- SEMI CONTACT ONLY!!!
- ANY STRIKE MAKING FULL CONTACT OR EVEN THE "PERCEPTION
OR APPEARANCE" OF A FULL CONTACT STRIKE
WILL RESULT IN
DISQUALIFICATION OF THE STRIKING FIGHTER!
- NO KNOCKOUTS ALLOWED!
- There are no Knockouts and, or Technical Knockouts.
- If a fighter quits, ( for example due to exhaustion) this will give
a win to his or her opponent by DEFAULT.
- Any Knockout will result in Disqualification of the striker.
- There are some exceptions to a person stopping or faking a knockout.
- This circumstance shall be determined by the Official IKF/PKB Ring Referee
or the IKF/PKB Ringside Representative.
- Together, they will determine the reason for the stoppage and designate the
- HAND & FOOT STRIKES to the HEAD - SEMI
The Official IKF/PKB Ring Referee or the IKF/PKB
Ringside Representative, may penalized by points or disqualify the striker.
- No kicks or punches in the back spine area, groin or knee joints.
- Faking and, or over exaggerating a blow will be closely monitored.
- AXE KICK - SPINNING HEEL KICKS RULING
- Axe Kicks and Spinning Heel Kicks will only be
allowed when the person delivering the axe kick is wearing a full foot covered
safety boot/pad/shoe that covers the heel of the foot.
case, full control is to be exercised when executing this kick.
- BOUT LENGTHS
- GENERAL PKB Rules
- Bouts are 1 to 3 rounds of 60 seconds, 90 seconds, 2-2 minutes in length,
3- 2 minutes etc. depending on the fighters Experience and Age.
- Please note: Round length should be advertise in advance of the event.
- If there is a small division or advanced divisions, IKF/PKB Representative,
promoter, trainer and fighter may all agree to increase length of a round or
- See Additional Round information below.
- Standard Boxing rules apply in all divisions.
- Full Contact Above The Waist Rules (PKB)
- Controlled spinning back-fist allowed in all divisions.
- Foot and hand strikes to the body Above the waist/belt line are allowed.
- No strikes to joints, groin and spine area.
- Shin and foot pads that cover the toes are MANDATORY for all divisions.
- Headgear is MANDATORY.
- Dress Code: Full Length, Long Karate or Contact Pants are MANDATORY.
- International Rules (PIR)
- All rules above apply.
- No knees!
- No Elbows!
- Kicks to inside and outside of thigh OK.
- Dress Code: Shorts are Mandatory, NO LONG PANTS.
- Muay Thai Rules (PMT)
- Foot and hand strikes to the entire body except joints, groin and spine
area are allowed.
- Chest/Body Pads and Shin Pads are MANDATORY in
Junior divisions. (Under 18.)
- Please Note: Pre-Approved Knee strikes
to the body may also be allowed in
advance divisions only.
- Dress Code: Shorts are Mandatory, NO LONG PANTS.
- MANDATORY Safety Equipment Required for ALL IKF/PKB / POINT KICKBOXING /
MUAY THAI© MATCHES
- Mouth Piece.
- Standard Sparring Headgear is allowed.
- Headgear with a full jawbar is allowed in the IKF PKB for ALL AGES.
- Headgear with full face Faceguard/cages are allowed in the PKB for ALL
- Groin Cup.
- Foot Pads- All divisions/rule styles must wear footgear that covers the
- Shin Pads.
- All fighters must wear IKF PKB APPROVED boxing gloves.
- Each Fighter in ALL Bouts and ALL Divisions shall have the SAME Glove
size as their opponent.
- JUNIOR DIVISION GLOVES ARE BASED ON WEIGHT - NOT AGE
- Depending on the Junior Fighters weight, 10 Ounce May Be Used For "Juniors"
Ages 4-8 Years Old.
- Minimum of 12 Ounce For JUNIOR Divisions between age 8 and 14 Years
- Depending on WEIGHT, Juniors Ages 14-16 may wear 12 ounce Gloves.
- Minimum of 16 Ounce gloves for all fighters age 18 and over - ADULT
- HAND WRAPS
- Standard hand-wraps should be worn by all competitors.
- Breast and Chest Protectors, Face Guard Protectors
- Are optional for adults but are recommended. If one fighter chooses not to
wear a protector, it will have no bearing on the scoring.
- The winner will still be determined by who hits ( IN A CONTROLLED SEMI
CONTACT WAY ) the point areas most effectively.
- Three judges will sit at ringside and score each bout based on a 10 point
must system just like in regular boxing or kickboxing.
- The winner gets 10, the loser gets 9 or less if point deductions occur.
- Bouts will be solely judged on who lands the most strikes / points in the
designated areas based on the judges discretion.
- It will not be judged on who the crowd is chanting for on one's "show
- Point Kickboxing is a semi contact event and no full contact techniques
will be allowed.
- If judges rule that a participants is intentionally trying to hurt someone
or hurts someone resulting from a full contact blow that participant will be
disqualified with no refund. (this will be at judges discretion majority
- Full protective gear is Mandatory - approved head gear, mouth piece, groin
protectors, shin guards, handwraps and foot pads must be worn.
- All strikes must be in designated striking areas... these are front head
area, front body area, inside and outside of thigh... no groin strikes.
- If there is a draw in a match there will be an extra round to determine a
- If a leg kick is thrown and it is blocked with the shin portion of the
leg...it is not a point.
- If a knee is thrown to the body but is blocked it is not a point.
- All techniques must land in designated striking area to be counted as a
- Point Deduction or Possible
- No Elbows!
- Too Much Contact- Reminder all techniques must
be controlled with semi - contact only.
- Use of profanity and un-professionalism.
Asked Question About
- What are the Weight Classes?
- Our General Rule for weight classes is that we try and do no more than
- There are of course some exceptions to this as long as IKF PKB
officials at the event can deem matches safe.
- JUNIOR WEIGHTS & AGE GAPS
- Our General Rule for ages gaps for Juniors is ideally
no more than two
- However, based on who is in attendance to compete, there may be some
exceptions to the aforementioned rule as long as the IKF PKB Representatives
deems the match safe.
- NOTE: Age and Weight are not the only considerations in matching of
and IKF PKB Sparring match
- There are others considerations when it come to safe matching that we also
take into account.
- JUNIORS - AGES 17 & BELOW
8-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17. Age will be first factor, weight the second factor.
- Can events have more than one round
- In some cases there can be dual round eliminations.
- However, at this time we only do single round elimination because most
competitors at this level or not conditioned enough to complete the division.
- A promoter must advertise in advance if the they have approval from the
IKF/PKB to have dual round eliminations.
- Do the fights take place in a Boxing
Ring or an MMA Cage?
- The competition area must be a "Non Physical Barrier" such as
TAPE on a flat floor.
- There shall be NO OBSTRUCTIONS or PHYSICAL item placed as a "Side"
of the fighting ring. (Tables, chairs, bags on the floor, a wall, etc.)
- IKF PKB is "STRICTLY a floor / mat competition event, much like a
sparring match at a Karate Tournament.
- Will you let some pretty hard contact
occur to the body?
- Only Semi Contact is allowed. ( HEAD
- Contact is strictly enforced!
- You will feel the intensity of the fight!
- Are leg kicks Allowed?
- Yes and No.
- Leg kicks are NOT Allowed in the Full Contact rule Style (Above The
Waist American Kickboxing) which in IKF PKB are STILL "SEMI CONTACT!".
- Leg Kicks ARE Allowed when fighting under International or Muay Thai Rules
(semi contact) divisions.
- Kicks must be on the inside and outside of the thigh.
- NO STRIKES TO THE JOINTS OF THE LEG - KNEES.
- Soft leg kicks?
- Remember, you can only win on points not TKO'S or KO'S.
- Are there Grand Championship fights?
- An event can have grand championships fights.
- However, there is only one fight and in most cases only the closest two
weight divisions can fight for grand championships.
- What size of gloves will the fighters
- All fighters wear IKF/PKB APPROVED boxing gloves.
- Weight, Age and Experience shall determine glove SIZE.
- 12 Ounce For JUNIOR Divisions UP TO AGE 14.
- AFTER AGE 14, JUNIORS MUST WEAR 16 OUNCE
- 16 Ounce For ADULT Divisions
- 10 Ounce May Be Used For Ages 4-6 Year Old.
- Is it mandatory for all Juniors to
wear the Headgear with faceguard?
- All juniors regardless of skill level have an option to wear face guard or
open face headgear if approved by the IKF Rep and, their coach and, or parents.
- However, we prefer juniors at least have cheek protection on headgear
although not mandatory.
- Shouldn't everyone wear big gloves?
- They will for their size...
- This will be carefully monitored.
- We will have assorted sizes at the event and it will be predetermined
before matches what sizes are to be worn for smaller children.
- This area will be closely monitored... SAFETY FIRST!
- Can you fight in more than one class?
I mean could you fight both Kickboxing Rules and International Rules?
- For the most part...No.
- However, if divisions will not clash and, or be running at the same
time...it may be allowed if approved by the IKF/PKB official.
- There will not be a refund if one signs up for two divisions and are not
able to compete for whatever reason other than that of the promoter or the
- Can highly experienced kick boxers
- We have both Beginner and Advanced Divisions.
- However, the same semi contact rules
- What should we wear?
- Regular Kickboxing Rules (High Kick/Above Waist) all must wear Long
- International Rule/ Muay Thai Rules (Kicks allowed to the legs)
competitors must wear Shorts.
- Can we knee to the head in the Muay
Thai bouts and use elbows?
- In the International Rule bouts there are no knees or elbows allowed at
- KNEES are allowed in Advance Muay Thai Divisions BUT NOT TO THE HEAD!
- ELBOWS are NEVER Allowed in IKF PKB competition.
- Is it mandatory for all juniors to
wear the Headgear with faceguard?
- All juniors regardless of skill level must wear the face guard.
- We feel that IKF Point kickboxing in designed to improved ones skill not
see how much punishment that can take.
- I'm an adult and am nervous about
getting hit in the face and prefer not to get punched directly in the face...
I wear the headgear with faceguards?
- You have the option to wear open or closed face head gear.
- Its not about the power but how many times someone hits the gear.
- Bout Lengths & Round Lengths?
- Each fight is 1 Round comprising of 2 Minutes. Grand Championship bouts
may go two rounds but must be approved in advance of the bout.
- The bout will be judged at the end of each round or at the end of the
- Bout lengths and round lengths can be determined by the IKF/PKB Rep.,
Promoter, coaches and fighters in advance of if an adjustment is needed.
- Bout Lengths
- Each fight could be 2-2 minute rounds. If the judges come to the
conclusion in private that there is a draw then there will be a third round to
determine the winner.
- Bouts could also go 3-2 minute rounds.
- This will be for adult and junior divisions.
- However, the IKF/PKB representative will retain the right to make an
adjustment if needed for the much smaller kids...
- Kind of like seeing who's there...for greater safety concerns....they might
fight the same format but perhaps 60 or 90 second rounds.
- The aforementioned format can be used at all IKF/PKB tournaments but must
be advertise in the promotion literature in advance of the event.
- Advance agreement to alter the round can be approved by the IKF/PKB Rep.
- However, Safety, SEMI CONTACT ONLY and No Knockout rules must be adhered to
at all times.