Monday, June 27, 2011

ISKA Introduces Pankration-Style Criteria at US Open

The International Sport Karate Associations's US Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships is one of the biggest martial arts tournaments in the world. The tournament features competition in breaking, individual and team demos, forms, and point fighting among a long list of divisions.

This year the ISKA is adding a new form of competition to its tournament schedule. The ISKA has announced via their official website, that they will be holding competition in "Sport MMA," a form of competition that involves light striking mixed with grappling. This semi-contact mixed martial arts is similar to pankration rules, and places heavy emphasis on submissions. However, the striking aspect distinguishes the "Sport MMA" format from the NAGA submission grappling divisions, also scheduled for the upcoming ISKA US Open.

The US Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships will take place on July 1-2 at Disney World in Olando, Florida. Visit the ISKA's US Open website for details.

Press release below.



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ISKA LAUNCHES "SPORT MMA" AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 15, 2011


ISKA SPORT MMA may be viewed as a light contact version of Mixed Martial Arts, the combat sport that has taken the world by storm. Sport MMA provides competitors with an opportunity to use many of the same techniques associated with MMA, including; strikes, throws, shoots, grappling and submissions applied safely with light or semi-contact. This will be strictly enforced (no damaging strikes or slams). The format for our Sport MMA competition is additionally designed to allow each and every competitor the opportunity to gain as much experience as possible. In order to achieve this, we have instituted a “best of three, tap out” rule (explained below).

Each match begins with two competitors starting from the stand-up position. Light contact strikes combined with good foot-work may be used to control the action, score, or close the gap for a shoot or takedown. If the fight goes to the ground, grappling, submissions and light contact striking to legal targets come into play. The ultimate goal will always be to obtain submissions over your opponent.
EXPLAINING THE BEST OF THREE, SUBMISSION RULE

•If FIGHTER A obtains a submission over FIGHTER B, it is recorded on the score sheet and the match gets restarted from the stand-up position.

•FIGHTER B must now obtain a submission over FIGHTER A in order to have a chance at winning the match. Regardless of how effective FIGHTER B is for the rest of the match, if he does not score a submission over FIGHTER A, then he will lose even if he is the superior technical competitor, gains more points for striking or outclasses FIGHTER A for the duration of the bout.

•If FIGHTER B can score a submission over FIGHTER A (draw even in submissions), the match will again be restarted from the stand-up position. If time elapses and neither fighter has an advantage in the number of submissions, then the match will be evaluated based on the relative merit of the clean, controlled striking, effective grappling technique and ring control.

•Two submissions over any fighter in a match ends the bout immediately.

So, the final outcome of each match is determined by:
1. If a fighter scores two submissions over his opponent, he automatically wins.
2. If either fighter has an advantage in submissions (1-0) at the end of the match, he wins.
3. If there is no advantage in submissions (0-0 or 1-1), the bout is decided by a poll of the judges who will evaluate the fighting action according to the criteria listed above.

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