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Article 1: Official Clothing
Competitors and their responsible persons must wear an official uniform.

Article 2: Competition Field
1. The competition field must be suitable for people with disability and equipped in such a way that dangers are excluded.
2. The competition field must have a sufficient size, allowing to perform the forms without any problems.
3. To ensure a smooth presentation of the forms a stable, plain surface is required. Usually mats for tournament are suitable.

Article 3: The Organization of a Form Competition
1. The choice of a forms is free.
2. It is up to the organizer, to merge groups because of low participation. The competitors or responsible persons are expected to be part of the decision, which is to be made in the interest of the competitors.
3. The single competitions consist of single presentations, which are separated according to gender.
4. It has to be distinguished between standing and seated groups. Furthermore it has to be
distinguished according to the degree of disability (from 50% to including 70% and from 80% to 100%).
5. It is possible, to not differentiate the degree of disability within the groups. These form presentations will than become evaluated with the same point system. At the end the participants with the lowest degree of disability (from 50% to 70% including) will get one point subtracted from their total evaluation. At the end of the match the points are counted and the placement with respect to the subcontracted points are announced.
6. In a Grand Champion-Competition the point deduction regulation will also be applied.

Article 4: Jury Committee
1. For each round, the jury (3 or 5 judges) will be appointed from the chief judges or from the ground / mat leader.
2. The judges of a form fight are not allowed to be of the same nationality, national association, district or club as one of the participants, as far as this is possible.
3. In addition, administrative persons for the evaluations and announcers / speakers will be introduced.

Article 5: Decision Criteria
Forms are neither a dance nor a theatrical performance. The forms have to be performed with competence. A clear understanding of the traditional principles which are included in the forms must be visible. When evaluating the performance, the judges have to take into account any restrictions by each individual’s disability and have to pay attention to:

a) A realistic demonstration of the meaning of the form
b) Understanding of the used techniques
c)Timing, rhythm, speed, balance, charm and strength application
d) Correct, adequate respiration for the performance of the techniques
e) Right focusing on the attention and the concentration
f) Correct positions with right tension in the legs, excluding e.g. wheel chair drivers
g) Adequate body tension, e.g., in the lower abdomen
h) Correct performance of the techniques of the demonstrated style
i) The realization should also be valued in respect to other criteria, such as the degree of difficulty of the shown form.

Article 6: Realization of Competitions
1. The appearance of "disabilities" are so complex and many faceted, that it seems impossible, to satisfy all kinds of disability with their own competition rules. These competition rules are free and flexible to use. Competition rules for „people with disability“ differ primarily from general competition rules by restrictions with the repertoire of forms, because the physical or the mental conditions according to the kind and degree of disability of the individuals are extremely different.
2. With reasonable doubt about the restriction due to the disability of the participant, it is up to the organizer and in agreement with the competitor or the responsible person, to withdraw the participant from the starting list. This means that competitors which are able to perform according to general competition rules, don’t have to be evaluated according to this set of present rules. Decision should be made in the interest of the athletes.

This form set of rules was created, to allow people with disability to measure themselves in competitions in the area of the Martial Arts in terms of Inclusion. The set of rules should be available not only to everybody who is organizing inclusion competitions but it is appreciated to spread further this kind of competitions. The only condition is, that prior to the distribution permission is granted.

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Stand 21.12.2015 ­ - Goju Jutsu Union e.V. ­ - Haubennestel ­ -