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US Challenge Information 
Competition Events

First Timer Division

This division is open to all ages and genders to compete in one group (i.e., no separation by age and gender).  Each athlete can sign up for four events: Barehand, Long Weapon, Short Weapon, and Other Weapon. Athletes can only compete in each event once. 

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Southern Kung Fu Challenge Division

This division separates athletes by age and gender, and each athlete can compete up to four events: Barehand, Long Weapon, Short Weapon, and Open Weapon.

 

The Southern Kung Fu Challenge Division age groups are listed as follows:

  • A Group  Born from 2006 to 2008

  • B Group  Born from 2009 to 2011

  • C Group  Born from 2012 to 2014

  • D Group Born form 2015 to 2018

  • Open Group Born from 2005 and earlier

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Northern Kung Fu Challenge Division

This division separates athletes by age and gender, and each athlete can compete up to four events: Barehand, Long Weapon, Short Weapon, and Open Weapon.

 

The Northern Kung Fu Challenge Division age groups are listed as follows:

  • A Group  Born from 2006 to 2008

  • B Group  Born from 2009 to 2011

  • C Group  Born from 2012 to 2014

  • D Group Born from 2015 to 2018

  • Open Group Born from 2005 and earlier

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Taiji Challenge Division

This division separates athletes by age and gender, and each athlete can compete in up to three events: Barehand, Sword, and Other Weapon. 

 

The Taiji Challenge Division age groups are listed as follows:

 

  • Taiji Youth Group:                   Born from 2006 and later

  • Taiji Adult Group:                   Born from 1969 to 2005

  • Taiji Senior Group:                 Born from 1959 to 1968

  • Taiji Elders Group:                 Born from 1958 and earlier

 

The Taiji Challenge Division has a time requirement for all Taiji routines: 
 

Minimum three (3) minutes and maximum five (5) minutes for each barehand routine.  For every five (5) seconds over or short of the time limit will receive 0.1 deductions from the final score.  The Chief Judge will give a warning at four (4) minutes.  
 

Minimum one (1) minute and maximum five (5) minutes for each weapon routine.  For every five (5) seconds over or short of the time limit will receive 0.1 deductions from the final score.  The Chief Judge will give a warning at four (4) minutes.  

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Other Internal Challenge Division

This division separates athletes by age and gender, and each athlete can compete in up to two events: Barehand and Weapon. 

 

The Other Internal Challenge Division age groups are listed as follows:

 

  • Other Internal Youth Group:                   Born from 2006 and later

  • Other Internal Adult Group:                   Born from 1969 to 2005

  • Other Internal Senior Group:                 Born from 1959 to 1968

  • Other Internal Elders Group:                 Born from 1958 and earlier

 

The Other Internal Challenge Division has a time requirement for all routines: 

Minimum three (3) minutes and maximum five (5) minutes for each barehand routine.  For every five (5) seconds over or short of the time limit will receive 0.1 deductions from the final score.  The Chief Judge will give a warning at four (4) minutes.  
 

Minimum one (1) minute and maximum five (5) minutes for each weapon routine.  For every five (5) seconds over or short of the time limit will receive 0.1 deductions from the final score.  The Chief Judge will give a warning at four (4) minutes.  

Soft Weapons Division

 

The Soft Weapons Division age groups are listed as follows

 

  • Children              Born from 2015-2017       

  • Pre-Teen             Born from 2014-2012      

  • Teen                    Born from 2011-2009      

  • Young Warrior    Born from   2008-1974     

  • Senior Warrior    Born from 1973-1964     

  • Elder Warrior      Born from 1963-1954   

  • Noble Warrior    Born from 1953 and earlier

 

Each Children, Pre-Teen and Teen Division is limited to 16 athletes with separated male and female divisions.

    16 athletes are separated into four groups.  


First level of fight is using round robin system and each group will produce one winner.
   Second level of fight is using elimination system, this will produce final top four athletes.
   Third level of fight is the fight for championship

    *Total of 5 winning fights to reach championship

 

Each Warrior Division is limited to 32 athletes with male and female combined into a coed division.

    32 athletes are separated into eight groups.  


First level of fight is using round robin system and each group will produce one winner.
   Second level of fight is using elimination system, this will produce top eight athletes
   Third level of fight is using eliminating system, this will produce final top four athletes
   Fourth level of fight is the fight for championship

   *Total of 6 winning fights to reach championship
 

 See detailed Rules for the Soft Weapons Division here.

 

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Wushu Challenge Division

This division separates athletes by age and gender, and each athlete can compete up to five events: Barehand, Long Weapon, Short Weapon, Traditional Barehand, and Open Weapon.

The Wushu Challenge Division age groups are listed as follows:

  • A Group  Born from 2006 to 2008

  • B Group  Born from 2009 to 2011

  • C Group  Born from 2012 to 2014

  • D Group Born from 2015 to 2018

  • Open Group Born from 2005 and earlier

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Elite Wushu Division

The Elite Wushu Athlete is required to compete with IWUF standardized routines with appointed time requirements on all age groups.

This division separates athletes by age and gender, and each athlete can compete in up to three events: Barehand, Long Weapon, and Short Weapon.  

The Elite Wushu Division age group is listed as following:

  • A Group  Born from 2006 to 2008

  • B Group  Born from 2009 to 2011

  • C Group  Born from 2012 to 2017

  • Open Group Open to all ages (No Nandu requirement)

The IWUF Standardized Routines for each age group is listed as following:

   •    A Group competes in 3rd International or Self Compulsory Routines
   •    B Group competes in 1st International Standardized Routines
   •    C Group competes in International Elementary 3rd Routines
   •    Open Group competes in Self Compulsory Routines, No Nandu requirement

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