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Rules

We want to go a step further among Stand Up Martial Arts. We seek to give high striking freedom with the possibility of performing amazing throws and takedowns. Attractive rules for those who want to enjoy Combat Sports from an innovative point of view. The features are the following:

TIME:

  • 3 Rounds x 3 Minutes.
  • 1 Minute interval between rounds.

 COMBAT AREA:

A seven meters diameter ring designed and manufactured especially for THE CIRCLE.

 GLOVES:

  • 10oz for Welterweight and Middleweight.
  • 8oz for Lightweight and Bantamweight.

WEIGHT:

The day of the event, fighters must not weigh more than 3Kg above the upper limit of their weight class.

VALID FIGHTING TECHNIQUES:

Punches – Straight, Hook, Uppercut, Spinning Backfist.

Kicks – Low kicks outside and inside the leg, Calf Kicks, Front Kicks, Middle Kicks, High Kicks, Side Kicks, Back Kicks, Spinning Back Kicks, Jumping Kicks.

Knees – To legs, chest and head: Front Knees, Side Knees, Jumping Knees.

Sweeps – Leg sweeps.

Throws and Takedowns – Neck-toss, Hip-toss, Hip throws, Back Drop, Single Leg Takedown, Double Leg Takedown. Important notes: 1) It’s not allowed to place a knee on the ground. 2) Throws and takedowns are limited to three per round.

Clinch – active clinch allowed up to 3-5 seconds. Important note: Passive clinch will be immediately stopped by the referee.


A CLASH OF NATIONS

THE CIRCLE IS AN INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT WHERE SIXTEEN COUNTRIES WILL BATTLE TO EARN THE TITLE OF 'THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD'.  

THE TOURNAMENT

THE CIRCLE is an international Martial Arts tournament where sixteen countries will battle to earn the title of ‘the best team in the world’. From its first edition, the show will have an incomparable television broadcast that will reach millions of people  around the world.

When the art of combat had not been yet channeled into a regulated sport, when there were no stadiums, rings or stands, a circle drawn on the ground marked the limits of the arena. Thus, the circle was a figure associated with fighting. Sometimes even the public themselves defined the perimeter, forming a human circle around the fighters.

Going back to those origins, THE CIRCLE has designed a ring inspired by that initial shape, merging tradition and XXI century developments to achieve a visually appealing and exceptional piece of engineering.

The circle symbolizes unity. For that reason, our championship goes beyond the individual contest. Winning is not enough anymore. Fighters must share their success. THE CIRCLE is a team-based competition where communion and group ties will be decisive to achieve the triumph as a country.

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES
ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, CHINA, ITALY, JAPAN, MOROCCO, HOLLAND, RUSSIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, THAILAND, TURKEY, UNITED KINGDOM, USA.

Each national team will be composed by three men and one woman. When two countries fight, the one with a higher score moves through to the next phase. Male fighters score one point each, whereas female fighters score two points.

THE CIRCLE gives women the leading role they deserve, concentrating a great deal of excitement on the outcome of their fight. In this tournament, women will be one of the keys for their team’s success.