Competition Rules Arnold Classic Taekwondo

competition rules

All competitors, coaches and officials must be familiar with the competition rules and guidelines for THIS event.

As this is an open event, these are based on, but may vary from, competitions sanctioned by the various organizations.

This event is sanctioned by the Arnold Sports Festival Australia.

Competitor /Official Dress Code

  • All competitors MUST compete in a standard Taekwondo uniform / dobok (not shorts, tshirts, tracksuits, street clothes etc)
  • All coaches must be in a club tracksuit or similar (no jeans, thongs, casual wear etc)
  • All officials must be in dark navy/black long pants/skirt, white shirt and navy tie. A polo or t-shirt may be allocated by event organizers.

Sparring Protective equipment

All persons competing in sparring must bring their own protective equipment.

  • WTF/WT style – Competitors must wear their own Chest, Groin, Shin, Arm, Mouth and Head guards. Instep protectors and Gloves are now also required
  • ITF style – gloves, boots, mouthguard, groinguard (compulsory), head guard, arm guard, shin guard (optional)

Reporting to competition area

It is the competitor and coach’s responsibility to arrive at the ring in time for the commencement of their event. Bout and Ring Numbers will be displayed on each Jury table to correspond with posted draw.

It is recommended that participants be ready at least 2 bouts prior to theirs and wait close to their ring, to allow for possible walkovers or bouts that end early.

where a competitor does not report the ring at their allocated bout number, the bout will be awarded to the opponent and the next bout will commence. Missed bouts will not be contested at a later time.

Competition Rules WTF/WT Sparring (Individual)

  • 3 points for head kick (Over 11 years only)
  • 2 points for turning body kick
  • 1 point punch to the body

Note: No head kids 10 years and under

All ages: No holding, No pushing, No kicks below waist, No kicks to the back, No face punching, No use of illegal tools (knee, elbow, head)

Bout procedure:

  • 2 rounds x 2 minutes (1 min rest) – Adults
  • 2 round x 1 min – 30 sec rest (under 10 years)
  • 2 Rounds x 1.5 min (45 sec rest) – Children& Teens
  • Draw : 1 additional round of 50% standard round length
  • Extra Draw : First point wins, as determined by a minimum of 2 judges.

WTF/WT Sparring (Team)

  • Team must comprise of 3 persons
  • As per above, except only 1 round per match (same times)
  • 2 points awarded for win, 1 point awarded for draw
  • Winning team is first to score 4 point.

Competition Rules ITF Sparring (Individual)

  • 3 points for Jumping high section kick (over 11 years only)
  • 2 points for High section kick (over 11 years only), Jumping High section hand attack, Jumping Mid section Kick
  • 1 point mid section kick, Mid section hand attack

Note: No head kids or face punches 10 years and under

All ages: No holding, No pushing, No kicks below waist, No kicks to the back, No use of illegal tools (knee, elbow, head) 

Bout procedure:

  • 2 rounds x 2 minutes (1 min rest) – Adults
  • 2 round x 1 min – 30 sec rest (under 10 years)
  • 2 Rounds x 1.5 min (45 sec rest) – Children& Teens
  • Draw : 1 additional round of 50% standard round length
  • Extra Draw : First point wins, as determined by a minimum of 2 judges.

ITF Sparring (Team)

  • Team must comprise of 3 persons
  • As per above, except only 1 round per match (same times)
  • 2 points awarded for win, 1 point awarded for draw
  • Winning team is first to score 4 point.

Note: Team Sparring events will only  take place where there is an opponent of same gender and age group. Age group is determined by the oldest member of the team.

Competition Rules WTF/WT Poomse / Forms (individual)

All Poomse / Forms categories will be judged by a panel of persons familiar with very familiar those forms. Participants will perform individually.

All gups (colour belts) will perform one routine appropriate to their rank. Black Belts will perform 2 routines, one optional and one designated by head judge, appropriate to their rank (scores will be added)

All Poomse /Forms will be scored out of 10 points based on factors including:

Technical accuracy; Power, Speed, Balance, Expression of energy

In the event of a tie, competitors will be required to perform the same form, designated by judges, simultaneously with tied opponent for comparison.

Competition Rules ITF Patterns / Tul (individual)

All Patterns / Tul categories will be judged by a panel of persons familiar with very familiar those forms. Participants will perform individually.

All gups (colour belts) will perform one routine appropriate to their rank. Black Belts will perform 2 routines, one optional and one designated by head judge, appropriate to their rank (scores will be added)

Patterns / Tuls will be scored out of 10 points based on factors including:

Technical accuracy; Power, Speed, Balance, Expression of energy

In the event of a tie, competitors will be required to perform the same pattern, designated by judges, simultaneously with tied opponent for comparison.

Team Patterns / Forms

Categories (2) : ITF style, WTF style will be separate

Required Number of Team Members: 3 -5 persons ( may be mixed gender) – each Team patterns / forms participant MUST be also registered in that event on their form

Ages : All age categories will be combined

Restrictions: Participants may only be in ONE team pattern / form in each category

Judging Criteria :

Special emphasis in this division is placed on how the pattern / form is synchronized. Team can perform the entire pattern / form in unison, or can creativity to the sequence timing without substituting the correct techniques for others.

  • Degree of Difficulty
  • Kicks (judged on proper foot position, height, focus, balance, power, etc.)
  • Hand Techniques (judged on proper hand position, speed, power, focus, tension, etc.)
  • Balance , Confidence, Eye Contact, Intensity
  • Synchronicity or teamwork

There will be 3 judges. Scores will run from 1 -10. The  highest total score will be the winner

Self Defense Demonstration

Categories: All participants will be combined regardless of style

Required Number of Team Members: Minimum of 2 persons, maximum of 3 persons – each demonstration participant MUST be registered in this event category

Ages : All age categories will be combined

Restrictions: Participants may only be in ONE team demonstration

If incorporating weapons, only blunt or padded weapons may be used.(no live blades)

Required Time of Presentation: Between 30 sec – 1 minute

Goal of Presentation: To entertain the audience using multiple methods of demonstrating martial arts skills. Presentation should be fast paced, high energy, exciting, dramatic, and fun to watch

Judging Criteria: Scoring will be based on overall team performance rather than individual performances. The primary criteria being presentation, realism, logical application of technique and quality of skill execution.

There will be 3 judges. Scores will run from 1 -10. The team with the highest total score will be the winner.

Medal presentations

Shortly after the completion of each category, medals will be presented at the official allocated medal presentation dais.

All medal recipients must be in full uniform (not street clothes), and must be present in person.