K1 rules

University Combat League K1 full contact rules

Weight categories:

Adults Men (- 2 years Training)

Adult Men (+ 2 years Training)

Adult Ladies (Open)



The bout will be attended by 1 Referee and 2 side Judges.

The Competitor:

  • The competitor must be dressed in a clean and appropriate outfit.
  • The competitors should be wearing a clean T-shirt with clean shorts.
  • There should be no zip fasteners, pockets or buttons.
  • Competitors cannot wear any metal objects that may cause injuries to the opponent.
  • Piercing, chains, watches or earrings are not allowed. Eyeglasses are forbidden; soft
  • contact-lenses are possible but at the competitor own risk.
  • Competitors may wear badges of their respective clubs, associations or Sponsor. Names and slogans are permitted as long as they do not offend public decency.
  • Headbands, hairnets and scarves are not allowed since they may slip. Long hair must be tied together. This should be done with an elastic band. Hair grips are not allowed.


The Competitor’s Equipment:

  • Head guard
  • Gum shield (mouth guard)
  • Boxing Gloves – Adults 10oz
  • Safety kicks & Shin guard (must be worn under the trousers) or shin instep.
  • Groin protector (men) must be worn under the clothes;
  • Recommended: Women Groin Guard, Breast protector for females.



  • Competitors must present themselves to the Referee / side Judge in order to have their safety equipment checked. (Fighters must remove all jewellery.)
  • After inspection, Competitors will take up their fighting positions and wait for the command “Fight”
  • Normal Round 1 x Rounds of 2 minutes. Final Round 2 x 2min rounds
  • Time can only be stopped by the Referee on the command, “Break/Stop etc”..
  • The Referee will then issue the command “Fight” and the contestants may resume their match.
  • Should one or both of the competitors leave the fighting area, the Referee will announce “Break” and instruct both fighters to resume their fighting positions – then continue the match upon the instruction, “Fight”.
  • Should the Referee see a competitor violating the rules, or intending to execute a prohibited action, he /she must stop the contest immediately and issue a Warning to the Competitor.
  • Competitors may have one Coach in their corner during the fight.
  • At no time may the coach enter the fighting area.
  • The referee may give a penalty point or disqualify the coaches student if this does happen.
  • A Competitor may request that the Referee stop the time in order to adjust his / her safety equipment.
  • The Referee is under no obligation to do so should he / she feel that it will in any way disadvantage the other fighter.
  • Should a Competitor use “Time Outs” to catch his / her breath or get instruction from their coach, a warning will be given and they may have a point deducted or disqualified for “Match Delaying” or “Refusing to Fight”.



  • The referee will take their place in the middle of the competitors
  • After the command “shake hands “or “touch gloves “or “bow” to the competitors he will start the match with the command “fight”.



  • The time of the fight is over when the timekeeper shouts “Stop” or sounds a “Horn”.
  • The fight is over in any case, when the main referee stops the fight finally with the command “stop” and not earlier.
  • Main referee turns to the referee table, takes one hand of both competitors and shows the winner, announcing the decision.



  • Head: Front & Side
  • Torso: Front and Side
  • Legs: Legs, on the thigh, from outside in and visa versa – attacked with the shin.
  • Foot: Sweeps, foot to foot.



  • Kicks: Front, Side, Back, Hook (Sole of Foot only), Crescent, Axe (Sole of Foot only), Roundhouse, Jumps & Spins, Low Kicks, use of the Shin in Low Kicks.
  • Hands: All Boxing Punches, Jumping Punches
  • (No reverse Ridge hand, Chops or spinning back fist).



  • Top of the Shoulders, “No Knife Hand or Axe Kicks to the Shoulders”
  • Any part of the Neck, “No Knife Hand or Kicks to the Neck”
  • Throat.
  • Back



  • No knees or elbow strikes
  • Avoiding or refusing to fight.
  • Executing techniques from the floor.
  • Turning face or back, running away, falling down, intentional clinching, blind techniques, wrestling and ducking below the opponent’s waist.
  • Attacking an opponent who is falling to the floor, or is already on the floor – that is, as soon as one hand or knee touches the floor.
  • Leaving the fighting area without permission.
  • Continue fighting after the command “Stop” or “Break” has been issued.
  • A score occurs when a Clean, Legal technique strikes a legal target area with speed, focus, balance and controlled power.
  • Each effective technique must be recorded either by means of a “clicker” or on the back of the score card.
  • The Officials must see the technique actually strike the target.
  • Should a Fighter execute a jumping technique, he / she must land in the fighting area in order to achieve a score. The Fighter should also be balanced when landing with no part of his body other than his feet touching the floor.
  • All Techniques are to be executed with controlled power. Any Technique simply brushing or touching or pushing an opponent will be disallowed.
  • Contact is to be well controlled.



  • Hand Technique 1 point
  • Kick to Body 2 points
  • Kick to Head 3 points
  • Sweep & follow up 2 points


  • Points
  • K.O
  • TKO: Multiple knock downs “The fighter is knocked down 3 times during a single round.”