Temporary Competition Rules
A Wing Chun Sticking Hands Schools Competition, held in Foshan on 21st-22nd of October 2000, hosted representatives from Foshan, Hong Kong and Guangdong. The following rules applied.
Translated by Gorelov Roman
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I. Main principles
Rule № 1: competition matters
- Individual competitions: individual results.
- Group competitions: group results.
Rule № 2: procedures
- The type of competition is defined according to the number of participants. It may take one of various forms, for example, one-on-one, round robin, etc.
- Each bout is a best-of-three rounds competition. So the winner is the first to win two rounds. Each round lasts one minute. Breaks last one minute between rounds.
Rule № 3: requirements
- Age categories
- 18-35 years
- 35-50 years
- over 50s
- Gender: men and women compete separately.
- Participants are required to present officials with a medical certificate (obtained no more than fifteen days before the first day of the competition) and an insurance certificate.
- Participants must understand Wing Chun very well and be capable of performing sticking hands’ exercises.
Rule № 4: weight categories
- Below 48 kg (< = 48 kg)
- 52 kg (> 48 kg, < = 52 kg)
- 56 kg (> 52 kg, < = 56 kg)
- 60 kg (> 56 kg, < = 60 kg)
- 65 kg (> 60 kg, < = 65 kg)
- 70 kg (> 65 kg, < = 70 kg)
- 75 kg (> 70 kg, < = 75 kg)
- 80 kg (> 75 kg, < = 80 kg)
- 85 kg (> 80 kg, < = 85 kg)
- Over 85 kg (> 85 kg)
Rule № 5: The weigh-in
- Once all participants have complied with pre-tournament requirements, the Appealing Committee oversees the weigh-in of each participant.
- Participants must arrive well in time at the stated weigh-in location (weigh-in will only be carried out in underwear). The whole weigh-in procedure takes no more then one hour.
- The weigh-in begins with the lightest category first. The weight of each participant must match their declared weight. If their weight falls below the declared weight for a particular category, the participant may compete in this weight category. Should his weight be higher, however, then he must compete in the category within which his weight lies.
- After medical assessments and the weigh-ins, participants are divided randomly into pairs. It is the responsibility of the Organisational Committee to adjudicate exceptional cases, for example, when a participant’s weight doesn’t match his declared weight category.
Rule № 6: Rules of Ceremony
- Entrance: The referees come out into the ring and stand in the middle of the ring, facing the judges. When a referee is being introduced, he must stand straight and greet the audience using the palm and fist’ gesture. The referees then stand at the outer edges of the ring, facing the centre.
- The participants then come out to the ring. They stand in the ring, opposite the referees, facing the judges. During a participant’s introduction, he must stand straight and greet the audience using the palm and fist’ gesture. The sportsmen then proceed to greet each other.
- At the end of each competition, upon the referee’s final decision, the sportsmen gesture to the referees with the palm and fist’ gesture just before departing the arena.
Rule № 7: Uniform
Participants must wear the official uniform (defined by the authorities).
Rule № 8: Signals Employed
- A time-keeper (judge) sounds a warning whistle five seconds before the start of each round. The end of the round is indicated by the striking of metal plates.
- The referee, once in the ring, makes his signals using voice and gestures.
- The line (side-line) judges make their signals using flags and gestures.
Rule № 9: Competition Rules
- Participants must obey all the rules of the competition. The rules must be taken seriously. It is categorically forbidden to intentionally harm an opponent.
- Trainers and teams’ medical personnel must sit in specially designated areas. Giving advice and approaching the competitors (e.g. to apply massage etc) is allowed only during the break between rounds. Any advice by voice or gesture is forbidden during the competition.
- In special situations, the competitor may signal to the referee to temporarily stop the competition. He does this by simply lifting an arm.
- Participants in the ring are forbidden from having long nails or ornaments of any kind.
Rule № 10: Forfeits
- A competitor will forfeit his match if, in the doctor’s opinion, he is unfit or unhealthy enough to continue.
- If a competitor fails to appear in the ring after being called three times, he shall forfeit the match.
- During the competition, a competitor may concede defeat by raising both hands in the air’. A trainer may also signal concession of defeat by raising his flag in the direction of the judge. Any competitor, who has stopped the match by his own initiative, is deemed to have lost the bout.
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