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Weapons Forms

WEAPONS FORMS RULES

Weapons Forms
There are hundreds of weapons used in the martial arts, and weapons demonstrations call for both skill and artistic expression. As with forms, judges look for the basic skills and techniques, execution of powerful techniques in a flowing manner. Each technique should be distinct, but movements should maintain a steady flow with the weapon extending the body's capabilities. Competitors should exhibit balance and a realistic application of technique. In weapons competition, competitors are judged on mastery of the weapon in both offensive and defensive postures, and incorporation of weapon use into body movements.

Judging Criteria
The judging criteria for weapons forms include:
+ Technical Skills/Accuracy
- Accurate striking and blocking of imaginary targets (e.g. middle punch to solar plexus, back fist to philtrum/nose level, etc).
- Accuracy of basic movements and balance
- Application of technique
- Breathing properly
+ Presentation
- Mental Concentration (eyes focused on opponent)
- Speed and Power
- Expression of Energy
- Strength, rhythm, balance, timing
- Coordination of movement
- Movement of transition is important.
Additional Rules:
• Weapons should not damage ring mats. Injury to mats will cause a warning or disqualification.
• Presenting a danger to the audience or judges will cause or a warning or disqualification.

Time Limit
Competitors shall not exceed three (3) minutes to complete their self-synchronized form routine. Every 10 Seconds after the three minutes have elapsed, the competitor will be issued 0.1 point deduction.

Scoring Procedures
Scoring for Weapons Forms competition is performed by black belt judges in each ring. The judges score performances on a scale from 5.11 to 9.99. When three judges are scoring, the score shall be determined by combining all three scores. When five judges are scoring, the winner will be determined by eliminating the highest and the lowest scores, then adding the three remaining scores.