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Self Defense


     In Self-Defense Kombat a team is composed by 2 competitors, 1 attacker and 1 defender.
     - MALE teams  is composed strictly by two (2) members male , having the same age category.
     - FEMALE teams is composed strictly by two (2) members female , having the same age category.
     - MIXT teams is composed strictly by  two ( 2 )  members , one male and one female having the same age category.
     - In Self-Defense Kombat there must be 70% of the performance in a reality way of fighting, 30% of the performance is allowed for show choreographic.

      2.      SELF-DEFENSE SPORT is a team of 4 competitors, 3 attackers and 1 defender.
     In the choreography of Self-Defense Sport there must be 50%  realistic fighting techniques and 50% of the performance must be show/choreographic. In simply words , 50% from decision will be for the realism and 50% for the show/acrobatic techniques/coreography .
     - All teams are composed strictly by four ( 4 ) members , from any sex category , from any age category starting from 16 years old.  All teams results is considered equal as the importance of performance as a SENIOR performance . 

Age Categories in SELF-DEFENSE
- Juniors : 16-18 (16,17) Female , 16-18 Male (16,17) , 16-18 (16,17) Mixt                                                                           
- Youths : 18-20 (18,19) Female , 18-20 (18,19)  Male  , 18-20 (18,19) Mixt
- Seniors B : 20-37 Female , 20-37 Male , 20-37 Mixt                                                                      
- Seniors A ( Masters )  : +37 Female , +37 Male ,+37 Mixt                                                                    

Weapons used in “SELF-DEFENSE” divisions

The weapons used for the SELF-DEFENSE performances have to be real weapons ( not sharpened but made from iron / wood / metal and not from plastic or silicon,  NO  FIRE GUNS WEAPONS ARE ALLOWED !!! ) .
- Weapons within SELF-DEFENSE are for real defending or/real attacking . By knowing this , the soft weapons are not weapons in the acceptance of Traditional Kempo division , therefore it is not allowed to work with soft-weapons.

Weapon safety in “SELF-DEFENSE”
- Each weapon is in good shape and safe for the competitor, referees and audience.
- Before starting all Self-Defense competitions, the weapons will be checked by the referees.
- Each weapon which is not safe, will be taken out of competition, the competitor or team can stay in the competition, but has to use another weapon, safe provided and checked by a referee.
- Only the competitor is responsible for his (own) weapon, nobody else.
- Sharp weapons used in I.K.F. competitions, has to be covering with a safety cover when outside of the competition area.

 Presentation in  “SELF-DEFENSE”
- When the name of team is announced for the first time by the head referee, the team takes place in an area or on the chair(s) special destinated in the back of the Competition area.
- When the name of team is announced for the second time by the head referee, the team has to start their presentation followed by their SELF-DEFENSE performance . 
- The team walks in front of the head referee , salute to the head referee and speak out loud the next information for the jury : country name, number of the team . This information will be made very short , simply and very clear by the head of the team ( Example : Finland , Team 1 ) .
- The head referee gives a signal by a gong to the team to start their performance .
- The team walks to the point they have to start  their performance , salute again and  start when they are ready to do it . This is the moment when the counter-time will start .
- When the competitor or team is ready with their performance they salute the head referee again, and the head referee give’s for the second time a gong-signal. This is the moment when the counter-time will be stopped .
- All the competitors will wait , before and after their performance , outside  the competition area in a  decent manner . 

Time limit of “SELF-DEFENSE” divisions .
- Each team must take care of the time limits of their performances which will be mandatory as follows :
     Self-Defense Combat (2 persons in a team ) , time limit : 2-4 minutes
     Self-Defense Sport
(4 persons in a team ) , time limit : 3-5 minutes
- Less or more than this time limits will mean disqualification from that division. 

How to win in “SELF-DEFENSE”
- The decision will be taken by the majority of referees .  
- The competition in Self-Defense there will be always one team compete against another team.
- The winning team will go in the next round, the losing team is out of the competition.
- The last 4 teams will compete for place 1 to 4 in that competition.

Refereeing and Judgeing in ”SELF-DEFENSE”
- The refereeing system within the International Kempo Federation is by having 3-5 referees.
- The referee team is separate in 1 head referee and 2 or 4 site referees.
- In the semi-finals there are 3 referees of different countries.
- In the finals there are 3 or 5 referees depending by the organizer staff of the IKF .
- The decision will be taken directly by the referees as follows : the  side referees and the head referee will watch in the same direction and they will show the winner of them directly by their bleu or red stick,   at once at the sign of the head referee . 
- The decision will be taken by the majority of referees .  

How to create and how to perform a  “SELF-DEFENSE”  choreography ?!
- The coach and competitors must know the time will start to be counted from the salute for starting the performance until the salute for the ending the performance . 
- Each team must perform  strictly 4 scenarios (small street-fights scenarios ) .
- Each “scenario” will be performed in first  with slow-motion and immediately after in the real-speed  ( ex: first scenario slow-motion, first scenario real-speed, second scenario slow-motion, second scenario real-speed, and so on ) .
 - In each team in the FIRST 2 scenarios  , the attacker will attack strictly  by using no weapons and in the  LAST 2 scenarios he will attacks with weapons .
- In each team the defender will use always just empty-hands for his defend but he can also finish as his wish using the weapon took it from the attacker . The defender starts always without weapons .
 - Each team will  perform their  scenarios using Self-Defense techniques in a realistic but also in a show/choreographic manner .

Note :  „SCENARIO” means a small street-fight choreography based on Self-Defense applications . The way of working in this a scenario is like “ attack , counter-attack , attack , counter-attack ......and finalization .

Judging System  in “SELF-DEFENSE”
Scoring points are given for the following FIVE  PRINCIPLES :
The way of entering on  the Competition area , the martial attitude ,  the introduction , the salute , and the way they are closing the performance .
: The way the group show the application in slow motion. Are the applications good ? Are they hitting with their weapons on the right part of the body ? Is the technique good of all team members?
Normal speed: How is their performance in the normal speed ? It was good, it was to slow...? It was Focus in their techniques ???
Working together: How are the competitors in working together is this minus, normal or extra good in performance? Are they working like a real team, synchronizing their techniques, ....?
Choreography: How it was the choreography? It was realistic? It was realistic enough? It was   also attractive and spectacular having inside high standard and level of techniques?

Disqualification in “SELF-DEFENSE”
- If one team is not coming after de head referees call them by the microphone to compete, after 30 seconds follows disqualification.
- When a team stop the performance before the end, disqualification will follow.
- When an member of a team moves out of the competition area, the team will be disqualified.                                                                                                                                      

First team who has to compete
- The teams will compete in the order of their registrations . In this way the competitor or team who delayed sending registrations forms will be the first in starting the competition. The first registered competitors will compete in the end of division .