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Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the regular eligibility requirements, in order to compete in any ATA- Xtreme competition, the competitor must also compete in the traditional event that correlates to the ATA-Xtreme event in which they wish to compete. Failure to compete in the corresponding event will result in the loss of points earned at that event may lead to additional penalties. This applies to all ATA sanctioned tournaments regardless of the tournament's classification.
Example: If a competitor wishes to compete in ATA-Xtreme Forms, the competitor must also compete in Traditional Forms at that tournament. The same would apply for ATA-Xtreme Weapons competition.

ATA-Xtreme Competition Rules & Guidelines

ATA Xtreme form & weapon competitions are a "free Style" performance that allows the mix of traditional and contemporary martial arts techniques. The ATA Xtreme division category for forms and weapons competition is based in traditional Songahm Taekwondo but allows for non-traditional movements spanning all martial arts styles and disciplines whereas the ATA Creative division categories do not. Competitors are free to create their choreography based where martial arts techniques and combinations carry the highest value over non-martial arts techniques such as gymnastics, acrobatics, and dance.

Note: There are no “qualifying techniques” that must be performed.

Unifrom Requirements for ATA Xtreme Competition

Student may wear:

  • Traditional White Dobok.
  • ATA Creative/Xtreme black uniform.
  • They may not wear the sleeveless ATA-Xtreme uniform.
  • Competitors may not remove any part of their clothing during performance.


  • Music is allowed but not mandatory.
  • In keeping with the concept that judges will consider difficulty, then, if the music is used, a competitor who performs “in time” with the music may receive a higher score.
  • All music must be approved by the student’s instructor.
  • Music is the responsibility of the competitor. Each competitor must have their sound system in good working order. Malfunctions of any kind will not change the time limit.
  • The total time limit of 2 minutes will stand regardless of any music malfunction. Competitors should continue without music if there is any delay and have the person designated to play their music take the appropriate action in keeping with the wishes of that competitor.

ATA Xtreme Form Composition Guidelines

The following guidelines are in place for ATA-Xtreme competition (Forms & Weapons):

  • Competitors in these divisions must demonstrate a form or weapons form that reflects the essence and values of ATA-Xtreme.
  • At least 50% of the form must be original material.
  • The entire presentation must be no longer than 2 minutes from judge's command to start time until the competitor finishes their performance.
  • There is no limit to the number of "tricks" allowed.
  • All types of kicks and combinations are allowed as long as the instructor of the competitor approves of the safety aspect of the presentation. Safety is the number one concern.
  • No props are allowed.
  • Blindfolds are considered a prop and are NOT allowed.

Approved ATA-Xtreme Weapons

Same as Creative Weapons .

ATA Xtreme Weapons Form Composition Guidelines

In addition to the rules for ATA Xtreme forms competition, the following additions apply to the ATA-Xtreme Weapon Competitions:

  • Releases of the weapon are allowed in ATA-Xtreme competition.
  • During ATA Xtreme competition the sheath of the Gum Do may be set aside as long as it is done in a way that is not disrespectful to the weapon.

ATA Xtreme Forms & Weapons Competition Procedures

ATA Xtreme forms and weapons competition procedure will mirror creative forms and weapons competition procedures.

Competitior Bow in Procedures

ATA Xtreme forms and weapons competition bow in procedure will mirror creative forms and weapons competition bow in procedures.

Determining and Administering Scores

Scoring for ATA Xtreme forms and weapons competition will be awarded in the same manner as creative forms and weapons competition and will have consistent meanings.

Judging Criteria for ATA Xtreme Forms & Weapons

  • All three judges will score the entire form.
  • The first aspect of judging the form demonstrated should be the quality of Taekwondo technique and the control in handling the weapon.
  • The second aspect of judging the form demonstrated will be the following five categories. All should be considered with equal weight and in no particular order.
    • Creativity.
    • Difficulty.
    • Presentation.
    • Attitude.
    • Control of the weapon is added to the judging criteria for ATA Xtreme weapons.
  • The third, and final, aspect a judge will consider are the "tricks" and “variety of tricks” presented in the form. This would include how a competitor adds martial art techniques to the “trick” he/she is demonstrating.

Example #1: Competitor A, who is equal in presenting a “XTREME” form that is creative, has strong, difficult, precise techniques with a great attitude, may not score as high as Competitor B who adds a variety of "tricks" to that same type of form.
Example #2:Competitor A who has strong, crisp, precise techniques, but does not include as many tricks in their Xtreme form presentation may score higher than Competitor B, whose Taekwondo techniques are not crisp and strong but has many difficult "tricks" within their form.

(Remember that the single most important factor in all form presentations is the quality of the techniques demonstrated.)

Example #3: Competitor A and B are equal in quality of techniques and creativity, but Competitor A only does tumbling passes as his/her “tricks” he/she may not score as high, if Competitor B performs martial arts kicking "tricks" verses gymnastic/acrobatic type "tricks".
Example #4: If Competitor A and B are equal in everything including "tricks", the competitor that demonstrates a stronger ability to integrate the "tricks" into martial arts combinations may score higher.

  • Case A: Both competitors do aerial cartwheels but Competitor A performs it in combination - Butterfly kick, hook kick into the aerial ending with a punch in a front stance, Competitor A demonstrates higher level difficulty through integration of this acrobatic move into a martial arts combination verses just doing a stand- alone aerial.
  • Case B: Performing a Jump Split kick, back tuck, pop front kick turn punch is more difficult than just a back tuck and landing in a stance or on one's knee.

Penalties and Disqualifications


  • If a competitor exceeds the time limit he/she is disqualified, and no score will be given.
  • If a competitor competes with a form that is not 50% original, then he/she is disqualified, and no score will be given.
  • When a disqualification occurs, the judge will say: “Thank you for your performance today but because you . . . , no score will be given”.
  • A competitor that is disqualified cannot place 1st, 2nd or 3rd. This does not apply to tie-breakers where a medal is guaranteed.

Dropping Weapons in ATA Xtreme Competition

Same point deduction will be used for ATA Xtreme weapons as in creative weapon competition. See Dropping Weapons in Creative Competition.

Broken Weapons

There will be a one tenth point deduction from each judge’s score if a competitor’s weapon breaks during his/her competition. If a weapon should break, the competitor will be given a maximum of 30 seconds to replace the weapon from his/her own gear, or borrow one from another competitor. Once the student has replaced the weapon, the form will be continued from the point that the weapon broke. If for any reason the damaged weapon is not replaced, the competitor will then receive a score of 9.0 from the center judge and a one-tenth point deduction from the corner judges.

ATA-Xtreme Divisions

Same as divisions as in ATA creative divisions.