International Wu-Shu Grading System</

International Wu-Shu Grading System

The W.I.C.M.A.F. provides a standard to evaluate and assign a degree or rank to all Wu-Shu stylists. As long as there is a real level of skill in Wu-Shu and a real contribution to the development and promotion of Wu-Shu, anybody can apply for the deserved rank.

The grading evaluation is a very sensitive and a very important work. As long as we can eliminate any bias, and embrace the principle to evaluate strictly according to the grading criteria agreed upon by the W.I.C.M.A.F., the system will be a good motivation to all Wu-Shu stylists who have real skill or have made real contributions. It will be a contribution to Wu-Shu around the world.

METHOD AND REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADING

People who apply for the evaluation must possess good martial values (Wu-De). Falsifying his or her qualifications is strictly prohibited.

Requirements

1st Duan - a minimum of three years of experience practicing Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate one hand form, one weapon form, and be able to answer technical questions regarding basic theory. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, two hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

2nd Duan a minimum of four years of experience practicing Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate two hand forms, one short weapon form, and one long or flexible weapon form. Must have competition experience. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, three hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

3rd Duan - a minimum of five years of experience practicing Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate three hand forms, and three weapon forms. Applicant must have placed top three in general tournaments. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, four hand forms must be demonstrated instead. Applicants without competition experience must proof a minimum of one year experience as a Wu-Shu teacher.

4th Duan - a minimum of six years of experience practicing Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate four hand forms, and four weapon forms. Applicant must achieve first place in general tournaments. Applicants without competition experience must possess two years of teaching experience, like in martial arts schools, universities, community centres, high schools etc. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, five hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

5th Duan - a minimum of seven years of experience practicing Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate five hand forms, and five weapon forms. Applicant must have placed top three in national competition. Applicants without competition experience must proof a minimum of three years experience as a Wu-Shu teacher. An instructor with a registered martial art school or studio; be a W.I.C.M.A.F. certified Senior instructor with a W.I.C.M.A.F. registered martial art school. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, six hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

6th Duan a minimum of eight years of experience practicing Wu-Shu and a minimum of four years of teaching experience; Experience in organizing national Wu-Shu tournaments; Experience as a General judge; placed top three in the European championships; be a W.I.C.M.A.F. certified Senior instructor with a W.I.C.M.A.F. registered martial art school; practicing Wu-Shu and active involvement in the promotion of Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate six hand forms, and six weapon forms. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, seven hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

7th Duan seventh degree - a minimum of ten years of experience practicing Wu-Shu and a minimum five years of teaching experience; Experience in organizing European Wu-Shu tournaments; Experience as a Head Judge, placed top three in International championships; be a W.I.C.M.A.F. certified Master instructor with a W.I.C.M.A.F. registered martial art school; practicing Wu-Shun and active involvement in the promotion of Wu-Shu. Must demonstrate seven hand forms, and seven weapon forms. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, nine hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

8th Duan - Eighth degree - a minimum of thirteen years of experience practicing Wu-Shu and a minimum of six years of teaching experience; Experience in organizing International Wu-Shu tournaments; Experience as a Chief Judge; placed top three in World Championships; be a W.I.C.M.A.F. certified Grandmaster instructor with a W.I.C.M.A.F. registered martial art school; practicing Wu-Shu and active involvement in the promotion of Wu-Shu: Leading or coaching the national team during the World Championships or Olympics for at least ten times. Organizing or assisted in organizing at least one World Championships (equal or equivalent to the IWUF World Championships or the Olympics). Must demonstrate eight hand forms, and eight weapon forms. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, ten hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

9th Duan Ninth degree: - a minimum of fifteen years of experience practicing Wu-Shu and a minimum of seven years of teaching experience; Experience in organizing World Wu-Shu tournaments; Experience as an INTERNATIONAL REFREE; placed top three in the European championships; be a W.I.C.M.A.F. certified Chief instructor with a W.I.C.M.A.F. registered martial art school; practicing Wu-Shu and active involvement in the promotion of Wu-Shu. Martial artist who is recognized or specially introduced in Wu-Shu publications: International certified judge. Coaching or training a professional Wu-Shu team, or operating a Wu-Shu school. Must demonstrate nine hand forms, and nine weapon forms. In case the applicant is training in a Wu-Shu system that does not use weapons, elen hand forms must be demonstrated instead.

10th Duan (Honorary) degree: - a minimum of twenty years of experience practicing Wu-Shu and a minimum of nine years of teaching experience; Experience in organizing national Wu-Shu tournaments; Experience as an World INTERNATIONAL REFREE; placed top three in the European championships; be a W.I.C.M.A.F. certified World INTERNATIONAL REFREE with a W.I.C.M.A.F. registered martial art school; practicing Wu-Shu and active involvement in the promotion of Wu-Shu. Recognized lineage holder of any famous Chinese Wu-Shu system, actively promoting Wu-Shu for at least thirty years. applicants have to be approved by voting during national meetings. Organizing or assisted in organizing a minimum of three International tournaments.

This work is internationally Copyright protected by Klaus Schuhmacher, the International Council of Higher Martial Arts Education and the World Independent Chinese Martial Arts Federation

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