COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES

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Tournament Classifications

The ATA provides many opportunities for members to compete at a variety of levels. Currently, there are five classifications of tournaments. The classifications are:

  • Class AAA Tournament: World Championships hosted by the Grand Master of Songahm Taekwondo in Little Rock, AR.
  • Class AA Tournament: Fall and Spring Nationals hosted by the Grand Master of Songahm Taekwondo and the Pan American Championships, hosted by Chief Master Cesar Ozuna. Check | ataonline.com for the date of these events each year.
  • Class A Regional Tournament: Regional Tournaments hosted around the country by qualifying ATA Licensee.
  • Class B Regional Tournament: Regional Tournaments hosted around the country by qualifying ATA Licensee.
  • Class C Tournament: In-School Tournaments hosted by individual ATA Licensee.

Aspects of Competition

There are currently eight different competitive events in which a student can compete at every ATA sanctioned tournament. Those events are:

  1. Traditional Forms.
  2. Traditional Weapons.
  3. ATA-Combat Weapons Sparring.
  4. Traditional Point Sparring / Traditional One-Steps.
  5. ATA-Creative Forms.
  6. ATA-Creative Weapons.
  7. ATA-Xtreme Forms.
  8. ATA-Xtreme Weapons.


There are currently two team competitions in which to compete at every ATA sanctioned tournament. Those events are:

  1. Team Sparring
  2. Team Combat Sparring


At National and World events there are two team creative/xtreme competitions. Those events are:

  1. Team Sync
  2. Team Demo


Participants are not required to compete in all aspects of competition. The student should consult his/her instructor to determine the extent of his/her participation at every event. An instructor or judge should not force or intimidate students into something in which they are not confident.