It’s that time of year again! Tournament time. All currently enrolled students ages 3-16 in Mo Duk Pai are welcome to attend our 2019 annual Spring Kid’s Tournament. The format will be familiar to all who have attended before: 8:30-9:00 Doors open, warmup time and time to hear the rules of the event. 9:00-10:00 Grappling 10:00-11:00 Forms 11:00-Noon Sparring We also stick a mystery division in there somewhere. Want to know what it is? I’m not telling (mostly because I don’t know). It’s a mystery but if you register early, YOU could win the opportunity to CHOOSE the mystery division. That’s right! Register before April 27th and you are entered to win the amazing power of telling us what the mystery division is. Divisions for all events will be made at the time of the tournament. We will do our best to divide students up according to size, age and skill level. There will be medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all divisions. This event is sliding scale admission. This means students pay what they feel they can afford. All money goes to the MDP association and making our system more awesome. The rules: For grappling, students can choose to play to submission or for position. If students play for position then a point will be awarded for a pin that is held for 3 seconds. Pins that score are: mount, side control or the many variations of those two positions. The first student to 3 points wins or if time runs out (4 minutes), then the student with the most points wins. In event of a tie, the match will continue until one student scores. If students play to submission, the simple way to win is to make the other student tap. No foot locks, knee locks, hip locks, or spinal locks will be allowed. If no one gets a submission, the referee will award the win to the more dominant player (more time on top, more submission attempts, got the throw at the beginning, etc.) The referee will be able to call the match at any time for safety reasons. Students may also choose to start from kneeling or standing. If students choose to start from kneeling, then later, during the match, if both students stand up, the match will reset to kneeling. If students choose to start from standing, then one or both students may stand back up during the match whenever they want/can. Grappling will be run as a double elimination tournament. For forms, students will be called up one at a time and show their form. They will get a score from three judges. These scores will be added together for a total score. After all students have performed, the student with the biggest total gets 1st place and so on. If there is a tie, students will be asked to perform again and may choose to do a different form if they like. In larger divisions, the first three students will go through their form and NOT be given a score initially. They will then be called back up to be given a score. The point of this is for the referees to get a feel for the skill level in the division. For sparring, we will be doing point sparring. This means all that is required to score is light contact to the head or body. The match will break after each point. Rounds will be two minutes and the first student to 5 points wins. If time runs out, the person with the most points wins. If there is a tie, students will continue to play until time runs out. The referee can call the match at any time for safety concerns. Sparring will be run as a double elimination tournament. The referee can call the match at any time for safety concerns. Students will be penalized for excessive contact to help encourage controlled (safe) strikes with contact.