3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships

This past weekend, athletes from all over the state of Texas came together to compete in the 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships.

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The 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Westside High School in Houston, TX. This event is open to all athletes in the USAT-sanctioned divisions: Poomsae Individual, Poomsae Team, and Special Technique. The tournament is also open to black belt athletes in the Open and Masters divisions.

What is Poomsae?

Poomsae is a Korean term that refers to a set pattern of defense and counter-attacks. Taekwondo poomsae is not simply memorizing and performing techniques like in other martial arts. Rather, it involves mentally and physically stimulating movement flow, which mirrors the process of actual combat.

Poomsae competitions are held in both team and individual formats. In team events, three athletes perform the same poomsae concurrently and are judged on execution, power, flow, and creativity. In individual events, athletes perform different compulsory or self-developed poomsaes based on their respective divisions (junior, adult, or master).

At the 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships, we will be offering divisions for junior (under 17), adult (18-34), and master (35+) athletes in both team and individual events. Whether you are a seasoned competitor or this is your first time stepping onto the mats, we welcome you to join us for an exciting day of competition!

What is the difference between Poomsae and Sparring?

Poomsae is a type of competitive Taekwondo that focuses on the technical aspects of the sport, such as forms (or patterns of movements) and set sparring. Poomsae competitors are judged on their performance of pre-arranged forms, while sparring competitors fight opponents in a more traditional Taekwondo match.

When and Where

The 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. The event will start at 8:00 AM and will end at 5:00 PM.

When is the tournament?

The tournament will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Where is the tournament?

The 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships will be held at the Round Rock Sports Center in Round Rock, Texas on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. The Round Rock Sports Center is located at 2401 N Mays St, Round Rock, TX 78664.

Who Can Compete?

The 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships is open to all current USA Taekwondo members in good standing. All athletes must have a USAT Athlete Membership to compete and will be required to show proof of membership at weigh-ins. Non-USAT members may compete by first paying the $10 non-member fee and signing a waiver at registration.

What are the age divisions?

The 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships will have the following age divisions:
-5-7 years old
-8-10 years old
-11-13 years old
-14-17 years old
-18 years old and up

What are the gender divisions?

There are four gender divisions in sport poomsae: men’s elementary (10-11 years old), men’s junior (12-14 years old), men’t senior (15-17 years old), and women’s (18 years and older).


The following rules and regulations are set forth by the governing body for the sport of Poomsae and have been approved by the tournament committee. All participants and coaches must agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and/or expulsion from the tournament.

What are the rules of Poomsae?

Poomsae is a form of martial arts that originated in Korea. It is an unarmed combat sport that uses the body and mind to execute various offensive and defensive techniques.

The sport of poomsae is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and the rules are designed to promote fair play and safety. All competitors must wear the proper protective gear, which must be approved by the WTF.

There are three main divisions in poomsae: individual, team, and pair. Individual division consists of two sub-divisions: male and female. In team division, there are four members on each team, and each team must have at least two males and two females. Pair division can be either male-female or same-sex pairs.

Each division has different requirements for the number of techniques that must be performed, as well as the order in which they must be performed. For example, in team division, all four members of the team must perform the required techniques together, in sync with each other.

Poomsae competition is based on a point system, and points are awarded for both accuracy and power. The competitor with the most points at the end of the competition is declared the winner.


In order to be eligible for a medal, athletes must complete 3-4 compulsory poomsae and 1-2 optional poomsae. The total score for an athlete is the sum of the scores from all poomsae. The score for each poomsae is a sum of the scores from all the athletes in that particular poomsae.

How is a Poomsae score calculated?

A Poomsae routine is judged on a 100-point scale, with the highest and lowest scores from the seven judges being dropped. This gives you the total possible score of 86 points. To advance to the next round, a competitor must earn at least a 70% (60 points).

What to Bring

The 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships is just around the corner! Here is a list of things that you must bring in order to participate:

What should I wear?

We recommend that participants wear comfortable clothing that they can move around in easily. Athletic clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, and sweats are all appropriate. Please avoid wearing loose clothing as it may get caught on equipment or other athletes. All athletes must wear proper martial arts attire which consists of a dobok (uniform), belt, and shoes.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring the following items with you to the tournament:
-A valid government-issued photo ID
-Your proof of current USAT membership (if you are a USAT member)
-Your proof of current USAT insurance (if you are a USAT member)
-Cash or check for registration fee
-signed copy of the USAT waiver (if you are not a USAT member)


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 3rd Annual Texas Sport Poomsae Championships! We had a great turnout with athletes from all over Texas, and we could not be more pleased with the results. Stay tuned for more information about next year’s event. Thank you again and congratulations to all of our winners!

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