entering a traditional karate style tournament

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  1. Runs With Fire

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    I've never thrown a round kick with the ball of the foot. Always the top or shin. In this tournament, I think shin is out, depends on the judges.
     
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    Interesting, our kicks don't actually line up with those, though they are supposedly derived from karate. The ball-of-foot position would go with our Rib Kick, which isn't entirely parallel to the ground, or to our Wheel Kick, which is. Our Roundhouse Kicks (both front leg and rear leg) are instep/shin kicks.
     
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    I know some Karate guys who kick with the ball of the foot, but most don't. I know how, but don't use it, it's slower. If we were to spar for a half hour you might very well hit me with everything you throw, but I won't get hit with one ball roundhouse kick. Never have, never will.
     
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    In the tournaments I've competed in, no contact was allowed to the top of the head, regardless of the technique thrown - hammer fist, ridge hand, axe kick; anything.
     
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    I thought "no head contact" is only below the black belt level. Head contact is allowed in the black belt level.
     
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    Depends on the tournament. Some will allow lower ranks head contact, others won't. I haven't heard of no head contact for black belts before, but obviously they're out there too.

    I competed in a few AAU karate tournaments a long time ago. Controlled and light kicks to the head were allowed in all sparring divisions, and hand/elbow contact to the head wasn't in any division.

    I'm currently in Seido Juku. In our tournaments light head contact (hands and feet) is allowed in black belt divisions. On paper, colored belts aren't allowed any head contact at all. I've seen some judges allow it at the colored belt level (it has to be VERY controlled and light; hands and feet), and some not allow it at all.

    I competed in a few knockdown tournaments a long time ago. No hands/elbows to the head, but kicks were allowed full contact. Across all divisions. But knockdown isn't point fighting :)

    I've also seen fakes to the head allowed (when no head contact is allowed), and I've seen the rule of no punching past the head, meaning the fake has to be pulled back rather than intentionally miss.

    To the best of my knowledge, all of the knockdown and point fighting tournaments I've competed in didn't allow anything to the top of the head; hands, elbows, knees or feet. Nor any contact to the back of the head. It was always the side of the head. I'd imagine if someone dropped their head and there was contact to the top of the head it would be the referee's discretion, much like if strikes to the back aren't allowed but someone turned into one.

    Every tournament is different and many will have subtle variations on rules.

    Edit: this was supposed to include @Kung Fu Wang 's previous post.
     
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