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Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
MEN UNDER 125 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 125-134 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 135-144 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 145-154 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 155-164 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 165-174 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 175-184 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 185-194 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN 195-204 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
MEN OVER 204 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
WOMEN UNDER 125 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
WOMEN 125-145 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
WOMEN 146-166 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
WOMEN 167-187 LBS Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
WOMEN OVER 187 Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
TEEN GIRLS 12-14 & 15-17 Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
TEEN BOYS 12-14 & 15-17 Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02
EXECUTIVE (OVER 40) MEN & WOMEN Aug 5, 2017 $55.00 $4.02

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Event Details

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF WARRIORS "KING OF THE WORLD SANDA CHAMPIONSHIPS"  (Represented by the International House of Warriors; IHOW) is a SANDA event conducted in conjunction with the US Capitol Classics during the month of August in the Washington DC area each year.  Our goal is to promote harmony within the Martial Arts and it is open to SANDA COMPETITORS from all disciplines and allows competitors at all levels to compete in a professional and safe environment. Awards will include prizes such as cash, gifts, trophies, and medals.   


1.  Select a ticket type quantity (Should be 1) and click on REGISTER to begin fighter registration process.  Spectator tickets can only be purchased through the US Capitol Classics Website: or at the door on the day of the event. 

2.  This page outlines all of the divisions available at the INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF WARRIORS KING OF THE WORLD SANDA CHAMPIONSHIPS event. The event will be conducted in in one of the main event halls on the lower level of the Hotel and there will be signs directing you to the hall once you walk in the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor.

3.   Compare the rules. This will help you distinguish the differences between common

infractions and disqualifications.

4.   Read the rules & Regulations. If you have any questions make sure you address

them at the competitor’s/referee’s meeting the day of the tournament.

5.   Read the Release and Waiver. Print a copy, sign it and return it to us at the day of


6.  View event Location address, Contact Information, Weigh-in information & our preferred Hotel Information. Otherwise, you can register at the weigh-ins the night before or even the day of the tournament.

Avoiding competing against team members for the first match: REGISTERING YOUR TEAM NAME:

If you are competing with fellow teammates: Please make sure you provide the exact same team name as each other during registration. This will help to ensure that we do not match up fighters with same team members of the same team for their first match if possible (NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE).  


These errors, caused by the registrant will affect who they will be matched up with for their first match. KING OF THE WORLD SANDA staff is not responsible for adjusting these errors caused by registrants.

** General Information**

In order to help with tournament progression we are requiring the following registration and weigh in timeframes:

1. Registration:

a. Teens: Must PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. There will be late registrations accepted (Pending a waiver from the IHOW Director) at the door (day of competition), however, an additional FEE of $20.00 will be assessed if a waiver for late registration is granted. These are the first divisions to compete, so in order to stay on track, we require online pre-registration. This can be done directly through this web site.

b. Adults: Can register online or the same day of the event without any additional late fee assessed. If you register the same day of the event you must be weighed in by 12:00 NOON.

2. Weigh-in:

a. Teens: Weigh-ins MAY be the night before OR the day of the competition. Remember, you MUST pre-register online for the tournament OR you will be assessed an additional fee of $20.00. *WEIGH-INS MUST BE DONE BEFORE 12:00 NOON THE DAY OF THE EVENT FOR THE TEENS DIVISIONS.

b. Adults:  Weigh-in for Same Day Registration MUST be weighed in by 12:00 NOON the day of the tournament. If you are Pre-Registered you Must weigh-in by 12:00 NOON for all Divisions.

Note: You also must make your weight class. There is a $20 fee per division change on the day of the tournament.

Note: Bring your registration sheet to the bracketing table (Located near the SANDA PLATFORM in THE EVENT HALL whether you are a pre-registered or same day registered competitor to validate your divisions.


Here at KING OF THE WORLD SANDA CHAMPIONSHIPS, we take safety serious and consider it priority one. Referees are responsible with the task of officiating in a dynamic and complex set of circumstances. All this while keeping track of points and following the SANDA rule set. With this in mind, referees have the final word and there is no exception to this policy. Please be respectful to our Officials/Staff as it directly affects the quality of our tournament.

Many takedowns, sweeps, throws and strikes are legal in certain divisions, however, it is important to realize what you can and cannot do. Please read the Rules & Regulations carefully and pay attention to the obvious infractions where certain techniques become legal based on experience.

KING OF THE WORLD SANDA CHAMPIONSHIPS reserves the right to combine weight classes in any division.  Also, Whenever possible, your child will be matched up with someone their same age or children within a year old (plus or minus). Please understand that under some circumstances they may have to compete with others slightly older. A coach or parent will be contacted to get approval.    

Each tournament has unique rules so it is important that you please read, study, and understand the rules prior to competing. This will help you to create a strategic plan before you get on the mat. Good luck!


We strive to maintain an accurate and tight schedule of events. To help us out, please register early so we can add you to the appropriate divisions and setup the brackets with minimal problems. Typically, we have weigh-ins; then start divisions as soon as possible. The Schedule of events are as follows:


Weigh-In Between 6-8 PM at Gaylord Hotel (Main hallway REGISTRATION lobby outside of event hall)


9:00AM – Begin On-Site Registration/ Begin Weigh-ins
12:00 NOON – Deadline for Registration & Weigh-ins (Complete)
1:00 PM – Tournament Begins (Teen Divisions)
TBD: Teen’s followed by adults.



All Divisions:
TWO 2 minute rounds with a 1 minute rest between rounds.

In the case of a tie, one additional 2 minute round (OVERTIME).



 Rules & Regulations

1) Advantages are attempts that posed a real threat to the other fighter, near takedowns, near sweep, near knockdowns, THE AGRESSOR, etc.  Advantages will only be used in the case of a tie with points after a 3rd round (OVERTIME).

2) No Stalling: Referee will issue verbal warning for the 1st offense of stalling (i.e. Avoiding contact without engaging, no activity, fleeing the ring to avoid takedown or contact attempts).  A 2nd offense will result in an advantage deduction (1 point).  A 3rd offense will result in a two point deduction.  Fourth offense is disqualification.  If a competitor flees the ring when a potential throw is locked in and the competitor is obviously fleeing to avoid being thrown, the opponent will be awarded maximum points for a clean throw.  

3) Referee has the discretion to call a match for use of excessive force (i.e. competitor refuses to adhere to the event rules and regulations, or the referee believes that the continuation of the fight will cause immediate damage or injury).  The referees will be shown maximum respect at all times.  Their decisions are final and will not be disputed.

4) There are no points for escapes from throws.  It is a person's obligation to escape a bad position.  No points are awarded for these escapes.

5) If the competitors are forced out of the edge of the ring, they will be restarted from the center of the ring.  

6) No strikes directly to any joints, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small joint manipulation (finger or toe locks), hair pulling, ear pulling, strikes to the back, neck, groin, or throws causing an opponent to land directly on the head.

7) No unsportsmanlike conduct allowed as observed by referee or tournament official (includes spitting, use of foul language, obscene gestures, etc.).  Warnings will be given for unsportsmanlike conduct. Repeat offenders will be disqualified.  The referee has the authority to disqualify any competitor without first giving a warning for any unsportmanlike conduct.  

8) No lubricants, oils, or lotions of any kind (to include icey hot etc,,,) permitted on any part of the body or clothing.  A very thin layer of vasiline is permited on the facial area but must be checked and approved by the referee prior to the beginning of each round.

9) No slamming allowed.  Illegal slamming will be defined as slamming your opponent to the mat with the intention to cause harm as observed by the center referee.  Slamming will result in an automatic DQ.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Throws are NOT considered slams, but you MUST deliver your opponent SAFELY to the mat.

10) Competitors are to arrive clean and with trimmed toe and finger nails.  Competitors with offensive odors before the event starts will be refunded and kindly asked to leave the tournament.

11) Competitors with any of the following outbreaks or infections will not be allowed to compete: Herpes (cold sores), Fungal Infections (ringworm, warts, etc.), and any form of Staph or other Viral or Bacterial Infection.  Please try to avoid an embarrassing situation, as we are committed to competitor safety and will not tolerate the further spreading of disease. Our mats are sanitized before and after each event.

Additional Rules & Regulations

Additional Rules

1) No grabbing of any clothing, shorts, rash guards, t-shirts, etc. to assist in conducting throws.

2) "Can Opener" Neck Cranks, and "flying scissor" take downs and slamming are ILLEGAL in ALL divisions.

3) Any type of submission techniques such as chokes, heel hooks, calf/bicep slicer, figure four ankle locks/ toeholds, straight knee bars, arm bars, wrist locks, etc... are ILLEGAL.  Once an opponent has touches the ground, no further action can take place.    

4) Any competitor that has fought as a professional in any type of martial art, boxing, or combative sport may not compete as an amateur in this event.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

5) Mouthpiece, headgear, chest protector, shinguards, shorts (No Long Pants) and groin protection are mandatory!  Sport karate kicking shoes are not allowed; all competitors must compete barefooted.  Headgear, chest protectors, and shinguards will be provided by the promoter.

6) Handwraps 

Scoring/ General Rules & Judging


  1. Kicks are allowed to the inside and outside of the legs (Thighs) as well as the upper body.
  2. Knee and elbow strikes are allowed to the body only (NOT TO THE HEAD) (12 oclock to 6 oclock elbows are not allowed)
  3. All types of Judo & Wrestling Throws are allowed as long as it does not cause opponent to land on his head (Person being thrown).
  4. Fighters have 3 seconds after clinch to execute a takedown, throw or sweep or they are separated by the center referee.
  5. The bout willeither take place on either a raised platform with no ropes or the floor level (TBD)
  6. There are 2 aspects of Scoring. Stand Up and Takedown scores. Both are ADDED scores by each judge on their score cards.
  • STAND UP: Two Judges will score each fighter by each landed strike "1" Point (Punch or Kick) per strike landed clean and with power. Glove to glove contact does not count as points, clash of kicks, and neither does slap punches while in a clinch.TAKEDOWNS: After each throw, takedown, sweep etc, the bout referee will stop the action and award points if earned. To indicate points earned, the referee, after both fighters are standing, will POINT his hand to the fighter who is awarded the points while his other hand is raised high in the air showing the point total with his fingers. He will also yell the point score verbally.  All points awarded by the referee and deductions shall be recorded and maintained by the score keeper on a seperate score card and added to the totals of the judges score cards at the end of each round.Keep in mind, a kick that lands but is "CAUGHT" by the receiving fighter and the receiving fighter FOLLOWS with a counter that lands effectively, or a throw/sweep that is executed effectively, the kick DOES NOT count as a point.
  1. At the end of each round, each judge will write the TOTAL amount of points for each fighter on their score card. Although the WINNER will only receive "1" point on the MASTER SCORE SHEET kept by the Scorekeeper, it is good for review purposes to know the total points each judge scored the bout as.
  2. At the end of each round, the Scorekeeper will only give "1" point to the WINNING fighter who is the fighter with the most points in the round. The losing fighter will receive "0" points.
  3. At the end of the bout, unless the bout was stopped prior to the end of the scheduled rounds (KO, TKO DQ etc.) the fighter with the most rounds WON will win the bout.
  •   0 Points: 
  •  If a fighter attempts a throw and the other fighter pulls him/her down with them, and neither show control. This is the decision of the referee.
  • One opponent uses a falling technique to attack and does not succeed.
  • One opponent uses a flying offensive technique with a deliberately falling technique, the latter will not score a point. 
  • 1 Point:
  • "IF" The fighter being thrown uses a throw "COUNTER TECHNIQUE" and reverses the beginning thrower in regards to position of control or command, the fighter who ends up in the controlling or commanding position within a count of "1" after both fighters hit the floor shall receive the 1 point awarded. If both end up side by side, no points shall be awarded.
  •  2 Points:
  • Any knockdown from a strike (Punch or Kick) will award 2 points to the striker as long as the technique (strike) is clean and the standing fighter does not touch the ring floor.
  • On such a strike, if the fallen fighter does not require to be given a standing 8 count and rises off the matt quickly after the knockdown, again, this is 2 points.
  • However, If an 8 count is required after a strike drops a fighter, this will be awarded "3" points. See below.
  • Any basic throw that is not high altitude or of extreme skill/difficulty will be awarded 2 points to the thrower. Anytime one fighter throws, sweeps or shoves his/her opponent to the floor without the thrower touching the ring floor with anything but his/her feet.  
  • The opponent is forced to fall by the competitors techniques, including the competitors deliberately falling while dodging defensively, the standing fighter shall be awarded "2" Points.
  • 3 Points:


  • Any HIGH ALTITUDE or EXPLOSIVE, DEVASTATING THROW shall be awarded 3 points.
  • Any knockdown from a strike or any technique that requires the referee to give a fighter a standing 8 count, the fighter not being given the 8 count will receive 3 Points. The referee will give the standing 8 count first and then award points as required unless he, the referee elects to stop the bout instead.
  • The opponent is knocked down by a dropping sweep where his feet fly out from under him where he lands on his back. It is OK if the sweepers hands touch the ground.  
  • Determining the winner 


  1. The fighter with the most ROUNDS WON at the end of the bout is the winner OR;
  2. If a fighter is knocked out, counted out by the ring referee, receives a TKO (Technical Knockout) or the referee stops the bout because he feel a fighter is not able or should not continue due to safety issues, the other fighter will win the bout OR;
  3. Other ways to stop a bout and win a bout can be due to Injury or Disqualification due to Fouls.



Legal Techniques


  • Punches to the head and body.
  • Elbows to the body (12 to 6 oclock or north to south not allowed)
  • Kicks to the head, body and legs (not to any joint or below the knee)
  • Knees to the legs & body (Not to the Head)
  • Throws and takedowns.



Illegal Techniques

    • Head Butts.
    • Joint Attacks.
    • Elbow Strikes.
    • Holding and Hitting.
    • Open Hand Strikes.
    • Strikes to the Groin.
    • Strikes to the Knees.
    • Kicks or Punches to the Spine.
    • Throws that involve Joint Manipulation.
    • Kicks or Punches to the back of the Head.
    • Biting
    • Strikes to any part of the Neck.





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Gaylord Hotel
201 Waterfront St
Fort Washington, MD 20745

Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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We are dedicated to promoting harmony within the Martial Arts and creating a Brotherhood/Sisterhood that crosses the color-line of ignorance without prejudice or discrimination in any shape or form.  We recognize True Warriors and invite them share in our dream of harmony within the Martial Arts.



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