was previously used synonymously with mixed martial arts competitions in
Japan, as opposed to shoot-style professional wrestling competitions.Matches
are held inside a standard wrestling ring.
Competitors are allowed to kick, knee or elbow any part of the body
except the groin, as well as headbutt. Punches are allowed to the body.
Since no gloves are worn to facilitate wrestling, punches aren't allowed to
the head, although open hand palms and slaps are allowed. Any type of throw
or takedown is legal and competitors are allowed to hit a downed opponent.
Additionally, any type of joint lock is legal as are chokes against the side
of the neck. The only foul consists of punches to the face, eye-gouges,
techniques against the windpipe and groin strikes.
Fights are won
when a competitor is knocked down for a 10 count, knocked down 5 times or
forced to submit. A fighter caught in a submission hold may grab the ropes
to break the hold, but this counts as a 1/3 of a knock down. Grabbing the
ropes 15 times equals a loss. Bouts that go to the full time limit are
declared a draw.