20TH FESTIVAL OF CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS & BRITISH OPEN TAI CHI CHAMPIONSHIPS- Rules
Under 16s may only enter form events. Under 18s may not enter full contact. Juniors - aged under 16s. Veterans over 55
FORMS EVENTS:- Intermediate forms- total training time less than 5 yrs (i.e. not just the time spent on training in that form). Beginner form – total training time less than 2 yrs (i.e. not just the time spent on training in that form). Categories to be decided by the organiser. Competitors will wear suitable sports clothing and may wear sports shoes or be barefooted. A panel of 3 judges will award points up to a maximum of 10 in respect of the following criteria:-
TAI CHI / INTERNAL FORMS
WU SHU/ EXTERNAL FORMS
. The judges will disqualify competitors who perform an inappropriate form and will deduct points in accordance with the degree to which a form contains inappropriate movements. Similarly 5 points will be deducted for each completed 10 second period by which the competitor's form exceeds the time allowed. This will normally be 4 minutes, but for the 42 step hand form the time limit will be no less than 5 and no more than 6 minutes and points will be deducted on the same basis as before in respect of which the form takes more than 6 or less than 5 minutes to complete. Points will also be directed for stopping, hesitating and dropping a weapon.
After completing their form competitors will wait for the judges to announce the score before leaving the competition area. If competitors wish to appeal a decision they must do so immediately after the event and pay a forfeit of £20 to the appeals committee, which will be repaid if the appeal is found to have merit.
Pushing hands rules
Clothing All competitors should wear suitable sports clothing. No potentially dangerous objects may be worn or carried. Competitors should be clean with nails clipped and long hair tied back. Categories Minimum age limit is 16 years and written parental permission is required for under 18s. Weight divisions will be determined by the organiser and a weigh-in will be conducted on the day of the competition.
Fixed Step On the referee's instructions contestants will come into a front stance facing one another with the same front foot on the centre line. The referee will bring their arms into contact and they will begin as soon as the referee releases his hand
Duration will be 1 minute. When the timekeeper signals half time, the contestants will stop to change feet before restarting as above. The referee will stop the contest when one or both contestants loses balance, or at his discretion. He'll then restart the contest. Stoppages won't be included in the contest time. When the timekeeper signals full-time, the referee will separate the contestants. After the scorer's announcement, the referee will raise the winner’s hand and the contestants will then leave the area.
Scoring 1 point will be awarded if a contestant raises his foot from the floor or steps off balance in any direction or raises any part of the rear foot from the floor. The sole of the front foot may be raised provided that the heel is still in contact with the floor. 2 points will be awarded where a competitor moves both feet or for a half fall, i.e. where a contestant touches the floor with one knee or hand. 4 points will be awarded for a full fall, i.e. where both hands/ knees/ the buttocks touch the floor.
If both contestants lose their balance in the same exchange, no points will be awarded. Where a contestant is losing balance and grabs the opponent's clothing, 2 points will be awarded to his opponent. The scorer will award points as directed by the referee. If the scores are tied, the first to score will be the winner. Fouls and disqualifications If a foul is committed, the referee may at his discretion warn the culprit, award 2 points to the opponent or, if the foul is serious, he may disqualify the offender. Fouls include:- attacks to the groin, legs, head or neck; attacking the joints; punches & kicks; spear hands; throws, sweeps, locks & trips; biting, spitting & scratching; pulling hair or clothing; putting an arm/s around the opponent's back, disobeying the referee, dissent & foul language.
Permitted Moves Contestants may use peng, lu, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou and kao.
Moving Step The rules shall be the same as those given above with certain additions. The contest area will not exceed 24' x 24'. The contest will begin and resume on the referee's command. Each time contestants will approach one another from opposite ends of the contest area, make hand/arm contact and circle to the right/ left by turn. Scoring 1 point will be awarded where a contestant steps outside of the area or loses his root or for exceptional technique. 2 points will be awarded for a half fall. 4 points for a full fall and 8 points where a contestant is sent flying out of the area.
Permitted Moves Contestants may move freely within the contest area using peng, lu, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou & kao etc. Safe throws, trips, sweeps and locks are permitted.
After completing their contest competitors will wait for the referee to announce the score before leaving the competition area. If competitors wish to appeal a decision they must do so immediately after the contest and pay a forfeit of £20 to the appeals committee, which will be repaid if the appeal is found to have merit.
CHINESE FULL CONTACT RULES
Contestants must be over 18 years of age and a valid Martial Arts licence or equivalent must be produced on the day of the tournament. Competitors will be matched on the day based on weight and experience, where necessary a round robin of matcjes will be arranged.
Clothing: Groin guards to be worn; No hand bandages may be worn. Head guards & gloves will be provided. Shin and foot guards may be worn.
Full contact to the front and side of body and head with punches and kicks are allowed. Safe throws and takedowns allowed, within permitted three seconds. No attacks to the groin, throat/neck, joints and back.
Headbutts knee and elbow attacks, biting, spitting, time-wasting and dissent are not allowed. There will be three, two minute rounds with one minute intervals or rests between. This may be adjusted for round robin matches.
Points 3 pts for an effective safe throw / sweep, knocking opponent down by kicking, pushing or punching. 2 pts for a public warning. 1 pt where opponent slips and falls, for forcing the opponent out of the area, for a competitor failing to attack within 8 seconds. Public warnings will be given for time wasting where a competitor goes to his corner without being instructed to do so or fails to leave his corner within 5 seconds of being instructed to do so by the referee.
At the conclusion of each round, the round will be awarded to the one contestant who scores more points or declared a draw. The winner of the contest will be decided on the basis of winning at least two of the three rounds, knock out, retirement or disqualification of the opponent. Otherwise if points are even, the contest will be declared a draw.
If competitors wish to appeal a decision they must do so immediately after the event and pay a forfeit of £20 to the appeals committee, which will be repaid if the appeal is found to have merit.
ALL COMPETITORS ENTER EVENTS AT THEIR OWN RISK AND SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE AN APPROPRIATE MARTIAL ARTS LICENCE & INSURANCE.