Old Breaking Rules

Battle of Columbus World Martial Art Games

Breaking Competition Rules

General Rules for Judging and Scoring Method:

  1. Scoring point range will be lowest 5.11- highest 9.99.
  2. Scores must use 2 decimal points.
  3. Three (3) Judge System - Tally all points.
  4. Five (5) Judge System - the highest score and the lowest score will be eliminated then the remaining three (3) scores will be totaled.
  5. Competitors will be judged on: difficulty, creativity, focus, expression, speed, power, balance, poise and grace, and completion of breaks.
  6. Ties: In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by the inclusion of low and high scores or Judge’s decision. Judges decision will be based on superiority and difficulty of techniques used by competitors.

Warnings and Disqualifications:

  1. Warning - Disruptive behavior, use of profanity, or other unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a warning being issued.
  2. Deduction or Disqualification - If the behavior is deemed by the Judges to be malicious, it will result in the deduction of a point or disqualification.


  1. BOC Board Breaking Competition - Standard Size of Boards
    1. Ages 7 & under: 1/4” Compressed
    2. Ages 8 - 10 and speed breakers 13 & under: 1/2" Compressed
    3. Ages 11 - 13: 1/2” Pine
    4. Ages 14 - 17 and Speed Breakers 14+: 1" Compressed
    5. Ages 18+: 1" Pine

    Board Sizes: Board sizes listed above are recommendations. Competitors are responsible for choosing their own board sizes based on age/size, technique, and creativity. Judges will consider board sizes and number of the boards used when determining difficulty, creativity, and power.

  2. Purchase of Materials: All breaking materials must be purchased from the Supply Committee on-site.
  3. Inspection of All Materials: Judges/Committee reserve the right to inspect any materials that are to be used for breaking.
  4. Removal of Materials: All breaking materials must be removed from the competition area by competitors and put into the dumpsters provided by the Committee after completion of each performance.

Time Limits & Competition Readiness:

IMPORTANT: In order to keep the breaking division 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 competition.

  1. Competitor Readiness: A competitor must be ready to compete as soon as that competitor’s name is called in the ring. Competitors must provide their own board holders or find holders within the time limit, or they will be disqualified.
  2. Time Limits: There will be set time limits for each type of breaking division. Please see below breaking division information for specific information.


The safety of the competitor and the audience comes first, NO EXCEPTIONS!

The safety of the competitor is very important and we request that all breaks be approved by the instructor of the competitor. If the break is deemed to be unsafe by the Judges/Committee, 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 the feel the safety of others was compromised. Also, the break cannot cause damage to the facility or the surrounding fixtures. No Head Breaks Allowed.

Competitions Categories and Brief Guidelines:

  1. Multi-Direction creative BOARD Breaking (Boards Only)
    1. Materials: Only boards can be broken in this division. Boards must be purchased from the Supply Committee.
    2. Techniques: All Techniques are allowed. Competitors may use any strike (Hand/Kick/Other) to break. Judges have final authority on safety and permission of a particular break or station definition (see Stations next).
    3. Stations: The competitor may break up to 10 boards. Boards may be free standing, set on stands, or held by assistants. A station may contain multiple breaks if they are completed as a combined action; for example, a double kick, a “stair step” break, “scissor” breaks, or simultaneous breaks. Competitor will be responsible for all materials required to set up their station, and is responsible for providing their own volunteers to hold boards for them. Competitors will be required to ensure the safety of fellow competitors and spectators as outlined in General: Safety above.
    4. Time Limits and Point Deduction: Competitors will have a maximum of three (3) minutes to set-up, break, and clean up the area. 0.1 points will be taken off the competitor’s final score for every 10 seconds over the allotted time. Deductions will begin after the 3-minute mark.
    5. Number of Attempts: Competitor has three (3) attempts to break the materials at each station as presented to the Judges. Each missed break will result in a 0.1 reduction in score.
    6. Number of Boards: Competitor may choose up to 10 boards
    7. Judging: Competitor will be judged on difficulty, creativity, focus, expression, pace and flow of breaking from station to station and completion of breaks.
    8. Ties: In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the inclusion of low and high scores. If still a tie, the winner will be decided by judge’s decision based on superiority of techniques, degree of difficulty, & creativity.
    9. Divisions: This competition is broken down by age/gender/rank.

Distance Breaking (Long Jump)

Power Breaking (Hand)

Speed Breaking (Hand or Foot)

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