All ranks participate in a forms competition which is judged on a 1-10 scale using 1/4 points. Each student receives 2 opportunities to perform his/her form. Students who take a second attempt to complete the form will receive a 1-point deduction off the overall score. Judges evaluate the form based on correct movements, timing, precision, balance, stances, power and focus. The first three competitors perform their form before they are scored. This allows the judges to set a baseline for the ring. After the first 3, each competitor is scored individually. The average form is generally scored an 8. The competitor with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, each student receives 1 opportunity to perform their form in a run-off.
ONE-STEP AND SPARRING COMBINATIONS
One-Step and Sparring Combination Competition is judged similarly to forms based on correct movements, timing, precision, balance, stances, power and focus. White, yellow, gold and some orange belts compete in One-Step/ Sparring Combinations Competition which pairs two competitors together with the winner advancing to the next round.
Tournament sparring is designed to see which student is the better free sparrer. Three judges watch the match and award points and assign warnings based on the techniques thrown and where the techniques make contact.
Points are awarded for:
Punch or Kick to the body (1 point)
Kick to the head (2 points)
Jump or Spin Kick to the body (2 points)
Jump Spin Kick to the body (3 points)
Jump or Spin Kick to the head (3 points)
Jump Spin Kick to the head (4 points)
Warnings are assigned for:
Striking an illegal target area, i.e. punching to the head or face, Intentionally kicking to the back or below the belt (1 warning)
Excessive contact (1 warning)
Excessive contact to an illegal target area (2 warnings)
Contact that draws blood (3 warnings)
Unsportsmanlike or dangerous conduct (3 warnings)
A majority of judges must agree to assign warnings. If a participant receives a warning their opponent receives a corresponding amount of points: 1 point for the first warning, 2 points for the second warning. Three warnings will result in immediate disqualification from that specific round, however, based on severity, can also lead to disqualification from the tournament.
A majority of judges must agree to award a points or warnings. In the event of a tie, competitors advance to a sudden-victory round. In this round the next point that is scores wins or the next warning loses the match.
TOURNAMENT DOUBLE BRACKET SPARRING
Our goal is to provide the fairest competition possible. In the double bracket system everyone is guaranteed at least two rounds of sparring. Competitors will be lined up tallest to shortest and arranged, if possible, to keep competitors from the same school from sparring in the first round. Just like previous tournaments, winners move forward in the “Gold Medal” bracket.
But, following their first loss, competitors are moved to the “Silver Medal” bracket and still have a chance to compete for a medal. A second loss results in elimination from competition, but not necessarily medal contention.
A disqualification is a loss and will either move the competitor to the Silver Bracket or eliminate them from competition. A disqualification for unsportsmanlike conduct may result in removal from the tournament.
Because there are two different brackets being completed simultaneously, the matches will jump around a bit and it will be very difficult to follow the brackets from the stands. We’ve removed the possibility to win a medal without winning a round of sparring. See example bracket below.
BOARD BREAKING COMPETITION
In addition to Regular Competition eligible Juniors, Teens and Adults can also try to earn a medal in board breaking. This will be FUN! This competition is happening throughout the day. We recommend you do it either before or after your Regular Competition. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN BOARD BREAKING SIMPLY REGISTER AT THE BOARD BREAKING REGISTRATION TABLE TODAY.
All Junior, Teen and Adults students may compete.
Students can kick with any leg.
Each competitor will be given as much time to practice and prepare for each break as they need.
Each competitor will be given total of 5 chances to break 4 stations.
Medals will be awarded for the following results:
Gold Medal - 4 successful breaks
Silver Medal - 3 successful breaks
Bronze Medal - 2 successful breaks
Colored Belts will break:
Hand Strike (ground)
Axe Kick (ground)
Jump Front Kick
Black Belts will break:
Hand Strike (ground)
Jump Axe Kick (ground)
Spin Side Kick
Jump Front Kick
Weapons forms competition is based on a comparison of competitors within each particular division. It is similar to regular Forms Competition. Only the immediate performance of the form is judged. Judges evaluate the form based on movements, timing, precision, balance, stances, power and focus and weapon handling.
Each student receives 2 opportunities to perform his/her form. Students who take a second attempt to complete their form will receive a 1-point deduction off the overall score. Remember, the second attempt is judged without regard to the first attempt. Judges may ask a competitor if they would like to repeat their weapons form if the competitor:
• The competitor has an excessive pause or loss of focus
• The competitor is unable to control their weapon for a majority of the form
• The competitor is unable to finish their form and request to start over
If a student needs to take a second attempt to complete their form a 1-point deduction from the total score is given to the competitor.
We encourage laud cheering and clapping from the other students and spectators after each competitor completes his/her form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do we do when we get there?
Head to your competition ring and hang out! You’re already registered, so there is no need to check in. We will begin shortly.
How do they determine who I or my child compete against?
We first keep adults and children separate. Then we divide the groups by approximate experience level, size and age. In the end most kids will compete against kids of similar experience and very close in age to themselves. Many adult divisions may be combined depending on the number of competitors, their age and rank.
Can I take pictures or video?
As many as you want! Make sure you stay in the spectators area though.
What if I have concerns or questions about my child’s ring?
Ask the center judge or one of the school owners. Remember, like your child, we’re doing the best we can and that we aren’t perfect. We will do our best to address any concerns you have and fix any problems.
Is cheering allowed?
Absolutely! However, please remember that coaching is not allowed! We work hard to maintain a positive, friendly atmosphere. Please remember the Tournament Courtesy Policy.
TOURNAMENT COURTESY POLICY
Any competitor, spectator, parent or judge exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive competitive atmosphere of this tournament will be asked to leave the facility. Remember and practice the Tenets of Taekwondo: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.