**We ask all Coaches and Athletes to read the guidelines below before registering.**
MCTC competition is unique in that it provides an opportunity for athletes to gain collegiate-level fighting experience.
The collegiate-level competition scene is unique because athletes come from all types of different backgrounds:
– Beginners with no experience who excel quickly
– Color belts trying to break into Black belt competition
– Black belts who are learning to adapt to top-level WTF fighting.
To accommodate this diverse background and provide the best experience, MCTC competition is based on three leagues: A, B, and C.
This means that matches are not only segmented by weight and belt level, but also by skill level.
MCTC puts a lot of time and effort into fair and competitive match-making. Similar skilled fighters at the same belt rank are prioritized (i.e. Yellow belt fighters with other Yellow belt fighters). However, MCTC wants to offer the most dynamic matches and deep brackets; we’ve all experienced tournaments where athletes only get one fight or have to fight out of their weight class just to get some experience.
Therefore, it is not uncommon for a lower ranking athlete to be matched against a higher ranking athlete if they are in the same league, and it is not uncommon to see the lower ranking belts outperform their higher ranking peers. MCTC’s match-making system will never intentionally pair a lower ranking belt with an unrealistic match.
This also means that MCTC relies on fair play and appropriate league selection from the Coaches.
– “A League” should be reserved for advanced black belts and red belts ONLY.
– “B League” should be reserved for intermediate black belts and advanced color belts.
– “C League” should be reserved for developing beginners.
MCTC asks the coaches to honestly evaluate their athletes so they have the best experience possible. We want to see our athletes test themselves and continue to improve their skills in preparation for national and international competition.
Please do not hesitate to contact the league with any questions.
MCTC encourages coaches to contact the league ahead of competition if there are any questions about placing their athletes in a league.
SUMMARY OF LEAGUES
Contact: Full Head Contact
Recommended: Experienced Black belt and Red belt fighters only
Gear Requirements: Daedo, E-Head Gear, Heel socks
Goal: Provide Black belts with quality fights at world-class level. Experienced Red belt fighters have the opportunity to test their readiness for Black belt level fighting.
Level of difficulty: Advanced fighters.
Contact: Light Head Contact
Recommended: Newer Black belts, all Color belts and experienced White belts.
Gear Requirements: May be Daedo (time permitting) or regular hogu. No E-Head Gear
Goal: Ideal for Black belts who come from non-WTF backgrounds with little fighting experience who are not ready for world-class level competition. Best league for all Color belts Yellow to Red. Good for White belts who are excelling.
Level of difficulty: Intermediate fighters
Contact: No Head Contact
Recommended: All White belts, and anyone with head injuries.
Gear Requirements: Regular Hogu (no electronic gear)
Goal: Ideal for beginners and White belts to get collegiate level experience. Best league for athletes with a history of head injuries.
*MCTC will make exceptions and find matches for Color belts and Black belts who are prone to head injuries, but would otherwise fight in another league.
Level of difficulty: Beginner fighters. Not intended to be a league for advanced fighters.