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T'AI CHI MAGAZINE - December 1992

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December 1992 - Editor's Notebook

Tournaments have been in circulation now for several years and they are gradually getting better in spite of the inherent difficulty in operating them.
One of the problems, for example, is that there is now a core group of competitors who are familiar with the rules and can use them to their own advantage.

But the success of the tournaments will depend on bringing in new people. And they should not be at an unnecessary disadvantage because they are not familiar with the rules set up by a particular tournament.
This can be overcome by setting up training seminars for the new and old competitors so they can get personal, hands-on training for the tournament rules. This should be more than a token effort.
The more comfortable the new people are with the rules the better they will be able to compete and the more the experienced competitors will have to lift the level of their own effort.

Often tournaments get set on a track once the competition starts and they just continue on that track with little or no adjustment. Usually the people in charge are too busy with other important matters to observe and fine tune the competition.
There should be a chief referee who moves from ring to ring to monitor the competition. He should meet with judges, referees and competitors to get input from them during the tournament, not afterward. Then changes can be implemented on the spot if it is necessary.
Everyone involved wants to learn from the tournament experience. But it can be very difficult if people do not have the right information as well as the will to make improvements.

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