are held throughout the year all over the globe. Serious fighters fight
in a tournaments every month and will typically travel around the world
for particular events.
For the average TKD student, 2-3 times a year is more likely. Competitions
are not compulsory, although at Golden Eagle TKD it is a requirement of
grading for anyone of Green belt and above. Once or twice a year, we hold
the inter club Golden Eagle tournament.
Competitions are a useful addition for keeping your reflexes and senses
sharp; fighting in competitions sharpens your mind and tunes your body.
You will be amazed at the experienced gained after each competition, every
experience against a different opponent improves your taekwondo skill
level. It can get quite lonely in the open ring so you will need all your
techniques learned in training, speed and stamina at your disposal. However,
Master Sean will be in your corner at all times to give advice and hints
about your opponent and urging you on.
Depending on each individual competition, bouts are typically 3 x 2 minute
rounds. The winner is the fighter who scores more points. You are awarded
1 point for kicking to the body or back and 2 points for a clean kick
to the head. Points can also be taken away like if you step out of the
ring too many times or fall down. In WTF, there is no punching to the
face or kicking below the belt.
Equipment and weight categories
are required to weigh in on the day to determine your weight class. Obviously
a taller opponent usually presents a tougher challenge but this can be
overcome with good technique like closing the gap, using your counters
and speed. You will usually be given an opponent not more than 1 belt
above or below your grade.
Just before a fight, the referee will check if you have all
the necessary equipment. This includes body armour, shin guards, arm
guards, groin protector, mouth guard and head guard. You will not be allowed
to fight if you are missing a single piece of equipment.