US Open Poomsae Competition Rules

Jan. 15, 2015, 2:30 a.m. (ET)
USA Taekwondo will follow the new competition rules introduced by the World Taekwondo Federation at the 2014 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. At that tournament, single-elimination bracketed competition was used in the finals of all recognized poomsae divisions. 

In the new competition format, there are no changes to the Preliminary and Semifinal round formats from the previous rules. These rounds will remain contested according to the cut-off system: half of the competitors will advance from the Preliminary round to the Semifinal round, and the top 8 competitors in the Semifinal round will advance to the Final round.

The US Open competition format will seed of players in the Final round based on their Semifinal round standing. Therefore, in the Final round, the 8 contestants are placed into a single elimination bracket. The top 4 competitors in the Semifinal round will be given the 4 seeds in the bracket according to their placing in that Semifinal round, with the remaining 4 competitors being seeded randomly. If the bracket begins directly in the Finals (i.e. there are 8 or fewer entrants in the division), then all of the competitors will be seeded randomly and byes will be assigned for any empty slots.

The three rounds of the Finals as they progress through the bracket are called Final 1, Final 2 and Final 3 (see figure below).


Finals round bracketed competition format with seeding for top 4 semi finalists as follows:
 
A = 1st from Semifinal Round
B = 2nd from Semifinal Round
C = 3rd from Semifinal Round
D = 4th from Semifinal Round
E, F, G, H = 5th-8th from Semifinal Round, randomly seeded in Final 1 (not necessarily order shown above)

For each pairing in the Finals bracket, there will be a blue competitor and a red competitor. Each competitor will perform two forms, Form 1 and Form 2. Below is the sequence of events for each match:

1) Blue enters the competition area and performs Form 1, then leaves the competition area.
2) Blue’s Form 1 is judged but no score is shown. 
3) Red enters the competition area and performs Form 1, then leaves the competition area.
4) Red’s Form 1 is judged, and then both Blue and Red’s form 1 scores are shown. 
5) Blue enters the competition area and performs Form 2, then leaves the competition area.
6) Blue’s Form 2 is judged but no score is shown. 
7) Red enters the competition area and performs Form 2, then leaves the competition area.
8) Red’s Form 2 is judged, and then both Blue and Red’s Form 2 scores are shown. 
9) The total score across both forms are shown and a winner is declared on the scoreboard.

Forms 1 and 2 for the Final 1 round, Final 2 round, and Final 3 round will be announced before the competition begins, at the same time as the Preliminary and Semifinal round forms. The forms may be drawn from any of the compulsory poomsae and may repeat forms that have been contested in the Preliminary and Semifinal rounds, and may also repeat between each of the Final 1, Final 2 and Final 3 rounds as well. 

The winning competitor advances in the bracket appropriately. The losers of the Final 2 round win bronze medals. The loser of the Final 3 round wins silver, and the winner of the Final 3 round wins gold.


To view the designated poomsae for the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships click here.