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1.Materials: Wood boards only. Competitor may purchase boards on-site or provide their own.

2.Props: Props and “prop stations” may be used. Competitor will be allowed a maximum of 3 prop stations that will not be included in their routine                  for scoring purposes. Competitor must communicate prop stations to the ring coordinator and judges before the start of their routine.

3.Techniques: All techniques are allowed. Competitor may use any strike to break.

4.Stations: Tiny Tott, Beginner and Intermediate Competitors- 4 Stations Max., Advanced and Black Belt Competitors- 8 Station Max. The competitor may set up the maximum number of stations for his/her specific rank. Each break will be considered one station. Simultaneous breaks will be considered one station. A station may be free standing, set on stands, or held by assistants. Competitor will be responsible for all materials required to set up their stations. Competitors will also be required to ensure the safety of fellow competitors and spectators as outlined in “General: Safety” above.

5.Time Limits: Competitor will have a maximum of 3 minutes to set-up, break, and clean up the area. A deduction of 0.1 point will be taken off the competitor’s final score for every 15 seconds over the allotted time. Deductions will begin after the 3-minute mark. Time is cumulative, determined as follows: time starts when competitor starts set-up, time stops when competitor completes set-up, time starts again upon the attempt of the first break, time stops when the ring is cleared as determined by the ring coordinator.

6.Judging: Competitor will be judged on difficulty, creativity, focus, and completion of breaks.

Ties: In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the exclusion of low and/or high scores, a 1-station break-off, or a show of hands—at the Judges’ discretion.

General USBA Rules

Judging and Scoring Method:

1.  3-Judge system – Tally all points.

2. . Any/each violation will cause a deduction of points according to the Rules set forth by each respective Discipline and Competition.

3. Competitors will be judged on: difficulty, creativity, focus, expression, balance, poise and grace, and completion of breaks.

4. Ties: In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided as outlined in each division.

5. Arbitration and Protest: Competitors who feel they received an unfair score may file an Official Protest by presenting their argument to the USBA/WBA Representative on site ($20.00 Protest Fee may be imposed at any time). The protestor will present the case to the USBA/WBA Representative through the ring coordinator. Any decision rendered by the USBA/WBA Representative will be final. If the USBA/WBA Representative finds in favor of the protestor, then the decision will be rectified and the Protest Fee will be returned. Protests must be made before the end of their particular division.

Warnings and Disqualification:

Disruptive behavior, use of profanity, or other unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a warning being issued. If the behavior is deemed by the Judges to be malicious, it will result in deduction of a point (as appropriate for the event) or disqualification.


1. Purchase of Materials: All breaking materials must be purchased from the Supply Committee on-site, with the exception of the Creative Multi-Direction Wood Breaking, Creative Open Breaking and Extreme Breaking divisions (which must be inspected by Judges). All breaking materials must to be approved by Ring Judges and Selected Committee.

2. Inspection of Materials: Judges and/or USBA/WBA reserve the right to inspect any materials that are to be used for breaking.

3. Removal of Materials: All breaking materials must be removed from the competition area by competitors and put into the dumpsters provided by Committee after completion of each performance.


1. Weight Divisions: Where specified, weight divisions will be as follows: Men- Light Weight – 199.9 and under, Heavy Weight - 200 and over; Women- Light Weight- 160.9 and under, Heavy Weight - 161 and over. Weigh-in will take place at the registration area as registration is done or at the rings. The competitor’s weight will be written on his/her competition ticket.

2. Divisions with Fewer than 5 Competitors may be combined with the next closest division at the discretion of the Judges.

3. Entries: Competitors may enter as many divisions as they wish (it is the competitor’s responsibility to enter all competitions when called).


1. Competitor Uniform: In order to compete, the competitor MUST be wearing a uniform at the time he/she is called to the ring. This uniform must consist of, at a minimum: Studio or team t-shirt and Martial Arts type pants. No shorts, tank tops, jeans, ripped clothing, etc. may be worn. If you have a question please see an official USBA/WBA representative before the start of your division. The uniform top may be removed as part of a Creative breaking routine.

Time Limits:

1. IMPORTANT: In order to keep the breaking divisions running smoothly, competitors will be required to adhere to the time limits outlined. This is very important, and deductions will be enforced. It would be to the competitor’s benefit to practice set-ups, breaks, and clean-ups before the day of the event.

2. Competitor Readiness: A competitor must be ready to compete, as determined by the judges, as soon as that competitor’s name is called in the ring.

Safety: The safety of the competitor and the audience comes first, NO EXCEPTIONS! The safety of the competitor is very important and we request that the instructor of the competitor approve all breaks. If the break is deemed to be unsafe by the Judges or the USBA/WBA Representative on site, we reserve the right to restrict the break. No material may leave the ring as a result of breaking unless planned for beforehand, to ensure that no other competitor, spectator, or Judge will be struck or put in danger by material as a result of a break. If this occurs, the Judges have the right to disqualify the competitor if they feel that the safety of others was compromised. Also, the break cannot cause damage to the facility or surrounding fixtures.

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