Opening Ceremony Agenda
The ATA Tournament Department has a proper agenda for the opening ceremonies of a regional tournament. It is crucial to follow this agenda and not deviate from it without prior authorization from the ATA Tournament Department or Grandmaster In Ho Lee. Below is that agenda:
- M.C. - Introduction of the Seniors (lowest to highest rank) and Guests. Announce position, city/state, rank, and then name (if applicable, other achievements such as World Champion, etc. may be included)
- M.C. - Announces “Ladies and gentlemen, please face the flags.”
- . Korean National Anthem (either via tape, CD, or singer)
- . American National Anthem (either via tape, CD, or singer)
- Bow to flags
- M.C. waits for the “Seniors to face the Juniors” (Please make sure Seniors have had the opportunity to face the juniors before the M.C. or leading student starts the Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo.)
- Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo
- Bow to Seniors
- M.C. - Announces “Everyone, please is seated.”
- M.C. - Welcomes host of tournament
- If applicable, have special guest give speech
- Where appropriate, give out awards
- Highest ranking senior recognizes previous and current world and state champions present in the following order: State, District, & World
- If applicable, announce sponsors
- If applicable, begin demonstration
- Regional Tournament Team Leader - swears in judges
- Regional Tournament Team Leader - administers competitor’s oath
- Regional Tournament Team Leader - gives instructions and explains which divisions are in which rings
- Regional Tournament Team Leader - asks senior rank for permission to start the competition
It is imperative that the opening ceremonies for regional tournaments not exceed a 30 minute time frame (including demonstration). The demonstration should be held to 10 minutes or less.
At the conclusion of the tournament, there should be a bowing out ceremony. This would be conducted the same as the ending of a class including the reciting of the Songahm Spirit.
NOTE: ALL BLACK BELTS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY AT THE TOURNAMENT UNTIL THE OFFICIAL BOW OUT
The judges’ oath will be administered by the International Tournament Chairman, the National Tournament Director or the Regional Chief of Tournaments to all personnel who will be judging. Although the association holds respect for certified judges’ integrity, the oath is a reminder of the great responsibility held by a judge who is seen by all others as representatives of the ATA. It is vital for judges to project a feeling of ATA unity and that all judges are interested in the growth and continued enjoyment of our martial art.
The administering official shall have all judges raise their right hands with the left hand in the support position, as he/she reads the oath:
“Do you swear that your judging of the Taekwondo students here present shall be without prejudice of school, region or other variant, and that your judging will be to the best of your ability in keeping with American Taekwondo Association policy and standards for the best interests of all competitors here involved?”
All judges shall answer: “I DO.”
In an effort to maintain the proper mental attitude of the competitors present, the proper official shall administer the following oath to all competitors.
The administering official shall have all competitors stand and raise their right hands with the left hand in the support position, as he/she reads the oath:
“Do you promise as a competitor in this ATA Regional Tournament, to compete in the spirit of Songahm Taekwondo, demonstrating safety, courtesy, and respect towards your fellow competitors, the judges, and the spectators? And will you always remember that “to compete is to win.”
All competitors shall answer: “I DO.”