April 5th, 2018
Dear Parents and Students,
Thanks to your support, I am proud to announce that we will hold our 14th annual tournament, Choi’s All American Taekwondo Open, on Saturday, May 19th, 2018. 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. Students may earn a point toward mandatory credit toward black belt testing (2 points per year).
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 May 5th, 2018 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.
There will be a special Masters’ demonstration.
This is a wonderful occasion to meet world-renowned Grand Masters and Masters.
The tournament is a labor-intensive event that cannot happen without your help. Please volunteer to help make this tournament the best yet. There are all kinds of tasks that need volunteers. If you can give us a hand please come to the volunteer meeting on May 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Fremont school (46515 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539) or talk to the office staff so that we can include you in our plans.
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 (Schedule may vary depending on the flow of the tournament)
HORNER JR. HIGH SCHOOL, 41365 Chapel Way. Fremont, CA 94538 (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.
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, the difficulty of the movements, the precision of technique, and the number of repetitions.
- Non-Contact Sparring: In non-contact sparring, there is no contact with the partner. The scoring area is the stomach or the rib area of your partner. A clean technique in 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 minutes long. The person who gets 3 points first or higher number of points 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
Choi’s Martial Arts