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2001 Collegiate Wushu Championship Rules
These are the rules for the Collegiate Championship, which is held once a
year (Usually in February). It started in 1997 and has been hosted by four different wushu clubs along the west coast so far. These rules explain the format and guidelines for the competition.
Summary of Competition Format (please be sure to read the entire rules):
Two types of competition - Individual and Team
- Individual - Open to current full time college students and one year alumni
- Team - Group of six current full time college students from the same college
- Individual Male or Female champion is the advanced competitor with highest sum from -
- Short Weapon
- Long Weapon
- Other weapon or handform
- Team Champion is team with highest team score -
Team score is sum of points earned by each of six competitors plus score from group set
This is the most recent revision of the rules for collegiates, prepared for the 2001 Collegiates at Cal State Fullerton. Please read
through them thoroughly. I've added comments, examples and explanations of the
motivation behind some of the rules at the end of some of the sections. These
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Collegiate Wushu Competition Rules:
v 3.11, 12/18/00
- Combination of 1998 rules with 1999 & 2000 updates
- In additional to normal medals awarded for placing in seperate divisions, awards will be given for the following categories: Male All-Around Champion, Female All-Around Champion and Team Champion. Any qualified full-time student can compete for the
Individual titles, but only full groups can compete for the team title.(see
eligibility rules below for definitions). Standard IWuF criterion, rules and arbitration procedures will be followed for all judging.
The choice has been made to keep the Collegiates free from any outside
influence from governing bodies or other political wushu organizations.
Therefore the collegiates shall have no permanent political affiliation with
any political organization. A particular year's host can affiliate that year's
tournament with an organization, but they may not bar any teams or individuals
from participating, nor they can require membership in their organization to
- The actual divisions offered from year to year is chosen by that year's host.
It is important for the competition to not only have
at least the standard divisions, but also to accommodate internal and
traditional competitors by having sufficient divisions in those areas.
One event that MUST be included is the group set division, which is a
required part of the team competition (see below for description).
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Due to the nature of the team competition, combining of divisions (and skill levels
within them) can have a *substantial* impact on the team competition, therefore a very clear policy on the combination of events due to lack of participation is required.
Events may ONLY be combined when an event contains only 1 competitor.
Divisions will ONLY be combined by skill level; beginner and intermediate
divisions can be combined into a single division, as can the intermediate
and advanced divisions. Intermediate and Advanced will be combined before
Beginner and Intermediate, and then only if necessary, advanced and
beginner. Divisions will not be combined by gender or
between events (ie different weapons or emptyhand styles) under ANY
- Skill Level:
Skill levels will include three divisions, based on the number of
years of Wushu training and experience:
- 1) Beginner (0 to 1 year)
- 2) Intermediate (1 to 3 years)
- 3) Advanced (>3 years)
Competitors must compete at a consistent skill level throughout the
course of the entire tournament. (i.e. one cannot compete in intermediate
changquan and beginner's broadsword) the skill level of a competitor is
determined by total years since they began practicing Chinese Wushu (of any
type), not by time spent learning a particular event. Breaks taken from
training (semesters off, etc) are not subtracted from years of experience
(ie if you started 3 years ago, you are intermediate even if you've taken a
year off of wushu). Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification
(see Disqualification, below)
- Individual Competition:
There are two classes of eligibility for individual competitors - current students (class 1) and 1 year alumnus (class 2):
Class 1 Eligibility:
- -Must be a currently enrolled full-time student in a degree-earning
program. Proof of current enrollment is required and must be brought in
person to the event. The proof may consist of an approved study list,
transcript, or research curriculum for the present semester or quarter at
the student's university. The study list must include the student's name
and a date or time period for which it applies, in order to prove present
enrollment. A student ID is *not* sufficient proof. The study list or
transcript should also indicate that the student is taking at least the
minimum number of units or credits at his or her university to qualify as
a full-time student. "Currently enrolled" is defined as having the status
of full-time student at the university on the day of competition.
Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification (see
- -Advanced level competitors class 1 competitors, regardless of whether or not they
are members of a Collegiate Team, are eligible to compete for the All-Around Champion
- -Note that an individual competitor does not have to be a member of a
collegiate team in order to represent his or her college or university.
- -Members of a team are also eligible for the individual awards.
Class 2 Eligibility:
- -Class 2 competitors are one-year university alumnus. One year alumnus is
defined as having been a full-time student at a university (see Class 1
qualifications for a definition) one year or less from the date of the competition.
- Documentation is also required for Class II competitors, in the form of a
photocopy of the competitor's diploma. Both the name and date should be visible on
any such documentation, and the printed date of enrollment or graduation will be the
date used for determining eligibility.
- -Class 2 competitors are eligible to compete as individuals, but not as members
of any collegiate teams. They can place in their divisions and receive medals, but
are not eligible to compete for the All-Around titles.
- Division Results:
Individual and Team competitors will be compete together in the same divisions.
Scores for all competitors will be given as in any normal competition but there
will be *no* ties awarded. Once the competition in that division is complete,
there will be two separate sets of results listed on the scoring sheet:
- 1) "Individual Places" - First through third of ALL competitors. Medals will be given out based on these results.
- 2) "Team Places" - First through third of ONLY competitors competing
in team competition.
These scores are awarded a point value for use in the team competition, points will be awarded as follows:
- First Place - 3 points
- Second Place - 2 points
- Third Place - 1 points
- 4th and Below - 0 points
- All-Around Champion Scoring:
-The All-Around champions will be determined by summing the best four scores
(not places) from the following events -
- 1) Handset (Changquan, Nanquan, Taiji, Traditional
- 2) Short Weapon(Broadsword, Straightsword, etc)
- 3) Long Weapon(Staff, Spear, etc)
- 4) Other (Other Contemporary Handset, Other Internal Handset, Other
Contemporary Weapon, Other Traditional Weapon, Other Internal Weapon,
- -Male and Female competitors with highest score sum will be Men's
and Women's All-Around Champion.
- -It is important to note that each category only counts once. For example,
even if a competitor does more than one short weapon, only their best short weapon
score counts towards the All-Around sum. Also any result from an 'other' division
only counts for the fourth category. For example if a competitor does drunken
straightsword in Other Weapons, it does not count as their short weapon score.
- -If no competitor competes in each of the four groupings, then the sum
will be made from all competitors who competed in any three of the four
- -Tie Breaker - Should more than one athlete have the highest sum,
the award will be given to the athlete who earns more 1st, 2nd, 3rd
"Individual Places", in that order. First condition satisfied settles the
award. If a tie remains even beyond those comparisons, the award is given
to all the athletes with the highest sum from ALL the divisions
the competitor competed in.
- Team Competition:
- -6 competitors, determined before the beginning of the tournament.
- -ALL team members must be eligible class 1 competitors (see Individual
Competition Section for definition) at the SAME University or College.
- -There is no limit on the number of teams from a university
- -At least one female per team
- -Team MUST compete in group set division.
- -Best two "Team Places" (not including group set) for
each competitor will be summed.
- -Sum of all six competitor's places will be summed (12 places total).
- -Group Set place will be DOUBLED and added to team sum.
- -Team with highest team sum will be the winning team.
- -Tie-Breaker - In the event of a tie in the Team score, the team with the most
first "Team Places" (of all events competed by the team members) will win.
If the tie still remains, the team with the most second "Team Places" will
Rules for Group Set Competition:
- -Only open to valid, full teams.
- -All participants must be from the same team.
- -Minimum of 5 team members must perform set.
- -Minimum time limit: 1 minute.
- -Maximum time limit: 4 minutes.
- -Can not be the same set that any team members competed with in individual
-Due to the fact that the score for group set counts double in the
team competition, points for this division are awarded as follows:
- First Place - 6 points
- Second Place - 4 points
- Third Place - 2 points
- 4th and Below - 1 point
- To encourage a fair tournament, a strict disqualification policy is in
effect. Failure to bring valid documents to prove eligibility will result in
that competitor's disqualification from the tournament. Dishonesty reporting
of years of training (skill level) will result in disqualification. A
disqualified team member causes his or her entire team to be disqualified
from the team competition (non-disqualified team members are still eligible
to compete in individual competition). A competitor can also be disqualified
for cheating, unsportsmanlike behavior, or a failure to accord proper
respect and courtesy towards the judges, tournament staff, fellow
competitors, or instructors present at the competition. Disqualifications
will be made official by the tournament's judge general.
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