According to the PROMAC Rules (which can be found here) a Traditional Form is:
Section 12.01 TRADITIONAL
These forms must capture the essence of classic martial arts movements, displaying the traditional techniques, stances, footwork, and weapons. Emphasis is placed on execution of technique, application of technique, balance, speed, power, solid stances, and focus.
Forms may be unmodified or modified from what a system or school considers to be the original version of the form; however, the performance of the following movements will result in a downgrade of the form, or upon unanimous vote of the judges, a “no score” as a form inappropriate for the division:
- (a) Movements that involve more than a 360-degree spin;
- (b) Require the body to be inverted more than parallel to the floor;
- (c) More than two kicks with the same leg without putting the foot down in between;
- (d) Front or back flips;
- (e) Cartwheels;
- (f) Front or side leg splits;
- (g) Releases of the weapon other than simple hand switches;
- (h) or any other gymnastic movements or extreme exhibitions of flexibility or agility with the body orweapon that are deemed in the opinion of the judges to be inappropriate for the division pursuant to the general guidelines set forth here. (EXCEPTION – A Forward Roll is a legal Traditional Technique.)
There has been a great deal of debate among reputable martial artists regarding whether a form or series of moves are outside of the bounds of the Traditional Division. Because NASKA is a tournament circuit open to all styles and schools (across the nation and around the world) and from which judges are utilized, each competitor must make his or her own decision regarding whether to include movements, which might be to be objectionable for the Traditional Division. Just like the extreme and creative competitors, the traditional competitors will try to extend the base of the rules that govern the traditional divisions to gain an advantage over their competition. If there is something performed in a traditional from or weapon division that is not covered by the above rules, the NASKA Rules Officials will make the decisions if a technique is a legal or illegal move.