Liverpool competition 2008

Thanks to Martin Musgreave who was an excellent Coach and Instructor on the day. It turned out be an excellent event with outstanding performances from all the players including two first time fighters. It was very well attended with many clubs from all over England . It was well organised  with brilliant time keeping great etiquette and Bushido . Well done to all

Keep an eye out for upcoming competitions

Hamida Fight Liverpool 28 Sept  08 ( click on link )

Ali Liverpool Fight 28 Sept 08  he stopped the fight  in just 35 Seconds ( click on link ) ( WITH MUSIC )Tonys video and edited version

Bradleys fight Liverpool  28 sept 2008 ( WITH MUSIC )Tonys video and edited version

Jessicas first fight in 2004 when she was 9 years old 

Bradleys first fight in 2004 when he was 6 years old



 Tony with Sandy Holt well known Muay Thai champion

who was also seen on the paul o`Grady show on Tuesday 14 oct 08 along with Russ Winstanley talking about Northern Soul and wigan Casino .


                                                                          Jess an Brad at Christmas age 7and 5

For those who never saw it here is the clip from 2005 in Batley  News after a fantastis result at competition in Bradford

Weights and Rules

Taekwondo Basics




Traditionally, taekwondo competitions consist of 16 weight classes, eight for men and eight for women. In the Olympics, there are only eight classes -- four for each gender -- because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) limits the total number of taekwondo entrants to 128 (64 men, 64 women). The weight divisions in Beijing are broader than those used in other competitions and are therefore labeled as Olympic classes.


Men's Weight Divisions


Olympic Flyweight: Competitors must weigh no more than 58kg (128 lbs)

Olympic Featherweight: Competitors must weigh no more than 68kg (150 lbs)

Olympic Welterweight: Competitors must weigh no more than 80kg (176 lbs) A

Olympic Heavyweight: Competitors must weigh more than 80kg (176 lbs)


Women's Weight Divisions


Olympic Flyweight: Competitors must weigh no more than 49kg (108 lbs)

Olympic Featherweight: Competitors must weigh no more than 57kg (126 lbs)

Olympic Welterweight: Competitors must weigh no more than 67kg (148 lbs)

Olympic Heavyweight: Competitors must weigh more than 67kg (148 lbs)



To ensure that a competitor is eligible to compete in his or her weight class, weigh-ins are held the day before the scheduled competition. Athletes wear underwear during the weigh-in, but can choose to be weighed in the nude. To help eliminate disqualifications, athletes are given access to replica scales so they can check their status in advance of the official weigh-in.




The Olympic taekwondo tournament for each weight class follows an elimination format, with a random draw determining the main bracket. There will be roughly 15 entrants per weight class, with byes used to fill out the bracket as needed. After each match in the main bracket, the loser is eliminated from gold-medal contention, while the winner advances. The last two undefeated athletes meet to determine the gold and silver medallists. Beginning with the 2008 Games in Beijing, the number of bronze medals awarded will be expanded from one to two. Since the 2000 Sydney Games, the World Taekwondo Federation has conducted a single elimination tournament system with double repechage to determine one third-placed winner.




The start


A Taekwondo match involves two competitors, "Chung" (blue) and "Hong" (red). Before the match begins, the two competitors stand at attention and bow to each other on the referee's Korean commands of "cha-ryeot" (attention) and "kyeong-rye" (bow). The referee will then shout out "shi-jak" to start the match.




As inferred from the definition of taekwondo -- "the way of the hand and the foot" -- each athlete tries to earn points by landing kicks to the opponent's head and body, or punches to the body.




A men's match consists of three rounds of three minutes each with a one-minute rest period between rounds. A women's match consists of three, two-minute rounds, with one-minute rest periods between rounds.


Determining the winner


Most matches are won and lost on the scoreboard -- the athlete who tallies the most points (less deductions) is the winner. Other means of determining a winner include:


Superiority (SUP). Other than in the final, if competitors are tied after three rounds, victory goes to whichever athlete scored more points (penalties are ignored). If the tie remains, the judges determine the winner based on initiative shown during the match.

Default (if the opponent earns four penalty points).

Referee Stopped Contest (RSC)

Knockout (KO) (uncommon).

Disqualification (DQQ).

Tie-breaker system in the final


If a tie occurs in the gold-medal match, superiority is not initially used to determine the winner. Instead, the two competitors will go into a fourth, sudden-death round, with whoever scores the next point being declared the winner. If neither athlete scores a point in the extra round, the referee will decide the winner based on who was superior in the round.




A referee and three judges are present for a taekwondo contest at the Games. The referee controls the match, declaring its start/end, winner/loser, plus suspensions and resumptions during the course of competition. The referee also declares warnings, penalties and deductions of points, but does not award points. All of the referee's decisions are announced when the results are confirmed. The judges are responsible for immediately tallying all of the valid points used to determine a match's winner.




In competition, a taekwondo athlete wears a white, v-neck uniform called a "dobok." The style of the dobok is based on traditional Korean peasant garb. All contestants compete barefoot. For protection, competitors must wear a red or blue chest protector, headgear, shin and forearm guards and mouthpieces. Male athletes must also wear a groin-area protector. The headgear is worn mostly to protect against injury to an unconscious athlete falling to the mat, and the forearm and shin guards are to prevent nerve damage to the designated areas.


Competition area


Taekwondo contests take place on a 12-meter by 12-meter square mat (roughly 39-feet by 39-feet) with a surface similar to that of a wrestling mat. There is a 1-meter wide border marked at the edge of the mat and shaded a different color to alert contestants that they're nearing the boundary line. If a contestant steps across the boundary line, the referee stops the match. If a contestant unintentionally crosses the boundary line, the referee will declare "joo-eui," or a verbal warning. The second time this occurs, "kyong-go," or a half-point penalty, is declared.






Training for Competition


Strategy is a method to defeat the opponent through analysis of the situation, judgment of the available options and immediate execution of the most appropriate action. The purpose of using strategy is to manage the course of the match while conserving energy and moving wisely.
To execute an effective strategy in the match the fighter must be thoroughly familiar with the rules and regulations of the game, as well as the strategies in use by the current top international fighters, and have mastered fundamental skills that work in every situation. In the ring, the fighter also must be able to rely on his coach to evaluate the opponent and formulate strategy based on this evaluation.

Competition taekwondo is a game of strategy. The result of the match often hinges on the strategic proficiency of the competitors.

Developing a Competition Strategy

Before developing a competition strategy, each competitor must consider the following elements essential to taekwondo competition:

1) Technical structure and variations according to the competition rules. Every competitor must be able to win within the established framework of the competition rules. He must create unique offensive combinations designed to score points while avoiding penalties.

2) Economical use of energy over the duration of the match. A fighter must plan his strategy over the course of the full nine minutes of the match. He must clearly decide when it is appropriate to conserve energy and when it is necessary to press the opponent.

3) Judicial application of feinting skills. Feinting should be used wisely and sparingly, so as not to be detected by the opponent.

Once the competitor has a general plan, the following process is necessary for the accurate formulation (psychological) and execution (physical) of an individual strategy:

1. Psychological formulation of strategy

concentration (attention to the opponent's every action)
information collection (accumulation of information)
data selection (sorting of the important information)
analysis of the situation (projection of future events)
decision making (selection of appropriate action)
immediate execution (implementation of chosen action)

2. Physical execution of strategy

adaptation (change of techniques according to situation)
economic distribution of energy (conservation and assertion of energy at the proper time)
timing (attack/defend appropriately)
execution of plan (carry out planned strategy)
score management (score enough points to win)

Offensive Strategy

Offense, in taekwondo competition, is the strategic application of skills to the target area of the opponent. It is most commonly applied with forward footwork and explosive movements. To be successful, offensive skills must be executed with good timing and an accurate sense of distance.

There are three methods of offense: direct attack, indirect attack and counterattack. A direct attack is an initiative attack, an indirect attack is a deceptive attack and a counterattack is a reflexive attack.

Direct attack

There are three types of direct attacks according to the distance and stance of the opponent.

1. The first is an in-place attack where the distance to the opponent is perfect for a single kicking attack and no footwork or deception is required.

2. The second is an incline attack where the distance is slightly beyond the reach of an in-place attack. Therefore the competitor must shift his body forward without moving his feet, and launch the attack from the inclined position. Timing, distance and speed are essential.

3. The third is a sliding attack where the distance is even greater than that of the incline attack. The competitor must slide his front foot in as he shifts his body weight forward to attack. Speed is essential for covering the distance in a sliding attack. For maximum efficiency, the competitor must execute the technique before the opponent recognizes his intention.

Indirect Attack

There are three types of indirect attack: feinting, cutting and footwork.

Feinting: To create an opening, feint first and then attack according to the opponent's reaction.

Cutting: Cut the opponent's attacking movement and follow with a counterattack.

Footwork: According to the distance and stance of the opponent, initiate with footwork and attack.


There are two types of counter attacks: direct and indirect.

A direct counterattack means countering the opponent's attack without changing position. Speed, agility and fortitude are important for direct counterattacking.

An indirect counterattack means avoiding the opponent's attack with footwork and then following with a counterattack.

Strategic Tips for Winning

  1. Counterattacking has a better chance of scoring than attacking for advanced competitors.
  2. Beginning and intermediate competitors are most likely to score with single direct attacks.
  3. In a close match, an attacking fighter is more likely to win that a counterattacking fighter unless the counterattacker can score a knockout.
  4. The most frequently used attacks are roundhouse kick, back kick and axe kick.
  5. Successful competitors can effectively counter these kicks.
  6. The side kick and front kick are rarely used in competition any more and are highly unlikely to score points.
  7. The roundhouse kick is the preferred kick for scoring, followed by the back kick and axe kick.




                         Liverpool Competition see below for details



1 - 2 - 1







L5 5PH
Tel: 0151 207 1921



Welcome to the capital of culture 1 -2 -1 open Kyorougi and 1-2 -1 Poomsae Championships

The event shall be open to all insured Taekwondoists regardless of affiliation, as the UKTDC operate a non discriminatory policy

In an attempt to schedule the day in advance, The event shall have limited numbers, with the sport section limited to 160 competitors and the Poomsae limited to 80, this will be strictly adhered to .



Matched by : Weight , Grade, Height and Ability, Age .

Children and juniors under 15

2 x 1.5 minutes head shots by mutual consent only .

Seniors +15, 2x2 minutes or 3 x 2 minutes.

Poomsae matched by Age : Grade

Individuals only , 4 participants in each division any Poomsae allowed

2 participants at the same time, 2 losing semi finalists awarded bronze medals , 2 winners play off for Gold and Silver . Flag system to be used minimum 5 Judges

Costs Sparring and Patterns only  - £15.00

Both  £25.00


Trophy for top 5 clubs ( by number of entrants )

Medals for all participants

Senior competition manager Chris Davies

Senior Poomsae Judge I/R Master Nigel Hudson 5th Dan Kukkiwon