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China Adventure 2012

Shanxi Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association 30th Anniversary Celebration
and Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan 4th International Invitational Tournament, Shanxi, China

Competition Rules | Scoring Standards | Ranking Method | Registration Forms


The Association is pleased to announce the China Adventure 2012. As in the past, there will be two tours: the long tour lasting for 12 days and the short tour for 6 days. Both tours will converge in Taiyuan for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Shanxi Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. These events will include the Invitational Taijiquan Competition and a gala celebration of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo’s 87th birthday.

The long tour will originate in Shanghai on July 29th where we will spend the following afternoon touring the China Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, followed by an evening tour of the waterfront. The following day we will fly to Zhangjiajie to spend 3 days exploring China’s first National Park. Established in 1982, this area was recognized by UNESCO in 1990 as a Natural Heritage Site. Located in the Northwest section of Hunan Province, it is a mountain range with many outstanding scenic features and is the home of three minority peoples: Tujia, Miao and Bai. The daily schedule will include early morning practice and instruction with Master Yang Jun. After breakfast there will be a series of trips to visit places of fabled beauty such as the rock formations known as “the Emperor’s writing brushes” and the Tianmianshan Sky Arch. This natural wonderland provided the scenic inspiration for the movie “Avatar.”

Also, you will not want to miss the beauty of Phoenix City. We will then fl y to Changsha, capitol of Hunan Province, for a night’s stay on our way to Taiyuan. The short tour originates in Beijing on August 2nd and on the following day both groups will arrive in Taiyuan. During the days of the Invitational Competition, local day trips will be offered to Jinci Temple and Zhang Garden. We will visit Mianshan on August 7. This is a very important mountain in Chinese history and home of the largest Taoist temple complex in China. This will offer us the chance to visit temples and scenic overlooks far above the summer heat of the Shanxi plains. After the competition events conclude on August 6th, the next day will be given over to relaxation, touring and a grand banquet celebrating Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo’s birthday. Those of you who were there in 2005 may or may not remember how fabulous this event was, depending on the amount of Shanxi’s famous Fenjiu consumed.

August 8th will be a travel day back to Beijing and flights homeward. Those wishing to extend their adventure by touring the Beijing area may do so by making arrangements with the Association on an individual basis. Due to fluctuating currency markets and in-country airfares, we will determine the costs of both tours in a timely manner for you to make the proper arrangements.


Downloads: China 2012 Registration Form Ranking Application Form Group Competition Registration Form

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Competition Rules

  1. Competition date: August 4-6, 2012
  2. Competition location: Bin River Sports Center, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  3. Competition program
    1. Group event:
      1. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan 49 Form, time limit 7-8 minutes
      2. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi 67 Movement Sword Form, time limit 3-4 minutes
      3. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi 13 Movement Saber Form, time limit 1-2 minutes
    2. Individual event:
      1. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan 49 Form, time limit 7-8 minutes
      2. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi 67 Movement Sword Form, time limit 3-4 minutes
      3. Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi 13 Movement Saber Form, time limit 1-2 minutes
  4. Registration requirements and fees
    1. Participants: Members of Shanxi Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association, members of International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association, and domestic businesses, organizations, and schools. Everyone is welcome to participate.
    2. Group event
      • Division A – Women 54 years and under and Men 59 years and under.
      • Division B - Women 55 years and above and Men 60 years and above.
      Group competition events require 8-12 participants. Teams can include men and women. Every team must participate in the Hand Form, Sword Form, and Saber Form.
    3. Individual event --- divided by ages
      • Division A 12 years and under
      • Division B 13 years to 20 years
      • Division C 21 years to 39 years
      • Division D 40 years to 49 years
      • Division E 50 years to 54 years
      • Division F 55 years to 59 years
      • Division G 60 years to 64 years
      • Division H 65 years to 69 years
      • Division 70 years and above
      You can choose the Hand Form, Saber Form, and Sword Form, or choose one of the three Forms.
    4. All participants need to bring ID to make sure you are in the right group
  5. Competition rules
  6. Numbers are drawn to decide when you compete
  7. Award method
    1. Group event
      1. Each team’s final scores is calculated by adding all three items (Hand Form, Sword form, Saber Form)
      2. Award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions. The first 20% of the groups is awarded the 1st position, the next 30% the 2nd position, and the last 50% the 3rd position.
    2. Individual event
    3. Each item has the first 20% of the groups is awarded the 1st position, the next 30% the 2nd position, and the last 50% the 3rd position.
  8. Dress code and Competition weapon
    1. Competition participants need to wear competition clothes and athletic shoes.
    2. Participants are responsible for their own weapon.
  9. Competition Rules and Scoring Standards
    1. According to the standard of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan , and referring to the Nation Sport Headquarter’s Tai Chi Chuan Competition Rules 1991 and 1993
    2. All judges are qualified.
  10. Registration requirements and fees
    1. Meeting fee is $35 USD
    2. Competition fee: each group event is $10 USD per person. Individual event is $20 USD per item.
    3. Registration
      1. Registration begins on April 1st, 2012
      2. The participant should bring a valid identification and a health certification from a county level hospital or physician and expect to produce them as required. You are responsible for any unforeseen circumstances.
      3. The registration closing date is May 30, 2012. Late forms will not be accepted.
      4. Contact: Fang Hong
      5. P.O. Box 786
        Bothell, WA 98041
        USA
        Telephone: +1 (425) 869-1185
        Email: fanghong@yangfamilytaichi.com
  11. Other
    1. Competition participants should have own insurance.
    2. After registration, if you want to change a competition item, you must pay an $85 USD Change Fee.
    3. If you cannot participate in the competition after you register, the Registration Fee will not to be refunded.
    4. Notifications will be made if any future issue arises.

 

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Scoring Standards

The maximum score for each event is 10 points, scoring and deduction standards are as follows:
1.  Taijiquan scoring standards.
a. Standardization of movements is worth 6 points.
For every hand shape, hand movement, footwork, posture, body movement, leg movement, and balance associated with kick not according to standard requirements will result in 0.05 point deduction for each minor mistake, 0.1 point deduction for each apparent mistake, and 0.2 point for each serious mistake.  A movement with many mistakes will result in no more than 0.2 point deduction.  A mistake repeated numerous times will result in no more than 0.3 point deduction.

b. Energy application and coordination is worth 2 points.
Participants who use their energy appropriately and show their energy points accurately; are continuous and spirited; with eye, hand, body, and footwork coordination will receive a full score.  Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.1 to 0.5 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.6 to 1.0 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 1.1 to 2.0 points deduction.

c. Spirit, intent, speed and style is worth 2 points.
Participants with spirit, natural expression, clear intent, appropriate speed, and outstanding style will receive a full score.  Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.1 to 0.5 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.6 to 1.0 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 1.1 to 2.0 points deduction.

2. Taiji sword, saber scoring standards.

a. Standardization of movements is worth 6 points.
For every hand shape (sword finger), sword (saber) technique, footwork, posture, body movement, leg movement, and balance associated with jump not according to standard requirements will result in 0.05 point deduction for each minor mistake, 0.1 point deduction for each apparent mistake, and 0.2 point for each serious mistake.  A movement with many mistakes will result in no more than 0.2 point deduction.  A mistake repeated numerous times will result in no more than 0.3 point deduction.

b. Energy application and coordination is worth 2 points.
Participants who use their energy appropriately and show their energy points accurately; are continuous and spirited; with eye, hand, body, and footwork coordination will receive a full score.  Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.1 to 0.5 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.6 to 1.0 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 1.1 to 2.0 points deduction.

c. Spirit, intent, speed and style is worth 2 points.
Participants with spirit, natural expression, clear intent, appropriate speed, and outstanding style will receive a full score.  Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.1 to 0.5 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.6 to 1.0 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 1.1 to 2.0 points deduction.

3. Group taijiquan (sword, saber) scoring standards.

a. Standardization of movement is worth 4 points.
Group participants with correct posture, proficiency in technique, spirit, and standardization of movement will receive full score.  Any minor deviation from the above requirements will result in 0.05 to 0.1 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.15 to 0.3 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 0.35 to 0.5 point deduction.
Note: Standardization of movement deduction in the group event is cumulative for every mistake made by a group member.

b. Energy application and coordination is worth 2 points.
Group participants who use their energy appropriately and show their energy points accurately; are continuous and spirited; with eye, hand, body, and footwork coordination will receive a full score.  Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.05 to 0.1 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.15 to 0.3 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 0.35 to 0.5 point deduction.

c. Spirit, intent, speed and style is worth 2 points.
Group participants with spirit, natural expression, clear intent, appropriate speed, and outstanding style will receive a full score. Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.05 to 0.1 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.15 to 0.3 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 0.35 to 0.5 point deduction.

d. Coordination is worth 2 points.
Group participants whose group’s movements are uniform, coordinated and synchronize with the music will receive full score.  Minor deviation from the requirements will result in 0.05 to 0.1 point deduction.  Apparent mistakes will result in 0.15 to 0.3 point deduction.  Serious mistakes will result in 0.35 to 0.5 point deduction.

4. Deduction standards for other mistakes.

The judges can make deductions for the following five types of mistakes:

a. Did not complete the form: Participants who did not complete the form and leave the arena will not receive a score.

b. Lapse in memory: For every lapse in memory, depending on the severity, will result in a 0.1 to 0.3 point deduction.  Minor lapse in memory with inappropriate pause in movement and then resuming normal will result in 0.1 point deduction.  Apparent lapse in memory with inappropriate stopping of movement will result in 0.2 point deduction.  Serious lapse in memory leading to confusion will result in 0.3 point deduction.

c. Weapon, clothing affecting movement: Mistakes which occur like sword tassel entangling with any part of the body and affecting movement, sword tassel or clothing falling off, clothes becoming unbuttoned, and weapon touching the ground or the body will result in 0.1 to 0.2 point deduction for each occurrence.

d. Weapon changing shape, breaking, falling to the ground: Weapon bending and changing shape, depending on the degree, will result in 0.1 to 0.3 point deduction. Weapon breaking will result in 0.4 point deduction.  Weapon falling to the ground will result in 0.4 point deduction for each occurrence.

e. Loss of balance: Every swaying or wobbling will result in 0.1 point deduction.  Every unnecessary support to maintain balance will result in 0.2 point deduction. Every fall to the ground (both hands, arms, shoulder, head, torso or any part of the back touching the ground) will result in 0.3 point deduction.

Note: For group event, deduction for other mistakes is cumulative for every mistake made by a group member.

Only the head judge can make deductions for the following six types of mistakes:

f. Opening and closing movements: Opening and closing movements not according to requirements will result in 0.1 point deduction.

g. Repeat performance:
1. Participants who stop during competition due to audience-related reasons, with the head judge’s consent may repeat their performance without deduction.
2. Participants who forget their movements, make mistakes, or whose weapons are damaged causing them to stop during competition may repeat their performance with 1.0 point deduction.
3. If participants are unable to continue during the competition because of injury or illness, the head judge has the right to stop the performance.  After receiving first-aid, if the participant is able to continue, he/she will be the last to perform in the event that he/she is in.  If the participant is the last person to compete in that event, then he/she will perform first in the next event, but will be subjected to 1.0 point deduction.  If the injured or ill participant is unable to continue in the above allocated time, he/she must forfeit the event.
h. Competition time limitation: Taijiquan is limited to 7-8 minutes.  After 7 minutes, the head judge will signal by blowing the whistle.  Taiji sword is limited to 3-4 minutes and the signal will be given at 3 minutes.  Taiji saber is limited to 1-2 minutes and the signal will be given at 1 minute.  Performance exceeding or under the time limit by 0.1 to 5.0 seconds will result in 0.1 point deduction, 5.1 to 10 seconds will have 0.2 point deduction, and so forth.
i. Number of movements: Every extra or less movement from the standard number of movements will result in 0.3 point deduction.
j. Direction of movement: Every direction deviation of more than 45 degrees from the standard will result in 0.1 point deduction.
k. Sequence of movement: Every movement which is out of sequence from the standard will result in 0.1 to 0.3 point deduction.


5. Scoring Method


a. Scoring by judges.
The judges will, depending on the participant’s demonstrated skill level, follow the competition scoring standard and give the score after deducting points for mistakes made.  The judges will post scores with two decimal places, with the last digit being a 0 or 5.
b. Determination of score.
1. When there is five judges, choose the middle three scores and average them to determine the participant’s score.
2. When there is four judges, choose the middle two scores and average them to determine the participant’s score.
3. The participant’s score will have two decimal places; do not do rounding from the third decimal place.
c. Addition and deduction by the head judge:
The head judge may add or deduct points when a judge’s score is not justifiable and the participant’s score has not been officially posted.  When the averaged score is 9 points and above, points added or deducted cannot be more than 0.05.
When the average score is less than 9 points, points added or deducted cannot be more than 0.1.
d. Determination of final score.
1. The head judge will make any deductions (those deductions which only the head judge can make) applicable from the participant’s score to determine the final score.
2. The head judge officially announces the participant’s final score.


6. Evaluating position in competition:


a. For individual and group events, participants with the highest score receives the first position, second highest score receives the second position, and so forth.  If there are semi-final and final events, combine scores from both events; participants with the higher score are placed ahead.
b. If there is a tie in scores, use the following to determine the position:
1. Participants whose average of the two discarded scores is closest to average of the counted scores are placed ahead.
2. Participants whose average of the two discarded scores is higher are placed ahead.
3. Participants whose lower of the two discarded scores is higher are placed ahead.
4. If still tied and there is no way to determine position, then, there will be a tie.
5. If there are special circumstances and there is no way of determining position, then use the order of appearance at the venue. That is, participants who participated first get placed ahead.
c. If the above provisions are in conflict with the competition rules, then follow the competition rules instead.

 

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The Method of Evaluation for Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Ranking – 2012

Specific to those who compete in the Shanxi International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Tournament, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China in 2012.

The Methods of Evaluation – Applicants applying for the first time

According to the requirements of ranking, applicants must meet qualifications in order to apply for the appropriate Level of Rank.  Approval or consent must be given by a Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center or the International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association.

The Regulations are as follows:

  1. All who emphasize the development and abide by morals inherent in the practice of Martial Arts and have been engaged in systematic practice of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan for three (3) or more years may apply for the Rank of Level 2.
  1. All who emphasize the development and abide by morals inherent in the practice of Martial Arts and have been engaged in systematic practice of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan for five (5) or more years may apply for the Rank of Level 3.
  1. All who emphasize the development and abide by the morals inherent in the practice of Martial Arts, and have been engaged in the systematic practice of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan’s Traditional Hand, Sword, and Saber Forms, and fixed step Push Hands, and have been engaged in the teaching of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan for ten (10) or more years may apply for the rank of Level 4.
  1. All who emphasize the development and abide by the morals inherent in the practice of Martial Arts and have been engaged in the systematic practice of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan’s Traditional Hand, Sword, and Saber forms, and fixed and moving step Push Hands, and have been engaged in the teaching of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan for fifteen (15) or more years may apply for the rank of Level 5.
  1. All who emphasize the development and abide by the morals inherent in the practice of Martial Arts, and have been engaged in the systematic practice of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan’s Traditional Hand, Sword, and Saber forms, fixed and moving step Push Hands, and have been engaged in the teaching of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan for twenty (20) or more years may apply for the rank of Level 6.

Ranking Application Due Date:

All Ranking Applications must be received by the International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association by  May 20, 2012 along with the Ranking Application Fee.

Regulations – Applicants who have applied previously and are applying for the next level

  1. Those who have been ranked, can only be promoted to the next level
  2. Because of the International Competition, the usual waiting period for advancing in rank will be reduced at this time. Anyone whose last ranking was before December 31, 2011 may apply for the next ranking level.

The Method of Evaluation – All Applicants

  1. Final scores given by the Chief Judge of the Competition will act as the standard score for ranking.
  2. The score for each level should be no less than the lower level.

In the Combined Score, it is not required to test for Traditional Yang Style Hand Form and the Written Theory at this time.  For example, in the Regional Ranking for Level 4, the Combined four test scores (103 Form, Sword, Saber and 49 Form) should be 34.4 points.  Therefore 34.4/4=8.6.  In this rank, the Combined Score for Level 4 should be 8.7x3 (49 Form, Sword, Saber) =26.1 and each Individual Score should be 8 points or higher. 

Requirements of Scoring for Each Level

The Ranking Scores listed below are higher than the standard Ranking Scores because all scores for Competitions are higher.

Level 1            The individual should achieve a score of at least 7.9 points in the competition for the 49 Form

Level 2            The individual should achieve a score of at least 8.3 points in competition for the 49 Form

Level 3            The individual should achieve a score of at least 8.6 points in each competition (49 Form and one weapon form) and a Combined Score of at least 17.2 points.

Level 4            The individual should achieve a score of at least 8.6 points in each competition (49 Form, Sword, and Saber) and a Combined Score of at least 26.1 points.

Level 5            The individual should achieve a score of at least 8.6 points in each competition (49 Form, Sword, and Saber), and a Combined Score of at least 26.7 points.

Level 6            The individual should achieve a score of at least 8.6 points in each competition (49 Form, Sword and Saber), and a combined score of at lease 27.3 points.

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