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§ 522. Fouls.

4 CA ADC § 522Barclays Official California Code of Regulations

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 4. Business Regulations
Division 2. State Athletic Commission (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 2. Full Contact Martial Arts and Kickboxing
Article 3. Conduct of Matches, Contests and Exhibitions
4 CCR § 522
§ 522. Fouls.
(a) Fouls in kickboxing and martial arts. The following tactics are fouls in both kickboxing and martial arts and are forbidden. Use of these tactics shall result in a warning and loss of points as determined by the referee.
(1) Headbutts.
(2) Striking downward using point of the elbow.
(3) Openhand attacks to the eyes or throat or eye gouging.
(4) Striking at that part of the body over the kidney or spine or chopping or striking the back of the neck or head.
(5) Spitting, or, in the referee's discretion, slapping.
(6) The use of abusive language in the ring.
(7) Any unsportsmanlike trick or action that causes any injury to an opponent or referee.
(8) Attacking on the break.
(9) Attacking after the bell or gong has sounded ending the round, or when the opponent is out of the ring.
(10) Intentionally pushing, shoving or wrestling an opponent out of the ring with any part of the body.
(11) Linear kicks to the front or side of the knees.
(12) Continuous dropping of mouthpiece.
(13) Intentional evasion of contact.
(14) Hair pulling.
(15) Attacking or obstructing the trachea.
(16) Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh or grabbing the clavicle.
(17) Pulling or holding uniform below hipline.
(18) Holding ropes or fence.
(19) Small joint manipulation (e.g. twisting of fingers or toes).
(20) Groin attacks.
(21) Fish hooks.
(22) Biting.
(b) Fouls in kickboxing. The following tactics are fouls in kickboxing and are forbidden. Use of these tactics shall result in a warning and loss of points as determined by the referee.
(1) Arm bars.
(2) Grabbing or holding onto an opponent's leg or foot, and grabbing or holding onto any other part of the body.
(3) Punching or kicking a contestant when he or she is down. A contestant is down when any part of his or her body, other than his or her feet, touch the floor. His or her opponent may continue to attack until the contestant has touched the floor with any part of the body other than the feet.
(4) Leg Checking. (Extending the leg to check an opponent's leg or to prevent him from kicking.).
(5) Purposely going down without being hit.
(6) Any use of throws or any takedowns.
(7) Holding and hitting.
(8) Hitting or slapping with an open glove.
(9) Palm heel strikes to the front of the face (using the heel of the palm of the hand to deliver a blow to the face).
(c) Fouls in martial arts (non-kickboxing). In any martial arts contest other than kickboxing, the following tactics are fouls and are forbidden. Use of these tactics shall result in a warning and loss of points as determined by the referee.
(1) Kicking the head of a contestant when he or she is down.
(2) Spiking (purposely driving an opponent straight to the ring floor on his head or neck from an upright and vertical position).
(3) Using knees to the head of an opponent who is not standing.
(4) Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration of an opponent.
(5) Stomping an opponent when the opponent is down.
(d) In addition to or in lieu of losing points, any contestant guilty of any of the foul tactics listed in this section that are applicable to the contestant's sport may be disqualified, his or her purse may be with held from payment, and the contestant may be suspended. Disposition of the purse and the penalty to be imposed upon the contestant shall be determined by action of the commission.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18765 and 18768, Business and Professions Code.
1. Amendment filed 4-11-80; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 80, No. 15).
2. Amendment filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).
3. Change without regulatory effect of Note (Register 87, No. 5).
4. Amendment of subsections (a)(4), (a)(6) and (a)(10), repealer of subsection (a)(14) and subsection renumbering, amendment of newly designated subsections (a)(14), (a)(16) and (a)(20), new subsections (a)(15), (a)(21), (a)(22) and (b)(1)-(b)(5) and subsection relettering, and amendment of newly designated subsection (c) filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).
5. Amendment filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).
This database is current through 6/7/24 Register 2024, No. 23.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 4, § 522, 4 CA ADC § 522
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