Rules for Chi Sao

General Rules

  • There Is No Age Limit for Chi Sao competitors.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.
  • Competitors should wear t-shirt, long pants, and shoes. No jewelry and watches.
  • Prohibited techniques: strike to the face, throat, neck, or groin; elbow strikes or headbutt; grabbing onto opponent’s cloth; attack with brute or excess force.

Duration of Bout

  • Each bout is 3 rounds; each round is 1 minute with 30 minute rest in between each round. A
    participant wining the first 2 rounds wins the bout, without going into the third round.

The Winner of the Bout is Determined By

  • Both competitors’ effectiveness in executing their techniques during attacks and defenses.
  • If the competitor becomes disqualified by the judge, his/her opponent wins the bout.

Warning

  • Using “Prohibited Techniques” against the opponent.
  • Using performance-enhancing drugs prior or during the bout.
  • Disrespecting the referee, judges, or the opponent.
  • Disregards the instructions of the referee and the judges.
  • The referee has the right to disqualify a competitor from the bout or competition if:
    • The competitor receives 3 or more warnings from the referee.
    • The competitor engages in unsportsmanlike conducts.
    • The competitor injures his/her opponent using prohibited techniques or attacks to the no contact area, depending on the seriousness of the injury.
  • The referee has the right to stop the contest if:
    • There is a big gap in the skill level between the 2 competitors. The competitor with the skill advantage wins the bout.
    • A competitor is injured as a result of a legal maneuver, depending on the seriousness of the injury. The opponent wins the bout.
  • Courtesy Rule: Salute to the judges first and then competitors salute to each other before the bout begins. After the bout finishes, salute to the judges again and then competitors salute to each other.

Weight Classes

  • Featherweight (145 lbs & Under)
  • Lightweight (146 – 155 lbs)
  • Welterweight (156 – 170 lbs)
  • Middleweight (171 – 185 lbs)
  • Light Heavyweight (186 – 205 lbs)
  • Heavyweight (206 lbs & Above)
  • Youth groups 17 yrs & under are not categorized by weight.
  • If there are less than 2 competitors in an age group, the judges reserve the right to combine age groups.

 

Chi Sao competition at the US Open Martial Arts Championship