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USA Taekwondo would like to welcome you to the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships in Orlando, Florida being held January 20-25, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.


Important Documents for National Teams

You can download a printable PDF version of the complete information packet, which includes all of the information on this page, along with other relevant information by CLICKING HERE.

To download the National Team Registration forms CLICK HERE.

To download a United States Entry Visa Request Form CLICK HERE.

Sparring Divisions – Weight Categories

All Divisions are Black Belts ONLY. Note: Not Exceeding means the weight limit is defined by the criterion of one decimal place away from the stated limit. For Example, not exceeding 50kg is established as until 50.0 kg with 50.1kg being over the limit resulting in disqualification.

SENIOR (17-32) SPARRING 
3 ROUNDS, 2 MINUTES

CLASSIFICATION

MALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (KG)

FEMALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (kg)

FIN

Not Exceeding 54kg

Not Exceeding 46kg

FLY

Over 54kg & Not Exceeding 58kg

Over 46kg & Not Exceeding 49kg

BANTAM

Over 58kg & Not Exceeding 63kg

Over 49kg & Not Exceeding 53kg

FEATHER

Over 63kg & Not Exceeding 68kg

Over 53kg & Not Exceeding 57kg

LIGHT

Over 68kg & Not Exceeding 74kg

Over 57kg & Not Exceeding 62kg

WELTER

Over 74kg & Not Exceeding 80kg

Over 62kg & Not Exceeding 67kg

MIDDLE

Over 80kg & Not Exceeding 87kg

Over 67kg & Not Exceeding 73kg

HEAVY

Over 87kg

Over 73kg

JUNIOR (15-17) SPARRING
3 ROUNDS, 1 MINUTE 30 SECONDS

CLASSIFICATION

MALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (KG)

FEMALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (kg)

FIN

Not Exceeding 45kg

Not Exceeding 42kg

FLY

Over 45kg & Not Exceeding 48kg

Over 42kg & Not Exceeding 44kg

BANTAM

Over 48kg & Not Exceeding 51kg

Over 44kg & Not Exceeding 46kg

FEATHER

Over 51kg & Not Exceeding 55kg

Over 46kg & Not Exceeding 49kg

LIGHT

Over 55kg & Not Exceeding 59kg

Over 49kg & Not Exceeding 52kg

WELTER

Over 59kg & Not Exceeding 63kg

Over 52kg & Not Exceeding 55kg

LIGHT MIDDLE

Over 63kg & Not Exceeding 68kg

Over 55kg & Not Exceeding 59kg

MIDDLE

Over 68kg & Not Exceeding 73kg

Over 59kg & Not Exceeding 63kg

LIGHT HEAVY

Over 73kg & Not Exceeding 78kg

Over 63kg & Not Exceeding 68kg

HEAVY

Over 78kg

Over 68kg


ULTRA (33+) SPARRING - (Age Division: 33 to 45 and 46+.)
3 ROUNDS, 1 MINUTE

CLASSIFICATION

MALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (KG)

FEMALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (kg)

Fly

Not Exceeding 58kg

Not Exceeding 49kg

Light

Over 58kg & Not Exceeding 68kg

Over 49kg & Not Exceeding 57kg

Middle

Over 68kg & Not Exceeding 80kg

Over 57kg & Not Exceeding 67kg

Heavy

Over 80kg

Over 67kg


CADET (12-14) SPARRING
3 ROUNDS, 1 MINUTE

CLASSIFICATION

MALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (KG)

FEMALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (kg)

FIN

Not Exceeding 33kg

Not Exceeding 29kg

FLY

Over 33kg & Not Exceeding 37kg

Over 29kg & Not Exceeding 33kg

BANTAM

Over 37kg & Not Exceeding 41kg

Over 33kg & Not Exceeding 37kg

FEATHER

Over 41kg & Not Exceeding 45kg

Over 37kg & Not Exceeding 41kg

LIGHT

Over 45kg & Not Exceeding 49kg

Over 41kg & Not Exceeding 44kg

WELTER

Over 49kg & Not Exceeding 53kg

Over 44kg & Not Exceeding 47kg

LIGHT MIDDLE

Over 53kg & Not Exceeding 57kg

Over 47kg & Not Exceeding 51kg

MIDDLE

Over 57kg & Not Exceeding 61kg

Over 51kg & Not Exceeding 55kg

LIGHT HEAVY

Over 61kg & Not Exceeding 65kg

Over 55kg & Not Exceeding 59kg

HEAVY

Over 65kg

Over 59kg


YOUTH SPARRING (10-11) SPARRING
3 ROUNDS, 1 MINUTE

CLASSIFICATION

MALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (KG)

FEMALE DIVISIONS
WEIGHT CATEGORY (kg)

Fin

Not Exceeding 30kg

Not Exceeding 30kg

Light

Over 30kg & Not Exceeding 35kg

Over 30kg & Not Exceeding 35kg

Middle

Over 35kg & Not Exceeding 40kg

Over 35kg & Not Exceeding 40kg

Heavy

Over 40kg

Over 40kg


Weigh-Ins
  • During the weigh-in, the contestant is required to show his/her current photo ID, USAT identification card or birth certificate.
  • A competitor’s weight shall be measured the day prior to his/her competition day. All competitors must weigh-in during the designated times on the schedule
  • A competitor’s weight may be measured twice. If a contestant does not qualify the first time, one more official weigh-in is granted within the time limit. So as not to be disqualified during official weigh-in, a scale, the same as the official one, shall be provided at the convention center as a test scale.
  • Any irregular action by the competitor or coach during the weigh-in may result in disqualification from event participation.
  • Weigh in, for both males and females shall be taken in the official V-neck uniform, or, if a contestant wishes, weigh-in may be done in underpants for male and underpants and bra for female contestants. Under NO circumstances may an athlete weigh-in in the nude in the United States.
  • Competitors will be permitted to move weight categories from the weight category they registered in. You may change weight categories through the final athlete registration deadline at no additional fee. Any weight changes after the final registration deadline and/or at the event will incur a $50.00 administrative fee. 
Participants may make changes directly through their registration in the USA Taekwondo Hang-a-star until they are confirmed and then you will need to contact the USA Taekwondo events department in writing at events@usa-taekwondo.us to change the weight. After the final registration date (January 6, 2015), all weight changes must be submitted in writing and the administrative fee paid before the weight category will be changed. 

Competitors may change weight on-site but must do so before stepping on the official weigh-in scale and must pay the $50.00 administrative fee before weight category is changed.

Bracketing & Seeding

Sparring competition will be a single elimination event with a seeding system being applied to Senior (17-32) Sparring Competitors.

Seeding System:
  • WTF World Rankings
  • Computer Random Draw


Poomsae Divisions - All categories

INDIVIDUAL POOMSAE

AGE CLASSIFICATION

AGE DIVISIONS

RANK

COMPETITION TYPE

Youth

10-11 Years Old

1st – 9th

Modified WTF Format

Cadet

12-14 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

Junior

15-17 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

1st Senior

18-30 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

2nd Senior

31-40 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

1st Masters

41-50 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

2nd Maters

51-60 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

3rd Masters

61-65 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

4th Masters

66 & Older

1st – 9th

WTF Format


PAIRS POOMSAE (Co-Ed)

AGE CLASSIFICATION

AGE DIVISIONS

RANK

COMPETITION TYPE

Youth

10-11 Years Old

1st – 9th

Modified WTF Format

Cadet

12-14 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

Junior

15-17 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

1st Pairs

18-30 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

2nd Pairs

31 & Older

1st – 9th

WTF Format


TEAM POOMSAE
(3 Competitors of the same gender)

AGE CLASSIFICATION

AGE DIVISIONS

RANK

GENDER

Cadet

12-14 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

Junior

15-17 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

1st Team

18-30 Years Old

1st – 9th

WTF Format

2nd Team

31 & Older

1st – 9th

WTF Format


IMPORTANT:
Designated Poomsae will be selected from the Compulsory Poomsae listed below and be published to the USA Taekwondo website 1 week from the start of the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships.

DESIGNATED POOMSAE

INDIVIDUAL DIVISIONS

COMPULSORY POOMSAE

Youth (10-11)

Taegeuk 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo

Cadet (12-14)

Taegeuk 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang

Juniors (15-17)

Taegeuk 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang, , Taebaek

1st Senior (18-30)

Taegeuk 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, Pyongwon, Shipjin

2nd Senior (31-40)

1st Masters (41-50)

Taegeuk 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, Pyongwon, Shipjin, Jitae, Chonkown

2nd Masters (51-60)

3rd Masters (61-65)

Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, Pyongwon, Shipjin, Jitae, Chonkown, Hansu

4th Maters (66 & Older)

PAIRS DIVISIONS (CO-ED)

COMPULSORY POOMSAE

Youth (10-11)

Taegeuk 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo

Cadets (12-14)

Taegeuk 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Jang, Koryo, Keumgang

Juniors (15-17)

Taegeuk 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang , Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek

1st Pairs (18-30)

Taegeuk 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Ke umgang, Teaback, Pyongwon, Shipjin

2nd Pairs (31+)

Taegeuk 8 Jang, Kor yo, Keumgang, Taebaek,  Pyongwon, Ship jin, Jitae, Chonkwon

TEAMS DIVISIONS

COMPULSORY POOMSAE

Youth (10-11)

Taegeuk 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang

Cadets (12-14)

Taegeuk 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang

Juniors (15-17)

Taegeuk 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek

1st Team (18-30)

Taegeuk 6, 7, 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, Pyongwon, Shipjin

2nd Team (31+)

Taegeuk 8 Jang, Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, 


Coaching Requirements:

To coach at the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships all coaches must be in good standing with their National Federation or Governing Body, a current member of USA Taekwondo and register for the event prior to the registration deadlines. The registration deadlines and fees will be strictly enforced and no exceptions will be made. Please refer to Registration Fees and deadlines section.

All U.S. Coaches and officials must have completed and cleared a background check before registering for 2015 U.S Open Taekwondo Championships. On-site registration is permitted, but only if you have completed and clear the USA Taekwondo Safe Sport background check. For more information on Safe Sport and USA Taekwondo background checks, please go to the USA Taekwondo website.

As of 2014 all athletes, coaches and officials must have WTF Global License to participate in any WTF/PATU sanctioned event. Starting in 2014 all participants will need to complete their WTF Global License through the WTF Global Membership System and provide all required documents before you can be confirmed for the event and participate in the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships. There is no exception to this rule. U.S. Participants must be a current member of USA Taekwondo before your Global License is approved. Additionally, all coaches and officials must have completed and cleared their background check. For details on how apply for or renew your Global License please click here.

Training Opportunities:
Training locations for will ONLY be provided at the host hotels. Location and times will be available soon. 

Awards:
2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships medals will be given out to the top four (4) athletes, in the respective divisions and weight Categories. 1st Place - Gold Medal, 2nd Place – Silver Medal, & two (2) 3rd Place – Bronze medals in all sparring and poomsae divisions.

Team awards will be given out to the top four (4) teams in each of the Men’s and Women’s Senior Sparring Classifications, based on the point system below:

Rationale

Points Awarded

Gold Medal

7 Points

Silver Medal

3 Points

Bronze Medal

1 Point

Awards will also be given to the Best Male and Best Female athlete in the Senior Sparring Division, Best Male and Female International Referees and Best Male and Female Team Coach. These awards will be determine and awarded after the conclusion of the final day of the Senior Sparring Divisions.