Their entire free style form cannot be all or part of a black belt weapons form. Competing with large sections of a traditional black belt form is not considered an "original creation" of the competitor and therefore cannot be used and the competitor shall be disqualified. The traditional weapon form created by the competitor and his/her instructor should only contain moves taught in traditional Protech curriculum.

The competitor may not:

  • Add any “gymnastic type” moves such as, but not limited to, splits, rolls, flips, etc.
  • Release the weapon.

For each violation of this rule, each judge shall reduce their score by one-tenth (.1) point. The center judge shall, prior to calling for scores, remind the corners of the required deductions.'

The routine must be approved by the competitor's instructor before the competition; therefore, it is vital that the color belt student consults his/her instructor as to the presentation.

Judging Criteria for Color Belt "Free-Style” Demonstration

In traditional color belt weapon's competition, Judge A, Judge B, and Judge C will score the entire performance of the form rather than one specified aspect. Also, there are no incomplete traditional color belt weapon forms since it is a "freestyle" form.
This presentation will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall control of the weapon (deductions for drops, mishandling, etc.).
  • Difficulty (more difficult maneuvers deserve more recognition).
  • Originality (is the competitor being creative).
  • Presentation (was the display exciting and fun).
  • Practical application of the weapon.
  • Stances, timing, and rhythm of the form.

This is not intended to be a specific order of importance but rather a guide for the judge to compare one presentation against another.

Black Belt Rules & Guidelines

Black Belt Weapons Forms & Rank Requirements

Here is the list of black belt weapons forms and their rank requirements. The following weapons, as well as which black belt rank may use them, are listed below:

  • Single Bahng Mahng Ee for 1st Degrees or above.
  • Double Bahng Mahng Ee for 2nd Degrees or above.
  • Single Ssahng Jeol Bong for 1st Degrees or above.
  • Double Ssahng Jeol Bong for 2nd Degrees or above.
  • Ssahng Nat for 2nd Degrees or above.
  • Jahng Bong Mid-Range for 1st Degrees or above.
  • Jahng Bong Long Range for 3rd degrees or above.
  • Sam Dan Bong for 4th Degrees or above.
  • Jee Pahng Ee for 4th Degrees or above.
  • Oh Sung Do for 1st Degrees or above.
  • Gum Do Level 1 for 1st Degrees or above.
  • Gum Do Level 2 for 4th Degrees or above.

Note: The sheath of the Gum Do is required during traditional competition.

Style of Weapon Approved for Black Belt Weapons Competition

Black belts may use only Protech safety weapons for traditional weapons competition except for the Jahng Bong and the Jee Pahng Ee which any style is acceptable, and Gum Do which adult black belts may use the ATA branded advanced training sword.

Judging Criteria for Black Belt Forms

In traditional black belt weapon competition, Judge A, Judge B, and Judge C will score the entire performance of the form rather than one specified aspect. The center judge has the additional judging criteria of the completeness of the form. The center judge is the only judge that will consider completeness and make necessary deductions.
All judges will consider the following criteria:

  • Accurate, effective strikes (as they relate to the nine angles of strike).
  • Timing: The judge will look for the coordination of hand and foot movements.
  • Fluid handling of the weapon: The judge will look for smooth exchanges and transitions from one move to the next.
  • Equal precision of the left and right sides of the body: The judge will look for a balance of technique quality from one side to the other.
  • Consistency between the first half of the form and the second half: The judge will look for equal speed and direction of the weapon during both halves.
  • Proper stances.
  • The attitude of the competitor.

This is not intended to be a specific order of importance but rather a guide for the judge to compare one presentation against another.

Traditional Weapons Form Competition Procedures

Traditional weapon competition procedures will be consistent with traditional form procedures with following additions:

  • During color belt weapon competition: The time-keeper of the ring will start the clock running at the command of the center judge and will call out “Time” when 30 seconds has expired (at which time the student must stop performing within a second or two).
  • Black belt weapon forms do not need to be timed.
  • The use of resin, resin bags, or other products intended for use to dry the hands before the competition is allowed.

Determining and Administering a Score

Scoring Range

The range of scores are the same as traditional forms. The judges will give a score ranging from 9.0 through 9.9.
Notes:

  • There are no incomplete traditional color belt weapon forms since it is a freestyle form.
  • If a color belt's entire weapon form is all or a section of a black belt weapon form, the competitor will receive a 9.0 from the center judge only. The judge A & B will give scores based on the criteria given.
  • There will be no penalty for a color belt weapons form that is less than 30 seconds.
  • No part of the presentation that exceeds 30 seconds will be considered when the judges give scores, even a weapon's dropped.
  • An incomplete black belt form, will receive a 9.0 from the center judge only and judges A & B will give scores based on the criteria given.
  • During a black belt's weapon form, deductions for left out moves that do not result in an incomplete form will be the sole responsible of the center judge.

Dropping or Breaking a Weapon

  • In Traditional Weapons, there is an automatic one tenth point deduction from each judge’s score for dropping the weapon(s).
  • In Traditional Weapons, there is an automatic one tenth point deduction from each judge’s score for picking up the weapon(s) incorrectly. The correct way to retrieve a dropped weapon is with a traditional pick-up, meaning going down to one knee and picking up the weapon correctly with two hands.
  • A competitor is considered to be active in competition from the time they are bowed in to do their presentation until the “Bah-roh” command is given to return the student to their ready position. Any weapon drops between those two actions will impact the score given by the judges.
  • There will be a one tenth point deduction from each judge’s score if a competitor’s weapon breaks during his/her competition. If a weapon should break, the competitor will be given a maximum of 30 seconds to replace the weapon from his/her own gear, or borrow one from another competitor. Once the student has replaced the weapon, the form will be continued from the point that the weapon broke. If for any reason the damaged weapon is not replaced, the competitor will then receive a score of 9.0 from the center judge and an one tenth point deduction from the corner judges.

Example: The Double Ssahng Jeol Bong form's active time does not extend beyond "Bah-roh". If Sally drops the left Ssahng Joel Bong during the triangle strike after the "Bah-roh", no points should be deducted.