TAEKWONDO AMERICA

National Tournament

Jan. 27 – 28, 2023

Here’s your chance to have a blast and test your Taekwondo skills! Taekwondo America students will travel from all over the country to compete in this National Tournament! And this opportunity only comes twice a year, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Tournament App

To view results or to find your tournament competition time and ring please use the app.

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Orlando, FL

Caribe Royale Orlando Resort
8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821


January 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023
Saturday, January 28, 2023


Hotel Info

Caribe Royale Orlando Resort
8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

Discounted Rate: $199
With Taekwondo America there will be no Resort fee.
Be aware that there will be parking fees.

Last Day to book :

Use the following link to reserve your room: https://book.passkey.com/e/50399824

TOURNAMENT

 Tournament Registration Deadline
January 19, 2023
The times listed in the schedule below are estimates and will vary depending on the number of competitors. Competition should take between 60 to 90 minutes.

A more accurate time will be given the week of the tournament.

NATIONAL TESTING

Testing Registration Deadline
December 28, 2022
Students testing for the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt or higher.

Any registrations received after this date will not be accepted and the student will not be eligible for testing.

ADDITIONAL COMPETITION

Extreme Forms Rules

Rules: 1)Students may perform a form of their own design 2)Time limit of 90 seconds (this will be timed) 3)Weapons are allowed (Limited to bo, nunchuk, sai, kama, or sword) 4) Weapons must be handled in a safe way. No throwing into crowd. 5) Any gymnastics move is allowed. To include, but not limited to, flips, cartwheels, round offs, etc. 6) Crowd-friendly music is allowed with the competitors own device and small Bluetooth speaker. Taekwondo America will not help with music set up. 7) Alternate uniforms are allowed 8) Since there are no technique mistake deductions, competitors will have 1 chance to perform pattern 9)Regular scoring (tenth of a point from three judges) 10)Deductions (1 point each from overall score). Judges will confer before assigning deductions (2 must agree to deduction)

o Exceeding the 90 second time limit
o Leaving the ring to perform a technique or because of balance failure (1 point for each instance)
o Starting and stopping the form.
o Unsafe use of weapons
Age Divisions; 7-12 year olds (Green Belt and above), 13-17 year olds (Green and above), 18-35

(Green and above), 36+ (Green and above). These divisions may change depending on participation numbers.

Synchronized Forms

A new competition with fairly simple rules.

Find a friend, pick one of our Chang-hun patterns, synchronize it.

You can go back to back, side by side, staggered, male/female, etc.

Any form will do.

Scoring will be just like normal forms competition but with deductions if you fall out of synchronization or do form incorrectly.

MUST do entire pattern.

There will be no “do overs” With more participation comes better division splits do get signed up.

Demo Team Rules (Disney Related)

DEMONSTRATION TEAM COMPETITION RULES:
Safety Note: Safety is the number one concern for Taekwondo America, demonstration teams, and judges. All demonstration elements (particularly the fight scene and board breaks) should be planned and performed with the safety of competitors and spectators in mind.

Sportsmanship: Like all Taekwondo America competitions, this is a fun event! Demonstration Team members, school owners, team leaders, parents, and supporters are all expected to adhere to the Taekwondo America Courtesy Policy (see below). Everyone should show a positive attitude towards other teams, judges, and tournament directors at all times. This includes being respectful of the judges’ decisions and scores.

Taekwondo America Courtesy Policy: Any competitor, spectators, parent, or judge exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive competitive atmosphere of the demonstration team competition will be asked to leave immediately. Remember and practice the tenets of Taekwondo: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit.

Competition Fee: $150 per team. Teams must register with the Taekwondo America National Office 30 days prior to the competition date. Teams will have the option to pay an additional fee and have Taekwondo America provide their boards.

Competition Time: Demonstration Team Competition is held following the high rank competition on the Friday during the January National Tournament. The winner of the competition will perform their demonstration on Saturday prior to the afternoon competition.

Competition Order: The returning champion will perform first. A random drawing will be used to determine the order of the remaining teams.

Competition Area: Approximately 10 floor squares by 10 floor squares or about 30 ft by 30 ft. There will also be an additional safety border 5 feet around the competition area to help ensure the safety of all spectators.

Time Requirements: The demonstration should last at least 2 minutes and no more than 6 minutes. Teams are responsible for setting up their demonstration (no more than 2 minutes) and cleaning up afterwards (no more than 1 minute). Penalties for exceeding the time limit are explained below.

Team Requirements:
• Team Members: Each team must have at least 6 members to compete in the Demonstration Team competition. There is no maximum number of team members.
• Team Uniform: All team members should perform in matching or on-theme uniforms, within good taste. Anyone assisting with the demonstration (such as holding boards or organizing props) is considered part of the team and should also be in matching or on-theme uniform.
• Team Name: Each team must choose a name in good taste. Team names can be as simple as “City, State” Taekwondo Team or more creative such as “Team Powerkick”.
Required Elements: These are the elements of the demonstration that the judges will score.
• Forms: Each team must include at least one form in which every team member performs.
• Fight Scene: Please keep safety in mind with all stunts.
• Board Breaking: Teams should be prepared for the performance area to be surrounded by spectators. All board breaks should be performed with safety in mind; speed breaks should aim towards the front (where the judges are seated) or from one far corner to the other. Board holders should always hold with both hands, not just one.

Optional Elements: These items are not required, but can enhance the overall effect of the demonstration. Teams should be prepared to perform without these elements, should technology fail or safety concerns lead Taekwondo America to ask them to remove the element. The performance should not rely on these elements.
• Music: Must be supplied by the demonstration team on a digital device (ipod, mp3 player, etc.). Teams are encouraged to avoid the use of currently popular songs. All music must be clean (no explicit languages or lyrics).
• Weapons: Please keep safety in mind with all weapons elements. Remember that all weapons must be “practice” weapons with no sharp edges or points.
• Props and Special Effects: Please keep safety in mind with all props and effects. Teams should be prepared to perform without these elements if they are deemed unsafe for competitors or the tournament site by Taekwondo America. Judging Criteria and Process: Judges of the Demonstration Team competition 5th degree black belts or higher who have years of judging experience and do not have a
demonstration team competing.

Scoring: A panel 5 judges will score each team in four categories with a maximum score of 50 points per team.
• Team Forms (up to 15 points)
• Synchronization
• Originality
• Difficulty
• Execution
• Entertainment
• Fight Scenes (up to 15 points)
• Reality
• Originality
• Difficulty
• Execution
• Entertainment
• Board Breaking (up to 15 points)
• Variety
• Originality
• Difficulty
• Execution
• Entertainment
• Overall Performance (up to 5 points)

Penalty Points: Penalty points will be taken by the scorekeeper or timekeeper from the total score. All penalty points must be discussed and agreed upon by a majority of judges.
• Performance Penalties
• -1 point if the team isn’t in matching or on-theme uniforms.
• -1 point if a member gets injured during the performance.
• -2 points if an audience member is hurt or struck with an object from a demonstration team, for instance: board, kick, or weapon.
• -5 points for poor or unsportsmanlike behavior or attitude by any competitor, school owner, supporter, or parent.
• -5 points for poor taste.
• Time Penalties
• -1 point if setup takes longer than 2 minutes, with an addition -1 point if setup takes longer than 2.5 minutes.
• -1 point if the demonstration takes longer than 6 minutes, -1 point for each additional 30 seconds after 6 minutes.
• -1 point if clean up takes more than 1 minute, with an addition -1 point if clean if it takes longer than 1.5 minutes.

Tie Breaker: In the event that two teams have earned the same total score, the judges will discuss and vote for their favorite based on overall performance, execution and entertainment.

Pre-order your Tournament T-Shirt

before it’s too late!

The only way to guarantee that you’ll get your hands on this limited edition Tournament T-Shirt is now during Pre-orders! Shirts will be sold on the day of the tournament, but often sell out fast!

Pre-ordered shirts are only $25!
T-Shirts will be $30 on the day of the tournament.

 T-Shirt Pre-order Deadline

January 6, 2023

What to Expect from a Tournament

Tournament Competition

Things to Expect:

  1. Tournament rings will be visible and specific
  2. Ring assignments can be found on the TA Event App. See your instructor for the download to add to your smart device.
  3. Arrive at your assigned ring 15-20 minutes early.
  4. We begin with patterns. Competitors will be called one at a time to do their pattern. Competitors may do their previous pattern as long as the new rank was achieved at last testing (i.e. a purple belt who received their rank during the August testing cycle may perform Won-Hyo at the September National Tournament). Scores will be awarded by the 3 judges when competitor is finished. We score on a tenth of a point scale.
  5. If the judges ask for the pattern to be redone the student has the option. The penalty is 1 point overall deducted from score.
  6. The Ring Supervisor will double check scores, update the app, and proceed to one steps/free sparring if there are no ties. Ties will be settled by having the competitors redo their forms (with no penalty) and new scores assigned to “break” the tie. Ties for 1st and 2nd will be awarded 8s and 9s. Ties for 3rd and 4th will be awarded 7s and 8s.
  7. Our sparring brackets are a modified double elimination format. This means that a competitor must lose twice to be fully eliminated from sparring competition. Modified means that a competitor may not “win their way” back into gold medal consideration.
  8. Points are awarded by judges for either the best one-step or for legal contact to target areas during free sparring. Matches are for 1 minute.
  9. In the case of a tie in sparring: points reset to 0 but warnings do not. Each tie break session is 15 seconds and will continue until a clear winner is declared based on points.
  10. Medals are awarded after the ring is complete.
  11. Board Breaking, although done in the taekwondo school, will receive medals at the designated Board Breaking table at the tournament.

National Testing (Palms 2 & 3)

Friday, January 27, 2023

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12:30PM

Testing Judges Meeting

4th Degree Black Belts and above

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1:00pm

National Testing

Students testing for 2nd Degree Senior Black Belt and above

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4:00pm

Tournament Setup

All available Black Belts and Instructors are expected to help in Tournament setup

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5:00pm

High-Rank Judges Meeting

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5:30pm

Opening Ceremonies & Demo Team Competition

School Owners Introduction

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7:00pm

Extreme Forms Competition

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7:45pm

Synchronized Forms Competition

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8:30pm

4th and 5th Degree Competition

National Tournament (Palms 2 & 3)

Saturday, January 28, 2023

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7:45AM

Tournament Judges and Supervisor’s Meeting

All levels of instructor

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8:00AM to 2:00PM

Tournament Competition

Tournament competition to start with black belts, then dragons, then all teens and adults, the juniors

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2:30PM

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremonies to include rank presentations for school owners and 7th degree demos

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3:00PM

Tournament Breakdown