KUDO Competition Rules
The format of Kudo competition rules implies victory over the opponent by direct, full contact punches and kicks, which bring the opponent down and gives the winner victory by ‘Ippon’. Victory can be also achieved by winning ‘Ippon’ as a result of effective submission technique, and by conducting effective techniques that award the performer with ‘Wazari’, ‘Yuko’ or ‘Koka’ points.
In regular division submission is allowed 2 times 30 seconds each during 3-minute match. If the winner is not decided in the main match 2 3-minute extensions are permitted.
Types of rules
To insure safety of Kudo as a sport, competition rules stress the safety elements. The level of 2nd Kyu is recognized as minimum level of ability to compete in Kudo rules with full contact to the head, Nagewaza, Newaza. Therefore another set of rules is prepared for those who have not reached mentioned level yet.