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  1. The forms judging board shall consist of three (3) or five (5) qualified Black Belt officials.
    • An instructor may judge his own student in forms competition only under circumstances in which other qualified judges are not available. A judge may never judge any family member/relative in any forms division.
    • Side judges will sit at the ring corners. The head official will sit at the front center of the ring.
    • All forms judges must remain at their assigned ring until all forms competition is completed.
  2. Competitor’s names will be called from the bottom of the list. (Unless producer has advertised otherwise.)
  3. Each competitor will address the head judge by giving only his/her name, style, and form to be executed.
  4. The first three competitors will execute their forms without being scored, then return to be scored one at a time.
  5. Each competitor after the first three shall be scored immediately following the completion of his/her form.
  6. All forms judges will score each form simultaneously when the Head Official says, “Judges score.” The judges will make scorecards visible to competitors.
  7. If there are five judges, the high and the low scores will be omitted by the scorekeeper, adding the remaining three scores. If there are three judges, all scores will be added.
  8. The following scoring system shall be used for all forms divisions:
    • Forgets form, drops weapon, or has equipment fail during musical form.
      • 8.1-8.4 Poor form. Hesitation, disorientation, loss of balance, weak movements, flaws in movements
      • 8.5-8.7 Average form. Weakness in some moves, break in concentration, slight loss of balance
      • 8.8-8.9 Above average. Strong form but lacking smoothness and/or continuity.
      • 9.0-9.4 Good form. Overall good performance with slight flaws in balance, technique, speed, power, or timing. (Lower scores would indicate more flaws in the form).
      • 9.5 + Excellent form. Demonstration of superior movement and balance. Extreme level of difficulty taken into consideration. Exceptional power, speed, focus, balance, smoothness and continuity demonstrated.
  9. If the head official deems a disturbance to be in a hindrance in the execution of an individual’s form, the competitor will be allowed to begin again after disturbance is over. Otherwise, only one (1) opportunity to perform will be allowed.
  10. TIES
    • In the event of a tie in the Teams, Weapons, Specialty, or any Beginning Forms divisions, a competitor may execute the same form for runoff purposes.
    • In the event of a tie in all other divisions, a different form must be executed.
    • In the event of a second tie, the high and the low scores shall be added to the total.
    • In the event of a third tie (or a second tie if only three (3) judges are used) judges will simultaneously point to their preferred winning competitor.
  11. All weapons must meet the approval of the head official, who will check them for safety. No plastic or SHARPENED BLADED weapons will be allowed. All spectators must be kept a safe distance from the weapons competition ring.
  12. If a weapon makes contact with the tournament floor, points should be deducted at the option of each official, unless permission is obtained in advance from the head official and tournament producer to place the weapon(s) on the ground in a safe and controlled manner. A competitor whose performance jeopardizes the safety of other tournament participants or threatens to damage the tournament site will be disqualified. (This includes but is not limited to the use of flames or other pyrotechnic devices.)
  13. Specialty (musical, two-man, etc.) forms may not run more than three (3) minutes in length. Any forms that run overtime may have points deducted at the discretion of each judge.
  14. Forms divisions that specify a particular type of forms (i.e., traditional, hard-style, Korean, etc.) may not deviate from AOK rules in any way, including type of uniform worn. Competitors who, in the opinion of the judges have inappropriate attire or forms for a specific division may be penalized at the judge’s discretion.
  15. Self Defense is competitor’s choice and props may be used.
  16. Team Forms are groups of 2 or more competitors and will be judged same as specialty divisions.
  17. If a weapon makes contact with the tournament floor, points should be deducted at the option of each official, unless permission is obtained in advance from the head official and tournament producer to place the weapons on the ground in a safe and controlled manner.
  18. If Grand Championship forms are provided, all AOK rules shall apply with the following:
    • Lineup shall be set by lot, with each competitor allowed one draw for each division won. Number one (1) shall be at the top of the list and shall compete last.
    • Each competitor shall perform a form representative of the division in which he/she won; multiple winners shall choose one division to represent.
  19. The Adult Black Belt Specialty division is required to have Music with both open hand and weapons.
  20. Rules for Traditional Divisions:
    • No Jewelry.
    • No more than 5 Kias.
    • No music, no weapons or props can be used.
    • Start and end (relatively) in front of the head judge.
    • No wasted movements, each movement has a reason.
    • No more that three kicks without setting foot down.
    • No gymnastics: Flips, Splits, Cartwheels or Handstands.
    • Competitors wear traditional type uniforms either white or black (exception for Kung Fu).
    • Traditional Forms should incorporate techniques learned in basic karate classes and in karate books provided by the founders of major karate styles.