About DTKFC 2014

Competition highlights

The Dragon Tiger Kung Fu Cup is a traditional Kung Fu competition held in Portugal, with a set of rules elaborated to highlight the essential characteristics of traditional Chinese martial arts. This is an international competition open to any traditional Kung Fu school, with events in Taolu – individual fist, individual weapon, dual fight coreographies with and without weapons – and Sanda, the Chinese fighting competition sports.

Neijia Associação de Artes Orientais (Neijia Oriental Arts Association), a sportive and non-profite association, is the host of the event. Our association is a strong promotor of Chinese martial arts, and each year organises different national and international activities, where traditional Kung Fu disciplines plays the main role. This event, Dragon Tiger Kung Fu Cup, now in its 4th edition, is one of the strongest competition in Portugal, and welcomes every year friends and guests from all over Europe.

This is a targeted competition for teams from Chines martial arts organisations such as schools, clubs or associations, from any European country.

This year, on the 4th edition of this prestigious international tournament, there will be 3 main category competitions:

  • 4th Dragon Tiger Open Taolu
  • 4th Dragon Tiger Open Sanda
  • 1st European Choy Lee Fut Championships

The 4th Dragon Tiger Open Taolu is open to any traditional school of Chinese martial art, as well as the Sanda school. However, the 1st European Choy Lee Fut Championships is dedicated exclusively to Choy Lee Fut teams and athletes, any lineage, who will compete too in the regular Taolu events (see organisational chart).

Here then, the highlights of the competition:

Each team can apply for the three category competitions, and athlete can compete in any event, but must be aware that two events when occur at same time, he must choose one to participate. He will be automatically exclude from the other, regarding the fact he is apply to that event.

In Taolu, we do not expect to have participants from any Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) school, Hsing I Chuan (XingIquan) or Pa Kwa Chang (Baguazhang) styles, nor any internal school. This competition is exclusively oriented to external styles, and scoring accordingly.

And as the tournament name implies as well as the tournament rules, no Wushu forms will be allowed, neither contemporary nor traditional styles who incorporate this modern framework, and also not be allowed the so called imitation styles. Any acrobatics manoeuvres, runnings on carpet, rigid and straight body or theatrical expressions normally used in Wushu, will be penalised, eventually leading to exclusion from the event. Any kind of performance that does not fit within the characteristics of the traditional styles, will be also penalised. All participations should be associated to a Kung Fu style already known and recognised by the community.

Please note that any traditional Taolu choreography resembling a Wushu performance, will be penalised too.

Flexible and light weapons used normally in modern Wushu competitions, will only be allowed in the Under-15 and Under-12 categories. In the Under-17 and Senior categories, only hard weapons with traditional characteristics should be used. The use of flexible weapons will lead to penalties, as established in the Taolu regulations.

This is a traditional Kung Fu event and we hope that the established set of rules provides all competitors the opportunity to participate in an event that follows on from their daily practice in their own Kung Fu style, so they can test their ability and evolution by comparing themselves to other participants from different schools of Chinese martial arts.

This is not an exhaustive description of the events rules. To know is detail all the rules and scoring criteria adopted for competition in the tournament, please see the rules page here.

 

Categories and events

1. OPEN SANDA

Fights will be done on a mat with an area of 8m X 8m. Athletes are protected by a helmet, chest guard, shin guards, and gloves (pay special attention to the mandatory equipment). The fights will have 2 rounds, each of 2 minutes and in the case of a draw a third round will take place. The rules will be the international rules promoted by International Wushu Federation.

There will be competition in male and female categories, and 3 main divisions:

  • Juniors: 16 years to 18 years
  • Cadets: 18 years to 20 years
  • Seniors: +20 years
2. OPEN TAOLU (all Kung Fu styles)
In Open Taolu competition category, only external Kung Fu styles are allowed; styles that are similar to Taijiquan, XingIquan, Baguazhang or others like them are excluded. Scoring criteria has been elaborated for physical characteristics related to strength, speed, power, pace and others, in agreement with the following set-up of the events:

Beginners (3 years or less of experience)
1. Seniors Open Taolu Fist (+18 years to 35 years)
2. Seniors Open Taolu Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)

Advanced (over 3 years of experience)
1.  Seniors Open Taolu Fist (+18 years to 35 years)
2.  Seniors Open Taolu Short Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)
3.  Seniors Open Taolu Long Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)
4. Mixed Open Taolu 2 Men Fist (all schools, ages and sex)
5. Mixed Open Taolu 2 Men Weapons (all schools, ages and sex)

Kids
1. Under 17 Open Taolu Fist (-18 years to 15 years)
2. Under 17 Open Taolu Weapons (-18 years to 15 years)
3. Under 15 Open Taolu Fist (-15 years to 12 years)
4. Under 15 Open Taolu Weapons (-15 years to 12 years)

To participate in these events, all athletes should be adequately equipped with their official gear and with footwear suitable for tatamis, such as those used for Kung Fu. Analysis of the points and the awarding of final score are detailed in the specific regulations.
3. CHOY LEE FUT TAOLU (all lineages)

This is a solo event competition, and is exclusively open to Choy Lee Fut schools, clubs or associations. The main feature of this competition, is closely related to the Choy Lee Fut main identity and framework.

Beginners (2/3 years or less of experience)
1. Seniors Open Taolu Fist (+18 years to 35 years)
2. Seniors Open Taolu Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)

Advanced (over 3 years of experience)
1. Seniors Open Taolu Fist (+18 years to 35 years)
2. Seniors Open Taolu Short Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)
3. Seniors Open Taolu Long Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)

Masters (over 10 years of experience)
1. Seniors Open Taolu Fist (+18 years to 35 years)
2. Seniors Open Taolu Short Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)
3. Seniors Open Taolu Long Weapons (+18 years to 35 years)

Any event can change, blend or cut out if any of the them have less then four competitors of different schools. In such case, the event will be blended or cut out from competition.

For additional and detailed information, please consult the rules page here.