We have received many questions about head shots, especially for teens and kids.
The answer is that head shots are allowed for all ages and all belts.
The Global Open committee will permit head shots, the reasoning behind this is to help competitors experience Olympic level sparring. We understand that there are safety risks, for that reason, we require everyone to wear a face shield when participating in sparring. We HIGHLY recommend face shields for every competitor, but if students choose not to wear a face shield, they must sign a liability waiver in the ring before the match. If someone does not own a face shield, there will be a limited supply available in each ring to borrow; free of charge. The face shield must be returned at the end of the match. There will be certified referees in each ring, qualified judges, and safety precautions which will be taken into consideration.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 919-217-1555