- All Event Officials can ONLY be Event
Officials at an IKF Sanctioned Event!
- Officials CAN NOT work a corner for a fighter during a show they are an
- Officials CAN NOT work with fighters on the event they are officials on.
This includes helping with hand wrapping, warming fighters up, etc. etc.
- Officials of course CAN NOT be an official on a bout where they know or
train one or both of the fighters. If you are an official and see a fighter that
you know well on a bout you may be assigned to work, it is your duty and
responsibility to EXCUSE yourself from the bout so that the event Representative
can assign a replacement for you.
- The IS NOT an issue about our TRUST in you as an KF
Official. Of course we have great trust in your integrity or none of you would
be an official with the IKF. This is about
the PERCEPTION of what others who are watching may think they are seeing. NONE
of us can afford to be or want to be a victim of misunderstood PERCEPTION.
- The three scoring judges of a bout shall individually score each round by
marking their scorecards.
- At the end of each bout, the referee shall collect the scorecards from each
judge and bring them to the
IKF representative at ringside.
- The scorekeeper or the IKF
Representative shall then check all the scores on each individual card.
- Once the scores are confirmed, the scorekeeper or representative give the
official scores to the event ring announcer. The scores shall be read in totals
of the fight as stated on the official announcement card, not each round. Once
done, the ring announcer shall announce the winner by corner color first and
than the fighter's name.
- JUDGING EACH ROUND
- Each judge shall score each fighter between 7 and 10 points for each round.
- Fighters are judged by domination, effectiveness of technique,
aggressiveness and kickboxing ability.
- Judges will evaluate which fighter DOMINATED the bout. NOT who threw the
harder punches or kicks (Unless there were a lot of them), but who
landed the most and did the most damage during the entire
- ONE good hard punch or a short flurry could win a round for a
fighter in a round that up until that moment appeared EVEN to the judge.
- ONE good hard punch or a short flurry WILL NOT win a round for a
fighter in a round that up until that moment was being dominated by the
other fighter UNLESS the flurry or strike resulted in a knockdown or
standing 8 count.
- The bout is scored by points and or effective blows landed to a target
area. The fighter who dominates the round will be given a 10 while the other
fighter a 9. To understand this better, Here is a good Article on Judging:
- No judge shall give a fighter less than 7 points for a round "UNLESS"
there are "Point Deductions". See "POINT DEDUCTIONS" below.
- KNOCKDOWNS OR STANDING 8 COUNTS
- ONLY the referee makes the determination whether a fighter was knocked down
or needs a standing 8 count.
- In MuayThai, a fighter can be knocked down and NOT receive a
standing 8 count "IF" he/she gets up to their feet "QUICKLY".
In MuayThai rules this is known as a "FLASH KNOCKDOWN". If the fallen
fighter does not rise quickly, the referee will decide whether to give the
standing 8 count or not.
- When a punch, kick or flurry of strikes results in the referee
administering a standing 8 count or counting over a fighter that was knocked
down, no matter what happened prior to this (Unless there was another
standing 8 count earlier or knockdown) the fighter who did not receive the 8
count will ALWAYS be awarded the score of 10 for the round. Even if he
was losing the round up until that point.
- SCORING THE KNOCKDOWN OR STANDING 8 COUNT
- Scoring a knockdown or standing 8 count is not as easy as giving one
fighter 10 and the other 8. For example;
- If the round was even or the fighter who was not given the standing
8 count was dominating the round, at the end, the round should be scored
10-8. 10 for the fighter who did not get the standing 8 count or
knockdown and 8 for the counted fighter. This is the easiest example of judging
the standing 8 count or knockdown.
- If the above fighter who was knocked down was dominating the bout
prior to the knockdown or standing 8 count, he will still NOT receive a
score of 10. However, he/she "MAY" not receive an 8 either. If the
judge feels the fighter who was knocked down was dominating "THE ENTIRE
BOUT" other than the "1" knockdown, the judge has the "CHOICE"
to score it a 10-9 round rather than a 10-8 round.
- SCORING A ROUND WITH MULTIPLE
KNOCKDOWNS OR 8 COUNTS.
- If BOTH fighters score standing 8 counts or knockdowns, in the
judges mind, the round score goes back to being even. NO Fighter will be given
an 8 in the round if there are no other standing 8 counts or knockdowns in the
- IN A CLOSE ROUND, if one fighter is given a standing 8 count and
the other scores a HARD KNOCKDOWN, the judge may give more credit to the HARD
- If one fighter is dominating the round and he forces the referee to
give more than 1 standing 8 count on a fighter, the judge shall score the round
- 10-8, for 1 standing 8 count or knockdown.
- 10-7, for 2 standing 8 count or knockdown.
- If a fighter is ready to be given his/her 3rd standing 8 count, the referee
will STOP the bout. The bout is over if 3 knockdowns or 3 standing 8 counts
occur due to fighter dominance.
- Sweeps are not counted as knockdowns and in scoring, shall not be given the
same evaluation as a knockdown. An effective sweep would be the same as an
- CLOSE ROUNDS
- Although we would rather see a scored winner of a round, "IF" a
judge TRULY feels both fighters appear to have evenly matched skill we would
rather see a judge score the bout even at 10-10 instead of simply "Picking"
a winner like the toss of a coin.
- As noted above, ONE good hard punch or a short flurry does not win a
round! unless the punch or flurry resulted in the referee administering a
standing 8 count or counting over a fighter that was knocked down or the bout
was even and in the end, one fighter landed one or several decisive blows that
separated his "Dominance" of the round from the other fighter.
- If both fighters seemed close, the fighter with the better KICKING skill
should be awarded 10 and the other fighter 9. Remember, this is KICKboxing. Here
is a good Article on Judging: CLICK HERE!
- POINT DEDUCTIONS
- The REFEREE or the IKF Ringside
Representative are the ONLY Officials with the authority to give a point
deduction to a fighter. In doing so the Referee will stop the bout, hold the
fighters wrist/hand who will be given the deduction, face each judge and
announce his point deduction(s).
- In deducting points, each judge will score the round as they saw it. AFTER
they score the round, THEN they will deduct the point from the fighter.
- Knockdowns, standing 8 counts, these ARE NOT POINT DEDUCTIONS. They are
scored techniques as noted above in SCORING.
- Examples of point deductions "That MAY be given by the referee"
- Fouls: One
fighter hits the other with an illegal blow or to an illegal target area.
- SOME point deductions may be made by the referee without holding the
fighters wrist/hand. If so, he will come to each judge to inform them
personally of the point deduction as well as each fighters corner. Here are some
examples of such;
- In a Full Contact Rules Bout, the first round in which a fighter does not
kick the required minimum number of kicks (Am-6, Pros-8) , the referee will
announce to each judge that there is a -1- point deduction to the fighter who
did not meet their minimum kick requirement.
- If the ringside representative or the referee sees the fighters
cornermen/women not following the IKF Cornerman/women rules
and regulations, the fighter could be deducted 1 or more points or
even be disqualified from the bout. Click for these rules and regulations for cornermen
- SCORE EXAMPLES
- 10-10 round, indicates that
according to the judge, BOTH fighters showed even or equal skill and no clear
winner could be determined by the judge.
- 10-9 round, indicates one fighter
was somewhat more effective than the other or even dominated the round without a
knockdown or standing 8 count. A 10-9 could also be given in a round where the
dominating fighter was knocked down once in the round.
- 10-8 round indicates one fighter was
in constant control and clearly out fought his opponent as far as technique
within the ring "AND" scored a standing 8 count or a knockdown on
his/her opponent. The 10 score would be given to the fighter who forced the
knockdown or a standing 8 count.
- 10-7 round indicates total domination
by one fighter in all aspects to the point that the referee nearly stopped the
fight. There should have been at least 2 standing 8 counts and or 2 clear
- 9-9 score indicates one or both
fighters scored 10, but a point deduction brought the score down to 9-9. Again,
these are just some EXAMPLES. There are many other possibilities in final
scoring, especially when point deduction, standing 8 counts and knockdowns all
intermix together in a single round.
- NO CONTEST: When a no fault foul happens in the first round and 1
or both cannot continue.
- WINNER, LOSER: Unanimous Decision, Majority Decision or Split
- DRAW: When all 3 score cards show equal points to each fighter.
- MAJORITY DRAW: When 2 out of the 3 judges score equal amount of
points to both fighters.
- UNANIMOUS DECISION: When all 3 judges score the same winner.
- SPLIT DECISION: When 2 judges score one fighter a winner and the
third judge scores the other fighter a winner.
- MAJORITY DECISION: When 2 judges score one fighter a winner and the
third judge scores both fighters EVEN, as a draw.
- TECHNICAL WIN (TW): TECHNICAL LOSE (TL), TECHNICAL DRAW: Usually
resulting from a Foul.
The outcome of this event was judged by the scorecards of the previous rounds.
- TECHNICAL FORFEIT, TECHNICAL WIN: Usually from a pre-event
disqualification or from invalid fight experience: not giving actual experience
to the matchmaker prior to the event.)
A fighter has been stopped from fighting from
taking too many blows or maybe knocked down 3 times in one round, but can
still stand or is not knocked "OUT". This is a fighter who is
obviously hurt and the referee feels he/she cannot continue any longer. Any
fighter who loses their bout by TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT will be suspended from
Fighting for 45 days.
- If the TKO (TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT) stop was not due to a headblow the fighter,
trainer and or manager may make a request in Writting to the IKF Headquarters for a "Suspension
Waiver". Examples of bouts
that end with a TKO decision that "Could" be accepted for "Suspension Waiver". are:
- A stop from an injury, except broken bones. (EX: Pulled muscle, twisted
- Stop from a body blow that did not do any internal damage or break any
- Fighter was simply too tired to continue. To read more detail about the
suspension rules and regulations
A fighter shall be awarded a knockout if he knocks his opponent to the ring
floor and the opponent is OUT COLD by the count of 10. In the IKF, a "KNOCKOUT" indicates that a fighter
was "OUT COLD" after a strike. Any fighter
who loses their bout by KO, or KNOCKOUT will be suspended from Fighting for 45
days. It is the responsibility of the fighter, trainer and manager to
respect and abide by this rule for the personal safety of their own fighter.
- Their are no "Suspension Waivers"
allowed for true KNOCKOUT loses. This is for the protection of the fighters.
To read more detail about the suspension rules and regulations
decision after an excessive
Foul (or 1 harsh
Foul.). The IKF Referee and IKF
Ringside Representative shall make such a decision.
- FOR EXAMPLE: If a fighter is injured from a
Foul, and the fight
continues, but is later stopped because of additional injury to the fouled area,
the score cards will be tallied. If the fighter fouling is ahead on the score
cards a TECHNICAL DRAW will be the result of the fight. If the fighter not
fouling is ahead, he will be awarded a TW (Technical Win) and the
fighter fouling will be awarded a TL (Technical Los) or DISQUALIFICATION.
OVERRULING A BOUT
The IKF reserves the right to
over-rule any of these decisions based on facts and circumstances related to the
situation. The IKF will make public their
decision within 10 days after the scheduled event. For
Bout Protests Info,