March 15, 2017
Dear Parents and Students,
Thanks to your support, I am proud to announce that we will hold our 13th annual tournament, Choi’s All American Taekwondo Open, on Saturday, May 13th 2017. More than twenty years of teaching Taekwondo has shown me that participating in a tournament is a great boost for students. It offers students an achievable goal and helps them work harder to earn their prizes. Students are more excited about practicing Taekwondo and in return they experience maximum benefits of Taekwondo. This tournament is unique from other tournaments in various ways.
We have well developed judging principles that enable fair judging by trained judges.
- This is a festival not a competition. Everyone will be a winner. Nobody will be left crying about not winning a prize. We will make sure that all the competitors receive a medal.
For the forms competition, each competitor will perform alone so that the judges can give full attention to each competitor. (Most competitions allow 2 or three competitors to perform at the same time.)
All the competitors who register before April 30th 2016 will receive a free T-shirt.
All competitors will receive one free spectator ticket. Please come with the whole family and friends to support your child.
Schedule of the Day
08:00 a.m. – 08:15 a.m. Volunteer check in & T-shirt pick-up
08:15 a.m. – 08:45 a.m. Pick up competitor cards
08:45 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. All competitors line up for pre-staging
09:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m Opening Ceremony
09:30 a.m – 11:00 a.m. Form Competition
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Board Breaking Competition
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sparring Competition
Location CENTERVILLE JR. HIGH SCHOOL, 37720 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, CA 94536 (Free Parking)
What division can I participate in? If you are white belt: you can participate in forms and board breaking competition. If you are yellow belt and up and you attend sparring classes: you can participate in forms, board breaking, non-contact sparring and Olympic sparring. If you are yellow belt and up and not attending sparring classes: you can participate in forms, board breaking, and non-contact sparring. Choi’s Martial Arts How do the judges evaluate your score?
Forms Competition: The judges will give points in the following categories: balance, coordination, power, rhythm, focus and concentration
Creative Forms Competition: The judges will give points in the following categories: creativity, difficulty, rhythm, coordination and precision, balance, power, focus and concentration
Board Breaking The judges will give points in the following categories: balance, proper preparation and finish, difficulty of the movements, precision of technique, and number of repetitions.
Non-Contact Sparring In non-contact sparring, there is no contact to the partner. The scoring area is the stomach or the rib area of your partner. A clean technique on those areas will receive a point. The judges will give points immediately after a technique is executed. There will be two corner judges and a referee who award points. One round is 2 minute long. The person who gets 3 points first or higher number of point will be the winner. If the competitors tie, the one who gets a point first will be the winner.
Olympic Sparring No head kicks allowed. The competition rule will follow the WTF rules and regulations. Who is coming to the tournament? Some local schools are invited to participate beside Fremont and Union City students. I am looking forward to seeing you at the tournament! Yours in Taekwondo Alexander EJ Choi Headmaster Choi’s Martial Arts