CMAT Rules

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CMAT Rules 2014

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CMAT Abridged Tournament Rules 2014

I. General Rules
II. Skill Levels
III. Age Groups
IV. Weight Classes for Chi Sao, Push Hands, and Technical Fighting
V. Time Limits
VI. Deductions for Over/Under Time Limits
VII. All-Around Champion Awards
VIII. All-Around Champion Placing
IX. Group Sets
X. Uniforms
XI. Weapons

I. General Rules

UC Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Tournament Rules will be implemented for all judging with the exception of New Compulsory Nanquan and Changquan, which will follow 2005 IWuF International Competition Rules.

Events may be combined at tournament director’s discretion (only under reasonable
circumstances).

The maximum number of individual events a competitor may register for is 4. This excludes Push Hands, Sparring Set, and Group Set, of which each competitor may register in one event each. Thus the maximum total number of events a competitor may register for is 7, which includes 4 individual events, 1 push hands, 1 sparring set, and 1 group set.

Contemporary forms such as Long Fist (Chang Quan) and Southern Fist (Nan Quan) are not allowed in Traditional events. Ineligible forms will be determined by the head judge. Competitors who violate this rule will be disqualified from the event. After disqualification, competitors will be moved to the appropriate contemporary event as long as it has not yet occurred.

Weapons used for Traditional events must be able to stand under their own weight. If violated, the competitor will be disqualified.

A competitor may not compete with the same form twice. Competitors who violate this rule will be disqualified for all instances where the same form was used.

A competitor may only compete in either 24 Yang OR Open Yang, and similarly either in 24 Chen OR Open Chen.

No unauthorized personnel will be allowed on the competition floor. All offenders will be escorted off and their addmissions revoked. If the offender is a parent, coach, or associate of a competitor, that competitor will be disqualified. Should the offender be associated with multiple competitors, one will be disqualified at the discretion of the staff. In all such cases there will be no refunds.

II. Skill Levels

BEGINNERS (< 2 YEARS)

i. No more than two years of wushu training
ii. No International Wushu Federation International Compulsory forms or anything closely resembling one. Forms must be linear.
iii. No butterflies, jumps landing in splits, or linking of multiple difficulty movements into combinations.
iv. Permitted jumps include: jump front, jump inside, jump outside, cartwheels, or anything with 360 or fewer degrees of rotation.

INTERMEDIATE ( < 4 YEARS)

i. No more than four years of wushu training
ii. Advanced moves (jump kicks, acrobatics, balances, etc.) are limited to those found within the first two sets of International Wushu Federation International Compulsory forms.
iii. No aerial twists, jump inside/outside kicks with more than 360 degrees rotation, etc.

ADVANCED (> 4 YEARS)

i. To be eligible for the advanced all-around award, the competitor must compete in four advanced individual events (three for senior wushu). More details in the All-Around Champion section.

III. Age Groups

Young Child: < 7 years old
Child: 8-12  years old
Teen: 13-17 years old
Adult: 18-35 years old
Adult (internal events): 18-52 years old
Senior: 36+ years old
Senior (internal events): 53+ years old

IV. Weight Classes for Chi Sao, Push Hands, and Technical Fighting

 Men

Light Weight: 65.7 kg (144.9 lb)
Middle Weight: 79.3 kg (174.9 lb)
Heavy Weight: 92.9 kg (204.9 lb)

Women

Lower Weight: 61.1 kg (134.9 lb)
Upper Weight: +61.2 kg (+135 lb)

V. Time Limits

CONTEMPORARY WUSHU
Experience Level Time Limit
Beginner (all age groups) 0:30 minimum
Intermediate (all age groups) 1:00 minimum
Advanced (all age groups) 1:20 minimum
Advanced Other Fist and Other Weapon Events (all age groups) 1:00 minimum

TRADITIONAL EVENTS
Experience Level Time Limit
All levels (under 12) 0:30 – 2:00
Beginner and Intermediate (age 13+) 0:30 – 2:00
Advanced (age 13+) 0:45 – 2:00

INTERNAL EVENTS (AGE 36+)
Event Name Time Limit
42 Taijiquan Form 5:00 – 6:00
42 Taijquan Straightsword Form 3:00 – 4:00
24 Chen and Yang Style Form 4:00 – 5:00
Open Chen and Yang Style 3:00 – 3:30
Sun Taiji 3:00 – 3:30
XingYiQuan (形意拳), BaGuaZhang (八卦掌), and BaJiQuan (八極拳) 1:00 – 2:00
Guang Ping Form 3:00 – 3:30
Taiji Sword and 32 Taiji Sword 2:00 – 5:00
Other Fist 3:00 – 3:30
Other Taiji Short Weapon, Other Taiji Long Weapon, Other Weapons 2:00 – 5:00

GROUP SETS (ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS AND AGE GROUPS)
External Group Set, Guang-Ping Group Set, and Internal Group Set 0:45 – 6:00
Sparring Group Set 0:45 – 2:00

VI. Deductions for Over/Under Time Limits

In all cases, deductions are taken when routines violate the time limit by more than 0.09 seconds. Time deductions will not be made for forms with time violations of a hundredths of a second.

CONTEMPORARY
0.10 points for each increment of 2.0 seconds over or under the time limit.

TRADITIONAL
0.10 points for each increment of 5.0 seconds over or under the time limit.

INTERNAL
0.10 points for each increment of 5.0 seconds over or under the time limit.

GROUP SETS

0.10 points for each increment of 5.0 seconds over or under the time limit.

VII. All-Around Champion Awards

All-around championships at the 22nd Annual UC Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Tournament will be awarded for the following advanced categories:

Adult Contemporary Wushu (Female)
Adult Contemporary Wushu (Male)
Adult Traditional Wushu (Female)
Adult Traditional Wushu (Male)
Internal Wushu (Female)
Internal Wushu (Male)
13-17 Year Old Contemporary Wushu (Female)
13-17 Year Old Contemporary Wushu (Male)
13-17 Year Old Traditional Wushu (Female)
13-17 Year Old Traditional Wushu (Male)
8-12 Year Old Contemporary Wushu (Combined Gender)
8-12 Year Old Traditional Wushu (Combined Gender)
Senior Wushu (Combined Gender)

To qualify for all-around championships, competitors must compete in the advanced divisions of the following sets of events:

Adult Contemporary Wushu: 4 events total

a. Hand Form (New Compulsory Long Fist, New Compulsory Southern Fist, Long Fist, Southern Fist)
b. Short Weapon Form (Straightsword, Broadsword, Southern Broadsword)
c. Long Weapon Form (Spear, Staff, Southern Staff)
d. Other Contemporary Form (Other hand form, Other Weapon)

Adult Traditional Wushu : 4 events total

a. Hand Form (Northern, Southern)
b. Traditional Short Weapon
c. Traditional Long Weapon
d. Other Traditional Form (Other hand form, Other Weapon)

Internal Wushu: 4 events total

a. 42 Taiji Form (Internal 42 Taiji, Internal 42 Taiji Straightsword)
b. Taiji Form (Internal 24 Yang, Internal 24 Chen, Internal Open Yang, Internal Open Chen, Internal Sun Taiji)
c. Other (non-Taiji) Internal Form (Internal Xingyi, Internal Bagua, Internal Baji Fist, Internal Guang Ping, Internal Other)
d. Other Weapon Form (Internal Taiji Sword, Internal 32 Taiji Sword, Internal Other Taiji Weapon, Internal Other Weapon)

13-17 Year Old Contemporary Wushu: 4 events total

a. Hand Form (New Compulsory Long Fist, New Compulsory Southern Fist, Long Fist, Southern Fist)
b. Short Weapon Form (Straightsword, Broadsword, Southern Broadsword)
c. Long Weapon Form (Spear, Staff, Southern Staff)
d. Other Contemporary Form (Other hand form, Other Weapon)

13-17 Year Old Traditional Wushu: 4 events total

a. Hand Form (Northern, Southern)
b. Traditional Short Weapon
c. Traditional Long Weapon
d. Other Traditional Form (Other hand form, Other Weapon)

8-12 Year Old Contemporary Wushu: 4 events total

a. Hand Form (New Compulsory Long Fist, New Compulsory Southern Fist, Long Fist, Southern Fist)
b. Short Weapon Form (Straightsword, Broadsword, Southern Broadsword)
c. Long Weapon Form (Spear, Staff, Southern Staff)
d. Other Contemporary Form (Other hand form, Other Weapon)

8-12 Year Old Traditional Wushu: 4 events total

a. Hand Form (Northern, Southern)
b. Traditional Short Weapon
c. Traditional Long Weapon
d. Other Traditional Form (Other hand form, Other Weapon)

Senior Wushu: 3 events total

a. Hand Form (Traditional or Contemporary External)
b. Short Weapon Form (Traditional or Contemporary External)
c. Long Weapon Form (Traditional or Contemporary External)

Note: Contemporary Wushu competitors may compete in either the New Compulsory divisions OR the regular advanced Long Fist/Southern Fist divisions to satisfy the Hand Form requirement for All-Around Champion, but not both. The New Compulsory divisions and the regular advanced divisions will not count as separate distinct forms for purposes of qualifying for all-around (e.g. A competitor may not compete in both Contemporary Longfist and New Compulsory Longfist to qualify for all-around).

VIII. All-Around Champion Placing

Competitors for the all-around championship earn points based on how they place in each of their events.

The competitor with the greatest sum of points will win the title.
Points are awarded as follows:

3 points for each 1st place finish
2 points for each 2nd place finish
1 point for each 3rd place finish

If two or more competitors tie, the following criteria will be applied one at a time in the order listed until a winner is determined:

  1. All-Around Champion will automatically go to the competitor with first place in all events (that count towards all-around point calculation). Note: this may result in multiple All-around Champions in certain categories.
  2. The competitor with more first places will be placed higher.
  3. Only the forms that make up the point score (as calculated above) will be considered for this criterion.
  4. The competitor receiving a higher score in the same event shall be placed higher than an equally-ranked competitor.
  5. All of the competitor’s competed individual forms will be taken into consideration for this criterion.
  6. The competitor with the smallest sum of differences between the two dropped (highest and lowest) scores of each of his or her events shall be placed higher. All individual forms that the competitor competed in will be considered for this criterion.

If after the third criterion, competitors are still tied, they will all be awarded the all-around title.

IX. Group Sets

All group sets require a minimum of five competitors per group. External sets may have a maximum of six competitors per group. Sparring sets require exactly two or three competitors per group.

Music will not be allowed during any group or sparring set.

X. Uniforms

a. Specifications

i. Acceptable tops: Tournament or event T-shirts, traditional Chinese jackets of any style and material

ii. Dress Code:

1. Uniforms should be clean and wrinkle free.
2. Shirts must be tucked into pants. (Only exception is in internal-style events, where this is optional).
3. Pants must be long and either gathered or open at the ankles.
4. A sash or belt must be worn. (Only exception is in internal-style events, where this is optional).
NOTE: Karate belts are NOT acceptable.
5. Martial arts style athletic shoes must be worn for all forms. They must be stable and flexible at the ankle and toe, as well as have a low profile and good traction.
6. Uniforms bearing distinguishing school or organization logos may or may not be permitted at the discretion of the event staff.

b. deductions for non-conforming uniforms

i. Cumulative deductions of 0.05 shall be made by the Head Judge for each non-conformity
ii. Exceptions:

1. The Head Judge will deduct 0.10 from the final score for all barefoot competitors.
2. The Head Judge will deduct 0.20 for a non-Chinese martial arts uniform.

XI. Weapons

All weapons will be inspected by the Head Judge prior to each weapon event. Make sure your weapons meet the necessary qualifications; unacceptable weapons may be replaced with an approved weapon before an event.

a. Standard Weapons

i. Spear (Qiang)

1. Must have a metal tip and horsehair-style tassel
2. Spear length must reach competitor’s longest fingertip while competitor is standing upright with arms held straight overhead.

ii. Staff and Southern Staff (Gun and Nangun)

1. Can only have one end tapered.
2. Staff length must be taller than competitor’s height.

iii. Straightsword (Jian)

1. Must be single-handed and double-edged blade.
2. Sword tip must reach ear tip when sword is held in left hand.
3. Contemporary and internal events require a sword tassel.
4. Traditional events require a sword that can support its own weight when rested point down on the ground. Tassels are optional.

iv. Broadsword (Dao)

1. Must be single-edged blade with a convex curve on the cutting side.
2. Sword tip must reach ear tip when sword is held correctly in left hand.
3. Contemporary and internal events require a sword that can support its own weight when rested point down on the ground. Broadsword flags are optional.

v. Southern Broadsword (Nandao)

1. Must be a single-edged blade with a convex curve on the cutting side.
2. Sword tip must be higher than lower jaw when sword is held correctly in left hand.

vi. Specifications of other standard weapons may be allowed, at the discretion of the head Judge.

b. Other Weapons

i. Must be Chinese in origin.
ii. Acceptable weapons include, but are not limited to:

1. Double Weapons: Double Broadswords, Double Straightswords, Double Hooks
2. Flexible Weapons: Three-Section Staff, Single Chain Whip, Rope Dart
3. Open Weapons: Guan Dao, Pu Dao, Tiger Fork, Two-Handed Sword, Fan, Dagger
4. Dual weapons, like the Miao Dao and Liang Jie Gun, are acceptable despite their similarities to Japanese weapons, if they are used with Wushu characteristics.

iii. Unacceptable weapons include, but are not limited to:

1. Naginata, Wakizashi, Manriki-Gusari, Tonfa, Kama, Sai

C. Weapon Deductions

i. If the weapon used appears different from the weapon inspected, the Head Judge may re-inspect the weapon to determine if a deduction shall be made.
ii. Non-Chinese weapons will receive a total of 0.30 deducted from the final score.
iii. Unacceptable weapons will receive a deduction of 0.20.