Rules and Regulations



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 12th New England International Chinese Martial Arts Championships is an in-person competition.

Competition Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022

Competition Venue: Manchestr, Connecticut, at Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu

Registration period: July 1 through September 15, 2022.


All registrations will be through an online form. Competitors will receive email confirmation of registration and payment.

The registration forms will go live on July 1st.

The last day to register is September 15.

Age Groups

Competitions are divided into 8 age groups.

  • 5 & under
  • 6-7
  • 8-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-17
  • 18-39
  • 40-59
  • 60+

Placing and Awards

Events with fewer than 3 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 next 30% will be awarded third place.

First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded.

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

There are 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 multiple days a week, or less than 3-4 years experience if training 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 years experience if training 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 order to encourage the practice of traditional wushu, please follow these guidelines when registering for traditional 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 accompaniment is permitted.