Mr. Joe Walker hosts the ninth Tournament of Champions in Bloomington, Ill., on Saturday, May 19.
For the first time this year, the event will have black belts 14+ double-elimination parring, a grand championship for colored belt forms, and three overall colored belt forms grand champion awards for ages 9 and under, 10-17, and 18 and over.
Other events include forms and Olympic sparring. Olympic sparring, for those unfamiliar, is continuous sparring for a given amount of time for two rounds. The time varies for colored belts (two 1-minute rounds) and black belts (two 2-minute rounds), with a 30-second rest period in between rounds.
The black belt forms grand champion in the junior and senior divisions will win a 6-foot-tall trophy, as well as $100 cash.
The tournament will be hosted at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center and will start at 10 a.m. Fees are $50 for both events before May 5. After May 5, add $10.
A full tournament packet can be downloaded at the Walker’s Taekwondo Tournament of Champions IX page.
302 E. Emerson St.
Bloomington, IL 61701