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Striking Tournament Rules (Pix La)

Duration: 2 x 2 minute rounds


NOTE: General rules applicable to all tournament formats can be found here.

Striking tournament competitions are:

  • Defined by two competitors who exchange blows by using their hands, elbows, knees and feet

  • Allow for holds on the opponent’s body, sweeps, trips and 

  • Throws are permitted.

The application of pressure points to produce pain is allowed in certain areas. If a competitor falls to the mat, the referee will restart the competition.

Each competitor must wear:

  • Shin guards covering their feet and shins

  • Boxing gloves on their hands

  • A mouth-guard (even though strikes to the head are not permissible)

  • Groin guard (optional for female competitors)

  • Body protector (optional but may be imposed for cadets, teenagers and female adults)


All moves, techniques and actions must be executed with control and executed according to the following rules.

Strikes are considered successful if they are:

  • the dynamic application of action

  • correct timing of performance

  • constant tension, attention, dynamic stance of fighting position and concentration, before and after the application of the action

Points are awarded based on the following:

  • Successful strike with the hand or elbow to the body: 1-point

  • Successful strike with the leg to the thigh: 1-point

  • Successful strike with the foot or knee to the body: 2-points

  • Successful strike resulting in a knockdown: 3-points

  • An opponent is cleanly thrown by the attacker to the back, chest, abdomen, buttocks, waist or shoulder from above the waist height: 3-points

  • An opponent is cleanly thrown by the attacker, with a small range of movement and the opponent falls to his back, chest, belly, buttocks, waist or shoulders: 2-points

  • Throwing  from the "standing" position without raising the legs from mat, while the opponent falls on their back, sideways, chest, abdomen, buttocks, waist or shoulder: 1-point

  • Throwing  as a result of the defendant landing on their knees is not scored

  • A move which is not completed that ends up back in the standing position or if the attacker ends up on their back, chest, abdomen, buttocks or waist (a reversal) will result in 1-point being awarded to the defender

  • Pulling the opponent from an upper to lower position (as in the form of a jump guard) is punished by 1-point

  • If a competitor is thrown out of the competitive area then no points are given. There is also the possibility of a penalty if it is viewed as unsporting behaviour

  • Pushes do not score points. They are accepted only as methods of disengagement during action

  • Simultaneous successful actions, techniques, or moves from both competitors are not awarded any points

  • In the case of simultaneous prolonged holds, the referee will break up the competitors and reset the starting position. 

  • ​A throw or a successful strike at the sound of the bell is considered valid

  • Holds or strikes outside of the competitive area are not valid and may result in a penalty


Strikes that are awarded points are confined to the following:

  • Torso which includes the stomach, ribs, chest

  • Hips

  • Thighs

  • Back and shoulders

Holds can be applied to the entire body according to the present rules.

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