WORLD FIREKNIFE RULES
WORLD FIREKNIFE RULES AND CRITERIA
MEN & WOMEN'S OPEN DIVISION, INTERMEDIATE & JR COMPETITORS
The rules and criteria listed below are written for the warriors who are invited to participate in the World Fire Knife Dance Championship. The purpose is to educate and maintain the integrity, quality and high level of performance in this skilled art form, and to enhance the cultural background and origin of the Samoan nifo’oti, the ceremony for which the dance was derived, the style, and the fundamentals of the “ailao” (dance).
Each competitor must submit a completed registration form and their participation fee by the deadline – April 17th, 2022. Failure to do so will result in a penalty fee of $100 IF the committee decides to accept your late registration. The penalty fee for JR and Intermediate Competitors is $50 IF the committee decides to accept your late registration. The late registration deadline is April 23rd, 2022.
JRs and Intermediate – $25USD each
Men and Women’s Division – $50 USD each
Males and females may compete together in the Junior and Intermediate competitions. Open Division has separate categories for males and females.
Younger competitors who choose to move up and compete in an older age category cannot compete in the younger age category the following year, even if they still meet that age requirement.
All warriors (including JRs and Intermediate) must have a minimum of three dancing knives in order to compete – one single and two doubles.
All knives must be made with hard metal (The handle can either be metal or wood).
JRs and Intermediate warriors are exempt from required measurements. Men and Women’s Division are required to comply with the following required measurements:
The length of the single knife must be no less than 37 inches (The measurement begins from the tip of the hook to the end of the handle
The blade of the single knife must be no less than 14 inches long, from the tip of the hook to where the blade flares out from the handle.
Only solid blades on all competition knives will be allowed.
Blades that have the middle portion cut out will not be permitted.
The length of double knives must be no less than 35 inches, from the tip of the hook to where the handle flares out.
Double knife blades must be no less than 13 inches long from the tip of the hook to where the blade flares out by the handle.
All knives must have a minimum of two metal rivets to hold the metal blade in place through the handle.
All knives must have hooks large enough to hook together as part of the competition criteria (Knife hook must be free at all angles when hooked together to prevent injury to the performer or spectators).
The weight of the knife is the preference of the warrior.
Competitors are NOT ALLOWED to borrow another warrior’s knife during the competition without approval first from the World Fireknife committee. This may cause disqualification to both warriors involved.
After knives are measured, no one is allowed to change to a shorter knife or knives without hooks.
Fireboards must be attached to the knife blades at the time of the judge’s measurement.
Any knife that does not comply with these standards will cause them to lose points or may be disqualified by the judges. Point deductions will be as follows:
|Infraction||Point deduction for a single knife||Point deduction for double knives|
|Knife length shorter than 37” (single) or 35” (double)||-1 pt per inch||-1 pt per inch per knife|
|Blade length shorter than 14” (single) or 13” (double)||-1 pt per inch||-1 pt per inch per knife|
|Fire length is shorter than 10”/single and shorter than 7.5”/doubles||-1 pt per inch||-1 pt per inch|
|The blade has the middle cut out||Disqualify||Disqualify|
Competitors must sign in at the registration desk to pull numbers and to receive event passes before reporting to the event director backstage of the Pacific Theater. Reporting times for each competition will be included in your confirmation email after we receive your registration form and fee.
All competitors must attend the orientation meeting backstage for instructions and competition updates. If a competitor is not present when knives are measured, they will be eliminated from competition unless they have made prior arrangements with event coordinators. (Men and Women’s Division only)
Only those with an Event Pass will be allowed backstage. JRs and Intermediate competitors will receive an extra Event Pass for an accompanying family member to assist them backstage.
All competitors must wear their Event Pass to enter backstage and be identified.
Warriors may not use any special effects without consulting with and receiving approval from the event director.
Special effects and/or assistance by another person will not be counted as part of the routine. Points are only accumulated when the performer starts his performance.
The routine must be no less than 6 minutes and no longer than 8 minutes. (Open division only) Jr and Intermediate routines must not exceed 6 min.
All competitors must dance to the event drummers provided.
All competitors must observe and abide by PCC dress code on and off stage: dress appropriately and modestly.
Consuming alcohol or drugs is completed prohibited in the Center. Smoking/vaping is restricted to designated areas.
Only PCC-approved knife throwers will be tossing knives to competitors.
Only 20 seconds is allowed between the single knife routine and the double knife routine.
In the event there is a tie between two or more warriors within a division, the head judge’s scores will be used to break the tie.
Read all the rules & criteria thoroughly for updates and changes.
For more information or to make reservations, call the Polynesian Cultural Center ticket office at (808) 293-3333.