Rules and Regulations

规章制度(中文)

General

Events with fewer than three registered participants will be combined with other events when possible.

All scores and medal winners for competitive events will be published within two weeks of the end of the competition.

The championships is organized by Malee Khow and Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu and sanctioned by the USA Wushu Kungfu-Federation.

Registration discounts are available for USAWKF and USANTCCF members.

(ONLINE) New England International Chinese Martial Arts Championships

The 11th New England International Chinese Martial Arts Championships is an online competition. Competitors submit videos of their competition events, which are then reviewed and scored by teams of judges.

Registrations will be open from August 15 through October 15, 2021. The registration fee is $30; each event is $15.

All videos must be submitted by October 31, 2021.

Scoring will take place December 1-10.

Age Groups

Competitors are divided into 7 age groups

  • 7 & under
  • 8-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-17
  • 18-39
  • 40-59
  • 60+

Video Submissions

Videos must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Include only the video of the performance, without any video prior or after the performance; do not include any superimposed text or other images on any part of the video.
  2. The competitor’s entire body and any weapons must be visible throughout the video.
  3. The camera may pan back and forth minimally during the performance, but may not be zoomed in out.
  4. Musical accompaniment is permitted, but the original audio must also be present at full volume.
  5. The video must be recorded on or after August 15.

Placing and Awards

Events with fewer than 5 competitors will be combined with similar events when possible.

The top 20% scorers in each event will be awarded first place; the next 30% will be awarded second place; and the remaining 50% will be awarded third place.

Once all scoring has been completed, all competitors will receive via email (1) a Certificate of Participation and (2) Certificates of Award for their competition events.

Medals can be shipped by special request for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information.

Full results of the competition will be published by December 31, 2021.

TIME LIMITS: Individual Events

Contemporary Wushu (barehand and weapons)

Beginning-Intermediate: minimum 45 seconds, maximum 2 minutes

Advanced: minimum 1 minute, 20 seconds for compulsory routines or optional taolu: Long Fist, Southern Boxing, Staff, Spear, Straight Sword, Broadsword, Southern Staff, or Southern Broadsword

Advanced: minimum 1 minute for other forms

Traditional Kung Fu (barehand and weapons)

All levels: minimum: 30 seconds, maximum: 2 minutes

Taijiquan and Other Internal

24 Form: minimum 4 minutes, maximum 6 minutes

42 Form Taijiquan: minimum 5 minutes, maximum 6 minutes

Other Taijiquan: minimum 3 minutes, maximum 5 minutes

Other Internal Barehand: minimum 1 minute, maximum 2.5 minutes

Internal Weapons

Taiji Straight Sword: minimum 2 minutes, maximum 4 minutes

All Other: minimum 1 minute, maximum 2.5 minutes

TIME LIMITS: Group Events

Choreographed Fighting – External: minimum 30 seconds, maximum 2 minutes

Choreographed Fighting – Internal: minimum 2 minutes, maximum 4 minutes

Group External: minimum 30 seconds, maximum 2 minutes

Group Internal: minimum 3 minutes, maximum 7 minutes

Experience Levels

(1) The New England Wushu Kung Fu Grand Champion Cup has two experience levels: beginner and advanced.

(2) The 7th USA Tai Chi Cup has two experience levels: beginner and advanced.

(3) The online New England International Chinese Martial Arts Championships has three experience levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Definitions of Experience Levels

Beginner: (1) still mastering the basics: (2) less than 2 years experience if training consistently multiple days a week, or less than 3-4 years experience if training inconsistently once or twice a week.

Intermediate: (1) good technique and stances, but may be lacking in power, speed, coordination, or balance; (2) 2-4 years if training multiple days a week; 4-6 experience if training inconsistent, or only once or twice a week.

Advanced: (1) excellent technique, stances, power, etc.; (2) several years training consistently several times a week.

Traditional vs. Contemporary Events

In the past, some athletes in traditional events have often competed with contemporary standardized taolu, or taolu with excessive contemporary elements, or weapons taolu made with non-traditional materials.

In order to encourage the practice of traditional wushu, this year we are implementing stricter requirements for traditional wushu events.

Only traditional taolu styles are permitted. Examples include: Shaolin Quan, Cha Quan, Hua Quan, Mizong Quan, Tongbei Quan, Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Choy Lay Fut, Mok Gar, and traditional animal styles such as Seven Star Praying Mantis or White Crane.

Excluded from traditional events:

  • Standardized wushu forms, such as 3rd duan changquan (elementary changquan), 5th duan changquan (youth compulsory form), and standardized weapons taolu;
  • International compulsory barehand and weapon taolu and optional taolu;
  • “Traditional” styles with excessive modern elements, such as tumbling movements that would not traditionally be found in that particular style;
  • Metal weapons with flexible/floppy blades; and
  • Staves or spears made from non-wood materials, such as carbon fiber.

The organizers and officials reserve the right to move a competitor from traditional wushu to contemporary wushu based on these requirements.

Music

Music accompaniment is permitted.

For the online championships, any music must not be dubbed over the original sound track.