Night of Push Hands (Tournament Style)

by Kelvin Ho on 2019/02/15

Night of Push Hands is an event for push hands enthusiasts to improve their skills. Matches will be run in a tournament format with different weight divisions, and winners from the weight divisions will compete in the grand championship round. There will be a referee for each match with two 2-minute rounds with a 1-minute break in between.

Anyone interested are welcome to join. Spectators are also welcome.

Date: Saturday, Mar 2, 2019
Time: Registration begins at 7:15 pm
First match begins at 7:45 pm
Location: Victoria Square Community Centre
2929 Elgin Mills Road East
Markham, ON L6C 1K8
Maximum no. of participants: 16
Entry Fee: $10 (Free for spectators)
For more information and registration, please contact:
Kelvin Ho
Toronto Facebook Group:
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A. Objective

  1. Control the opponent
  2. Destroy the opponent’s centre of gravity or balance
  3. Entice the opponent into emptiness
  4. Bouncing the opponent

B.  Match Format

  1. The athletes participate in two 2-min rounds with one 1-min break in between.
  2. At the beginning of every bout, both athletes step on the centre of the mat, and touch each other at the wrist and elbow to get ready. After the referee signals “start”, they begin the attack.
  3. The hands are only allowed to contact area below the neck and above the legs of the opponent. The legs and feet are only allowed to contact the legs and feet of the opponent.
  4. Pushing is allowed
  5. Throwing is allowed
  6. Tripping is allowed
  7. Sweeping is allowed.
  8. No punching.
  9. No direct hitting.
  10. No kicking above the ankles.
  11. No joint locking.
  12. No leg grabbing
  13. No attack on vital parts, e.g. eyes, throat, groin, etc.
  14. When the two competitors are stuck for more than 15 seconds, the referee may break up the athletes and restart the bout at the centre.

C. Winner Declaration

  1. At any point of the match, when one athlete has scored 10 points or more over the opponent, the athlete with more points is declared the winner.
  2. At the end of the match time, the athlete with more points is declared the winner.
    1. If both athletes’ scores are the same, the athlete that is lighter in weight is declared the winner.
    2. If both athletes weight the same, the athlete that committed fewer fouls is declared the winner.
    3. If it still remains the same, an extra round will occur, the athlete that first scores a point is declared the winner.
  3. When one athlete requests to abstain from the match or forfeits the match, the opponent is declared the winner.
  4. If one athlete commits more than 8 foul points, the opponent is declared the winner.
  5. If one athlete is injured by the opponent, the injured person may be declared the winner.

D. Scoring

  1. 3 points are awarded to the athlete causing the opponent to have any part of the body above the feet touching the ground (this is considered a fall) without stepping out of bound or falling himself.
  2. 2 points are awarded to the opponent when an athlete repeatedly commits a foul (one warning is first given for each of such moves).
  3. 1 point is awarded to the athlete causing the opponent to first step out of bound or first fall.

E. Penalty

  1. An advice is given to the athlete who commits any one of the following acts:
    1. Excessive dragging or hugging
    2. Both hands inserted into the opponent’s armpit for 6 seconds without attack.
    3. Deliberately causing the opponent to foul.
    4. Grabbing the opponent’s clothes
    5. Grabbing the opponent’s leg
    6. Beginning an attack before the referee signals “start”
    7. Not stopping an attack after the referee has signaled “stop”
  2. A warning is given to the athlete who commits any one of the following fouls, two warnings for the same kind of fouls result in the opponent being awarded two points:
    1. Punching
    2. Headbutting
    3. Finger poking
    4. Hair pulling
    5. Elbow striking
    6. Kicking
    7. Joint locking
    8. Pulling the back of the opponent’s neck
    9. Hitting the body parts other than the allowed area
    10. Being disrespectful to the referee or disobeying the referee
  3. An immediate disqualification for the current and further matches, and an cancellation of any achieved result is given to the athlete who commits any one of the following acts:
    1. Attacking or insulting the referee of the match
    2. Deliberately attacking any of the opponent’s vital parts or causing harm to the opponent

About Kelvin Ho

Kelvin Ho, Master Chen Zhonghua's 97th disciple, is the instructor for Practical Method Toronto. He has been teaching and promoting the Practical Method system in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, Canada since 2011. He has received numerous medals in various Taiji competitions. He is also a vice-president of MartialArts Association Canada. Like his teacher, he feels an obligation to pass this great art onto others. Contact:

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