Open World Tour

Open World Tour Ratings

What are the ratings?

The Open World Tour/ ratings follow the top black belt competitors on the Open World Tour and provide an objective method of determining who the best competitors are in the world. The way the ratings are calculated takes into account event size, number of competitors and competitive level of the event when awarding points in an attempt to provide ratings that are fair.

Ratings are used for seeding at the final Championships at the US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships and for seeding at Open World Tour events. Ratings are also used for media purposes to determine best competitors at any given time.

Who is rated?

Class AA professional level black belt competitors are rated based on performance results at the Open World Tour events.

What divisions are rated and what are the rating divisions?

Open World Tour events are typically part of continental and regional martial arts organizations with their own rules and division categories that may differ based on local custom. The Open World Tour/ ratings use universal Rating Divisions that incorporate the various divisions and age groupings at all Open World Tour events. Because of age and weight differences in divisions, some circuit divisions included in Open World Tour/ Rating Divisions overlap – especially in youth divisions. However, after analysis, the break down is the most accurate way of being all-inclusive and accommodate the worldwide scope of the Open World Tour.

How do the ratings work?

Here is a step-by-step break down of how ratings are calculated.

After 1st-8th place results for all rated black belt divisions are determined, the results are entered into the Open World Tour/ ratings database.

The ratings module will display the results and also calculate ratings as follows:

1. Place. Competitors receive points (up to 100) for where he or she placed in a division. 4th-8th place = 25 points, 3rd place = 50 points, 2nd place = 75 points and 1st place = 100 points.

2. Number of People In Division. Next, the calculator checks out how many people were in the division. If there was only one person in the division, 50 points will be deducted from points. If there were only 2-3 people in the division, 10 points are deducted. Divisions with 4 competitors have no point deductions or rewards and divisions with 5 or more competitors enhance each competitor’s points by 10.

3. Defeating a Higher Rated Competitor. Placing higher than a competitor that ranks higher than you also allows for bonus points. The calculator looks at the ratings based on the most recent completed tournament. If, at the next tournament, a competitor places higher in the division than another competitor who is rated higher, the competitor will receive an additional 25 points for each higher rated competitor he or she defeats.

4. Grand Championships. Finally, competitors who win an overall grand championship will receive an additional 100 bonus points for the grand championship title.

5. Placing in Multiple Divisions. Since the Open World Tour/ Ratings Divisions have been tailored to accommodate multiple events, this means that a competitor may place in a number of different divisions in a tournament that would all fall into the same Open World Tour/ Ratings Division. For instance, a competitor who competes and places in an extreme forms divisions and a separate musical forms division would have points from both that would qualify for the creative/extreme/musical OpenWorld Tour/ Rating Division for the competitor’s gender and age. In this instance, the division where the competitor earned the most points would be included in the Open World Tour/ Ratings for that tournament.