ISKA Self-Defense Rules

Self-Defense competition at the US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships is offered for all belt levels, all ages and genders at a the under black belt, Class A and Class AA levels. The top two finalists in the Class AA competition are offered an opportunity to compete in a final match-up for the ISKA World Title in Self-Defense on the Night of Champions stage live on ESPN3!

SELF DEFENSE RULES & SCORING CRITERIA

Description: Pre-arranged self-defense scenario against up to four attackers.

Rules:

  • Competitor is limited to four (4) attackers only
  • Professional Martial Arts uniforms are required for all competitors and attackers as outlined in the UTK Rule Book
  • Two (2) minute time limit from the time the first attack begins
  • Mats will be provided and performance must remain on the Mats
  • NO music, breaking, real weapons, dangerous objects or substances allowed
  • In the Adult Black Belt Division the highest scoring two (2) competitors will compete in the finals on Saturday night for the ISKA World Title at which time the use of music IS ENCOURAGED.Scoring Criteria: Scoring will be based on:
  • Realism: Are the attacks authentic and threatening?
  • Effectiveness: Would the defenses really work under the circumstances presented?
  • Difficulty: How challenging are the attacks and how sophisticated are the counters?Please note that higher scores will be awarded to Self Defense competitors who use multiple attack scenarios that are performed in a continuous presentation.
  • Variety of technique: How many different strategies or principles* are implemented and are skills demonstrated drawn from a number of different martial arts systems*** blocking, avoiding, trapping, off-balancing, jamming, etc. ** karate, judo, kung fu, ju-jitsu etc.U.S. OPEN & ISKA WORLD MARTIAL ARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS SELF DEFENSE RULES & SCORING CRITERIADescription: Pre-arranged self-defense scenario against up to four attackers.Rules:
  • Competitor is limited to four (4) attackers only
  • Professional Martial Arts uniforms are required for all competitors and attackers as outlined in the UTK Rule Book
  • Two (2) minute time limit from the time the first attack begins
  • Mats will be provided and performance must remain on the Mats
  • NO music, breaking, real weapons, dangerous objects or substances allowed
  • In the Adult Black Belt Division the highest scoring two (2) competitors will compete in the finals on Saturday night for the ISKA World Title at which time the use of music IS ENCOURAGED.Scoring Criteria: Scoring will be based on:
  • Realism: Are the attacks authentic and threatening?
  • Effectiveness: Would the defenses really work under the circumstances presented?
  • Difficulty: How challenging are the attacks and how sophisticated are the counters?Please note that higher scores will be awarded to Self Defense competitors who use multiple attack scenarios that are performed in a continuous presentation.
  • Variety of technique: How many different strategies or principles* are implemented and are skills demonstrated drawn from a number of different martial arts systems*** blocking, avoiding, trapping, off-balancing, jamming, etc. ** karate, judo, kung fu, ju-jitsu etc.
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