Rules & Regulations of the 25th European Iaido Championships

 

EUROPEAN KENDO FEDERATION

 

 

ヨーロッパ剣道連盟

 

 

Rules & Regulations of the 25th European Iaido Championships 2018 (E.I.C.) – Zawiercie, POLAND 26th – 28th October 2018  

 

 

 

1. Organisations

 

Promoter: European Kendo Federation  (E.K.F.)

 

Host Organization: PZK - Polski Zwiazek Kendo

 

Technical Assistance: All Japan Kendo Federation (A.J.K.F.

 

2. Place

 

Sports Hall: Main: OSIR - Blanowska 40, 42-400 Zawiercie

http://osir.net.pl/kategorie/osir

Support sport hall 1: Moniuszki 10, 42-400 Zawiercie

Support sport hall 2: Wojska Polskiego 55, 42-400 Zawiercie

 

Hotel: Villa Verde: Mrzygłodzka 273, 42-400 Zawiercie

 

http://www.villaverde-hotel.com/

 

3. Date

 

27th – 28th October 2018 are the E.I.C days. There will be a one-day seminar on 26th October 2018.

 

4. Events & Schedule

 

See event info and schedule on Host Organisation website: www.eic2018.pl. Host organisation is best reached via the website.

 

5. General Refereeing Rules

 

The regulation of the matches will follow “The Rules and Regulations of Iaido Shiai and Shinpan”, published by ZNKR, as closely as possible.

 

A competitor who does not show up at the court within 5 minutes after the caller called out his or her name is regarded as default and disqualified.

 

6. Content of the Championships

 

The content of the E.I.C. is as follows:

 

• Individual National Championships for maximum two competitors (male or female) divided into the following 7 categories:

 

1.

Mudan

(kyu)

2.

Shodan

(1st dan)

3.

Nidan

(2nd dan)

4.

Sandan

(3rd dan)

5.

Yondan

(4th dan)

6.

Godan

(5th dan)

7.

Rokudan

(6th dan)

 

• National Team Championship with teams composed of 3 persons and a maximum total of "10 dan". The grade of the competitors may range from Mudan up to, and including, Rokudan, but the total of the Dan of the three players shall not exceed ten. Mudan are counted as a Shodan. (For example, player 1 may have godan, player 2 shodan and player 3 yondan: 5 + 1 + 4 = 10; but a team may also consist of three shodan: 1 + 1 + 1 = less than 10).

 

Every Championship gives right to the attribution of an official “European Champion” title, together with one “Vice-Champion” and two equal third places. Also, for every championship, minimum one personal so called “Fighting Spirit” trophy is awarded.

 

7. Individual Championships

 

7.1 Competitors

 

A maximum of two competitors per country (male or female) will be allowed to participate for each category. The competitors must have the exact grade of the category in which they participate at the time of the competition. The grade is verified at the registration in the final entry. The grade or the category cannot be changed after the final entry is closed. In case the competitor is promoted to higher grade after the final entry, he/she will not be able to participate in the competition. (See also rule 09.4).

 

7.2 Pool system

 

The competitors will be divided into as many pools of three as possible. If the inscriptions make it necessary, pools of two (2) or pools of four (4) will be included.

 

The 4 competitors who received the medals at the previous Individual Championships will be seeded into different pools and moved to the far end of the grid. As much as possible, competitors with the same nationality will be kept out of the same pool.

 

The order of matches will be announced. Pools can be combined respecting the principle of separation as mentioned above in the previous subparagraph.

 

The competitors that go on will be separated from then on into different grid locations.

 

The maximal combat time is 4 minutes for three kata. In principle, opening and closing reiho are included in this time. If the timing of the competition so requires, it can be announced that opening and closing reiho are conducted outside the shiai-jo.

 

The ranking of the individuals out of the same pool will be based on the following:

 

1. The number of matches won;

 

2. If this is equal, the number of flags is counted;

 

3. If this is equal as well, a “knock out” match of only one Shitei Waza will be played. The Court Judge will announce the Shitei Waza before the start of the match.

 

7.3 Tournament

 

The tournament operates under the knock out system. The first two out of every pool will be entered on the tournament grid, respecting the principles of separation (refer to 0) as much as possible. The 1st placed of one pool will compete with the 2nd placed of another pool.

 

The maximal combat time is 6 minutes for five kata. In principle, opening and closing reiho are included in this time. If the timing of the competition so requires, it can be announced that opening and closing reiho are conducted outside the shiai-jo.

 

8. Team Championships

 

8.1 Competitors

 

Every country is represented by a team of 3 or minimum 2 competitors, chosen freely before every fight out of the maximum of 4 officially entered inscriptions. The first one is Sempo, the second or vice-captain is Chuken, the third is the captain or Taisho. In teams of two, the

 

Chuken position remains vacant.

 

The grade of the competitors may range from Mudan up to, and including, Rokudan, but the total of the Dan of the three players shall not exceed ten. Mudan are counted as a Shodan.

 

For the first round, the names and the order of combat will be handed in to the Head Judge of the Shiaijo or the administration table, at the official start of the competition, at the latest. Afterwards, this information will be handed in immediately after the end of the previous fight at the administration table.

 

8.2 Pool system

 

Teams will be divided by drawing into as many pools of three as possible. If the inscriptions

make it necessary, pools of two (2) or pools of four (4) will be included.

 

The 4 teams who received the medals at the previous Team Championships will be seeded into different pools and moved to the far ends of the grid.

 

The order of matches will be announced. Pools can be combined respecting the principle of separation as mentioned above in the previous subparagraph.

 

The first two teams will move on to the tournament matches. They will be separated from then on into different grid locations.

 

The maximal combat time is 4 minutes for three kata. In principle, opening and closing reiho are included in this time. If the timing of the competition so requires, it can be announced that opening and closing reiho are conducted outside the shiai-jo. For the reiho see the Annex hereto.

 

The ranking of the Teams out of the same pool will be based on the following:

 

1. The number of matches won;

 

2. If this is equal, the number of individual victories is counted;

 

3. If this is equal, the number of flags is counted.

 

4. If this is equal as well, a supplementary match will be held (daihyosen). This match shall be held in the same way as a normal match in the pool system. The competitor of the supplementary match will be one of the competitors who competed in that pool.

 

8.3 Tournament

 

The tournament operates under the knock out system. The first two out of every pool will be entered on the tournament grid, respecting the principles of separation as much as possible. The 1st placed of one pool will compete with the 2nd placed of another pool.

 

The fights will follow the knock out system. The maximal combat time is 4 minutes for three kata. In principle, opening and closing reiho are included in this time. If the timing of the competition so requires, it can be announced that opening and closing reiho are conducted outside the shiai-jo. For the reiho see the Annex hereto.

 

The refereeing rules and the principles for discerning the winner are the same as defined for the preliminary pools.

 

 

9. Rules and Conditions for the Qualification of the Competitors

 

09.1. Every competitor must be a member of an organization adhering to the E.K.F., and be mentioned on the official inscription lists handed in for every category in due time by that organization.

 

09.2. Every competitor must have the nationality of the country he or she represents (the passport serves as proof) and be at least 16 years old at the time of the Championships. No exceptions on age will be granted.

 

Exceptions as to nationality can be allowed by the EKF President and need to be given prior to registration. Applications for such exceptions shall be made by Pre-Entry Deadline. In handling the applications, the EKF President will follow the guidelines of EKF General Assembly at Skopje on 31st March 2016.

 

09.3. Any competitor may participate in both the Team and the Individual Championships.

 

09.4. A competitor may participate in a category shodan to yondan while holding the respective grade for a time period that is equal to the grade in years plus 12 months as per the day of the championship. Participation in godan and rokudan categories is not limited to time period in grade. Participation in the mudan category is possible only one time.

 

09.5. Team entry and calculation of total of number of dan shall be based on compliance with rule 09.04.

 

09.6. During the online registration procedure of competitors, the EKF database shall only provide the names of possible competitors whose last grading date is not in violation with rule 09.4.

 

09.7. Every competitor must wear an official nafuda (name tag) on the left side of the gi (jacket), showing clearly in Roman characters the names of the country and the competitor. The size shall be 15 cm by 10 cm; the nafuda should be black (with white letters), blue (with white letters) or white (with black letters). Ideally the nafuda should be the same colour as the gi.

 

10. Referees

 

10.1 The EKF Member Countries are invited to nominate the candidates for Referee selection to the EKF before Pre-Entry-Deadline. The nomination shall be done on the EKF website with the relevant event registration, at the “Flag-Icon – Nominate Shinpan”. Please upload a picture of each referee also to the EKF online-system, “Persons” / click – “Image” icon. This picture can be used in following events.

 

10.2. Appointment of Referees of the European Iaido Championship is entrusted to the E.K.F., assisted by the A.J.K.F.; they are chosen among those who are proposed by the E.K.F. Member Countries.

 

10.3. Referees may not participate as competitors.

 

10.5. The function of Referee is incompatible with that of Coach or Manager. Obviously, a certain reservation and neutrality remain required as general attitude for Referees.

 

10.6. The onsite expenses for the referees (lodging, meals, local transport & sayonara party) during the event are covered by the organizing country for three nights, starting from Friday evening until Monday morning.

 

10.7. Each referee shall bring his own set of flags. Official dress code of Referees is black montsuki.

 

11. Managers

 

The Manager of each team is responsible for the behaviour and attitude of the team members and for the correct way of handling and wearing their equipment.

 

12. Drawing

 

12.1. The drawing will be held under the authority of the E.K.F. prior to the event.

 

13. Complaints

 

All complaints are to be handed in by the Manager or the Team  Leader  to the E.K.F.

Technical Director or his representative; all other people will be refused.

 

14. Insurance

 

Every delegation will see to it that all its members are insured against any possible mishaps. Host Organization must have an insurance against any civil liability. In case of an accident or incident (like theft, traffic accident, accident not covered by travel or sports insurance, incident leading to civil liability…) which might lead to a claim against any third party except the insurance company of the delegation or requires a written attestation by the Host Organization or by the EKF, the event 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.

 

15. Anti-Doping

 

The prescriptions and prohibitions established by the FIK (International Kendo Federation) will be of application at these championships. 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. Additionally, the FIK Anti-Doping Rules (approved August 27th, 2009, Sao Paulo) 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.

 

16. Deadlines for Pre-Entry and Final Entry, Pictures

 

 

Pre-Entry and Referee nomination:

1st JULY 2018

 

 

 

Register at:

http://www.ekf-eu.com

 

At pre-entry, delegations should estimate as precisely as possible the number of competitors per category, participation in team tournament and number of officials. Total number of persons in the delegation must also be estimated. Referees shall be nominated.

 

Final Entry:

20th AUGUST 2018

 

Payments have to be RECEIVED by

SAME DATE.

Register at:

 

 

http://www.ekf-eu.com

 

The final entry registration covers:

 

- Competition per category (competitors only);

- Team Members (if team registered);

- Seminar participants;

- Sayonara party participants;

- Lunch at Competition.

 

In case of ‘superior force’, names of competitors may be altered until the date of the drawing for the event, after permission has been granted by the E.K.F. President.

 

Hotel reservations:   For  the

whole  delegation  (except  referees)  accomodation  shall  be

booked together with the Final

Entry at the EKF Website:

http://www.ekf-eu.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait photo files of all official participants (Delegation Leader, Manager, Team Manager, Coach, Competitor and Referee) should be uploaded in the EKF online system (Person / “Picture Icon”) by Final Entry Date. Minimum size: 0.3 MB; Maximum size: 1.0 MB, Ratio: 4,5 - 3,5 [Standard for EU-passport-photos]; Orientation: portrait; Resolution: printable [300 dpi - 600 dpi]; One face per picture [No "group photos"]; The face should cover 2/3 of the picture.

 

By registering, all participants and officers agree that their names, gender, tournament category, results and pictures as filed or taken during the event may be published on the internet or in print media and that there may be videos taken during the event, stored and live streamed.

 

 

 

The E.K.F Board of Officers

 

ANNEX: The procedure of REIHO for Iaido team matches

 

At the start of each team match, both teams line up facing each other outside the shiaijo, sit down, and do the “sogo ni rei” (sword at their right side). Then they stand up, and the first 2 competitors will enter the shiaijo in “keito” position while the others wait outside in “keito” position.

 

1st bout

 

On the command “hajime” all competitors will do the “shomen ni rei” and “torei” together.

 

The competitors inside the shiajo perform the required kata, and the competitors outside stand up and wait. When the competitors inside have finished their kata they will remain standing with the sword in the belt and the left thumb on the tsuba.

 

At the command “hantei” the referees raise the flags to announce their decision.

 

2nd bout

 

The first competitors leave the shiajo with the left thumb on the tsuba while the second competitors enter the shiaijo with the thumb on the tsuba.

 

On the command “hajime” the second competitors perform the required kata.

 

At the command “hantei” the referees raise the flags to announce their decision.

 

3rd bout

 

The second competitors leave the shiajo with the left thumb on the tsuba while the third competitors enter the shiaijo with the thumb on the tsuba.

 

On the command “hajime” the third competitors perform the required kata.

 

Then they will sit down and together with the other competitors they will do the “torei” and “shomen ni rei”.

 

At the command “hantei” the referees raise the flags to announce their decision.

 

Finally, the last competitors leave the shiaijo and line up with the other team members to do the “sogo ni rei” (see start of the match).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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