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Kuo Shu Lei Tai League

As the quality of contestants taking part in martial arts events continues to improve, a ranking system is becoming a necessity. In the interest of a fair match, where one contestant is not completely overwhelmed by the other, it is increasingly apparent that there is a need to match not only by weight but also by experience. Certainly, contestants may want to try out for the National Team and to participate in a World Championship, but to avoid contestants being mismatched their sparring pedigree should also be taken into account. The League will help to do achieve this aim through a registry of full contact fighters.

The PKS is currently in the process of setting up a registry of full contact fighters, who participate in Chinese martial arts tournaments within the United Kingdom, as part of their programme of work to establish a ranking system. PKS will work with other full contact martial arts events organisers to establish a points system for each event and the associated rankings for martial artists. The aim is to develop undisputed champions full contact martial arts to assist with the selection for representation abroad; and to enable contestants to prepare for the professional stage.

We want to ensure that the United Kingdom is represented by the very best.

Contestants will be divided into four categories: three amateur and one professional. The category to which contestants are allocated will depend on the number of win achieved over a set period. During a knock out contest any wins achieved will be allocated points. That is, if a fighter in a category of eight (8) people made it to the finals then lost, the fighter will still have achieved two (2) wins, which would be recorded on their fight profile on the registry.

The fighters rating will be dependent on the number of wins achieved in the PKS sparring year: from 1 November to 31 October. PKS will host events every six months where fighters can compete and earn points. The points awarded at these events will count towards the rank achieved at the end of the year. These will be published on the 31 October, each year. Wins achieved up to the final will be counted on a cumulative basis. A win will count as three points towards the yearly ranking score.

At the end of each year the ranking for each full contact participant is reviewed. PKS will recognise and certify any full contact fighter who has established a ranking of Sheng Shi or higher. The full contact participant will then be ranked in accordance to the points awarded in the year.

Where a fighter has established a ranking they may suffix their name with the rank. The ranking may only be reduced through losses. If, for example, a fighter has aspired to Qiang Shi with six (6) wins and then loses their next match, their ranking will be reduced to Zhuang Shi and they will have one (1) point deducted from the accumulated points score. If a fighter has not accumulated any points, a loss will not result in a negative score: the lowest possible score is zero.

The full contact participants with more than nine (9) wins will receive the title of Wu Shi and automatic entry to the Professional Kuoshu Lei Tai League. Only Wu Shi ranked fighters may acquire professional status. Although full contact fighters must retire at the age of 40, they retain their fighter status in retirement as a result of previous years of competition. The retired status would be agreed and awarded by PKS. They may add the character Lao (老) to their rank; that is, for example Lao Wu Shi (老武士).

Champions in the Professional Kuoshu Lei Tai League will awarded a Pro Kuo Shu Wu Shi Champion’s Belt. The belt remains the property of PKS but is held for one year by the champion fighter. The champion fighter is also awarded a championship certificate and trophy to retain. They will also be recorded on the PKS Hall of Fame which is published worldwide. The Wu Shi champions will also the be invited to represent the UK on the World stage of International Kuoshu Lei Tai.