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Close Combat Division

RULES AND TERMS: CLOSE COMBAT DIVISION

A. Terminology and meaning:

The 10-10 system of judging:       10-10 is the standard of the fighters is equal.
                                                      10-9 if one fighter is better
                                                      10-8 if one fighter is forced down by standing 8 counts.

The center referee or the RCFA representative will make point deductions.
The 3-time knockdown rule will apply.

A knockdown means that the fighter is forced to stand for eight (8) counts by a center referee.

K.O. (Knockout):                            The fighter is out for the count of ten (10).
T.K.O. (Technical Knockout):         The fighter is standing for the eight (8) count but cannot protect him/herself.

B.   Age Categories:                     
12 and upwards (Amateur)
Age Categories:                     
18 and upwards (Professional)

  • Close Combat:  Amateur

The fight takes place in a ring (four, six or eight corners) or a 6m x 6m impact mat.  There will be a center referee, head point official, three judges, timekeeper, a medical assistant and a RCFA representative.

Normal bouts will be:                     3 x 2-minute rounds with 1-minute rest between rounds.
No extensions will be given for a draw.

Protection gear:    Gum guard, groin guard, 7oz Shute gloves. Ankle guard optional.  Chest protector for females.  No tops in the case of male competitors.  All competitors MUST have a RCFA logo on the left outside of their shorts.

Techniques allowed:

  • All kicking and punching techniques in stand up
  • All Spinning techniques including backhand
  • Elbow strikes to body only
  • Knee kicks to body only
  • Low kicks to thigh or calves
  • Only ground work techniques allowed on the ground
  • All Locks
  • All chokes
  • Any Throws
  • Non active Clinching (minimum of 5 seconds)
  • Take down only 20 seconds to apply a technique


Techniques not allowed:

  • No kicking, knees, punching or elbows when any 3 point touch the ground
  • No elbows or knees to the face
  • Low kick to the groin
  • Head-butting
  • No punches or kicks to the back or the back of the head

  • Close Combat: Professional


The fight takes place in a ring (four, six or eight corners).  There will be a center referee, head point official, three judges, timekeeper and a medical assistant, the RCFA representative.  The representative of the national control board or athletic commission or the representative rules and regulations of the specific country must be followed.

Normal bouts will be: 3 x 3-minute rounds with 1-minute rest between rounds.
National title: 4 x 3-minute rounds with 1-minute rest between rounds.
World Title: 5 x 3-minute rounds with 1-minute rest between rounds.
No extensions will be given for a draw.

Protection gear:    gum guard, groin guard, fighting mitts, ankle guard optional and chest protector for females.  The competitors must wear shorts.  No tops in the case of male competitors. 
All competitors MUST have a RCFA logo on the left outside of their shorts.

Techniques allowed:

  • All Spinning techniques including backhand/elbow
  • Elbow strikes
  • Knee kicks
  • Low kicks to thigh or calves
  • All Locks
  • Non Active Clinching (minimum of 5 seconds)
  • All chokes
  • Any Throws
  • Take down only 20 seconds to apply a technique


Techniques not allowed:

  • Low kick to the groin
  • Head-butting
  • No punches or kicks to the back or the back of the head


RCFA Weight divisions for amateurs and professionals:

  • Atom weight:                     under 51kg
  • Fly weight:                         under 54kg
  • Bantamweight:                  under 57kg
  • Featherweight:                   under 60kg
  • Super featherweight:         under 63kg
  • Lightweight:                       under 66kg
  • Super lightweight:              under 69kg
  • Welterweight:                     under 72kg
  • Super welterweight:           under 75kg
  • Middleweight:                   under 78kg
  • Super middleweight:         under 81kg
  • Light heavyweight:            under 84kg
  • Super lightweight:              under 87kg
  • Cruiserweight:                    under 90kg
  • Heavyweight:                    under 95kg
Super heavyweight:    open (over 95kg and upwards)