Competition Rules

The competition rules and regulations for the World Open Martial Arts Championship (WOMAC) are established, updated, and regulated by the members of the Competition Committee of the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF). These rules are strictly enforced by the WOMAC’s Panel of Judges. During the competition, any disputes regarding the rules and regulations should be filed to the WFMAF’s Competition Committee. For masters and instructors who are interested in becoming judges at the US Open Martial Arts Championship, please submit your credentials for consideration using our online Judge Application form. Download the competition rules and regulations here: WFMAF Competition Rules.

Forms (Open Hand & Weapons) Divisions

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*Each division is categorized into (1) Open Hand Form, (2) Short Weapon Form, (3) Long Weapon Form, and (4) Other Weapon Form.
*Two/Multi-Person Routine & Team Demonstration divisions are categorized by (1) Open Hand Form and (2) Weapon Form.
*Two/Multi-Person Routine & Team Demonstration divisions are not categorized by gender.

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  • Beginner less than 2 years of experience
  • Intermediate 2 to 4 years of experience
  • Advanced more than 4 years of experience

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  • Beginner Under Belts: 6 – 7.5 points
  • Intermediate Under Belts: 7 – 8.5 points
  • Advanced Under Belts: 8.5 – 10 points

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  • Children 6 & Under
  • Children 7 – 8
  • Children 9 – 11
  • Teen 12 – 14 | Boys
  • Teen 12 – 14 | Girls
  • Teen 15 – 17 | Boys
  • Teen 15 – 17 | Girls
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

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  • Adult 18 – 29 | Men
  • Adult 18 – 29 | Women
  • Adult 30 – 45 | Men
  • Adult 30 – 45 | Women
  • Adult 46 & 60 | Men
  • Adult 46 & 60 | Women
  • Adult 61 & Above | Men
  • Adult 61 & Above | Women
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

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  • Children 11 & Under
  • Teen 12 – 17
  • Adult 18 – 35
  • Adult 36 & Above
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

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All advanced level gold medal winners in forms divisions, with all children to adults age groups, are eligible to compete in the grand championships. Grand championships are categorized into External Open Hand Forms, External Weapons Forms, Internal Open Hand Forms, and Internal Weapons Forms. Eligible competitors, who received an advanced level gold medal in their division, must pay $20 at the tournament to enter the grand championship competition. Medals and award certificates will be issued to the winners of grand championships.

External category includes: Modern Wushu, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, and any other external styles.
Internal category includes: Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, and any other internal styles.

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Hero of Combat Divisions

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  • Beginner: Less than 2 years of experience
  • Intermediate: 2 to 4 years of experience
  • Advanced: More than 4 years of experience

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  • Children 6 – 7
  • Children 8 – 9
  • Children 10 – 11
  • Teen 12 – 13 | Boys
  • Teen 12 – 13 | Girls
  • Teen 14 – 15 | Boys
  • Teen 14 – 15 | Girls
  • Teen 16 – 17 | Boys
  • Teen 16 – 17 | Girls
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

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  • Adult 18 – 29 | Men
  • Adult 18 – 29 | Women
  • Adult 30 – 45 | Men
  • Adult 30 – 45 | Women
  • Adult 46 & 60 | Men
  • Adult 46 & 60 | Women
  • Adult 61 & 70 | Men
  • Adult 61 & 70 | Women
  • Adult 71 & Above | Men
  • Adult 71 & Above | Women
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

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  • Men’s Featherweight: (145 lbs & Under)
  • Men’s Lightweight: (146 – 155 lbs)
  • Men’s Welterweight: (156 – 170 lbs)
  • Men’s Middleweight: (171 – 185 lbs)
  • Men’s Light Heavyweight: (186 – 205 lbs)
  • Men’s Heavyweight: (206 lbs & Above)
  • Women’s Lightweight: (125 lbs & Under)
  • Women’s Welterweight: (126 – 135 lbs)
  • Women’s Middleweight: (136 – 145 lbs)
  • Women’s Light Heavyweight: (146 lbs & above)
  • Youth groups 17 yrs & under are not categorized by weight.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in a weight class, the judge reserves the right to combine weight classes.

*Short Weapon Sparring, Long Weapon Sparring, & Arnis Stick Fighting are not categorized by weight.

*Weigh-in time is 8a.m. to 9:30a.m. at the date of the tournament for Point Sparring, Continuous Sparring, Sanda, Ultimate Sanda, and Shuai Jiao. If a competitor missed the weigh-in time,  weigh-in will take place at the time when the competitor is called to compete.

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Competition Grouping & Dress Code

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For forms divisions, competitors are grouped first by age groups and then by level of experience.

For hero of combat divisions, competitors are grouped by the order of age groups, level of experience, and weight classes. Restriction on age groups may apply to some divisions of hero of combat, learn more on the rules page of each of these divisions.

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All competitors are required to dress appropriately.

For Chinese martial arts divisions, competitors may wear traditional Chinese martial arts uniforms (preferred), or school T-shirt. For Karate divisions, competitors may wear Karate-type Gi’s. For Taekwondo division, competitors may wear Taekwondo uniform.

For beginner and intermediate sparring divisions, competitors may wear traditional uniforms. For Full-Contact Sanda and Ultimate Sanda divisions, competitors may wear sparring t-shirt and shorts.

Shoes are mandatory for all events, except for sparring. All shoes should be regular athletic type shoes.

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