Deauville - Pôle OMni' Sports - March 16 and 17, 2019

MODERN TAOLU FRANCE CHAMPIONSHIP AND TRADITIONAL TAOLU FRANCE CUP

Taolu is a type of Chinese martial arts. The genesis of Taolu routines has been attributed to shamanic rituals and sword dances used to encourage soldiers before battles. This event is organized for the first time on the Norman coast by the Fédération Française de Karaté, the Comité National Wushu and the Ligue de Normandie. It gathers over 200 athletes competing in the following categories: kids, cadets, youth, seniors and veterans. Modern and traditional taolu athletes have previously qualified through the league championships.

A UNIQUE DISCIPLINE INCLUDING TWO PRACTICES
Traditional Taolu includes many styles and allows the athletes to perform all facets of Wushu (competition sport originating from traditional Chinese martial arts) with a high technical level. Modern Taolu, high-level well-known discipline, is a more sportive practice.

PERFORMED TAOLU STYLES
Modern taolu includes three types: bare-handed (Nan Quan and Chang Quan), short weaponry (Jian Shu, Dao Shu and Nan Dao) and long weaponry (Qiang Shu, Gunshu and Nan Gun) events. It has two styles: Northern and Southern Taolu.
The competitions are completed by two forms of Taijiquan (bare-handed) and Taijijian (with sword) external and classic modern Taolu and a Duilian competition (2- to 3-people team routine). Traditional Taolu is divided into seven categories including many routines that are subdivided into traditional Neijia Wushu, traditional Wuaijia Wushu and Jiti (group competitions). All these styles are performed.

RATING
Taolu performances are rated on a scale up to 10. They are rated according on the quality and difficulty of movements (Nan Du) as well as global performance. Judges are 5 to 9 according to the type of Taolu.

AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
The France Cup and the France Championship are useful to select the French teams. Here, competitors have their chance to be selected for future international competitions: Mediterranean Championships in June 2019 in Marseilles and World Championships in October 2019 in Shanghai.