Martial Studies

(Revised July 2009)

This category is for all martial studies reproductions. It does not include choreographed performances such as stage combat. These sorts of things belong in the purview of choreography. It should also not include research papers which also have their own category.

Martial Studies; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the subject matter. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice or any personal discoveries during research are encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the subject area beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of the reproduction is to including some of the following: country of origin, period of origin, specific period documentation for the reproduction.
  • Lists elements of the choreography used to complete the recreation.
  • Lists methods and practice techniques used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.
  • Originality: Does the presentation cover new ground?
  • Applicability: Is this recreation useful to other students of martial studies?

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (including reasonable substitutions for elements that are too dangerous or too expensive). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic reproduction (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period reproduction and is it performed in a period manner (apparent knowledge or application of period practice)
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used—period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect.
  • Design, style—is the design or style period or does it give a period effect.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period styles are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (number of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted.
  • Structure—How complex is the arrangement of the presentation?
  • Difficulty/variety of media and materials used in the presentation.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of period documentation.
  • Recreation of techniques combined with personal discovery through practice, etc.
  • Personal creativity and further hypotheses.
  • Entrant understands the data he/she was recreating or conveying to you?

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).

Martial Studies; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. udging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the subject matter. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the subject area beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of the reproduction including the following: country of origin, period of origin, specific period documentation for the reproduction.
  • Some discussion of the elements of the choreography used to complete the recreation.
  • Some discussion of the methods and practice techniques used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.
  • Originality: Does the presentation cover new ground?
  • Applicability: Is this recreation useful to other students of martial studies

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (including reasonable substitutions for elements that are too dangerous or too expensive). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic reproduction (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period reproduction and is it performed in a period manner (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used—period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect.
  • Design, style—is the design or style period or does it give a period effect.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period styles are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (number of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted.
  • Structure—How complex is the arrangement of the presentation?
  • Difficulty/variety of media and materials used in the presentation.
  • Extent of original work or ideas .

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of period documentation.
  • Recreation of techniques combined with personal discovery through practice, etc.
  • Personal creativity and further hypothesis.
  • Entrant understands the data he/she was recreating or conveying to you.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).

Martial Studies; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the subject matter. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the subject matter, explain the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provide illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and processes of the subject matter beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, specific period documentation for the reproduction.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of the elements of the choreography used to complete the recreation.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of the methods and practice techniques used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.
  • Originality: Does the presentation cover new ground?
  • Applicability: Is this recreation useful to other students of martial studies

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (including reasonable substitutions for elements that are too dangerous or too expensive). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic reproduction (except those items that are unsafe) will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period reproduction and is it performed in a period manner (apparent knowledge or application of period practice).
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used—period or reasonable substitutions that give a period effect.
  • Design, style—is the design or style period or does it give a period effect.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period styles are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor (number of pieces, size of work in relation to amount of detail, etc.).
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted.
  • Structure—How complex is the arrangement of the presentation?
  • Difficulty/variety of techniques attempted.
  • Difficulty/variety of media and materials used in the presentation.
  • Extent of original work or ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of period documentation.
  • Recreation of techniques combined with personal discovery through practice, etc.
  • Personal creativity and personal hypothesis.
  • Does the entry have a thorough understanding of the subject matter?

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).