Sport Information


Ross Norton Recreation Center
1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Novice Hand Form
Beginner Hand Form
Intermediate Hand Form
Advanced Hand Form
Tai Chi Sword Intermediate
Tai Chi Sword Advanced
Other Tai Chi Weapon Beginner
Other Tai Chi Weapons Intermediate
Other Tai Chi Weapons Advanced

Push Hands
Push Hands Beginner
Push Hands Advanced
Open Push Hands Clinic


Check-in: 7:30 a.m.
Forms Competition Begins: 8:30 a.m.
Push Hands Competition will follow the conclusion of the forms.

Florida Senior Games Qualifying Rules

OPEN – no qualifying required

Entry Requirements

  • 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 time.
  • A short survey will be required to be completed at check-in. This survey can be found with the entry forms below, and can be completed in advance and brought to check-in.
  • Registration will begin July 2016. 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.
  • Entry forms, waiver of liability and entry fee should be made payable to the Florida Sports Foundation (FSF). Save a stamp and register online!
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm their registration online or by calling the Florida Sports Foundation.
  • Indicate weight in section labeled “Weight” on entry form.
  • Participants may only register for a maximum of five (5) events.


  • Novice Hand Form: Yang 8, Yang 16, or any health-oriented Tai Chi program sequence.
  • Beginner Hand Form: Yang 24, for instance
  • Intermediate Hand Form: Yang 42, for instance
  • Sword Beginner: Yang 32 sword, for instance
  • Novice Hand Form time limit is 2:00 minimum and 3:30 maximum (3:00 suggested) with no penalty for short time. Time limit for all other Hand and Weapon Forms is 3:00 minimum and 3:30 maxiumum.
  • Each push hands division will be divided into bodyweight classes as follows:
    Men (lbs)
    140 and under, 160 and under, 180 and under, 200 and under, Over 200
    Women (lbs)
    115 and under , 135 and under, Over 135
  • Each division will be divided into age groups in accordance with Florida Senior Games Rules of Competition.
  • If possible, pending the number of participants, competition will be round-robin style. Otherwise, single-round elimination.
  • 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.

Sport Rules

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

National Senior Games Qualifying Rules

Tai Chi is not a part of the National Senior Games program.


FSF Staff Contact
Sarah Kirchberg
(727) 724-3082 ext. 245

State Director
Morris Sullivan
(386) 738-3715

Registration and Forms