Rules and Regulation

2022 NTD Television International Chinese Traditional Martial Arts Competition

Rules and Regulations


The mission of the competition is to bring forth Chinese Traditional Martial Arts, propagate martial morality, and revive the true, divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture.

Competition Organizers

The competition is organized by New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD). The Finals will be broadcasted live on the internet.

Panel of Judges

The Panel of Judges for this competition is composed of highly experienced Chinese martial arts experts. The competition’s organizing committee has also invited masters from various martial arts systems to serve as consultants to the competition.

Competition Categories and Requirements

1. Competition Divisions

(1) Unarmed hand Category (male, female, and junior divisions):
Includes Long Fist styles such as Cha Quan, Hua (flower) Quan, Pao
Quan, Hong Quan, Hua (China) Quan, Shaolin, etc. It also includes other external fist styles such as Mian Quan, Tong Bei, Praying Mantis, Fanzi Quan, Ba Chi Quan (Eight Extremes Fist), as well as internal fist styles such as Ba Gua, Xing Yi, etc.

(2)  Southern Fist Category: Includes the following styles: Hung Ga, Lau Ga, Choy Ga, Li Ga, Mok Ga, Buddha Style, Crane Style, Wing Chun, etc.

(3) Weapon Category  (divided into male and female divisions): Includes external weapons such as Sword, Broadsword, Spear, Staff, etc., it also includes internal weapons such as Xing Yi Sword, Xing Yi Broadsword and Xing Yi Spear, as well as Yuanyang Blades, Qian Kun Circular Blades, etc.


I. To allow martial arts to be passed down to future generations, we have added a junior category for both Open Hand and Weapons divisions.

II. Flexible metal broad swords and straight swords used in modern Wushu do not meet the requirements for this competition and cannot be used. However, the contestants in the junior category are not subject to this rule.

2.  Entry Requirements

(1) Age requirement: 10-60 years old*.
If a contestant’s age does not meet this requirement, the contestant may still apply. However, the contestant must include his/her martial arts experience and physical condition in the application for the judging committee to consider his/her candidacy.

*If a contestant’s age does not meet this requirement, the contestant may still apply. However, the contestant must include his/her martial arts experience and physical condition in the application in order for the judging committee to consider his/her candidacy.

(2) Junior category: Males and females compete together. Age range: 10 – 18 years old (Birth dates from 2004 to 2012)

3. An internal style form should be limited to 3 minutes and should include most of the traditional techniques of the related style.

4. An external style form should be limited to 2 minutes and should include most of the traditional techniques of the related style.

5. An exception to the duration limit requires advanced approval upon registration.

6. Contestants must be well experienced in the category that they apply for. Beginners should not apply. This contest is for advanced martial arts practitioners only.

7. Each contestant may apply for up to two categories in the Preliminary round of this competition. Only one form is allowed for each category. A contestant can only advance to the Semi-final round if he/she receives a better score from the Preliminary round.


Competition Schedule

1. The competition is divided into three rounds: Preliminaries, Semi-finals, and Finals.

2.  The Preliminaries are held in the following regions: USA Preliminaries (North American region); Taiwan Preliminaries (Asia Pacific region); Dresden, Germany Preliminaries (European region).
Preliminaries, Semi-finals, and Finals will be split into the following divisions: Male Unarmed, Female Unarmed, Male Weapons, Female Weapons, Southern Fist, Junior Unarmed, and Junior Weapons.

3. The Panel of Judges will determine who will advance to the Semi-finals after the Preliminaries, as well as who will advance to the Finals after the Semi-finals.



1. All contestants must register in advance. This year’s competition does not accept on-site registration.

2. For the registration date, contact method, registration fee, remittance account number, mailing method, etc. of each competition region (North America Division, Asia Pacific Division, and European Division ) please refer to the Competition Application.

3. Application Package:

(1) All applicants must fill out the Application Form (downloadable at Competition Application) provide a martial arts resume (personal experience, copies of award certificates, etc), and provide photocopies of all awards for validation.

(2) Contestants must submit two 1×1 inch photos in color, and a photocopy of a valid ID. A digital file of the photo is preferred.

(3) All forms must be legible, signed, and filled out in their entirety.

(4) A copy of the payment confirmation of the registration fee. The forms can be mailed to the Competition’s Organizing Committee via registered mail. All mailed information is non-returnable.

4. For players who have special circumstances and cannot pay in advance, the Organizing Committee requires a formal written request to delay payment. When the registration fee is paid for the registration, an additional fee of USD $20 will be charged.

5. Registered Express Mail Fee: For contestants who need a U.S. entry visa, please indicate this on the competition registration form. Also, please pay USD $50 Registered Express Mail Fee for mailing visa documents.



1. The Preliminaries, Semi-finals, and Finals all feature the following divisions:
Male Unarmed, Female Unarmed, Male Weapons, Female Weapons, Southern Fist, Junior Unarmed, and Junior Weapons (ages 10-18).

2. Prizes for each division:
(1) Male Unarmed, Female Unarmed, Male Weapons, Female Weapons, and Southern Fist divisions will all feature gold, silver, and bronze prizes, as well as honorable mention awards. Prizes will be awarded according to the abilities of contestants, i.e., there may be no winner of a certain award level or there could be more than one winner of a certain award level.

  • Gold Prize
    $5000 USD (before tax), plus a sword made by a master sword maker
  • Silver Prize
    $3000 USD (before tax)
  • Bronze Prize
    $1000 USD (before tax)


(2) Junior Unarmed and Junior Weapons divisions

  • Gold Prize  
    $3000 USD (before tax), plus a sword made by a master sword maker
  • Silver Prize
    $1000 USD (before tax)
  • Bronze Prize
    $800 USD (before tax)

Note: According to U.S. tax regulations, if the prize winner is a foreigner (nonresident aliens and foreign entities), up to 30% of the prize winnings are subject to tax withholding. It is the contestant’s personal responsibility to file tax returns and obtain tax refunds.


Scoring Criteria

1. Any competition form must conform to the traditional martial arts characteristics of the related martial arts style and be pure and authentic. The style, characteristics, and depth of the set of traditional martial arts demonstrated must not mix any other styles of martial arts. The Panel of Judges will evaluate each contestant’s performance according to the characteristics of the related martial arts style.

2.The Correctness of Posture: The movements of arms(手 shǒu), eyes (眼 yǎn), head (頭 tóu), poses and form(身 shēn), footwork (步 bù) as well as patterns of hand motion (手型 shǒu xíng), step motion (步型 bù xíng), and body motion (身型 shēn xíng) have to meet the characteristics and the styles of the chosen martial arts form.

3. The Coordination of Movements: It is required to have complete coordination of hands, eyes, bodywork methods (身 shēn fǎ), footwork (步法 bù fǎ), spirit, energy, strength, and kung fu.

4. The Clarity of Methods: Listed below the three categories have to be presented clearly:

  • The demonstration of the traditional martial arts’ unique characteristics, the methods of kicking, striking, wrestling.
  • Grappling of the fist method.
  • All correct techniques of the use of traditional weapons, such as striking, slashing.

5. The Flow of Movements: The force of movements should be exerted naturally and spontaneously, showing no signs of clumsiness or rigidity.

6. Breathing: The air that goes in and out of the lungs should be smooth, showing no signs of choking or wheezing.

7. The Oneness of Movements: The internal energy and external poses of a set of movements, such as the hardness, softness, retracting, releasing, advancing, and retreating, must be jointly exerted.

8. Mind Concentration: Traditional martial arts require that the morality of the artist must be embodied in the qualities of mightiness, prowess, concentration, precision, as well as retreating, dodging, softening, going with the flow (順勢 shùn shì), emptiness, and solidness(虛實 xū shí). These qualities must be featured throughout the demonstration.

9. Rhythm Steadiness: The speed, mobility, and abruptness of the set of movements demonstrated should be in an orderly manner, showing the rhythm of the body.

10. Martial Arts Ethics: Contestants should wear a traditional martial arts outfit and formally greet the judges before and after their form demonstration (such as bowing, baoquan, or pairing palms). Contestants should place the Martial Arts Moral Code as the top priority, and conduct themselves with proper etiquette. Any inappropriate behavior will result in disqualification from the competition.

11. Contestants should finish the movements within the allotted time. Going over or below the time limit will result in score deduction.

12. The Panel of Judges has the final decision on the competition’s results.

Accommodation and Transportation

Please refer to the website “Competition Application”.


Accommodation and Transportation

1. The Competition’s Organizing Committee will recommend hotels in the USA for contestants.
2. Contestants and their entourage are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation.



1. Upon registration, contestants are to acknowledge the validity of the Rules and Regulations for the Competition.

2. Contestants must follow the arrangements by the Competition’s Organizing Committee. The Committee has the right to revoke violators’ eligibility and the prizes awarded.

3. All contestants must be present at the award ceremony to receive their awards. No representative will be allowed. The awards of absent contestants will be deemed as abandoned.

4. The Panel of Judges’ decisions for all rounds is final and does not accept appeals.

5. NTD Television is entitled to all copyrights of audio and video products made during the competition.

6. Contestants will take personal responsibility for any accident or injury that occurs during the competition.

7. The Competition’s Organizing Committee has the ultimate authority to interpret the Rules and Regulations for the competition and has the right to make any necessary changes.


The Organizing Committee of NTD International Chinese Traditional Martial Arts Competition
Updated on May 29, 2021