Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below is some commentary on common questions and issues pertaining to scoring fights. If you have a question that is not covered here, then please just let us know by sending us an email to stickwoman.ca [at] gmail.com.

Summary: Fighters must show some form of defense (footwork, evasion, checking, blocking, etc.). Fighters cannot focus solely on striking such that they are just standing there trading shots. The referee may warn the fighters or even deduct a point should fighters continue to stick bash even after being warned.

Rationale: The armour and the rules prohibiting certain techniques encourages some fighters to act in an unrealistic manner. The rules against stick bashing tries to bring some of the realism back. Also stick bashing without defense, etc. can become a bit boring to watch. Remember that the objective of the competition is to display the art as closely as possible within a sporting event while still keeping it exciting and entertaining.

Summary: Strikes may not be performed more than twice consecutively to the same area. Strikes must be broken up with other combinations of either striking or defensive techniques. Once the fighter has done a different strike or defensive technique they may return to the previously used strike. The fighter may also return to the same strike if there has been a sufficient break in the action. If a fighter strikes more than three identical strikes to the same target area without using another technique in between then the judges should only be considering the first two strikes when scoring the round.

Rationale: We want fighters to display their art in a positive light by using a wide variety of strikes and combinations. Fighters should show their skill by using a variety of techniques. Avoiding monotony also makes the match more spectator friendly and entertaining to watch.

Summary: The fighters should avoid holding and referee will break up the fighters if this happens.

Rationale: This is to discourage a stalemate and to keep the match spectator friendly and entertaining to watch.

Summary: Clean head shots are considered somewhat more damaging than clean body shots.

Rationale: The head is protected by a helmet so some fighters may sacrifice their head to take advantage of the larger torso area or to target the legs that have less armour covering them. They may attempt continuous blows to their opponent’s legs to weaken them for a later stage in the bout. This is considered bad form as it is unrealistic since the head, if there were no armour, would in reality be a very vulnerable target. Competitors are thus encouraged to protect their heads at all times!

Summary: In the event of a disarm, the referee stops the fight and judges should deduct one point immediately from the disarmed player’s score for that round. The referee then returns the weapon to the fighter and the round continues. Three disarms against a fighter spread over any bout of three rounds is deemed to be a technical knock-out (TKO).
Disarms must be executed quickly in a clean fashion.

Rationale: Disarms must be quick because this is a stick fight so fighters should avoid getting into a tug of war. For safety we want also to avoid any sort of joint locking situation. Also for the entertainment of the audience we want to the match to have action rather than holding and tugging.

Summary: No thrusting or butting; No kicking or punching; No checking to the face; No sweeping or throwing; No shoving and pushing.

Rationale: This is mainly for safety. For example, thrusts could run up the armour into the throat etc. Also remember that this is a stick fight and not an open hand fight or grappling fight.