Registration and Rules, 2016 Senior Games Tai Chi

2016 Florida Senior Games Tai Chi Tournament


Each division by Men’s and Women’s


Novice Tai Chi Hand Form (such as the Yang 8 or 16, or even one of the health-oriented tai chi programs’ sequence. 2 to 3 minutes suggested, no penalty for short time, max 3:30)

All other hand and weapons form time limits 3:00minium to 3:30 max.

Beginner Tai Chi Hand Form (Yang 24, for instance.)

Intermediate Tai Chi Hand Form (Yang 42, for instance.)

Advanced Tai Chi Hand Form

Tai Chi Sword Beginner (Yang 32 sword, for instance.)

Tai Chi Sword Intermediate

Tai Chi Sword Advanced

Other Tai Chi Other Weapons Beginner (3-3:30)

Other Tai Chi Other Weapons Intermediate

Other Tai Chi Other Weapons Advanced

The Novice Forms division includes Yang 8 or 16 hand forms, MFBB, Tai Chi Easy and other beginner and/or modified forms. Performances will be evaluated according to the principles of tai chi. Competition is open to participants who have not competed for more than two years.

Push Hands (by gender and weight)

Push hands Beginner

Push hands Advanced

Open Push Hands Clinic: This is a non-competitive opportunity to practice and learn about push hands in a friendly environment. A space will be allocated for doing push hands with others without judging. Beginners are encouraged to participate and “push without points” in order to learn about push hands together.

Push Hands competition is fixed step only: Both feet must remain in contact with the floor at all times. Heel or toe may be raised briefly, but the foot may not leave floor or change position. Advancing and retreating are not permitted. Matches consist of two 1-minute rounds. Players begin by touching right wrists and achieving neutrality. Players change leg and hand position after each round.


Saturday, December 3


Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater.


7:30 a.m                Check-in/On-site Registration

8:30 a.m.               Forms Competition

1:00 p.m.               Push Hands Competition


OPEN – No qualification necessary.


  1. Tai Chi entry fee is $15 for the first event and $5 for each additional event. Entry fee includes an event t-shirt.  T-shirts will be available on-site at designated competition check-in times.  A short survey will be required to be completed at check-in.  This survey can be found online at, and can be completed in advance and brought to check-in.
  2. Each applicant must complete an Individual Entry Form and Waiver of Liability or register online at
  3. All entries must be received by November 16, 2016 or register online by November 18, 2016. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Event Director. Athletes registering after November 18, 2016 will not be guaranteed a t-shirt and may be subject to a $10 late fee.
  4. Entry forms, waiver of liability and entry fee should be made payable to the Florida Sports Foundation (FSF). Save a stamp and register online!
  5. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm their registration online or by calling the Florida Sports Foundation.
  6. Indicate weight in section labeled “Weight” on entry form.
  7. Participants may only register for a maximum of five (5) events.


  1. Each push hands division will be divided into bodyweight classes as follows:

Men (lbs)

150 and under, 175 and under, 200 and under, Over 200

Women (lbs)

115 and under , 135 and under, Over 135

  1. Each division will be divided into age groups in accordance with Florida Senior Games Rules of Competition.
  2. If possible, pending the number of participants, competition will be round-robin style. Otherwise, single-round elimination.
  3. At officials’ discretion, a competitor may compete, if he or she wishes to, in the next lower age group and/or higher weight group if there are no other competitors in his or her division.


Competition will be conducted in accordance with the Florida Taijiquan Association rules, unless modified herein.  Complete rules can be obtained at



Sarah Kirchberg                   (727) 724-3082 ext. 245 or


Morris Sullivan                     (386) 738-3715