SFO III | SEPTEMBER 17 • 2022 TOURNAMENT | LIBERTYVILLE, ILLINOIS
STICK FIGHTING OLYMPIADS – YOUTH AND ADULT TOURNAMENT
The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is honored to host: SFO III Fall Midwest Classic – Stick Fighting Tournament! SFO (Stick Fighting Olympiads) Tournaments Provide and opportunity for both Youth and Adult to compete with Padded Sticks and Safety Gear in a Controlled and Supervised environment.
SATURDAY: SEPTEMBER 17th | Time TBD
The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts
281 Peterson Road | Libertyville, IL 60048
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Competitor – Full Tournament: $50.00
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Rules / Format:
Single Stick Tournament Overview
The tournament is intended to test the stick fighting skills of the practitioner through various fighting concepts and techniques in a competitive context. Clean strikes, committed attacks to vital targets, are rewarded with points; while being disarmed, stepping out of bounds, and repetitive illegal strikes detract points. At the beginning of each match, fighters are positioned standing face to face inside the 30 ft ring between the referee. Opponents bow to each other, and referee will initiate the match; weapon in ready position. Points are awarded or taken for the following actions: +1 Point – A quality strike to the opponent, – 1 Point – Stepping out of the ring area, -1 Point – Repetitive illegal strikes, -2 Point – Being disarmed or controlled dislodging of weapon. Fights are single elimination/double elimination and continue until a fighter reaches the score of 5 (for adults) or 3 (for youth), which wins the match and moves on to the next bracket.
During the single stick tournaments, all tournament (scoring) matches will be conducted with padded sticks for youth and rattan sticks for adult divisions. Filipino Kali headgear with neck protection is required to be worn during the match always. A referee/judge has the right to halt the match at any time that the headgear is dislodged or comes off to retain a safe fighting environment. Gloves, like lacrosse gloves, are recommended in stick fighting matches. To protect the hand and wrist. Groin protection for men is required and recommended for women and youth. If participants would like to wear other protective gear, it is optional and recommended.
Prohibited from the Tournament
The following actions are ILLEGAL and subject to the 3-tier penalty system (3 times = detraction of points after 3 becomes cumulatively negative):
- Attacks to the groin or back of head (or unprotected areas)
- Striking with bare hands, elbows, knees, or feet
- Any throws
- Wrestling and/or tackling with excessive force
- Throwing the stick(s)
Points are awarded or taken for the following actions:
- +1 Point – A quality strike to the opponent
- -1 Point – Stepping out of the ring area
- -1 Point – Repetitive illegal strikes (see below)
- -2 Point – Being disarmed or controlled dislodging of weapon.
Logistics & Formalities
Adult Single Stick Division
Adult Single Stick Division will be no weight or age class and will be conducted through singleelimination/double-elimination up to the finals stage. At the beginning of each match, fighters are positioned standing face to face inside the circle or square in between the referee. Opponents bow to each other, and referee will initiate the match; weapon in ready position. Once the match begins, fighters may freely move around the designated area. The match continues until a scoring action occurs, time expires, or a halt is called for a point or safety reasons. If the match is halted the fighters will reset to their original positions.
Each match will run its course until the following conditions:
- One fighter’s score reaches 5 points (or max points in upper brackets)
- Initial Bracket – 5pts to win | Mid Bracket – 8pts to win | Final Round – 12pts to win
- Referee will announce when the match is over, opponents bow to each other, and referee announces winner of match.
Youth Single Stick Division
Youth Single Stick Division will be no weight class but will have age and gender placements (see below) and will be conducted through double elimination. At the beginning of each match, fighters are positioned standing face to face inside the circle or square in between the referee. Opponents bow to each other, and referee will initiate the match; weapon in ready position. Once the match begins, fighters may freely move around the designated area. The match continues until a scoring action occurs, time expires, or a halt is called for a point or safety reasons. If the match is halted the fighters will reset to their original positions.
Each match will run its course until the following conditions and age brackets:
One fighter’s score reaches points assigned for brackets:
- 3 points to win | 6-7 yrs old | 8-9 yrs old | 10-11 yrs old
- 4 points to win | 12-14 yrs old
- 5 points to win | 15-17 yrs old (18 yrs old decided by committee)
Referee will announce when the match is over, opponents bow to each other and referee announces winner of match.
Judging & Refereeing
When the referee sees a scoring action, the referee will call “Halt” and judges will give the intended point. If one fighter executes multiple scoring actions, points are given for the first. Judges should hold strikes to a high standard and avoid stopping the action for low-quality or incidental hits. If a referee/judge is unsure whether a hit was good, err on the side of not calling it. It is better to miss some quality strikes than to award points for low-quality strikes. Successful fighters will be able to control their opponent’s weapon and deliver clear and decisive blows.
Referees/Judges should use best judgement on flurries of attacks; no quantity of grazing hits can add up to a quality thrust. However, if one sees several hits in close succession which are probably good but is not completely sure of any of them individually, it is reasonable to award a point.
*If a fighter is assessed points but does not believe that he/she earned them, the fighter can refuse the points. Likewise, if a fighter receives a good hit and it is not called by the Judges, the fighter can acknowledge the hit and the Judges/Referee shall take the fighter’s acknowledgement under consideration for scoring. A fighter cannot otherwise modify the Judges’/Referee’s decision in any way and must yield to the final decision of the Judges/Referee.
The Northshore Academy of Martial Arts is conveniently located in north suburban Chicago, only 20 miles south of the Wisconsin border and approximately 10 miles from Fort Sheridan, Gurnee Mills, and Six Flags Great America. Libertyville is easily accessible from Interstate 94 exits at IL Rt 60 (Townline Rd), IL Rt 176 (Rockland Rd), and IL Rt 137 (Buckley/Peterson Rd).
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