The new World TaeKwonDo Federation Sparring Competition Rules as from January 2015
The most recent interpretation of the WTF TaeKwonDo Sparring rules are available below. For the competitors pay particular attention to Article 12 on page 24 – Valid Points.
1.1 Trunk: The blue or red colored area of the trunk protector
1.2 Head: The entire head above the bottom line of the head protector
2 Criteria for valid point(s):
2.1 Point(s) shall be awarded when a permitted technique is delivered to the scoring areas of the trunk with a proper level of impact.
2.2 Point(s) shall be awarded when a permitted technique is delivered to the scoring areas of the head.
2.3 If PSS is used, determination of the validity of the technique, level of impact, and/or valid contact to the scoring
area shall be made by the electronics coring system. These PSS determinations shall not be subject to Instant Video Replay.
2.4 The WTF Technical Committee shall determine the required level of impact and sensitivity of the PSS, using different scales in consideration of weight category, gender, and age groups. In certain circumstances as deemed necessary the Technical Delegate may recalibrate the valid level of impact.
3 The valid points are as follows.
3.1 One (1) point for a valid attack on trunk protector
3.2 Three(3) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector
3.3 Three (3) points for a valid kick to the head
3.4 Five(5) points for a valid turning kick to the head
3.5 One(1) point awarded for every two Kyungos or every one Gamjeom given to the opponent contestant
4 Match score shall be the sum of points of the three rounds.
5 Invalidation of point(s): When a contestant records points while using prohibited act(s):
5.1 If the prohibited act was instrumental to the scoring of the point(s), the referee shall declare the penalty for the prohibited act and invalidate of the point(s).
5.2 However, if the prohibited act was not instrumental to earn the point, the referee may penalize the prohibited act but not invalidate the point(s).