Rules for Taijiquan

General Rules

  • Maximum performance time for all Taijiquan styles is 4 to 5 minutes; minimum 30 seconds.
  • Salute to the judges upon entering ring, then announce to the chief judge your name and the form you will be performing.
  • Once an age group is announced to perform, the cut off time for competitors at that age group to enter the competition is 5 minutes.
  • All Taijiquan styles are scored based on good stance, balance, power, coordination, and structure.

Taijiquan Styles

  • Yang Style, Chen Style, Wu Style, Wu (Hao) Style, Sun Style, Liuhebafa

Movement Specifications (6 Points)

  • One-tenth of a point is deducted when a slight inconformity with the technical specifications occurs in any hand form, stance, hand technique, footwork, or leg technique.
  • Two-tenths of a point is deducted for an apparent inconformity, and 0.3 point for a serious inconformity. If several errors occur in a single movement, the deduction is not more than 0.3 point.

Power and Harmony (2 Points)

  • Full points (two points) are given to the contestant who applies the power smoothly, steadily, accurately and continuously, and performs well to the requirements for hand forms, eyework, body movements and footwork.
  • One-tenth to five-tenths of a point is deducted for a slight inconformity with the technical requirements, 0.6-1.0 point for an apparent inconformity, and 1.0-2.0 points for a serious inconformity.

Spirit, Pace, Style, and Structure (2 Points)

  • Full points (two points) are given to the contestant who performs with the mind being fully concentrated, natural facial expression, proper pace, rich content, well-knit structure and well-balanced choreography.
  • One-tenth to five-tenth of a point is deducted for a slight inconformity with the technical requirements, 0.6-1.0 point for an apparent inconformity, and 1.1-2.0 points for a serious inconformity.

Scoring

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

 

Taijiquan performed at the US Open Martial Arts Championship