Tournament Rules 2012-2013 — ATA Xtreme and Creative

The following Official ATA Tournament Rules became effective as of June 23, 2012 beginning at World Championships, the start of the new tournament year. This first section contains the rules for the ATA Xtreme and ATA Creative competitions. We will cover these rules more in-depth with a local judging clinic (Tampa, Florida) to be held after World Championships (they have already been explained to those competing at Worlds). If you are intersted in competing in the ATA Xtreme or Creative divisions in the coming year, in either Forms or Weapons, please read through this segment, as there are some major changes since last year. All Black Belts who judge at ATA Regional or National events should also read through them. ATA CREATIVE COMPETITION RULES / GUIDELINES Since its inception in 2009, ATA Creative Form and ATA Creative Weapons competitions are a “Free Style” performance that allows the mix of traditional and contemporary martial arts techniques. These techniques may be added to a part of a traditional form, or the form may be created in its entirety by the competitor. Eligibility Requirements: In addition to the regular eligibility requirements listed on page 17, in order to compete in any ATA Creative competition, the competitor must also compete in the traditional event that correlates to the ATA Creative event in which they wish to compete. Failure to compete in the corresponding event may result in the loss of points earned at that event. EXAMPLE: If a competitor wishes to compete in ATA Creative Forms, the competitor must also compete in Traditional Forms at that tournament. The same would apply for ATA Creative Weapons competition. General Rules / Guidelines ATA Creative competitions are the natural progressing in learning from Traditional Songahm Taekwondo. The student should use the materials taught in Traditional Songahm Taekwondo to “Create” their own form which enhances their strengths as a martial artist. The most simple guideline to follow is that if the basis of the technique is not taught in Songahm Taekwondo Forms, then it should not be used in a student’s presentation. There are no rolls, splits, kip-ups, cart-wheels, or other gymnastic type techniques taught in Traditional Songahm Taekwondo Forms, hence they are not allowed in Creative Competitions. The key to this guideline is the term “basis of the technique”. A student who learns an inner crescent in class, may use that technique to perform a jump reverse inner crescent. Scissor kicks, triple(side-twist-round) kick and quadruple (side-twist-round-side) kicks are allowed. All of these techniques are the result of combined basic kicking techniques taught in Songahm Taekwondo. If a competitor feels that a technique is questionable, he/she should contact the tournament department for clarification before inserting in their routine. Students who put in gymnastic type movements as in those listed above will be disqualified. There are limitations to this concept that are listed below. The following guidelines are in place for ATA-Creative competition (Forms & Weapons): At least 50% of the form must be original material. The form must be no longer than 2 minutes from bow in to finish. If a competitor exceeds the time limit he/she is disqualified and no score will be given. The Judge will say: “Thank you for your performance today but because you were over the time limit, I cannot give you a score”. All Creative competitions will be started in the following manner: 1. When a competitor’s name is called, he/she enter the ring and run to the center of the ring for their traditional bow-in. 2. Upon the completion of the traditional bow-in, the center judge will say, “Your time begins now”. The scorekeeper will start the clock. 3. Competitor may not back up and exit the ring or go to the back corner and re-enter to present themselves to the judges. Competitor must either start their form or may step forward and present themselves to the judges. (The competitor may adjust their starting point to begin their form, but if they do so, they may not then come forward and present themselves to the judges. Go to ATAtesting.com for video examples after June 10, 2012.) Score keeper will use a stop watch and inform the Center when 2 minutes have expired. Any competitor that performs over 2 minutes will be disqualified. Music is the responsibility of the competitor. Each competitor must have their own sound system in good working order. Dead batteries, iPod malfunctions are the result of the poor preparation and malfunctions will not change the time limit. The total time limit of 2 minutes will stand regardless of any music malfunction. Competitors should continue without music if there is any delay and have the person designated to play their music take the appropriate action in keeping with the wishes of that competitor. All 3 Judges will score the entire form. Judging Criteria: Creativity, Difficulty, Presentation, Attitude and Precision are the basis for judging. These should all be considered, but not weighted in any particular order. Music is allowed but not mandatory. In keeping with the concept that judges will consider difficulty, then, if music is used, a competitor who performs “in time” with the music may receive a higher score. Multiple traditional butterfly kicks are allowed o Multiple spinning kicks are allowed The following Techniques are not allowed: Rolls of any kind, splits, kip-ups, cartwheels, back handsprings or other Gymnastic type moves. No movements with greater than 360 degree turn or twist in the air No Chinese Wushu Butterfly Kicks or Butterfly kicks with twists No intended movements where head is below the waist (leaning to kick high is acceptable). No “illusion” techniques. (Please see your instructor concerning the meaning of this technique) No “Gyro” techniques (Please see your instructor concerning the meaning of this technique) SPECIAL NOTE: By JUNE 1, 2012 there will be a short video clip that may be viewed on www.atatesting.com to see examples of the these guidelines. Any performance that includes a technique that is not allowed will result in disqualification. A competitor disqualified for any reason is told the following: “Thank you for your performance today, but because you ________, we cannot give you a score.” Competitors may not remove any part of their clothing during performance. All music must be approved by the student’s instructor. Student must also compete in the corresponding traditional event that day. Student may wear traditional white dobok or the new ATA Creative Traditional Black Uniform only. They may not wear the sleeveless ATA-Xtreme uniform. Disqualified Junior competitors will still receive a competitor’s trophy in keeping with the guidelines on page. See Page18-19 which has the competitor trophy guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: There are NO novice divisions in Creative and ATA-Xtreme competitions. ATA CREATIVE WEAPONS ADDITIONAL RULES In addition to the above rules, the following additions apply to the Creative Weapon Competitions: Weapons Releases are not allowed but weapon rolls where the weapon remains in contact with the body are allowed. For clarification, it is also considered a release if a competitor drops the weapon and catches it before it hits the ground. A release of the weapon will result in disqualification. The judge will say: “Thank you for your performance, however because you did a release of your weapon we cannot give you a score”. The Judge should not use the term Disqualified. The sheath of the Gum Do is considered part of the weapon. In CREATIVE WEAPONS, if a student chooses to enter the ring with the sheath, it may not be set down or released. (this does not apply in ATA-Xtreme) Control of Weapon is added to the Judging Criteria. Dropping the weapon will result in a two (2) tenths of a point deduction; A weapon that is retrieved must be picked up in the traditional manner. See Page 48 for the Traditional method of retrieving a dropped weapon. If a weapon is picked up incorrectly, an additional two (2) tenths of a point will be deducted. If competitor drops the weapon more than once all three judges will continue to deduct a two tenths penalty per drop &/or incorrect pick up. The lowest possible score in Creative Weapons is 9.1. If there are mandatory deductions, the center will explain them to the corner judges before scores are given. If competitor is disqualified then no score will be given. Color belts may compete with any weapon in the color belt Protech curriculum, however, Color Belts MUST use ATA Protech Safety Weapons only. XMA or ATA-Xtreme branded weapons are not allowed for color belt use. Students who are 60” or taller must use adult weapon lengths. It is the responsibility of the instructor to check the weapon for proper length. Weapons should be inspected by the judges prior to each competition. If it is discovered that a competitor used a weapon of incorrect length for his/her creative weapons demonstration prior to a score being given to that competitor, the competitor will be disqualified regardless of whether or not a weapons inspection occurred. Weapons may be decorated but not altered. Black Belts may use any weapon in the Protech curriculum. They may use XMA or ATA-Xtreme branded weapons. Competitors may not use single Ssahng Nat, nor may they combine any weapon types (example: they cannot use one Bahng Mahng Ee and one Ssahng Nat) The use of double swords are allowed for BLACK BELTS ONLY. Color belts may NOT use double swords. Approved ATA Creative Weapons: The following rules apply to ATA-Creative Weapons: Color Belts The same weapons rules apply as in Traditional Weapons Competition (see page 43). The same selection of weapons applies – NO others are added. The same style of weapons applies – NO exceptions, modifications or additions. ATA-Creative Competition Weapons MAY be decorated. ATA-Creative Competition Weapons MUST NOT be altered in shape or reduced in size. Grip tape is allowed on all weapons, but must not alter the shape or reduce size of the weapon. Black Belts MUST use a weapon from within the entire “Protech” curriculum (see page 45). NO other weapons are added for ATA-Creative competition. Black belts of all ages MAY use the ATA-Xtreme competition weapons or XMA branded weapons. Note: The “XMA” branded Xtreme competition sword has the logo on the scabbard and an “X” shaped hand guard Black belts may perform with any “Protech” version or “Protech” approved weapon ATA-Creative Competition Weapons MAY be decorated. If in the opinion of the Regional Tournament Team Leader (or his/her assigns) the decorations alter the weapon, the weapon will not be allowed to be used in competition. The REGIONAL TOURNAMENT TEAM LEADER decision is final. ATA-Creative Competition Weapons MUST NOT be reduced in shape or size SPECIAL NOTE: School owners and Instructors should listen to and approve all music including the appropriateness of the lyrics prior to the competitor using it during competition. Special attention should also be paid to the attitude of the competitor during ATA-Xtreme competition. Rudeness or inappropriate behavior during any competition will not be tolerated. ATA Creative Divisions Divisions are based on gender, age of the competitors, and rank. At the conclusion of each tournament season, the International Chairman of Tournaments will evaluate the number of competitors in each division and determine if any changes are to be made for subsequent tournament seasons. Divisions change as the organization grows and more students in different age and rank groups compete. The current divisions are either Black Belt or Color Belt, and they are further divided by age. There are NO Novice Divisions for Creative Competitions. The age divisions for Creative Competitions are as follows: EDIT BELOW for boys/girls BOYS GIRLS 8 years old & under 8 years old & under 9,10, & 11 years old 9,10, & 11 years old 12, 13 & 14 years old 12, 13 & 14 years old 15, 16 & 17 years old 15, 16 & 17 years old MEN WOMEN 18 to 29 years old 18 to 29 years old 30 to 39 years old 30 to 39 years old 40 to 49 years old 40 to 49 years old 50 to 59 years old 50 to 59 years old Age 60 and older Age 60 and older Creative divisions at National and World events will reflect these age groups. At Regional events Creative divisions, male/female, that have less than 5 in each gender WILL be combined with the other gender divisions of the same age. (color belts or black belt divisions) to provide competition opportunities. If one gender has at least 5 competitors, and the other gender has at least 2 competitors, the groups will not be combined. If, however, one gender has only 1 competitor, the genders must be combined regardless of how many competitors are in the other gender division. ****Age groups will not be combined, nor will Black Belts be combined with Color Belts. Example 1: Boys 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 has 5 competitors, but the Girls 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 division only has 2,3,or 4 competitors. The two genders will not be combined to make one division. Example 2: Boys 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 has 9 competitors, but the Girls 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 division only has 1. The two genders will be combined to make one division. 54 ATA-XTREME COMPETITION RULES / GUIDELINES ATA-Xtreme Form and ATA-Xtreme Weapons competitions are a “Free Style” performance that allows the mix of traditional and contemporary martial arts techniques that have evolved over the last 30 years. The ATA Xtreme division category for forms and weapons competition is based in traditional Songahm Taekwondo but allows for non-traditional movements spanning all martial arts styles and disciplines whereas the ATA Creative division categories do not. Competitors are free to create their own choreography based on the following minimum criteria where martial arts techniques and combinations carry the highest value over non-martial arts techniques such as gymnastics, acrobatics, and dance. ***Special Note*** There are no “qualifying techniques” that must be performed. The Competitor should understand the judging criteria listed below to see the importance of Strong Martial Art techniques in conjunction with Xtreme “tricks”. Eligibility Requirements: In addition to the regular eligibility requirements listed on page 17, in order to compete in any ATA-Xtreme competition, the competitor must also compete in the traditional event that correlates to the ATA-Xtreme event in which they wish to compete. Failure to compete in the corresponding event may result in the loss of points earned at that event. EXAMPLE: If a competitor wishes to compete in ATA-Xtreme Forms, the competitor must also compete in Traditional Forms at that tournament. The same would apply for ATA-Xtreme Weapons competition. Reminder: A student who competes in a novice division at a tournament may not compete in Creative or Xtreme competitions at that same tournament. ATA-Xtreme General Rules / Guidelines The following guidelines are in place for ATA-Xtreme competition (Forms & Weapons): Competitors in these divisions must demonstrate a form or weapon routine that reflects the essence and values of ATA-Xtreme. • At least 50% of the form must be original material. • The entire presentation must be no longer than 2 minutes from bow in to finish. This time frame includes all presentations to the judges. If a competitor exceeds the time limit he/she is disqualified and no score will be given. The Judge will say: “Thank you for your performance today but because you were over the time limit, I cannot give you a score”. All ATA-Xtreme competitions will be started in the following manner: 1. Competitor’s name is called. 2. Competitor enters the ring for traditional bow in. Time begins after their traditional bow in and is indicated by the center judge saying “your time begins now.” 3. Competitor either asks permission to begin (and receives permission), or they may begin their form presentation. 4. Competitor may not back up & exit the ring or go to the back corner & re-enter to present themselves to the judges. Competitor must either start their form demonstration or present themselves to the judges. Failure to comply would result in a 1point deduction from all 3 judges. SPECIAL NOTE: By JUNE 1, 2012 there will be a short video clip that may be viewed on www.atatesting.com to see examples of the these guidelines. 55 • All 3 Judges will score the entire form. • Judging Criteria: 1. The first aspect of the form demonstrated will be Creativity, Difficulty, Presentation, Attitude and Precision of the taekwondo techniques presented. These 5 areas should all be considered, but not weighted in any particular order. 2. The second aspect a judge will consider are the “tricks” and “variety of tricks” presented in the form. EXAMPLE 1: Competitor A, who is equal in presenting an “XTREME” form that is creative, has strong, difficult, precise techniques with a great attitude, may not score as high as Competitor B who adds a variety of “tricks” to the that same type of form. EXAMPLE 2: Competitor A, whose taekwondo techniques are not crisp and strong but has many difficult “tricks” within their form, may not score as high as the Competitor B who has strong, crisp, precise techniques, but only meets the minimum requirements of an Xtreme Form presentation. EXAMPLE 3: Competitor A and B are equal in techniques and creativity, but Competitor A only does tumbling passes as his/her “tricks” he/she may not score as high, if Competitor B performs martial arts kicking “tricks” verses gymnastic/acrobatic type “tricks”. Likewise, if Competitor A and B are equal in everything including “tricks”, the competitor that demonstrates a stronger ability to integrate the “tricks” into martial arts combinations may score higher. Example A: Both competitors do aerial cartwheels but Competitor A performs it in combination – Butterfly kick, hook kick into the aerial ending with a punch in a front stance, Competitor A demonstrates higher level difficulty through integration of this acrobatic move into a martial arts combination verses just doing a stand- alone aerial. Example B: – Performing a Jump Split kick, back tuck, pop front kick turn punch is more difficult than just a back tuck and landing in a stance or on one’s knee. • Music is allowed but not mandatory. In keeping with the concept that judges will consider difficulty, then if music is used, a competitor who performs “in time” with the music may receive a higher score. o Music is the responsibility of the competitor. Each competitor must have their own sound system in good working order. Dead batteries, iPod malfunctions are the result of the poor preparation and malfunctions will not change the time limit. The total time limit of 2 minutes will stand regardless of any music malfunction. Competitors should continue without music if there is any delay and have the person designated to play their music take the appropriate action in keeping with the wishes of that competitor. • There is no limit to the number of “tricks” allowed. • All types of kicks and combinations are allowed as long as the instructor of the competitor approves of the safety aspect of the presentation. Safety is the number one concern. • The use of blindfolds for ATA-Xtreme Forms and ATA-Xtreme Weapons is now approved . This does not apply to any other competition division. No other props are allowed. Blind folds should be presented to the center judge to verify that the blindfold actually prevents vision, and is not just a prop for the illusion of a more difficult routine. Failure to present the blindfold prior to use in any ATA-Xtreme competition will result in disqualification. • Competitors may not remove any part of their clothing during performance. • All music and lyrics must be approved by the student’s instructor. Inappropriate lyrics/music may result in the competitor being disqualified. • Student must also compete in the corresponding traditional event. • Student must wear traditional Dobok or ATA-Xtreme uniform only (See pages 13 & 15 for uniform regulations). • Disqualified Junior competitors will still receive a competitor’s trophy in keeping with the guidelines on page 18 of the 2012-13 Rule Book. 56 • There are NO novice divisions in Creative and ATA-Xtreme competitions. • The forms or weapons performance will be scored using the same process and point range as the ATA Traditional Forms and Traditional Weapons competition except that all three judges will judge the overall presentation rather than specific parts. • Music is allowed for both the ATA-Xtreme Form and ATA-Xtreme Weapons competition but both the equipment to play the music and the music itself must be supplied by the competitor along with someone at ringside to start and stop the music as well as control the volume. ATA-XTREME WEAPONS ADDITIONAL RULES In addition to the above rules, the following additions apply to the ATA-Xtreme Weapon Competitions: • Releases of the weapon are allowed in ATA-Xtreme competition. • Control of Weapon is added to the Judging Criteria. • Dropping the weapon will result in a two (2) tenths of a point deduction; o A weapon that is retrieved must be picked up in the traditional manner. See Page 48 for the Traditional method of retrieving a dropped weapon. If a weapon is picked up incorrectly, an additional two (2) tenths of a point will be deducted. o If competitor drops the weapon more than once all three judges will continue to deduct a two tenths penalty per drop &/or incorrect pick up. The lowest possible score in Xtreme Weapons is 9.1. • If there are mandatory deductions then the center will remind and explain them to the corner judges before the call for scores is given. • If competitor is disqualified no score will be given. • Color belts may compete with any weapon in the color belt Protech curriculum, however, Color Belts MUST use ATA Protech Safety Weapons only. XMA or ATA-Xtreme branded weapons are not allowed for color belt use with the exception of the Jahng Bong. • A competitor who is 60” or taller must use an adult size weapon. The Gum Do (long sword) is an exception to this rule. Please see your Regional Tournament Team Leader for Clarifications. • Weapons may be decorated but reduced in size. • Black Belts may use any weapon in the Protech curriculum. They may use XMA or ATA-Xtreme branded weapons. • Competitors may not use single Ssahng Nat, nor may they combine any weapon types (example: they cannot use one Bahng Mahng Ee and one Ssahng Nat) • The use of double swords (Gum Do Only) are allowed for BLACK BELTS ONLY. Color belts may NOT use double swords. Approved ATA-Xtreme Weapons: The following rules apply to ATA-Xtreme Weapons: Color Belts • The same weapons rules apply as in Traditional Weapons Competition (see page 43). o The same selection of weapons applies – NO others are added. o The same style of weapons applies – NO exceptions, modifications or additions. • Xtreme Competition Weapons for color belt use MAY be decorated. • Xtreme Competition Weapons for color belt use MUST NOT be REDUCED in shape or size. Black Belts • MUST use a weapon from within the entire “Protech” curriculum (see page 45 of Protech Rules). NO other weapons are added for ATA-Xtreme competition. • Black belts of all ages MAY use the ATA-Xtreme competition weapons or XMA branded weapons. 57 Note: The “XMA” branded Xtreme competition sword has the logo on the scabbard and an “X” shaped hand guard • Black belts may perform with any “Protech” version or “Protech” approved weapon. • Xtreme Competition Weapons MUST NOT be reduced in shape or size. • Xtreme Competition Weapons MAY be decorated. If in the opinion of the Regional Tournament Team Leader (or his/her assigns) the decorations alter the weapon, the weapon will not be allowed to be used in competition. The decision of the Regional Tournament Team Leader is final. SPECIAL NOTE: School owners and Instructors should listen to and approve all music including the appropriateness of the lyrics (profanity, lewd behavior, etc.) prior to the competitor using it during competition. Special attention should also be paid to the attitude of the competitor during ATA-Xtreme competition. Rudeness or inappropriate behavior during any competition will not be tolerated. ATA-Xtreme Divisions Divisions are based on gender, age of the competitors, and rank. At the conclusion of each tournament season, the International Chairman of Tournaments will evaluate the number of competitors in each division and determine if any changes are to be made for subsequent tournament seasons. Divisions change as the organization grows and more students in different age and rank groups compete. The current divisions are either Black Belt or Color Belt, and they are further divided by age. There are NO Novice Divisions for Xtreme Competitions. The age divisions are as follows: BOYS GIRLS 8 years old & under 8 years old & under 9,10, & 11 years old 9,10, & 11 years old 12, 13 & 14 years old 12, 13 & 14 years old 15, 16 & 17 years old 15, 16 & 17 years old MEN WOMEN 18 to 29 years old 18 to 29 years old 30 to 39 years old 30 to 39 years old 40 to 49 years old 40 to 49 years old 50 to 59 years old 50 to 59 years old Age 60 and older Age 60 and older ATA-Xtreme divisions at National and World events will reflect these age groups At Regional events ATA-Xtreme divisions, male/female, that have less than 5 in each gender WILL be combined with the other gender divisions of the same age. (color belts or black belt divisions) to provide competition opportunities. If one gender has at least 5 competitors, and the other gender has at least 2 competitors, the groups will not be combined. If, however, one gender has only 1 competitor, the genders must be combined regardless of how many competitors are in the other gender division. ****Age groups will not be combined, nor will Black Belts be combined with Color Belts. Example 1: Boys 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 has 5 competitors, but the Girls 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 division only has 2,3,or 4 competitors. The two genders will not be combined to make one division. 58 Example 2: Boys 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 has 9 competitors, but the Girls 1st-3rd Degrees Age 9-11 division only has 1. The two genders will be combined to make one division.

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