2015 Competition Rules. Here the changes

International - 2015/01/13 - This year begins with many innovations in Taekwondo; one of the most significant is that the new competition rules are effective as of January 2015.  We bring you a summary of the changes. MasTKD ESPAÑOL



The Competition Rules that were amended during the WTF Executive Committee meeting held in Bhutan in October 2014 came into force as of January 1, 2015f and are applied to all official events.  We bring you the most important changes.


Article 4) About the taping on the foot, wrapping tapes or bandages:  it will be checked prior to the competition.  The Referee in charge may ask a physician to double check it and approve it.


Article 6)  An event will be recognized by the WTF with the participation of at least four countries with no less than  four competitors registered in each class.  If there are less than four the results will not be recognized as official.


Article 8)  The date of the drawing of lots shall be set forth in the outline of the championships. At the end of the designated registration date, the OC shall inform the list of registered contestants in each weight category on the official website of the OC/WTF, as the case may be. Participating teams are responsible for confirming their entries before the drawing of lots.  On the other hand,  at least eight competitors will be seeded in each weight division in continental championships or G-2 events.


Article 10)  During the competition, in an athlete does not show up after the third call, the athlete will be disqualified, and this disqualification will be officially announced.


Article 12)  Valid points

  • One (1) point for a valid attack on trunk protector
  • Three (3) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector
  • Three (3) points for a valid kick to the head
  • Four (4) points for a valid turning kick to the head
  • One(1) point awarded for every two Kyung-gos or every one Gam-jeom given to the opponent contestant




Article 14) The following actions are considered Kyong-gos

  • Crossing the Boundary Line
  • Falling down
  • Avoiding or delaying the match
  • Grabbing, holding or pushing the opponent
  • Lifting the knee to block or/and impede the opponent’s kicking attack, or lifting a leg for more than 3 seconds, without execution of any attacking technique, to impede opponent’s attacking movements
  • Kicking below the waist
  • Attacking the opponent after “Kal-yeo”
  • Hitting the opponent’s head with the hand
  • Butting or attacking with the knee
  • Attacking the fallen opponent
  • Misconduct of contestant or coach


Article 21)   In subsection 1, they added the following:  The coach can only request video reviewfor penalties against the opponent for instances of falling down or crossing the boundary line.


Alex Korram, Exclusive MasTKD

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