Rules and Regulations

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.

All events are organized by Malee Khow and Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu and sanctioned by the USA Wushu Kungfu-Federation. The 7th USA Tai Chi Grand Champion Cup is sanctioned by the USA National Tai Chi Chuan Federation.

Registration discounts will be available for USAWKF and USANTCCF members.

See below for information about registration dates for each competition.

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, competitors 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.

New England Wushu Kung Fu Grand Champion Cup

The New England Junior Wushu Kung Fu Grand Champion Cup will take place on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu. The doors will open at 8 am. At this time, competitors and spectators may enter, pick up their registration materials, etc. Competitions will begin at 9 am with the youngest age group.

The registration fee of $80 does not include the first event. Each event is $20.

There is a registration discount of $10 for competitors who register by August 15.

For more information and to register, please go here.

Age Groups

Competitions will be divided into 6 age groups:

  • 6 & under
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-15
  • 16-18

Athletes who will be 19 years or older on or before the day of competition, November 7, 2020, are not eligible to compete.

Experience Levels

Each age group will have two experience levels, Beginning and Advanced. See Experience Levels above for more information.

Competition Times and Schedule

Competition times will be divided by age group, from lowest to highest, i.e., the 6 & under age group will compete first, followed by the 7-8 age group, etc.

A tentative event schedule will be published on September 1. The final schedule will be published on October 1.

Competition Requirements

Competitors in the 16-18 age group must compete in at least THREE FORMS, including least one barehand form, one short weapon form, and one long weapon OR double/flexible weapon form.

All other age groups must compete in at least two forms.

Beginner competitors (except for 16-18) must compete in at least TWO forms. Any combination of barehand and weapon forms is acceptable: two barehand forms, two weapon forms, or one of each.

Advanced competitors (except for 16-18) must compete in at least TWO forms, including at least one barehand form and one weapon form.

There is no limit to the number of events a competitor can register for.

Awards

First, second, and third place trophies are awarded to both boys and girls in each age group and each experience level. For example:

Beginning girls 7-8 can win a first, second, or third place trophy.

Advanced girls 7-8 can win a first, second, or third place trophy.

Therefore, 6 trophies may be awarded to girls 7-8.

How Trophies Are Awarded

For each competition group, the athletes with the first, second, and third highest average scores will be awarded the respective trophies.

Athletes’ average scores are calculated as follows:

For the 16-18 age group: The average score of the competitor’s (1) highest scoring barehand form, (2) highest scoring short weapon form, and (3) highest scoring long/double/flexible weapon form.

For beginner competitors (not 16-18): The average score of the competitor’s two highest scoring events is taken, irrespective of whether they are barehand or weapon events.

For advanced competitors (not 16-18): The average score of the competitors’ highest barehand score and highest weapon score.

For example:

Lee in the 9-10 age group competed in four events, with the following scores:

Barehand: Long fist, 8.7; Praying mantis, 8.9

Weapons: Straight sword, 8.6; Spear, 8.2

If Lee is a beginning competitor: it would not matter whether her highest scores were in barehand or in weapon. In that case, her high scores is 8.7 and 8.9, and her average score is 8.8.

If Lee is an advanced competitor: her highest barehand score is 8.9, and her highest weapon score is 8.6, so her average score is 8.75.

7th USA Tai Chi Grand Champion Cup

The 7th USA Tai Chi Grand Champion Cup will take place on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu. The doors will open at 8 am. At this time, competitors and spectators may enter, pick up their registration materials, etc. Competitions will begin at 9 am with the youngest age group.

The registration fee of $80 does not include the first event. Each event is $20.

There is a registration discount of $10 for competitors who register by August 15.

For more information and to register, please go here.

Age Groups

Competitions will be divided into 5 age groups:

  • 12 & under
  • 13-17
  • 18-39
  • 40-59
  • 60+

Experience Levels

Each age group will have two experience levels, Beginning and Advanced. See Experience Levels above for more information.

Competition Times and Schedule

Competition times will be divided by age group, from lowest to highest, i.e., the 12 & under age group will compete first, followed by the 13-17 age group, etc.

A tentative event schedule will be published on September 1. The final schedule will be published on October 1.

Competition Requirements

All competitors must compete in at least TWO forms, one barehand form and one weapon form.

There is no limit to the number of events a competitor can register for.

Awards

First, second, and third place trophies are awarded to both boys and girls in each age group and each experience level. For example:

Beginning men’s 18-39 can win a first, second, or third place trophy.

Advanced men’s 18-39 can win a first, second, or third place trophy.

Therefore, 6 trophies may be awarded to men 18-39.

How Trophies Are Awarded

For each competition group, the athletes with the first, second, and third highest average scores will be awarded the respective trophies.

Athletes’ average scores are calculated as follows: The average score of the competitors’ highest barehand score and highest weapon score.

For example:

Jay competed in four events, with the following scores:

Barehand: 24 Form Taijiquan, 8.5; Chen style Taijiquan, 8.45

Weapons: 32 Form Taijijian, 8.3; Yang style Taijian, 8.9

If Jay is a beginning competitor:

Jay’s highest barehand score is 8.5, and his highest weapon score is 8.9. His average score is therefore 8.7.

(ONLINE) New England International Chinese Martial Arts Championships

Detailed rules will be published on August 1st.