2018 Viera Tournament

The Viera TaeKwonDo tournament will held on Saturday September 29 2018.

We should have some great competition as schools from West FL, Orlando, South FL, North FL, Georgia, Possible North and South Carolina plan on coming.

The venue is Viera Regional Park

2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, FL 32940  it will be in the gym at the community center  The attachments has the closest hotels all with in 5-10 minutes of venue.

Please call with any questions 321 474 8205

Thank you

Viera Tournament Application Form

6th Annual Lone Star Invitational & ATFI National Qualifier

6th Annual Lone Star Invitational and National Qualifier 2018

 WHEN Saturday September 8, 2018
 WHERE Frank Seale Middle School – 700 George Hopper Road – Midlothian,TX

 

 ENTRY FEE  

Online Registration $50.00 –  for Tournament or Qualifier by 9/1/18, 9/2/18-9/7/18 $75.00 ( Same fee for 1 or all events)

$75.00 fee for both Tournament & Qualifier by 9/1, 9/2-9/7-$100 for both

Special Needs Competitors for Tournament – No Charge

***Early registration/discount extended until Labor Day 9/3****

 QUALIFIER  

Individual patterns & sparring divisions. ITF Rules. Round Robin for both patterns & sparring. 1st/2nd/3rd awarded in Junior categories & 1st/2nd awarded in Senior Categories

Weigh-In : Friday 9/7 5-8 pm 1000 E Main Street #302 Midlothian, TX

Weigh-In: Saturday 9/7 8-10 am 700 George Hopper Road – Midlothian, TX 

Note: If competitor does not meet weight requirement registered for, they have 1 hour only to weigh again. There will be a 5 pound allowance over and above. If competitor still does not weigh within weight category registered they will be withdrawn from sparring and not allowed to move to another weight division. Competitors cannot weigh-in on Friday and again on Saturday, they must choose.

 

 TOURNAMENT  

Single elimination for color belts with 1st/2nd/3rd and alternate bronze awarded. Double elimination for black belts with 1st/2nd/3rd places awarded. 6 categories of Grand Champion awarded to Black Belts – Junior Male & Female, Adult Male & Female, Senior Male & Female. Must compete in all three categories to be eligible for Grand Champion. 

SPARRING ITF Rules – 2 Minute Continuous Sparring (headgear & closed finger gloves mandatory); Black Belt 1st/2ndplace = 2/2 minute rounds.

 

 PATTERNS ITF Patterns Only; Color Belts 1 optional pattern; Black Belts 1 optional and 1 designated pattern

 

 POWER BREAKING  Side Kick (Standing/Skipping/Jumping) and Knife Hand Strike (Inward or Outward) Only
DINNER RECOMMENDATION  Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 1000 George Hopper Rd Midlothian, TX 76065
HOTEL RECOMMENDATION  Courtyard Marriott 3 Community Circle Dr. Midlothian, TX

 

 

2017 Viera TaeKwon-Do Tournament

Do-Martial Arts TaeKwon-Do students participated at the Viera Tournament today October 21, 2017. Congratulations to Anthony and Andrew for always represent the Dojang with pride and sacrifice, we also want to congratulate Nikita and Kayla because this is their first TaekWon-Do tournament here in the US. While Nikita is a veteran on these types of events he came from a different country and it was his first experience here in the US and for Kayla it was her first tournament on her starting ITF carrier, both did great and we are proud of all out students.

We also want to thank Dandeneau for taking some time to recognize and mention our friend Gato from Puerto Rico and his Dojang that was completely destroyed after Hurricane Maria.

It was a great event and great experience and like always you learn something new and build memories. Until the next one.

TaeKwon-Do and the Olympics

OK I’m also being called or texted letting me know that the style that I practice TaeKwon-Do is in the Olympics. I don’t blame the people for not knowing there is more than one TaeKwon-Do and of course since the WTF entity is in the Olympics is more recognized than the one I practice and teach at my school. I was going to write a blog about the differences but it was too much to explain, so I will let the videos talk by themselves.

The WTF fighting has become very boring and like some say more like a Fencing Sparring. The competitors as you can see in the video below are concentrated more into making the point and not letting the other competitor make a point, this is why is more time they stay separated than sparring and because they wear those electronic vest and helmets that register points, they know sometimes is not very reliable. Because legs are longer and easy to make points the use of hands is very minimal, also is not allowed to punch the face, that’s why when they get close to each other you see the hugging and referee have to separate them.

This is WTF TaeKwon-Do (this is the one you see in the Olympics)

Compared that now with ITF fighting style, while they also need to be worried about how many points the opponent make, their concentration is more of how many points they can make against the opponent. Letting the judges decide how many points each competitor accumulated, making it look more like a kick boxing style. Here when they get close they are allowed to punch the face, this is a constant attack mode unless the referee stop the fight or they walk out of the ring.

This is ITF TaeKwon-Do (the one I practice and teach)

Why ITF Taekwon-Do is not in the Olympics?

Now you may ask yourself “then why the ITF is not in the Olympics” the faster answer is “politics and disagreements” General Choi who founded the ITF style with others, didn’t want to compromise the quality of the martial art they created as a self defense system and not as a sport. Of course he wanted the TKD to be recognized around the world and to be in the Olympics would have been a great exposure but a lot of rules had to be changed in order to participate and he didn’t accept them, so the Olympic Association turn around to the World TaeKwon-Do Federation and they agreed to do the changes.

So which one is better then ITF or WTF?

This is a dangerous question based on who practice the style. The right answer is they are both good, they are just different, they both demand training, stamina, agility and flexibility but if you want me to help you with a different answer. Here it is: If you are looking to get into the Olympics and just practice Sport Taekwon-Do go with WTF, if you are looking for Self Defense but also compete World Wide (just not in TV) go with ITF.

Emmanuel Reyes
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