The new rules will be tentatively applied from January 2017; full application will become effective at the World Championships
in Muju in June of that year.
The newly revised rules will be posted on the WTF website in due course.
One (1) point for a valid punch attack on the trunk protector.
Two (2) points for a valid kick attack on trunk protector.
Three (3) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector.
Three (3) points for a valid kick to the head.
Four (4) points for a valid turning kick to the head.
One (1) point awarded for every one gam-jeom given to the opponent contestant.
Scoring and publication
If head PSS is not employed, scoring for kicking techniques to the head shall be made by judges using the manual scoring devices.
If a referee perceives a contestant to be staggering or knocked down by a kick to the head, and so begins counting, but the attack was
not scored by the head PSS the referee may request IVR to make the decision.
Prohibited acts and Penalties
Change from Kyon-go to Gam-jeom
Crossing the boundary line
Avoiding or delaying the match
Grabbing or pushing the opponent
Lifting the leg to block or kicking the opponent leg to impede the opponent’s kicking attack, or lifting the leg or kicking in the air for
more than 3 seconds to impede the opponent’s potential attacking, or kick was aiming to below the waist.
Kicking below the waist.
Attacking opponent after “Kal-yeo”.
Hitting the opponent head with the hand.
Butting or attacking with the knee.
Attacking the fallen opponent.
Following misconduct of contestant or coach; such as
Not complying with the referee decision
Inappropriate protesting behavior to officials’ decisions.
Inappropriate attempts to disturb/influence the outcome of the match.
Provoking or insulting the opposing contestant or coach.
Unaccredited doctor/ physicians or other team officials seated in the doctor’s position.
Any other severe misconduct or unsportsmanlike conduct from contestant or coach.
When a contestant receives ten (10) Gam-jeoms, referee declares the contestant loser by PUN (Referee Punitive Declaration).
Also when a contestant manipulates the scoring system or refuses to follow the referee’s commands.
Golden Point and Decision of Superiority
After the 3 rounds if the winner cannot be decided, a 4th round will be conducted in One minute round.
The first contestant to score a point(s) or whose opponent receives two gam-jeoms shall be declared the winner.
If no score on the 4th round, the criteria will be:
The contestant who achieved a higher number of hits registered by the PSS during the 4th round.
If number of hits registered is tied, the contestant who won more rounds in first three rounds.
If this is tied too, then will be by the contestant who received less number of gam-jeoms during all 4 rounds.
If the two above criteria are the same, then will be referee and judges’ decision.
Point gap will be 20 points difference.
Win by point gap won’t be applied in semi-finals and finals in senior division by the outline tournament.
Instant Video Replay
This section stayed the same as the rules used at the President’s Cup in Portland, Oregon.
Creating more equal and fare ranking for everyone, the proposal for each International competition and the maximum points obtained.
Also explained for Junior, Senior and Para Taekwondo as is now included for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
Poomsae has some proposed changes that relates to the number of divisions for competition from 5 to 3 divisions
(Junior, under 30 and under 40), for Poomsae Championships, Multi-sport Games or any WTF organized event.
We are enthusiastic to see these changes approved and start being in use this December for the Grand Prix in Azerbaijan,
as they will create more active and exciting Taekwondo.
It would be great for Australian Taekwondo if the OTU and STAL could work together and combine their expertise and resources so that Coaches, Judges and Officials for both Sparring and Poomsae would only have to attend one seminar per year for Sparring, Poomsae or both to be accredited in the activity of their choose.