RULES AND REGULATIONS ON „SAYAW” (FORM) COMPETITION
Section 1. The contest shall be open to all ages and divided into MEN’S, WOMEN’S, and JUNIOR CATEGORIES.
CONTEST AND EQUIPMENT
Section 1. The contest area shall be plane and made of any material with an area measurement of not less than eight (8) meters not more than nine (9) meters square.
Section 2. Contestants are allowed to use any standard training uniform or decent costumes or whatever the „sayaw” calls for.
Section 3. Contestants may use either single or double Olisi or Espada y Daga (long and short sticks) or either a Filipino indigenous long blade or short blade (kris, kamplilan, pinuti, barong, etc.)
CONTEST AND CRITERIA
Section 1. The contest must not exceed two (2) minutes duration. Synchronized or group form however, may be allowed up to a duration of four (4) minutes.
Section 2. The contest may be „open” or strictly limited with the following criteria:
- Must follow some basic movements is Eskrima Kali Arnis;
- Eighty (80) percent of the movements shall be emphasized on the Olisi;
- Foot movements shall end from the starting point or close nearby unless the contestant informs the judges in advance that he intends to finish at a different points.
Section 3. Salutation (yuko) must be observed by the competitor before he/she begins after and after his/her performance.
Section 4. A contestant can only leave the contest area after announcement of the score or upon order.
JUDGMENT OF CONTEST
Section 1. The contestant shall be decided by a panel of five (5) judges. However, no judges shall be allowed to officiate in the contest where his team is competing.
Section 2. The following criteria shall be the basis of judging a „sayaw” competition:
i. execution of the olisi
ii. foot works and stances
iii. balance and posture
iv. body, hand and stick movements (motions)
i. breathing movement (inhalation and exhalation)
ii. delivery of strikes, i.e. angles, lines, zones, etc.
iii. dynamic tension
i. Precision of movement, i.e. ending at the starting point and utilization of the entire contest area.
ii. Uniform, costumes other indigenous native/tribal garb or accessories but with relevance to Eskrima Kali Arnis.
iii. Music, tribal songs or music and the like may be utilized, originality.
Note: Acrobatic, Gymnastic and movements purely of other martial arts and which have no relevance to Eskrima Kali Arnis shall be ignored.
SYSTEM OF SCORING
Section 1. Scoring shall be “5 to 10″ point system. The highest score shall be ten (10) and the lowest is five (5). The highest one of the highest score or one of the highest scores, and the lowest or one of the scores shall be discarded and the three remaining middle scores shall be summed up and divided by three, and the result shall be the SCORE of the contestant.
Section 2. In the championship, in case of a tie, the contestants shall be required to perform again and be judge the second time respectively.