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:
- Traditional Forms.
- Traditional Weapons.
- ATA-Combat Weapons Sparring.
- Traditional Point Sparring / Traditional One-Steps.
- ATA-Creative Forms.
- ATA-Creative Weapons.
- ATA-Xtreme Forms.
- ATA-Xtreme Weapons.
There are currently two team competitions in which to compete at every ATA sanctioned tournament. Those events are:
- Team Sparring
- Team Combat Sparring
At National and World events there are two team creative/xtreme competitions. Those events are:
- Team Sync
- 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.