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Rules & Regulations of the
28th European Kendo Championships 2017

 

1. PROMOTER: EUROPEAN KENDO FEDERATION (EKF)
HOST ORGANIZATION: HUNGARIAN KENDO, IAIDO AND JODO
FEDERATION
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: ALL JAPAN KENDO FEDERATION (ZNKR)
2. PLACE & DATE: Budapest, Hungary
Sport Complex Tüskecsarnok
1117 Budapest, 7. Magyar tudósok körútja
From Friday 12th May to Sunday 14th May 2017.
3. EVENTS & SCHEDULE:
Friday 12th May 2017
Junior Team Championship
Senior Female Team Championship
Saturday 13th May 2017
Junior Individual Championship
Senior Male Team Championship
Sunday 14th May 2017
Senior Female Individual Championship
Senior Male Individual Championship
Further details will be distributed by the Host Organization: http://ekc2017.hu/
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4. GENERAL REFEREEING RULES.
The regulation of the matches will be made according to “The Regulations of Kendo Matches and
its Refereeing (Revised December 7th, 2006 – “The Regulations”)”, published by International
Kendo Federation (F.I.K.), excepted for the points specified hereafter.
5. CONTENT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The content of the EKF Championships is as follows:
 Senior Male Team Championship with teams composed of maximum 5 (five) men out of
7 (seven) inscriptions;
 Senior Female Team Championship with teams composed of maximum 5 (five) women
out of 7 (seven) inscriptions;
 Junior Team Championship with teams composed of maximum 3 (three) persons out of
5 (five) inscriptions.
 Senior Male Individual Championship for maximum 4 (four) men older than 18 years
(at the time of the actual championship);
 Senior Female Individual Championship for maximum 4 (four) women older than 18
years (at the time of the actual championship);
 Junior Individual Championship for maximum 4 (four) persons.
For the two junior categories, the participants should be minimum 15 years old but younger than
18 years (at the time of the actual championship). That means, the Birthdates of junior participants
shall be not after 12th/13th May 2002 and not before 12th/13th May 1999. No exceptions will
be granted.
After every championship the first placed will be awarded an official “European Champion” title
an there will be one second place and two ex-æquo third places. Also, for every championship,
minimum one „Fighting Spirit” trophy will be awarded.
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6. SPECIFIC RULES FOR EACH CATEGORY.
6.1. Team Championships.
6.1.1.Senior Male Team Championship.
Every country is represented by a team of five, or by a minimum of three male fighters, chosen
freely before every fight out of the maximum of seven official inscriptions arrived in due time.
Every competitor should have at least the age of 18 at the time of the actual championship day.
6.1.2.Senior Female Team Championship.
Every country is represented by a team of five, or by a minimum of three female fighters, chosen
freely before every fight out of the maximum of seven official inscriptions arrived in due time.
Every competitor should have at least the age of 18 at the time of the actual championship day.
6.1.3.Junior Team Championship.
Every country is represented by a team of maximum three, or, in default of, of minimum two fighters,
chosen freely before every fight out of the maximum of five official inscriptions arrived in due
time. For the age, the rules of Section 5 are applicable.
6.1.4.Participation.
Senior men can only participate at the Senior Male Team Championship, senior women only at the
Senior Female Team Championship. Both men & female are allowed in the junior category.
For the Senior Male Team Championship and the Senior Female Team Championship: In case of
a 4 Competitor team, the 2nd position remains free. In case of a 3 Competitor team, the 2nd and the
4th position remain free. For the Junior Team Championship: In case of a 2 Competitor team, the
2nd position remains free.
6.1.5.Common rules for the Team Championships.
6.1.5.1. Preliminary contests (Pool system).
All teams that entered their official inscriptions in due time will be divided by drawing into as
many pools of 3 as possible. However, the 4 teams that got the medals at the previous Team Championships
will be seeded into different pools, and removed to the far end of the grid.
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The order of matches will be announced and pools can be combined, respecting the principle
of separation as mentioned in the foregoing para.
If the inscriptions make it necessary, pools of two (2) or four (4) will be included.
The first two out of every pool will be entered on the tournament grid. The 1st placed of one pool
will compete with the 2nd placed of another pool.
6.1.5.1.1. Specific pool system rules.
For the first round the names and the order of combats shall be handed in at the managers’ meeting,
all others at the administration table of the shiai-jo immediately after the end of the previous fight
of the respective team.
The combats are played by “sanbon-shobu” and the duration is 4 minutes for all categories. Equality
(hikiwake) will be declared in case no points are scored or if the score is one to one.
If two teams remain even at the end of the pool, a supplementary fight between two of the team
members will decide on the victory. This fight will be held according to the “ippon-shobu”-principle,
without time limit.
6.1.5.1.2. Team Classification.
Determination of the winning team in both pool and tournament matches will be made in the following
order of precedence:
1. Highest number of individual winners; but, if it is a tie, then
2. Highest number of points scored.
3. Should 1. and 2. still be a tie, a draw will be declared in the pool matches (see next paragraph)
and a play-off will be conducted in the tournament matches.
4. A default is regarded as a loss: the opponent is given 2 points.
Determination of the ranking of teams in the pool matches will be made in the following order of
precedence:
1. Higher number of team matches won; but, if it is a tie, then
2. Lower number of team matches lost; but, if it is a tie, then
3. Higher number of draws in team matches (see above), if it is still a tie, then
4. Higher number of individual winners; if it is still be a tie, then
5. Lower number of individual losses; but, if it is a tie, then
6. Higher number of individual draws (hikiwake), if it is still a tie, then
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7. Higher number of points scored.
8. Lower number of points lost.
If the situation is still a tie between two teams, either to determine the order between first and
second or second and third team in the pool, a play-off (ippon-shobu) between representatives of
the two teams will determine the ranking.
Should the situation be a tie between all three teams in the pool, the ranking of teams shall be
determined by a pool played by a representative of each team, like in the individual tournament.
6.1.5.2. Tournament.
The tournament is using the knockout system. The refereeing rules and the principles for discerning
the winners are the same as those defined for the pools. The duration of fights is 4 minutes for
juniors and 5 minutes for seniors.
6.2. Individual Championships.
6.2.1.Senior Male Individual Championship.
Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The
minimal age is 18 years at the time of the actual championship day.
6.2.2.Senior Female Individual Championship.
Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The
minimal age is 18 years at the time of the actual championship day.
6.2.3.Junior Individual Championship.
Every country may list a maximum of 4 (four) competitors, following the rules set out earlier. The
same conditions as for the team competition will apply for sex and age (see also Sections 5 &
6.1.4).
6.2.4.Common rules for the Individual Championships.
6.2.4.1. Preliminary contests (Pool system).
Every pool is in principle composed of three fighters, who fight in the following order:
1><2, 1><3, 2><3.
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In the case of pools composed of four, each one will fight 3 (three) times as follows:
1><2, 3><2, 3><4, 1><4, 1><3, 2><4.
It is possible that in this same order pools will be combined. A different system, respecting the pool
system principle, with separation of the best results of the previous championships and a minimum
of two fights, might be adopted if necessary.
The division into different pools will be handled by drawing, on condition that fighters of the same
nation will be kept out of the same pool.
The combat time is 4 minutes, following the “sanbon shobu” rule. If appropriate an even match
(hikiwake) may be the result.
The fighters out of the same pool will be ranked as follows. The criteria will be applied in that
order and the subsequent criteria will be only applied if a clear decision is not reached:
1. The higher number of fights won;
2. The lower number of fights lost;
3. The higher number of hikiwake;
4. The higher number of points scored;
5. The lower number of points lost.
In case of equality between two fighters, one supplementary fight will take place immediately after
the normal pool fights, to establish the final order among the fighters. These fights will follow the
rule of “ippon shobu”, without time limit. In pool of four players, supplementary fights will not
take place to determine positions three and four, if first and second positions are clear.
In case of equality between all 3 or 4 fighters at the end of the pool, they will fight again following
the “sanbon shobu” principle. If even after two such rounds the order among the fighters is not
clarified, the result shall be determined by lot (chusen).
6.2.4.2. Tournament.
After the pool system, the first out of every pool of three and the first and second out of pool of
four fighters will be put on the tournament grid. The fights will follow the knock out system.
The combat time is 5 minutes for seniors and 4 minutes for juniors, following the “sanbon shobu”
rule, with the possibility of one prolongation (encho). For seniors, there is no time limit on the
“encho”.
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For juniors, “encho” is a maximum of 6 (six) minutes. Thereafter the decisions will be taken
by shinpan-decisions (hantei), except for semi-final and finals, where encho without time limit
will apply.
7. SPECIFICATIONS OF THE SHINAI.
The shinai will have the format explained in the following table out of “The Regulations of Kendo
Matches and its Refereeing (Revised December 7th, 2006)”, published by F.I.K. (see page 22).
Sex Junior Senior
Length Male/Female ≤ 117 cm ≤ 120 cm
Weight
Male ≥ 440 gr ≥ 510 gr
Female ≥ 400 gr ≥ 440 gr
Diameter
Male ≥ 25 mm ≥ 26 mm
Female ≥ 24 mm ≥ 25 mm
Specifications for competition use of two Shinai (Nito).
Specification Gender Daito (long shinai) Shoto (short shinai)
Maximum length Male & female ≤ 114cm ≤ 62cm
Weight
Male ≥ 440gr 280–300g (min/max)
Female ≥ 400gr 250–280g (min/max)
Minimum diameter
of sakigawa
Male ≥ 25mm ≥ 24mm
Female ≥ 24mm ≥ 24mm
8. RULES CONCERNING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE COMPETITORS AND
THE CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION. INCOMPATIBLITY & MISCELLANEOUS.
8.1. Every competitor must be a member of an organization adhering to the EKF, and the inscriptions
must be handed in by that organization.
8.2. Every competitor must have the nationality of the country he represents (a passport serves as
proof). Exceptions can be allowed by the EKF President. Such exceptions need to be obtained
prior to the Final Entry of Competitors. Applications for such exceptions shall be filed not
later than two weeks before the Final Entry Date with the EKF Secretary-General.
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8.3. Competitors must be chosen among the names that figure on the official inscription lists in
every category that were handed in in due time. Each competitor shall wear during the
competition a “zekken” (name-tag) on the centre piece of “o-dare” (hip-protector) showing
his country (top), flag (centre) and family name (bottom), whereby country and
person’s name shall be written in capital Latin letters, using the English name of the
country. For details see the Annex hereto.
8.4. Furthermore, each competitor shall wear during the competition the EKF official number
tags as distributed. The number tags will be distributed before the championships
and the numbers assigned to each competitor for each championship. Failure to return
the number tags in complete pairs immediately after the closing of the championships
will make the respective country liable for payment of EUR 50 / pair of numbers.
8.5. Referees, Managers and Coaches may not participate as competitors in neither the Team nor
the Individual Championships. Be careful for your official inscription.
8.6. Every other official may participate as a competitor keeping in mind the limited number in
every category.
8.7. Any competitor may participate in both the Team and the Individual Championships provided
that maximum number of persons provided for in Section 5 are not exceeded.
8.8. Every team shall bring their own set (5 minimum) of each red and white ribbons (taski)
to be used in all tournaments for the labelling of competitors.
9. REFEREES.
9.1. Appointment of Referees of the European Championships is entrusted to the EKF, assisted
by the ZNKR; they are chosen among those who are proposed by the EKF Member Countries.
9.2. Referees may not participate as competitors.
9.3. The function of Referee is incompatible with that of Coach or Manager, even as far as a
certain reservation and neutrality remain required as general attitude.
9.4. The cost of the referees (lodging, meals, bus transport, sayonara party) is taken in charge by
the organizing country for four nights, starting from Thursday evening the 11th May2017
to Monday morning the 15th May 2017.
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9.5. Each referee will bring his own set of flags.
9.6. All referees will wear the same uniform: a plain white shirt, a plain deep red necktie, plain
light grey trousers, a plain dark blue pair of socks and a plain dark blue jacket.
10. MANAGER.
The manager of each team is responsible for the attitude of every competitor (the correct way of
wearing their bôgu, the length of the “men-himo”, etc.), and everything that may improve the harmonious
flow of events during the championships. He or she will maintain a general attitude that
corresponds with the Budo spirit.
11. DRAWING.
The drawing for all categories will be conducted under the authority of the EKF prior to the event.
12. COMPLAINTS.
All complaints concerning the championships are to be handed in to the EKF Technical Director
by the Manager or the Team Leader according to the Regulations mentioned before, all other people
will be refused. Any complaint needs to be filed immediately but by in any case not later than by
the end of the possibly affected competition;
13. INSURANCE.
Every delegation shall ensure that all its officials, all members and all participants are insured
against any possible mishaps during travel and stay.
Host organization shall take an insurance against any civil liability.
In case of an accident or incident (in particular, but without limitation to, injury, theft, traffic accident
etc.) which might lead to a claim against any third party and/or requires a written attestation
by the Host Organization or by the EKF, the accident or incident has to be notified to the Host
Organization and the EKF before the departure of the delegation, unless this is impossible due to
the circumstances of the accident or incident.
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14. DOPING PREVENTION.
A competitor who is judged by decision of the referees to be under the influence of prohibited
drugs or alcohol shall be disqualified, be ordered to retire from the match and shall lose the match
(Art 15, 18 of the Regulations). Additionally, the FIK Anti-Doping Rules (approved August 27th,
2009, Sao Paulo and amended May 28th, 2016 in Tokyo) and the EKF Anti-Doping Rules (adopted
April 8th, 2010, Debrecen, the later shall prevail in case of conflict – together “The AD-Rules”)
including the respective updated and most recent WADA Prohibition List shall be applicable. Tests
relating to the Championships shall be conducted according to the AD-Rules. In case of disqualification
following any anti-doping violation, the shift of ranks method determined by FIK during
the past WKC shall be applied.
15. DEADLINES FOR PRE-ENTRY AND FINAL ENTRY.
15.1. Pre-Entry period: 15 January 2017 (pro memoria).
15.2. Final Entry: 31 March 2017
Pre-Entry and Final Entry shall be conducted by the respective National Federations via the EKF
website at www.ekf-eu.com.
The EKF Board of Officers:
Alain DUCARME
President
Dieter HAUCK
Vice-President
Jean-Pierre RAICK
Technical Director
Zsolt VADADI Pekka NURMINEN
Treasurer Secretary General
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ANNEX 1: Zekken (name-tag) specifications:
COUNTRY
(ROMAN Letters / ENGLISH)
Approx. 35 %
NATIONAL
FLAG
Approx. 40 %
FAMILY
NAME
(ROMAN Letters)
Approx. 25 %
ZEKKEN / NAFUDA: APPROX. 26X17 CM

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