The 2019 Martial Arts tournament is fast approaching. The tournament this year will see competitors competing over several categories to see who will be crowned champion for 2019. Our tournament is designed to test competitors physically and mentally. The rigors of competition will test competitors courage, concentration, conditioning, competitive spirit, fitness, discipline, knowledge and ability to handle high pressure situations. Students will experience many emotions as they vie for success and ultimately, Gold.

The categories this year are Sanshou (sparring), Taolu (forms) both empty hand and weapon and Dapo (destruction) techniques. What do these categories consist of?


Sanshou (散手) or Chinese kick boxing, is a form of Chinese self-defense or combat sport. It consists of three basic martial arts techniques, punches (Quan 拳), kicks (Ti 踢) and Chinese wrestling (Shuai jiao 摔跤), mainly consisting of grappling and throws. It consists of three rounds where the competitor who scores the most points wins.

TAOLU (套路)

Taolu (套路) is the set routine (form) component of a Chinese martial art. A taolu routine comprises of a set of pre-determined techniques that are continuously connected and choreographed according to certain principles and philosophies which incorporate stylistic principles of attack and defense. These include hand techniques, leg techniques, jumps, sweeps, stances, balancing, footwork, seizing, throwing and wrestling. The two main categories are empty hand and weapons taolu.

DAPO (大坡)

Dapo (大坡) or breaking techniques are used in martial arts to demonstrate the skills honed during the practice of striking. The most common objects used during breaking techniques are traditionally wood or brick, but due to advances in technology over the years, it is more common to see re-breakable boards made out of synthetic polymers.


WHERE: IPU Recreation Centre Gymnasium, 57 Aokautere Drive, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North. Entrance to car-park via Pacific Drive.

WHEN: Saturday 11 May 2019, 11.30 am onward.

HOW MUCH: Competitors as per entry forms, spectators gold coin donation.

DRESS: Full uniform for competitors. Mouth guard, groin guard minimum required for sparring competitors (females chest protectors optional but recommended). Kung Fu Academy official head gear and body armour only. Spectators casual dress (PG rated).

For further information contact Sifu.

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Good luck to all competitors!

Kung Fu Academy Palmerston North

Sifu Chan

BySifu Chan

Creator and Chief Instructor of Kung Fu Academy NZ.