IWUF Wushu Taolu Competition Rules & Judging Methods (Excerpt) 2019

Extracted from the IWUF E-Blast:

This edition of the IWUF E-blast serves as a guide for three recently-released documents. As listed above, they are the:

The Rules and Judging Methods for both Taolu and Traditional Wushu Competitions have been developed specifically for use in international competitions, though should also inform national and local competitions in order for athletes, coaches, and team leaders to effectively prepare for official IWUF events.

Links for the documents and detailed information (including important dates, changes, and other info) can be found in this email, so please read it thoroughly.

Note that the “IWUF Wushu Taolu Competition Rules & Judging Methods (Excerpt) 2019” and the “Traditional Wushu Competition Rules and Judging Methods 2019” will be employed beginning this year, including at the 8th World Kungfu Championships (8th WKFC) and 15th World Wushu Championships (15th WWC). Event regulations for the 8th WKFC can be found here, and relevant items are noted below.

IWUF Wushu Taolu Competition Rules & Judging Methods (Excerpt) 2019


1) Composition of Judges Groups

– Article 1

“1. Judges Groups

1.2. For each Field of Play with optional routine events and compulsory routine events with Degree of Difficulty (13 people in total):

  • Head Judge x 1
  • A Group (Quality of Movements) Judges x 3
  • B Group (Overall Performance) Judges x 5
  • C Group (Degree of Difficulty) Judges x 3
  • Routine Inspector x 1.”

Note that the number of B Group (Overall Performance) Judges has been increased from 3 to 5.

2) Head Judge

– Article 2

“3. Head Judge

3.1. Is responsible for leading the judges’ refresher course and overseeing judges’ performance.

3.2. May deduct points should a routine duration be under or over time and/or for choreography errors; May award bonus points for innovative Degree of Difficulty Techniques.

3.3. Advises the Chief Referee to take disciplinary action against a judge who has committed serious errors.”

Note that the Head Judge is neither a member of the B Group Judges, nor may she/he adjust an athlete’s final score.


1) Appeals Procedure

– Article 14

“1. Content & Scope

1.1. Appeals may only be lodged with regards to C Group (Degree of Difficulty) appraisal, routine choreography deductions, or routine time limit issues.

1.2. Appeals may only be lodged by team coaches or team leaders on behalf of their own team’s athletes.

  1. Requirements

2.1. Each Team has the right to appeal at most two (2) times within a single competition, and the content of each appeal may only address one item. 3. Procedure

3.1. Should a participating team object to the judges’ appraisal of one of its team’s members, the respective team leader or team coach may lodge an appeal by submitting it in written form to the Jury of Appeals within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the athlete’s routine, together with an appeal fee of US$200.

3.2. The Jury of Appeals shall immediately review and make an arbitration conclusion based on the content of the appeal, and the judgment of the Jury of Appeals shall be final”