Artistique/Freestyle ARBITRATION RULES



The Free Style Show is an individual exercise aimed at highlighting the visual, technical and artistic aspects of Nunchaku handling. A musical accompaniment chosen by the candidate is strongly desired. The performance is rated by a jury of about five people from different clubs or countries. The best and the lowest score are eliminated. All the candidates pass immediately after the other, the order of passage having been previously drawn by lot, in the final the candidates pass in order from the lowest score to the best.



The Free Style Show is an artistic exercise, unlike a kata or any other martial exercise illustrating an imaginary fight. The search for realism and combat effectiveness is not a priority. However it is good that the candidate retains a minimum of martial spirit in certain parts of his performance. We will distinguish the phases of pure manipulation to "impress" the entourage, other phases involving more precisely impacts on the opponent. The candidate must ensure that these two aspects are present



One score out of 20 divided into three large and distinct parts is allocated to each performance.

A – Technical and martial score : 9 points  - Sophistication, difficulty of techniques, changes of catch, original movements, launch of the Nunchakus (s), manipulations with two Nunchakus, etc.

 - Speed of execution : evaluation of the maximum speed, reached during the performance.

- Mastery : control of trajectories, clarity of recovery.

- Martial aspect : power, precision, martial performance, realism of the combat phases.

 B – Artistic score : 7 points

- Presentation :. No outfit is compulsory, it is however desirable that it is martial which implies the absence of any jewelry, watches, etc.

 - Choreography : dynamic evolution in space, displacement on a maximum surface.

 - Music : choice of music and variation of rhythms. Synchronization between the musical time and the rhythm of the Nunchaku and the body.

 - Body Expression : harmony between body and Nunchaku, flexibility, balance, style, etc.



C – Large technical difficulties :

4 points  These are called manipulations very difficult to achieve, which few candidates can do. As soon as at least three practitioners make the same technique known as "very difficult", it will be considered as average difficulty.


N.B . : all the techniques performed with the Nunchaku in action are considered to be great difficulties. Example: A back-wards salto performed before taking his Nunchaku is not considered to be a big difficulty (it will be taken into account possibly in the artistic aspect). On the other hand, if the candidate throws the Nunchaku, performs a backwards salto and then catches up with his nunchaku, this is considered a big difficulty because the Nunchaku is in motion.



- Loss of the Nunchaku : a half penalty point will be awarded to any loss of Nunchaku.

- Penalty Chrono : time not respected = one half point for every five seconds (maximum three points).

- Note : if you break a Nunchaku during a Free Style, you can restart the Free Style. However, in case of penalties before breakage, these will be maintained for the new service