Statutes and Regulations

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 4. BUSINESS REGULATIONS
DIVISION 2. STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

CHAPTER 2. FULL CONTACT MARTIAL ARTS AND KICKBOXING

ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

§ 500. Citation.

The rules in this subchapter shall be cited and referred to as the "Professional Full-Contact Martial Arts and Kickboxing Rules."

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New subchapter 1.5 (sections 500-532, not consecutive) filed 8-23-77; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 77, No. 35).

2. Repealer and new section 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 filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

5. Amendment of NOTE filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 501. Applicability Of Rules; Definitions.

The rules in this subchapter shall apply to professional full-contact martial arts and kickboxing contests or matches. For purposes of this chapter, the term "kickboxing" has the meaning given in Section 18627(b) of the code and the term "martial arts" means unarmed full-contact martial arts, other than kickboxing, which permit the use of a mix of techniques from different disciplines, including but not limited to the use of chokeholds, joint manipulation and grappling techniques.

NOTE: Authority Cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18627, 18761 and 18768, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

4. Amendment of section heading and section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 502. Certain Boxing Rules Not Applicable.

(a) unless otherwise specified in this chapter, all of the professional boxing rules apply to martial arts contests or matches except the following: Sections 242, 298, 298, 306, 309 through 313, 322, 337, 338, 339, 349 through 351, 357, and 400 through 416.

(b) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, all of the professional boxing rules apply to kickboxing contests or matches except the following: Sections 242, 298, 306, 309 through 313, 322, 337, 338, 339, 357, and 400 through 416.

NOTE: Authority Cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18627, 18761, 18763, 18765, 18766, 18767, and 18768, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 1-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2 (d) (Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No.5).

3. Amendment of section and NOTE filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

4. Amendment filed 2-29-2000; operative 3-30-2000 (Register 2000, No. 9).

5. Amendment filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 503. Tournament or Elimination Format Contests – Selection of Opponents.

In any tournament or elimination format contest, the commission shall determine the initial opponents in the first round of the tournament by drawing names at the weigh-in.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

ARTICLE 2. SAFETY STANDARDS

§ 510. Weights And Classes.

MALES

  • Flyweight.................................................................. through 125 lbs.
  • Bantamweight .......................................................... 125.1 – 135 lbs.
  • Featherweight .......................................................... 135.1 – 145 lbs.
  • Lightweight............................................................... 145.1 – 155 lbs.
  • Welterweight ............................................................ 155.1 – 170 lbs.
  • Middleweight ............................................................170.1 – 185 lbs.
  • Light Heavyweight.................................................... 185.1 – 205 lbs.
  • Heavyweight............................................................. 205.1 – 265 lbs.
  • Super Heavyweigh..................................................... 265.1 lbs. and over

FEMALES

  • Lightweight............................................................... through 125 lbs.
  • Middleweight ............................................................ 125.1 – 135 lbs.
  • Light-Heavyweight.................................................... 135.1 – 150 lbs.
  • Heavyweight............................................................. 150.1 – 175 lbs.
  • Super Heavyweight.....................................................175.1 lbs. and over

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Renumbering of former article 2 (sections 520-532, not consecutive) to article 3 (sections 520-531, not consecutive), renumbering of former section 505 to section 510 and redesignation of former sections 505-507 to new article 2 (sections 510-513, not consecutive) filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

4. Amendment filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 512. Rounds; Number; Length; Rest Period.

(a) Non-title kickboxing bouts shall not exceed 10 rounds, each round not to exceed 3 minutes, with a rest period of not less than one minute nor more than 2 minutes, as specified by the sanctioning body. Except with the approval of the commission, pursuant to Section 18748 of the code, title bouts shall not exceed the maximum length or number of rounds specified in this subsection and in no event shall the rest period between rounds be less than one minute.

(b) Non-title martial arts bouts other than kickboxing shall not exceed 5 rounds, each round not to exceed 5 minutes, with a rest period of not less than one minute nor more than 2 minutes, as specified by the sanctioning body. Except with the approval of the commission, pursuant to Section 18748 of the code, title bouts shall not exceed the maximum length or number of rounds specified in this subsection and in no event shall the rest period between rounds be less than one minute.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Renumbering of former section 506 to section 512 and new NOTE filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

4. Repealer and new section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 513. Fighter's Equipment.

(a) The ring costume for each fighter on a program shall be approved by the commission and shall include two pairs of trunks and a custom-made individually fitted mouthpiece. Commission staff shall not approve ring costumes that are so similar as to possibly cause confusion as to the identity of the contenders.

(b) A fighter who is participating in a kickboxing contest may, at his or her option, use padded footgear and/or shin protectors. Shoes may not be worn either in martial arts contests or in kickboxing contests.

(c) In addition to the items described in subsection (a), the costume for each male fighter shall include a foul-proof groin protector.

(d) In addition to the items described in subsection (a), the costume for each female fighter shall include a body shirt.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Renumbering and amendment of former section 507 to section 513 filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment of newly designated subsection (a) and new subsection (b) filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

4. Amendment of section heading and repealer and new section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 514. Gloves.

(a) Fighters in kickboxing contests in all weights up to and including heavyweight class shall wear no less than eight-ounce gloves. In heavier classes, fighters shall wear no less than ten-ounce gloves. When two contestants differ in weight classes, the contestants shall wear the gloves required for the higher weight classification.

(b) A fighter in martial arts contest shall wear gloves that have no padding in the palm or fingertip are and that are appropriate in weight for the fighter's hand size.

(c) All gloves must be approved by the commission.

(d) No gloves shall be required for those martial arts disciplines that prohibit striking or punching.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

2. Amendment filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

ARTICLE 3. CONDUCT OF MATCHES, CONTESTS AND EXHIBITIONS

§ 515. Time Between Bouts.

Unless written approval is obtained from the commission, a fighter who has competed in a bout or tournament format event anywhere in the world shall not be allowed to compete in this state until seven days have elapsed from the date of that bout or event. This limitation shall not be construed to prohibit a fighter from competing in a tournament format event that requires the fighter to rest a minimum of 30 minutes between bouts. In a tournament format event, a fighter shall be examined by a physician before each bout.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 516. Method of Scoring When There Is an Injury Not Resulting from a Foul.

If the referee determines that the injured fighter was responsible for his own injury, the referee will not penalize his opponent in any manner. In this case, if the referee or ring physician determines that the injured fighter is unable to continue, he will lose by "technical knockout". If the referee determines that no fault was attributable to either fighter, the referee shall allow the injured fighter 5 minutes to recover. If, at the end of the recovery period, the referee or the ringside physician determines that the injured fighter cannot continue, the bout will be decided on the score cards if a majority of the rounds have been completed (including the round in which the injury occurred) or, if a majority of the rounds have not been completed , the bout will be called a technical draw.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 517. Intentional Fouling.

(a) In the case of an intentional foul, the referee may interrupt the bout for the purpose of allowing the injured fighter time to recover. A maximum of five (5) minutes of recovery time will be permitted.

(b) If the injured fighter is thereafter unable to continue, the offending fighter shall be disqualified, his or her purse may be withheld, and he or she may be subject to suspension. Disposition of the purse and the penalty to be imposed upon the fighter shall be determined by action of the commission or the commission's representative.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18707 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 518. Unintentional Fouling.

(a) When a bout is interrupted due to an injury caused by an unintentional foul, the referee, in consultation with the ringside physician, shall determine whether the fighter who has been fouled can continue or not. If the referee sees, or if after consultation with the judges, determines that a fighter is unintentionally fouled and if the fighter's chance of winning has not been seriously jeopardized as a result of a foul, the referee may order the bout continued after a reasonable interval, not to exceed 5 minutes.

(b) If the referee and/or the ringside physician determines that the bout may not continue because of an injury suffered as the result of an unintentional foul or because of an injury inflicted by an unintentional foul which later becomes aggravated by fair blows, the bout shall be declared a draw, if according to the score cards, the bout was determined to be a draw at the time the foul occurred. If, according to the score cards, the fighter committing the foul was winning prior to the foul, the bout shall be declared a technical draw. If, according to the score cards, the fighter being fouled was winning prior to the foul, then that fighter shall be declared the winner.

(c) When an unintentional foul causes the bout to be interrupted for the purpose of allowing the injured fighter time to recover, the referee shall penalize the fighter guilty of the foul one or more points.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 519. Suspected Fouls.

If an injury occurs due to a suspected foul that the referee was unable to see, the referee may, in his sole discretion, confer with the judges to determine where the foul may be placed. He may consider any, all or none of the opinions expressed in making his determination. The referee may, in his sole discretion, ask for a replay, if television equipment is available, of the technique in question before rendering his decision.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 520. Method Of Judging.

Referees and judges shall score all contests and determine the winner through the use of the ten-point must system. In this system, the winner of each round receives ten points and the opponent a proportionately less number. If the round is even, each fighter receives ten points. No fraction of points may be given.

At the termination of the contest or the termination of each round, as determined by the commission's representative present at the event, the cards of the judges shall be picked up by the referee and delivered to the commission representative assigned to check the totals. The majority opinion shall be conclusive and if there is no majority then the decision shall be a draw. When the commission representative has completed verifying the score, the ring announcer shall be informed of the decision and shall announce the decision.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18761 and 18763, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 4-11-80; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 80, No. 15).

2. Renumbering and amendment of former article 2 heading to article 3 and amendment of section 520 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. Repealer of section text, adoption of new section text and amendment of NOTE filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

5. Repealer of first paragraph filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 521. Minimum Kicking Requirement. [Repealed]

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18627 and 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

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. Repealer and new section filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

5. Repealer filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 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.

HISTORY:

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).

§ 523. Ring.

(a) For kickboxing contests, the ring or fighting area shall either meet the requirements of Rules 310 through 312, inclusive, or shall meet the requirements of this section; except that subsection (d)(1) permitting a contest to be held in a ring enclosed by a fence shall not apply to kickboxing contests and the commission shall not permit a kickboxing contest to be held in a ring enclosed by a fence. For all other types of martial arts bouts, the ring or fighting area shall either meet the requirements set forth below in this section or shall be held in a ring that meets the requirements set forth in Rules 310 through 312, inclusive.

(b) The ring or fighting area shall be no smaller than 20' by 20' and no larger than 32' by 32'. A ring enclosed by ropes shall be square. The ring floor or floor of the fighting area enclosed by ropes shall extend at least 20 inches beyond the ropes. The ring floor or floor of the fighting area shall be padded in a manner approved by the commission, consistent with the requirements of section 18724 of the code. Padding shall extend beyond the ring or fighting area and over the edge of the platform. The ring or fighting area shall have a canvas covering or similar material, tightly stretched and laced to the ring platform. Vinyl or other plastic rubberized covering will not be permitted. There shall not be any obstruction or object, including but not limited to a triangular border, on any part of the ring floor.

(c) The ring platform shall not be more than four feet above the floor of the building. A ring enclosed by ropes shall have three sets of suitable steps or ramps, one for use by each of the fighters and one for use by the officials. A ring enclosed by a fence shall have two sets of suitable steps or ramps for use by the fighters and the officials. Ringside tables shall be no higher than ring platform level. Ring posts for a ring enclosed by ropes shall be of metal, not less than 3" nor more than 6" in diameter, extending from the floor of the building to a maximum height of 6" above the highest horizontal rope above the ring floor. Ring posts for a ring enclosed by ropes shall be separated from the ring ropes by at least 18 inches. The posts for a ring enclosed by a fence shall extend from the floor to the top of the fighting area and shall be no less than 66" and no more than 78" above the floor of the fighting area. All posts shall be properly padded in a manner approved by the commission.

(d) The ring shall be enclosed by either of the following:

(1) A fence made of such material as will not allow a fighter to fall out or break through it on to the floor or spectators, including but not limited to vinyl-coated chain link. However, the enclosure shall not obstruct or limit the supervision and regulation of the bout by the officials or commission representatives. All metal parts shall be covered and padded in a manner approved by the commission and shall not be abrasive to the fighters.

(2) Five horizontal ropes not less than 1 inch in diameter and wrapped in soft material. The lowest rope to be not less than 5 inches nor more than 8 inches above the floor. The second rope to be not less than 8 inches nor more than 12 inches above the lowest rope. The top three ropes to be spaced equal distance apart and not less than 12 inches nor more than 14 inches from each other. The lowest rope shall have applied around it a padding of a thickness of not less than 1/2 inch. The horizontal ropes shall be tied together by vertical ropes not less than 1/4 inch in diameter. If a ring is less than 24' by 24', there shall be two (2) vertical ropes, spaced equal distance apart, on each side of the ring. If a ring is 24' by 24' or greater, there shall be three (3) vertical ropes, spaced equal distance apart, on each side of the ring. The lowest portion of each vertical rope, between the lowest horizontal rope and second rope, shall have applied around them a padding of a thickness of not less than 1/4 inch.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18724 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48). For prior history, see Register 80, No. 15.

2. Amendment filed 1-17-2007; operative 1-17-2007 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2007, No. 3).

3. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 4-6-2009; operative 4-6-2009 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2009, No. 15).

§ 524. Sanitation.

The promoter of the event is responsible for ensuring that acceptable sanitary standards are met with respect to dressing rooms, water bottles, towels or other equipment. Physicians and commission representatives shall specifically check at every event for violations of these rules. The ring shall be swept, dry-mopped, or otherwise adequately cleaned before the event and prior to each fight.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18724 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48). For prior history, see Register 84, No. 40. No. 40).

§ 525. Procedure Where Failure To Compete. [Repealed]

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

§ 526. Failure To Resume Contest. [Repealed]

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

§ 527. Wiping Gloves. [Repealed]

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

§ 528. Method Of Counting Over a Contestant Who Is Down. [Repealed]

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

§ 529. Resuming Count. [Repealed]

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

§ 530. Communication Of Counting For Knockdowns -- Kickboxing.

As soon as a fighter in a kickboxing contest has been knocked down, the official timekeeper shall begin calling the count (from 1 to 10) while the referee directs the opponent to a neutral corner. After the referee has directed the opponent to a neutral corner, he shall return to the fallen fighter and shall count over him, picking up the count from the timekeeper.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment of section heading and section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 531. Standing Eight-Count -- Kickboxing.

The referee may, at his discretion, administer an eight-count to a contestant in a kickboxing contest who is in trouble but who is still standing. He shall direct the opponent to a neutral corner, then begin counting from 1 to 8, examining the contestant in trouble as he counts. If, after completing the standing eight-count, the referee determines that the contestant is not able to continue, he shall stop the contest and declare the opponent the winner by technical knockout.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

3. Amendment of section heading and section filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

§ 532. Change Of Decision. [Repealed]

HISTORY:

1. Repealer filed 10-2-84; effective upon filing pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 84, No. 40).

§ 533. Championship Matches and Exhibitions.

(a) Recognizing that different forms of martial arts exist, notwithstanding any rule in this division to the contrary, the commission may, in its discretion, authorize alternate rules or provisions from time to time for full contact martial arts exhibitions so long as the safety and welfare of the contestants and the public are not jeopardized.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611 and 18763, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

2. Amendment filed 11-28-2005; operative 12-28-2005 (Register 2005, No. 48).

ARTICLE 4. LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

§ 541. Promoter's License.

In order to be issued a promoter's license, an applicant shall meet all the following requirements:

(a) The applicant, or at least one principal of the applicant if the applicant is a corporation or partnership, shall meet the requirements for licensure as a matchmaker, or in the alternative submit evidence that the promoter employs a licensed matchmaker.

(b) Provide evidence that the promoter will have complete control over the sale of tickets, collection of tickets, counting of tickets, and preparation of revenue reports, and supervision over the box office employees, ticket takers and ushers and security for each event promoted. In the alternative a promoter may submit for review by the commission an agreement between the promoter and the facility in which events will be conducted relating to the sale and accounting of tickets and revenues, preparation of required reports, the supervision of box office employees, ticket takers and ushers, and security of each event.

(c) Provide evidence that the facility or facilities in which events will be held meet state and local fire and safety requirements and have dressing rooms and facilities which meet the requirements of Rules 292, 293 and 294.

(d) Pass a written examination administered by the commission on the fundamentals of martial arts and kickboxing and California law and regulations relating to martial arts and kickboxing.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18648, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 12-17-86, effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

2. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (b) filed 3-17-2011 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulation (Register 2011, No. 11).

§ 542. Matchmaker's License.

In order to be licensed as a matchmaker, an applicant shall pass a written examination administered by the commission on California law and regulations relating to martial arts and kickboxing, and shall have been involved in matchmaking in at least five (5) amateur events. The examination may be waived if the applicant possesses a current and valid license as a matchmaker in another state or country and has not been subject to any disciplinary action.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18648, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 12-17-86, effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

2. Amendment filed 9-14-94; operative 10-14-94 (Register 94, No. 37).

§ 543. Referee's License.

In order to be licensed as a referee, an applicant shall meet all the following requirements:

(a) Have two years of documented experience refereeing martial arts or kickboxing matches with a minimum of 100 matches with a minimum of 100 matches refereed. It is not necessary that this experience be obtained by refereeing professional contests.

(b) Be found after examination by a licensed physician to be physically and mentally fit to referee a martial arts contest and to have uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/100 in both eyes. Weight shall be proportionate to height in accordance with the standards of the American Medical Association in effect at the time of the effective date of this regulation.

(c) Be in good physical condition with the speed and reflexes in the ring necessary for the protection of the fighters.

(d) Pass a written examination administered by the commission on the fundamentals of martial arts and kickboxing, refereeing and judging martial arts matches and contests, and California law and regulations relating to martial arts and kickboxing.

(e) Perform a demonstration of competency by performing as a referee in a martial arts match before a representative of the commission and two licensed referees. The applicant shall demonstrate knowledge of refereeing techniques and the ability to manage and control a martial arts match.

(f) Perform a demonstration of competence in judging by judging at least 50 martial arts or kickboxing contests as verified by a representative of the commission.

(g) These requirements may be waived for any applicant who is licensed or approved as a referee by the Professional Kickboxing Association or the World Kickboxing Association.

(h) In order to renew a referee's license, a referee shall comply with subsections (b) and (c) in addition to any other requirements for renewal set forth in the law or these regulations.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18648, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 12-17-86, effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

§ 544. Manager's Application.

In order to be issued a manager's license, an applicant shall pass a written examination administered by the commission on the fundamentals of martial arts and kickboxing and California law and regulations relating to martial arts and kickboxing. The examination may be waived if the applicant possesses a current and valid license as a martial arts and kickboxing manager in another state or country and has not been subject to any disciplinary action.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18648, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 12-17-86, effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

§ 545. Second's License.

In order to be issued a second's license, an applicant shall meet all the following requirements:

(a) Pass a written examination administered by the commission on the fundamentals of martial arts and kickboxing and California laws and regulations relating to martial arts and kickboxing.

(b) Perform a demonstration of competency by demonstrating the duties of a second before a representative of the commission.

(c) The examination and demonstration of competency may be waived if the applicant possesses a current and valid license as a martial arts and kickboxing second in another state or country and has not been subject to any disciplinary action.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 18611, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18648, 18763 and 18765, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 12-17-86, effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 51).

§ 546. Professional Martial Arts Fighter's License-HIV/HBV Testing.

(a) As used in Section 18712(a) of the code:

(1) The phrase "within 30 days prior to the date of application" means that the blood test will be accepted for licensure purposes for 30 days from the date of the test report.

(2) The phrase "documentary evidence satisfactory to the commission" means the original or a copy of the test report on letterhead of the laboratory, accompanied by the applicant's declaration under penalty of perjury that the report represents the applicant's HIV/HBV test results. (b) The tests described in Section 18712 of the code shall be referred to collectively as the "HIV/HBV tests."

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code, Reference: Section 18712, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 6-16-97; operative 6-16-97 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 97, No. 25).

2. Repealer and new subsection (a)(1) filed 3-20-2001; operative 4-19-2001 (Register 2001, No. 12).