Pancrase Rules Have Been Revised As Of April 2024

Subject: Summary of Pancrase Official Rules

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We wanted to provide you with a summary of the Pancrase Official Rules document. ​ Here are the key points:

  1. Weight Class:
  • Matches are held in 11 weight classes, ranging from Super Heavyweight (120.2kg or more) to Atomweight (47.6kg and under).
  • Competitors must pass the official weigh-in, and there are specific weight limits for each class.
  • Catchweight matches may be approved by the Council if deemed fair, safe, and competitive.
  1. Playing Field:
  • Matches take place in a cage or a ring.
  • The cage should be circular with at least six equal sides and a diagonal of at least 7 meters.
  • The ring must be a square with at least three ropes surrounding it.
  • The floor of the playing field must be padded with at least 2 cm of urethane material and covered with canvas.
  1. Athletic Equipment:
  • Competitors must wear open finger gloves provided by the promoter.
  • Mouthpieces are mandatory.
  • Male competitors must weigh in with a nude upper body, and female competitors must weigh in with light clothing.
  • Bandages and taping are allowed with certain restrictions.
  • Competitors may wear knee and foot supporters made of cloth or neoprene.
  • Other equipment and attire must be approved by the judges.
  1. Match Duration and Determination:
  • Matches consist of three or five-minute rounds with one-minute intervals.
  • The winner of a match can be determined by knockout, tap-out, technical knockout, decision, or disqualification.
  • Judges use a 10-point must system to score matches based on effective striking/grappling, effective aggressiveness, and fighting area control.
  1. Foul Play and Injuries: ​​
  • Various acts are considered fouls, such as head-butting, eye poking, and groin attacks.
  • Referees have the authority to penalize competitors for fouls and may disqualify them.
  • Injuries caused by legal attacks or intentional fouls are treated differently, and the doctor plays a role in determining the competitor’s ability to continue the match.
  1. King of Pancrase Council:
  • The Council is responsible for ranking competitors, managing championships, and making decisions on various matters.
  • The King of Pancrase is the highest-ranking title, and challengers are selected from the rankers or champions of other weight classes.
  • Championships must be defended within one year, and failure to do so may result in the title becoming vacant.

Please note that this summary is not exhaustive, and we encourage you to refer to the original document for more detailed information.

If you have any further questions or need additional clarification, please feel free to reach out. Thank you for your attention, and we hope this summary is helpful to you.


About the Author

Jeremy Deschner
Black Belt in American Karate from the Texas Karate Institute. Now training in Brazilian Jiujitsu in Japan. Twitter: @mmajpn1 @jiujitsu_Jedi

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