General Rules:  WTF and modified USA Taekwondo rules will govern the competition.  (Except World class Division)

  1. No contact to the head area:
    • Age 11 and under Color Belt Division and 6-7 Black Belt Division are not allowed to kick to the head area.
  2. Light contact to the head area (USAT Jr. Safety Rules):
    • Black belt Divisions ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-14, Color Belt Division Age 12-17 and 33 & Over Black Belt Divisions are allowed to kick to the facial area, however, the kick must be light contact with absolute control, without causing any injury or excessive force.
    • There is NO technical point for a head shot.
  3. Full contact to the head area:
    • Age 15-17 Black Belts and all Senior Divisions will follow the WTF/USAT senior black belt rules.

 *Single elimination for free sparring


Age / Rank
DurationQuantity                       Rules

Age 7 & Under (All Belts) and 11 & under (color Belt Divisions)

1 minute2 Rounds         (No Head Contact)
Age 8 - 11 (Black Belts)1 minute2 Rounds                       JSR
Age 12 - 14 (Black Belts)1 minute3 Rounds                       JSR
Age 12 and Over (Color Belts), 33 and Over (Black Belts)1 minute2 Rounds                       JSR
Age 15 & 32 (Black Belts)90 Sec3 Rounds               (Full Contact)

Tournament Director reserves the right to modify the duration number of rounds, and rest period.

WORLD CLASS SPARRING:  Only choose one division (not both Junior and senior division)

Black Belts12 - 14 years old60 seconds3 RoundsJSR
Black Belts15 - 17 years old90 seconds3 RoundsFull Contact
Black Belts18 - 32 years old90 seconds3 RoundsFull Contact

*World Class Division will go by the Matching Number System
*World Class Division will be refereed by WTF International Referees

 Weigh-ins: World class sparring divisions only.  From 1:00 pm at the tournament Area (Holding Area).

Awards: The official awards section will be located at the far edge of the head table.

  • Awards for Sparring, Traditional Poomsae, Open Poomsae, and 3 Direction Breaking competition: Medal will be awarded to all participants 11 and under. For 12 and up: Only 1st, 2nd, and Two 3rd place winners in each division will be awarded.

  • Awards for WTF Sports Poomsae (Individual, Pair and Team):  Medal will be awarded to Only 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd place winners in each division.

​ALL competitors 12 years old and older: 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd place winners in each division will be awarded medals immediately following that division’s final match. ALL competitors 11 years old and under will receive medals.

Mandatory Equipment:

  • Standard white, official, V-neck White TKD uniform (Sparring) in good condition.
  • Official USAT or WTF chest protector with red and blue scoring zones.
  • Official WTF Taekwondo shin protectors and forearm protectors.
  • Groin protector (required for males); must be worn inside uniform.
  • Official USAT or WTF head protector and gloves (mandatory for World Class)
  • Official WTF Taekwondo mouth guard
  • Official WTF Taekwondo instep pads
  • ** No writing or decorations are allowed on any sparring equipment
  • ** No jewelry or accessories of any sort are allowed during competition

We also remind you that proper personal hygiene (e.g. clean, trimmed nails; clean body and uniform) is part of competition rules and etiquette.

POOMSAE (Form):  All WTF Sport Poomse (World class division-12 years old and older black belts) competition will adhere to USAT rules. All Poomsae, Synchronized, Open poomsae will be judged via scoring criteria.


  • More than 70% of the Demo Team members must also participate in individual event(s).
  • Demo Team should be a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 20 people.
  • Name of Demo Team and list of members' name needs to be submitted.
  • Trophy will be awarded only 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner.
  • Champion of the year trophy will be awarded to the 1st place team. The team will need to bring the trophy back to CCTC the following year.

Coach’s Dress code: Coaches are prohibited from wearing jeans, shorts, tank-tops, hat/cap, or slippers while on the arena floor or coaching a competitor. Please follow the official USAT dress code for more details.

Tournament Volunteer’s Dress code: Blue jeans, white shoes, and tournament “Volunteer” T-shirt

USAT-Sanctioned Referee Seminar:

Date: April 27, 2018 (Friday)
Place: High Five Taekwondo, 2203 Francisco Drive, #170, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Time: 9am to 5pm

Online Registration is Mandatory at: