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Rules and Regulations Summary

The following rules are a summary of the Professional Kuo Shu Lei Tai (Chinese Full Contact) rules for use in national and international tournaments.


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


Three rounds of three minutes duration with a one minute 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 26 ft x 26 ft (8 m x 8 m) maximum. The matted area may be raised onto a Lei Tai (Platform) of up to 3 ft (0.9 m) high.

Safety Equipment

Compulsory: 4 oz (113.4 g) sparring mitts (minimum), groin guard and gum shield.
Optional: soft martial arts shoes and hand-wraps. Chest protectors may be worn by female contestants. Unless advised by medical staff the use of other safety equipment is prohibited. The use of tape under the sparring mitt is strictly prohibited.


Long martial arts trousers (black preferred), mandarin style tunic and sash (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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