Kudo is a mixed Budo sport comprising full contact punches, kicks, throwings, and submission techniques on the ground.
Kudo has its origins in Kakuto Karate (Combat Karate), but It is not just a mixed fighting with emphasis on competition side. It is a life-long sport, system for youth education, method of self-defence and health maintenance for adults. Along with this elements it stresses the “Reigi” or respect and etiquette in its tradition. In this sense it is a “Modern Budo” that has already spread in more then 60 countries around the world.
Kudo competition rules according to KIF
The format of Kudo competition rules implies victory over the opponent by direct, full contact punches and kicks, which bring the opponent down and gives the winner victory by ‘Ippon’. Victory can be also achieved by winning ‘Ippon’ as a result of effective submission technique, and by conducting effective techniques that award the performer with ‘Wazari’, ‘Yuko’ or ‘Koka’ points.
In regular division submission is allowed 2 times 30 seconds each during 3-minute match. If the winner is not decided in the main match 2 3-minute extensions are permitted.
Types of rules
To insure safety of Kudo as a sport, competition rules stress the safety elements. The level of 2nd Kyu is recognized as minimum level of ability to compete in Kudo rules with full contact to the head, Nagewaza, Newaza. Therefore another set of rules is prepared for those who have not reached mentioned level yet.
In Businessmen class, female division and junior division the duration of the match is shortened and competitors have to wear shin protectors to insure safety. Fimale and junior divisions competitors are required to wear additional chest protector.
Rule sets according the ability level
full contact to the head
|10-9 Kyu||no full contact to the head|
|8-7 Kyu||jab and straight punch only|
|6-5 Kyu||as above plus hook and uppercut|
White belts have to acquire descent ukemi techniques for personal safety. Green belts demonstrate Uchikomi only, brown belts demonstrate Nage in motion. Green belts are required to demonstrate basic attacking techniques in Newaza, brown belts required to be able to escape or perform attack from on-the-bottom position.
Rules are adjusted for each class according age and sex.
Each division rules are in the process of preparation for publication as a rulebook.
- Regular class
- senior class(30 and older)
- Female division (19 and older)
- Junior (under 19) : under 13 (U13) ,under 16 (U16), under 19 (U19)