The GHA utilizes a point-style sparring competition which allows competitors to score points by successfully executing hand techniques, kicking techniques,

throws / sweeps / take-downs and joint locks for submission. Because of the inherent danger of many of these techniques, safety protocols will be adhered to without exception. Most notable is the mandatory use of headgear that includes a plastic face shield. In the interest of promoting “realistic” sparring, the GHA allows the use of punching and kicking techniques to the face. Absolutely NO ONE in any division will be allowed to compete without wearing an approved plastic face shield and headgear. All matches will continue until 5 points are scored, or until TWO MINUTES has elapsed on the clock, whichever comes first.