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Tournament Information

Hello Marshall's ATA Students & Families,

This is the updated 2017/2018 tournament schedule listing of preferred Songahm ATA Regional tournaments for Marshall's ATA Martial Arts students. Please update your previous 2016 tournament schedule listing.

Thank you.

  • May 20th, 2017 South District Championships Mesquite, TX
  • July 29th, 2017 Class - A - Atlanta, Ga. hosted by Grand Master Emeritus Soon Ho Lee
  • June 19-25th, 2017 Class - AAA - Worlds Expo Littlerock, Ar
  • July 22nd, 2017 Class - B - Slidell, La. Jude Grayson
  • Aug 11th, 2017 Class - A - Allen, TX. Chief Master Sustaire & Senior Master Barbara Sustaire
  • Sep 30th, 2017 Class - A - Mesquite, TX. Master Jack Hornbuckle
  • Oct 7th, 2017 Class - B - Conway, Ar. Chief Master Ken Reynolds
  • Oct 18th, 2017 Class - AA - Songahm Fall, Nat'ls Orlando, FL.
  • Jan 31st, 2018 Class - AA - Songahm Spring Natl's

All students are invited to sign up for regional, National and World ATA Tournaments. Tournament competition events include forms, sparring and weapon competition.

In order to compete at an ATA tournament in form competition, students must have their instructors permission and know at least one form, either their current belt form or the last belt form they tested with. For example, a newly promoted orange belt who does not yet know his whole form, is permitted to do his white belt form with no detriment to his score. The student must know ALL of at least one form to compete, partial forms, however nicely done, are not acceptable.

Sparring competition is traditionally held immediately following forms competition within the same ring. Students not competing in sparring for any reason must stay in their ring until their judges dismiss them. White, orange and yellow belts will do one-step sparring with a partner, while camo belts and above will free spar for points. White, orange and yellow belts will compete only with one-steps number 1 and 2, so knowledge of one-step 3 is not needed to compete. Even if a new camo belt plans to compete with his yellow belt form, he/she MUST compete in a camo belt ring. Camo belts and above are not permitted to compete with one-steps for any reason. Camo belts and above are required to bring all necessary sparring gear including hand and foot pads, head gear, mouth piece and groin cup for males. Students without proper gear will not be permitted to spar. Shin pads and other additional protective gear are optional. Students should not wear gear into their competition ring, as they will be given time to put on their gear following forms competition.

Weapons competition is optional and may require an additional registration card and fee. Students competing in weapons are required to bring their own weapons to competition to participate.

All competitors are invited to arrive early to avoid missing their competition. Students should arrive either in uniform, or in dress attire with their uniform present to change into before competition

Question: Who can participate in a tournament?
Answer: Any active ATA student. Competition is divided for all ages and skill levels.

Question: What does a student do at the tournament?
Answer: For a $35 competition fee, all students will compete with their form. White, orange, and yellow belts also compete with one-steps #1 and #2. Camo belts and above compete in point sparring with gear. Hand gear, foot gear, head gear, mouth guard, and athletic cup (for males) is mandatory.

Question: What is weapons competition?
Answer: All students (White through 5th Degree Black Belt) can perform their own creative form. Their free-style form is not to be longer than twenty seconds. Colored belts may compete with the Single & Double Ssahng Jeol Bong, Single & Double Bahng Mahng EE or the Jahng Bong.

All 1st through 5th Degrees must compete with the ATA Protech weapons forms. All ties will be decided by performing the form one more time, and an additional creative free-style.

  • 1st Degree Black Belts may compete with the Single Ssahng Jeol Bong, or Single Bahng Mahng EE.
  • 2nd Degree Black belts may compete with the Single/Double SJB, or Single/Double BME.
  • 3rd Degree Black Belts may compete with Single? Double SJB, or Single/Double BME or the Jahng Bong.
  • 4th & 5th Degree Black Belts may compete with the Single/Double SJB, or Single/Double BME or the Jahng Bong or Sam Dan Bong.

Question: How are they scored?
Answer: Forms - there will be three judges rating forms on a scale of 9.0-9.9. The three highest scores will win first, second and third place trophies.
One-steps- the judges will raise a red or white flag indicating which one-step was performed most accurately. When a student has earned two points they will move on to compete against another competitor.

Point sparring - the judges will raise a red or white flag indicating which competitor scored the point. Points are determined by certain techniques being directed to specific areas. When a student has earned five points or whoever has the most points at the end of two minutes, will continue on to another competitor. Four trophies are also awarded, the same as in one-step sparring.

Question: Why should a student compete in a tournament?
Answer: Because participation in a tournament:

  • is fun
  • teaches sportsmanship
  • increases self-confidence
  • provides children and opportunity to compete successfully in their sport and to meet kids from other ATA schools
  • creates an atmosphere of school spirit and loyalty.
  • increases mental self-control in the environment of a competition situation.
  • everyone is a winner for participating in a tournament. Children not placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd will receive a 4thh place VICTORY trophy and students will receive a red star for their victory patch.


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