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Rules and Regulations Summary

The following rules are a summary of the Amateur Kuo Shu Lei Tai (Chinese Full Contact) rules adopted by the United Kingdom Kuo Shu Federation (UKKSF) and recognised by the World Kuo Shu Federation (TWKSF) for use in tournaments.


Continuous full contact sparring. Contestants will be matched by gender, weight, school/style and experience (in that order).


Three rounds (standard match):
Finals - three minutes duration with a one minute rest between rounds.
Eliminations - two minutes duration with 45 second rest between rounds.


The match area will be a square matted area of 20 ft x 20 ft (6 m x 6 m) minimum to 32ft x 32ft (10m x 10m) maximum. The matted area may be raised onto a Lei Tai (Platform) of up to 3 ft (0.9 m) high.

Safety Equipment

Compulsory: 6oz (standard) open handed gloves (mitts); groin guard; head guard – without face shield; and gum shield. Optional: hand wraps and soft martial arts shoes. Female contestants may wear chest protectors. Unless advised by medical staff the use of other safety equipment is prohibited. The use of tape under the sparring mitt is strictly prohibited.

NB To ensure that the protective equipment is consistent both the head guards and gloves (mitts) will be provided by the organisers (Pro Kuo Shu).


Long martial arts trousers (plain black preferred), tee shirt or vest (plain black preferred) and a sash (to indicate the corner red or blue to be supplied).


One Executive Referee to manage the match. Five Scoring Judges to award points. One Head Judge to ensure adherence to the rules and regulations. Two Administrators to keep score and organise the matches. One Doctor (First Aider) to ensure that Contestants are medically safe to compete.

Coaches and Seconds

Each contestant should have at least one coach or a second in his corner.


  • All competitors should be aged between 18 and 40 (inclusive) on the day of the event (or an earlier date specified by the organiser).
  • All competitors should have read the rules and regulations and have signed the waiver declaration on submitting their entry.

At registration and on demand:

  • All competitors should be able to produce a medical certificate (dated within two weeks of the event) to confirm that they are able to compete in a full contact event.
  • All competitors should be able to produce evidence that they are appropriately licensed and insured.
  • All competitors should be able to produce proof of identity and age.

Weight Categories

Contestants will be matched by gender and weight, in the first instance, to the following weight categories. Where there are insufficient number to run a category (i.e. less than two contestants) then categories may be combined at the discretion of the organiser, in consultation with the coaches and competitors. Click below to view the weight category table:

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