The 2020 SSG Tai Chi championships have been canceled.

Location and Schedule
Courtyard Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch
8305 Tourist Center Dr.
Bradenton, Florida 34201


8:30 a.m. – Check-in/On-site Registration
9:00 a.m. – Forms Competition
1:00 p.m. – Push Hands Competition

Event venue, dates, and location are subject to change.


  • Modern Short Hand Form Novice Only – TC001
  • Yang 24 Form Beginner – TC242
  • Yang 24 Form Intermediate – TC243
  • Yang 24 Form Advanced – TC244
  • Traditional Tai Chi Beginner Hand Form – TC002
  • Traditional Tai Chi Intermediate Hand Form – TC003
  • Traditional Tai Chi Advanced Hand Form – TC004
  • Tai Chi Sword Intermediate – TC005
  • Tai Chi Sword Advanced – TC006
  • Other Tai Chi Weapon Beginner – TC007
  • Other Tai Chi Weapons Intermediate – TC008
  • Other Tai Chi Weapons Advanced – TC009
  • Push Hands Beginner – TC021
  • Push Hands Advanced – TC022
  • Open Push Hands Clinic – TC023

Entry Requirements

  • Tai Chi entry fee is $20 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 times. A short survey will be required to be completed at check-in.
  • On-site registration fee is $25 for the first event and $5 for each additional event.
  • Each applicant must complete an Individual Entry Form and Waiver of Liability or register online at
  • All mailed entries must be received by June 1, 2020. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the Event Director.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm their registration by visiting or calling toll-free 1-866-FL-GAMES (354-2637).
  • Participants may only register for a maximum of five (5) events.


  • Modern Short Hand Form: Yang 8, Yang 16, or any health-oriented Tai Chi program sequence. Open to novices only.
  • Traditional Tai Chi Hand Form includes any traditional tai chi form, any style.
  • Tai Chi Sword: Yang 32 sword, for instance
  • Novice Hand Form time limit: No minimum, 3:00 maximum
  • Time limit for all other Hand and Weapon Forms is 3:00 minimum and 3:30 maximum.
  • 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.

Sports 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 forms will be evaluated according to the principles of Tai Chi. Competition is open to participants who have not competed for more than two years and are not competing in other hand forms.
  • 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.
  • For details on rules and regulations, visit

Click here to register for the 2020 SSG Tai Chi Championships.

FSF Staff Contact
Karissa Pendleton
(850) 577-7211 or

State Director
Morris Sullivan
(386) 738-3715 or