I think that's the real downside of styles that are completely niche (like my friend's school down in Georgia) -- I think it'd be very difficult to compete in tournaments.
When taekwondoins compete in a USKA tournament, how does that work? Do they have to practice karate-style sparring in their dojangs in order to prepare? How are forms judged, when everybody's drawing from a completely different pool of forms?
I’m not sure since we have only been to open style karate tournaments.
Sparring is basically any strike using the hands or feet having solid technique that strikes the head, torso, or groin is scored by the majority of the judges is awarded 1 point.
Judges call break upon seeing any strike that scores.
Bout is 2 minutes or 5 points.
My understanding is:
Forms are judged on how well each individual technique is performed (power and speed), how fluid the transition from technique to technique is, and the solidness of the stances.
Here is the actual rule book: