AMA tournaments are controlled competitive environments that allow practitioners to display and improve their skills in a safe environment. Although some may think it is all about "who is better", that is only a part of their purpose in Taekwondo.
1. Winning a trophy at any cost, while exclaiming victory and scorning defeat.
2. Competing with a good attitude (possibly winning a trophy) and learning under ideal conditions
The second type is what we, in Taekwondo, try to achieve!
Remember that tournaments are not just about earning a trophy. They allow our members to meet new people, make new friends, put nerves to the test, and to display their skills.
By focusing on these purposes, it is very possible to be happy if you win or lose. Most people think that the reward at a tournament is the trophy. By eliminating this idea, we eliminate the unnecessary devastation of leaving without a trophy.
In reality, competition is not just in a ring. Students of Taekwondo, as well as all other human beings, are competing with their self on a daily basis. We compete with our body to lose weight. We compete with our mind to retain knowledge.And we compete with our intellect on our spiritual convictions.Even in the case of a match against an opponent, we are notonly competing against that person's skill, but also againstourselves to be the absolute best that we can. Therefore,tournaments are a great opportunity for increasing skills aswell as boosting confidence. And it is possible to learn to haveself control over ones temper, orbecome motivated to react positively instead of negatively to the outcomes.
For all these reasons and more, tournaments are a vital part of Taekwondo, and one of the most dynamic, fun aspects of our art.
Download the AMA Tournament Rules.