Region 1 hosts one or more Tournaments each year. Our biggest of these events is our Championship Tournament in the spring. These events bring in masters, black belts, and students from all over our region and sometimes other regions in the WTSDA. Like any big event, there are a number of questions we receive regarding championships. This FAQ is intended to answer those questions and give you the information you need before you sign up. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at championship@wtsda-region1.org .

What is a WTSDA Region 1 Tournament?

Our Championship Tournament is an exciting event where attendees can showcase their abilities and what they have learned through competition. Competing in a tournament provides a unique challenge and will help you to improve your skill. You will get the chance to spar against other competitors of your age and rank and also perform your hyung in front of very experienced judges. In addition, attending a tournament provides students with an opportunity to watch exciting demonstrations and see competition from higher level ranks.

Why should I compete in a WTSDA Region 1 Tournament?

As a student, competing in a tournament will help you to improve your skill and develop your confidence. Sparring against other competitors from around our region will allow you to learn by sparring against individuals you may have never sparred with. You will develop confidence by performing your hyung in front of a group of qualified judges. The goal of competing is not to win medals or trophies, instead it is to build your skill as a martial artist. As a member of the WTSDA, tournaments give you the chance to meet new friends from all around our region. You will see these new friends from year to year and develop life-long friendships. Although you are competing against each other, the friendships you grow will be much stronger.

Who is eligible to compete a WTSDA Region 1 tournament?

All members of the WTSDA, from white belt to 3rd degree black belt are eligible to compete. Don’t worry, competition divisions are made by rank and age. See below for more info.

How do you match people up for competition? How are divisions decided?

Before each tournament, divisions are created based on the total number of competitors. These divisions are separated by rank and age. We do our best to match divisions in order to create a fun and safe environment. Most divisions are decided by experience at each rank, eg. beginners, intermediate, advanced, black belts.

What are the WTSDA Region 1 tournament rules?

As a member of the WTSDA, we must follow the competition rules as outlined by the WTSDA. The rules, regulations, procedures, and scoring for tournaments will be covered by your instructor before you attend your first tournament. Even if you don’t understand the rules, our qualified judges will review the rules with each division before competition starts.

How does the scoring work?

Your instructor should go over the rules and scoring before your first tournament. Judges will also remind the competitors of the rules before competition.

For the hyung and weapons hyung events, each competitor will perform their hyung and be judged on a scale from 5 to 10 points. This score is based on the following criteria: understanding of hyung, skill of execution, difficulty of hyung, attitude, rhythm, speed, balance, power, and focus.

For sparring, the first person to score three points in a match wins or the person with the most points when time runs out. You gain one point for each proper technique used against your opponent. The winner of each match advances to the next round.

For both hyung and sparring, medals are awarded for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and co-3rd place.

What do I need to bring to the tournament?

WTSDA tournaments are official events which require official WTSDA uniforms. Your uniform should be white, with the correct trim for you rank. Only official WTSDA patches are allowed on the uniforms. If you are performing a weapons hyung, but sure to bring your own weapons. For knife and sword forms, you must have a metal, but unsharpened blade. For sparring, bring ALL your sparring gear. This includes, hand pads, foot pads, helmet, mouth guard, and groin protection for males.

I have more questions. Help!

First, we recommend that you ask you instructor if you have any questions not addressed here. Otherwise, feel free to reach out to us at championship@wtsda-region1.org