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Section 1: The competition area will be flat and devoid of hazards. There is no fixed size for this area so it must be large enough to accommodate correct and complete execution of forms.

Section 2: Competition areas will be set far enough away from each other so that competitors will not interfere with each other when performing in the separate areas.

Section 3:Chief Judge and other officials will be seated at a table in front of the area in the center. Judges will be seated at the corners of the ring.


Section 1: Form competition will be divided into Events as follow:

External Styles: Southern, Northern, Contemporary Wushu, Modern Chuan fa (Kenpo and Kajukenbo), and Pan Asian (Non Chinese).

Internal Styles: Yang, Guang Ping, Wu/Hao, Chen, Combined Taijiquan, 24 Step Taijiquan, Rare Tai Chi Styles, Hsingyi, Bagua, and Rare Internal Styles

Section 2: Weapons Forms competition will be divided as follows:

Traditional, Contemporary, Chuan fa & Pan Asian Events will each have Long Weapons, Short Weapons, Double Weapons and Flexible Weapons competitions.

Internal Weapons Events will be Tai Chi Sword, Internal Short Weapons and Internal Long Weapons competitions.


Section 1: A panel of five (5) Judges and one (1) Chief Judge will be assigned to each ring prior to competition. If there are not enough judges, panel can consist of as little as three (3) judges and one (1) referee. If there is an even number of judges in the judges?? panel the Chief Judge will score also.

Section 2: In addition, Scorekeeper and Timekeeper will be appointed.

Section 3: Judges will score each form performed.


Section 1: The result of a forms match is determined by the summation of points accumulated during the match. Scoring will be as follows:

Beginner: 6.5 ?C 7.5

Intermediate:7.5 ?C 8.5

Advanced:8.5 ?C 9.5

* First three (3) competitors perform and are judged after the third competitor is finished. This will help to determine the average.

Section 2: When the Scorekeeper adds the scores for each competitor, the maximum and minimum scores are eliminated and the middle three scores are added to provide a final score.

Section 3: If there is a tie, the Scorekeeper adds in the minimum scores. If a tie persists, the maximum scores are added back in for the total score.

* If there are 3 judges or fewer, omit the previous section 2 and 3.

Section 4:If a tie persists competitors will repeat the same form.

Section 5:If there is a difference between the high and the low score of more than .50 the Chief Judge will call a judges meeting

and instruct the judges to re-score in order to bring the scores to within the suitable maximum range. The judges will

return to their seats and re-score the competitor. The judges?? second score will stand.


Section 1:In assessing the performance of a competitor the following criteria are adopted:

A. The form must be performed with competence and must demonstrate a clear understanding of the principle(s) it contains, according to the style from which it is derived.

B.The competitor must demonstrate:

1.Focus of attention

2.Spirit and intention.

3.Appropriate body mechanics and use of power.

4.Balance and root

5.Appropriate breathing

6.Coordination of body parts between upper and lower body

7.Synchronization of timing, and rhythm of form.

8. Difficulty of form

8.Complete control of the weapon in the case weapon forms

* It is important that the Judges consider the style from which the form is derived and evaluate it with a view to discerning other points relative to that style of form.

Section 2: A competitor may be fouled and disallowed further competition in that respective form category if he unintentionally interrupts the form or performs a form which does not belong in that category of competition according to the decision of the Chief Judge.

Section 3:A competitor who drops his weapon may be fouled and disallowed further competition in that respective form category. A competitor who wishes to place his weapon on the ground during his form must notify the judges before he starts or he will be penalized as having dropped the weapon.


Section 1: In weapon competitions, the Chief Judge inspects all weapons to ensure their structural safety. If he deems a weapon unsafe, the Chief Judge will foul out the competitor.

Section 2: If a Chief Judge believes that a weapon is so lengthy as to present a hazard to officials or competitors, he must confer with the Judges Panel to decide to disallow the weapon and may also foul out the competitor. Measurements do not include flags or tassels.

Section 3: Contemporary Wushu weapons will be used only in the contemporary category of weapons competition and are not required to support their own weight when rested on the point.

Section 6: Bladed weapons made of wood or aluminum are prohibited.


Section 1.Specifications for Long Weapons

    1. Spear: The spear must have a metal tip and a horsehair tassel. The length shall be no shorter than the height of the performers' wrist when he stands erect and extends his arm straight overhead.

    2. Staff and Southern Staff: Staffs may only have one end tapered ?C Bo staffs with both ends tapered are permitted only the Chuan fa & Pan Asian Division. The southern staff shall not be shorter than the performer's eyebrow.

    3. Long weapons will also include guandao, pudao, tiger fork, two handed sword or broadsword.

    4. Long weapons of Non Chinese origin like the Naganata are permitted only in the Chuan fa and Pan Asian Divisions.

Section 2.Specifications for Short Weapons

Sword: The sword must be a single-hand, double-edged straight sword. The tip of the sword shall not be shorter than the bottom of the performer's ear when the sword is held by the guard. The sword shall support its own weight when rested point down on the ground. Tassel may be attachedto the pommel of the weapon.

  1. Broadsword: The Broadsword must be a singled-edged blade with slight convex curvature on the cutting edge. The tip of the broadsword/southern broadsword shall not be lower than the top of the performer's shoulder when the broadsword is held, guard in hand. The broadsword must support its own weight when rested point down on the ground; a flag may be attached to the pommel of the weapon.

  2. Bladed weapons of non Chinese origin like the katana are only permitted in the Chuan fa and Pan Asian Divisions.

Section 3. Specifications for Flexible Weapons

A. Flexible Weapons include but is not limited to three section staff, single chain whip, rope dart and meteor- hammer.

B. Flexible weapons of non Chinese origin, like to nunchuku and manriki-gusari, are only permitted in the Chuan fa and Pan Asian Divisions.

Section 4. Specifications for Double Weapons

    1. Double Weapons include but is not limited double broadsword, double straight sword, double hooks and Butterfly Doa.

    2. Double Weapons of Non Chinese origin, like sai or kama are only permitted in the Chuan Fa and Pan Asian Divisions.

Section 3.Deductions for Nonconformity of Weapons

  1. A. In the event that the weapon's length fall short of the stated lengths, a deduction of 0.05 shall be made at the discretion of the Chief Judge.

  2. In the event that the weapon obviously does not conform to the standards set out above in any way other than length, a deduction of 0.05 shall be made, at the discretion of the Chief Judge

  3. In the event that the weapon is obviously being used in the wrong division, the performer be disqualified by the Chief Judge.


Section 1: The competitor will respond to the calling of his name by going directly into the competition area and perform a salutation to the Chief Judge and begin. Upon completion of the form, he returns to the starting position to await scoring.

Section 2: Competitors should NOT give their names, nor the name of the school, club, or association from which they belong, or the name(s) of their teacher(s), or the name of their style or form as this may influence the judges. Competitors who violate this rule a deduction 0.10 shall be made from their final score at the discretion of the Chief Judge.

Section 3: The Chief Judge calls for scoring with a verbal command, at which time the judges raise their score cards in unison so as to be visible to the Scorekeeper.

Section 4: The Chief Judge calls out each score and the Scorekeeper records them.

Section 5: The Scorekeeper tallies the score and the Chief Judge announces it. The competitors perform a salutation to the Chief Judge and return to his position outside the competition area.

Section 6: Except for Tai Chi forms, no form will exceed a limit of three (3) minutes from the beginning of body movement to completion. Any competitor exceeding this limit will have 0.5 point deducted from the score for every thirty (:30) seconds or any portion thereof, beyond the time limit. A competitor going sixty (:60) seconds over the time limit will be fouled out.

Section 7:Except for Contemporary Taijiquan forms, Tai Chi competitors will be given a warning by the timekeeper at 3 minutes. Competitor must complete their form within the next 30 seconds.

Section 8: Except for Tai Chi Weapons forms, no weapon form will exceed a limit of three (3) minutes. Tai Chi Weapons Forms are limited to five (5) minutes. Restrictions and penalties of Section 6 apply.

Section 9: There are no minimum time requirements for forms. However, judges may consider the length of the competitors form as part of the difficulty criteria when calculating their score.

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