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The definition of what levels, WKO fighters are regarded as...

WKO ROOKIES Explanation and Definition:

We are often asked if we have beginner categories?

The answers is yes indeed we do.  These are what we label Rookies and have different requirements between:

• Ringsports

• Tatami Sports

 

Tatami Sports:

Based on a new martial artist starts training, after 6 months starts grading within 12 months has graded 2-3 times which would look like:

9th Kyu (White Belt)

8th Kyu

7th Kyu

So the 6 months getting ready to start to grade, then 12 months of beginner grades = 18 months Training and Competing Combined.

 

Sparring in clubs is at different stages but on average:

• 6 months training  

• 3 Months sparring  

 

Leaves 9 months to compete as a beginner (Rookie)  Then fighters by this point want to fight all comers I know I did after about 6 months training.

 

All above are widely classed as beginner grades and phases.

 

So within an 18 month period they have learnt the basics and been tested  After this period are searching for harder challenges. 

 

So clubs looking for beginner competitions we do cater for you. The standards are high regardless of beginner or advanced and as a coach you know if your students are ready to be tested at these levels.

 

Ringsports:

 

Due the significant difference between Ringsports and Tatami sports being in a ring which is confined, the rounds are multiple and the contact heavier.

 

WKO defines a Rookie in Ringsports as someone with no more that 12 Months competing experience.

 

This does not include the months/years they have trained for within the confides of the club/s they train at, but does include any time spent competing in any style of combat sports.

 

The 12 month time frame starts from the first fight they have ever had regardless of rules, level of contact or duration of rounds.  

 

If they did 1 fight in 2010 then had a break and resumed for example 12 months or more later they are no longer classed as a rookie as they have competed longer than 12 months.

 

Switching Rules/Styles/Clubs/Coaches If you trained in Pointfighting and competed for longer than 12 months and would like to compete in another rules set for example Light Contact. Although you are new to Light Contact you have competed for longer than 12 months so would not be classed as a rookie.

 

Ringsports experience time of 12 months starts from the very first fight you have then expires 12 months later, with no exception to the rule.

 

Summary:

 

Tatami Sports Rookie = A Martial Artist on less than 18 Months Training & Competing Combined starting from the first day they train in Martial Arts or Boxing.

 

Ringsports Rookie = A Martial Artist with less than 12 Months Competing experience starting from the first day they compete regardless of rules, but does not include the length of time they have trained, so could have trained for 3yrs or more but never competed and still be classed as a Rookie but only for 12 months commencing from the day of their first bout. 

 

THE DEFINITION OF AN AMATEUR  WKO FIGHTER:

The following are rules which govern an amateur fighter under the World Kickboxing Organisation.

  • WKO Amateur Fighters must be at least 7 years old to compete in Ring-Sports, though there is no minimum training age.

    • A WKO Amateur Fighter is a junior from his 7th birthday (at which age he is eligible to hold a competitors licence)

    • It is recommended that Junior WKO Amateur Fighters do not concede age, weight and experience more than 2yrs and 5k in weight in any contest. The final decision for any contest is the responsibility of the WKO Chief Official in agreement with coaches and event orgnaniser.

    • With Children a parent or guardian will always have the final say, as they hold the responsibility for their child

    • A WKO Amateur Fighter becomes a Senior on his/her 18th birthday. When s/he reaches his/her 35th birthday, he/she will be classed as a Veteran.

  • WKO Amateur Fighters will box no more than 3 x 2 minute rounds none title bouts. In Open Championships and Internationals, fighters will box either 2 or 3 rounds at a time with an interval set by the event organiser, in line with WKO Official Rules.

  • Commonly 3 x 2 minute rounds. In every case there will be an interval of one minute between rounds.

  • There are three classes of  WKO Amateur Fighters:

    • A Novice C-Class is a WKO Amateur Fighter who has not competed in any stage of an Open Championship or Gala.

    • An Intermediate B-Class is a WKO Amateur Fighter who has entered and competed in an Open Championship or Gala but has not won a Regional Association Title, won a Novice Class 'B' Title or returned from professional competing.

    • An A-Class is a WKO Amateur Fighter who has won a WKO Open Championship, National WKO  Title or reprisented his or her Country at World Championships.

  • Rounds duration: unless the conditions for Championships or other authorised events prescribe otherwise, the duration of bouts for Junior WKO Amateur Fighters will be as follows:

  • WKO Open Tournaments can consist of:
    2 x 1min Round 30 Seconds Rest
    2 x 1.5min Round 1 Minute Rest
    2 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest
    3 x 1min Round 30 Seconds Rest
    3 x 1.5min Round 1 Minute Rest
    3 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • WKO Sanctioned Gala bouts may also consist of:
    WKO Open Tournaments can consist of:
    2 x 1min Round 30 Seconds Rest
    2 x 1.5min Round 1 Minute Rest
    2 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest
    3 x 1min Round 30 Seconds Rest
    3 x 1.5min Round 1 Minute Rest
    3 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • Title Bouts on WKO Sanctioned Gala's will consist of:
    Under 12yrs
    Area Title
    3 x 1 Min Round 30 Seconds Rest
    National Title
    5 x 1 min Round 30 Seconds Rest
    International & Above
    5 x 1.5 Min Round 1 Minute Rest
    Under 18yrs
    Area Title
    3 x 2 Min Round 1 Minute Rest
    National & above
    5 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • Any amateur featuring on an WKO sanctioned Gala event will not receive a fight purse. But can receive ticket commission at an agreed rate between promoter and fighter.

THE DEFINITION OF A PRO-AM WKO FIGHTER:

 

The following are rules which govern a PRO-AM fighter under the World Kickboxing Organisation.

  • WKO PRO-AM Fighters must be at least 18 years old to compete under PRO-AM Rules.

  • There are no contracts required for PRO-AM Fighters.

  • WKO PRO-AM Fighter must hold a valid licence but is recommended that they also hold a competitor licence.

  • WKO PRO-AM Fighters will box no more than 3 x 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rest none title bouts.

  • Title bouts shall be 5 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • There are two classes of WKO PRO-AM Fighters:

    • An Intermediate B-Class is a WKO PRO-AM Fighter who has had 10 or more fights.

    • An A-Class is a WKO PRO-AM Fighter who has had over 20 fights.

  • Rounds duration: unless the conditions for authorised events prescribe otherwise the duration of bouts for WKO PRO-AM Fighters will be as follows:
    None Title Bout 3 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest
    National Title & above
    5 x 2min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • At PRO-AM level all fighters will not be required to wear head-guards. But will be required to wear all required protective equipment designed for the desired rules to be contested.

  • Any PRO-AM fighter featuring on any WKO sanctioned Gala event will not receive a fight purse. But can receive ticket commission at an agreed rate between promoter and fighter.

THE DEFINITION OF A PROFESSIONAL WKO FIGHTER:

The following are rules which govern a PROFESSIONAL fighter under the World Kickboxing Organisation.

  • WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighters must be at least 18 years old to compete under WKO PROFESSIONAL Rules.

  • A Contract must be signed and agreed between fighter and promoter listing and agreeing to all terms  prior to the scheduled bout.

  • A WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighter must hold a valid licence but is STRONGLY recommended that they hold a competitor licence.

  • WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighters will contest no less than the minimum 3 x 3 Minute rounds with 1 Minute rest (None title bouts)

  • Title bouts shall be 5 x 3min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • There are two classes of WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighters:

    • An Intermediate B-Class is a WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighter who has had at least 10 Fights.

    • An A-Class is a WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighter who has had at least 20 Fights.

  • Rounds duration: WKO PROFESSIONAL Fighters will be as follows:
    None Title Bout
    3 x 3min Round 1 Min Rest
    National Title & above
    5 x 3min Round 1 Minute Rest

  • At PROFESSIONAL level all fighters will be NOT BE ALLOWED to wear head-guards. But will be required to wear all required protective equipment designed for their desired rules.

  • Any PROFESSIONAL featuring on any WKO sanctioned Gala MUST receive a fight purse. And/Or can receive ticket commission at an agreed rate between promoter and fighter.

In all instances all levels of fighters must be fit to fight, pass pre-fight medical and hold a current and valid licence.
 

WKO strongly recommends that all fighters hold a competitor’s licence.

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