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Standings - 2019
If you Qualifiy for National Championships Finals
and are in the top five, then please download, print and fill out the following PDF file, and bring it with you to the
Summer Camp along with you entry fee,
do not send it or your entry fee in with your camp registration
ATF National Championship Series
The ATF National Championship program is designed to promote and enhance tournament and overall technical skills for all black belt competitors. Through this program, black belt competitors will improve their overall martial arts skill by developing mental and physical preparation for the tournament season. Throughout the tournament season, colored belts are encouraged to improve their competition skills and compete more often so they may gain valuable experience. This will prepare them for entering a black belt competition division.
Each black belt competitor will receive Top 5 points for winning at ATF sanctioned tournaments. At the end of the tournament season, the top five (5) competitors with the most Top 5 points in each division will compete in the ATF National Championship Finals. The competitor finishing 1st place in each division, during the Championship Finals, will be named ATF National Champion. Each of those competitors will be awarded a special lettered uniform jacket designating their title of ?National Champion?.
NOTE: The entirety of these rules and regulations are regulated by and may be modified by the ATF Board of Directors and Grandmaster Chung.
1) ATF Member in good standing with a certified ATF school: The ATF National Championship Program is only allowed for current members of the ATF. While guest martial artist may compete in ATF tournaments, they will not obtain any ATF National Championship points.
2) Must have minimum rank of 1st Degree Recommended Black Belt: The minimum rank requirement of 1st Degree Recommended is in effect because the ATF National Championship Program is meant for black belts only.
3) Must compete in at least one the ?Nationals? in Montgomery, AL usually held in March or November: Each competitor must compete in either the March Nationals or the November Nationals. Both Nationals are held in Montgomery, AL and hosted by Grand Master Chung. Competitors are encouraged to compete in both nationals, but they are only required to compete in one in order to be eligible to compete in the National Championship Tournament.
4) Must compete in at least one Regional Tournament besides the Nationals: Competitors must support the other ATF tournaments besides the Nationals. All competitors are encouraged to compete in as many tournaments as possible in order to obtain the maximum amount of points, but only 3 Regional Tournaments are required. It should be noted that competitors are allowed and encouraged to earn points in more than 3 regional tournaments. A competitor may compete and earn points in every ATF sanctioned tournament if they choose.
5) At least one regional tournament must be an
out of state tournament:
Top 5 Points
1st place forms or sparring 5 points
North Carolina and Louisiana tournaments are triple and double points because of distance from the ATF Headquarters.
Participation Only Points: A competitor who wins in either forms or sparring will not be eligible for the participation only point. The only way to get a participation point is to place fourth place or lower in both forms and sparring.
Rings and Divisions
It is very important to understand the difference between a ?Ring? and a ?Division?. A ring is who you compete against in an actual tournament. Rings are decided upon the day of the tournament, usually by the tournament host. A ring is flexible concerning ages and ranks. A division is set in stone at the beginning of the ATF tournament season. A division is determined by age, gender, and rank and cannot be modified.
ATF Black Belt Divisions:
~During a tournament, one or more divisions may be combined to create a ring. A general rule of thumb is if 3 or more competitors show up who are in the same division, they should compete in their own ring.~
Example: Jane is an 18 year old 1st degree, Mary is a 30 year old 3rd degree, and Sally is a 36 year old 4th degree. They are the only adult female black belts that show up to compete. They are obviously in 3 separate divisions, but for the sake of competition the 3 divisions would be combined into 1 ring. Mary, Jane, and Sally would compete against each other in the same ring, but they only earn points in their proper divisions.
Using the above example, this ring finished as outlined below.
Division Forms Sparring Total
Points Jane (18 year old 1st) 1st (5 points) 2nd (4 points) 9 Mary (30 year old 3rd) 2nd (4 points) 3rd (3 points) 7 Sally (36 year old 4th) 3rd (3 points) 1st (5 points) 8
Name & Division
Jane (18 year old 1st)
1st (5 points)
2nd (4 points)
Mary (30 year old 3rd)
2nd (4 points)
3rd (3 points)
Sally (36 year old 4th)
3rd (3 points)
1st (5 points)
Jane would receive 9 points in the
1st-2nd degree women?s division
Even though they competed against each other in the same ring, they all earned points in their separate divisions.
Every attempt possible will be made to keep black belt rings the same as the Top 5 divisions. However, due to participation in some cases, divisions may be combined to form one ring. A general rule of thumb is if 3 or more competitors show up who are in the same division, they should compete in their own ring. If 2 or less competitors show up, their ring should be combined with another similar one.
~Although the above is only a sample guide line and example, tournament officials have the right to make any determination on ring size they choose. The combination of rings is determined the day of the tournament by the tournament officials and should not be questioned.~
Rank and Age Changes
It is very important to understand the following information. The proper division in which a competitor will earn points is based on age and rank. All black belt competitors can qualify for the championship finals in only one division. The ATF tournament season in broken into two halves; the midpoint is separated by December 31st at midnight.
1st Half of
Season 2nd Half of
1st Half of Season
2nd Half of Season
The age division is determined by the mid-season cut-off date of December 31st. The competition age of the competitors will be determined by their birthday as of December 31st of the tournament season. The age they are at that time will indicate where they should compete and earn points throughout the entire tournament season.
Example #1 Bob?s birthday is September 10th, at which time he will be 11 years old. He should compete and earn points in the 11-12 year old division for the entire tournament season (he will be 11 as of midnight December 31st of the tournament year)
Example #2 Susan?s birthday is March 14th, at which time she will be 13 years old. She should compete and earn points in the 11-12 year old division for the entire tournament season (she will be 12 as of midnight December 31st of the tournament year)
Example #3 John?s birthday is December 29th, at which time he will be 16 years old. He is a 1st Degree Black Belt. He should compete in the men?s 16-31 1st Degree Division for the entire tournament season (he will be 16 as of midnight December 31st of the tournament year)
Example #4 Betty?s birthday is April 3rd, at which time she will be 35 years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt. She should compete and earn points in the Women?s 3rd-up Degree 16-34 Division for the entire tournament season. (she will be 34 as of midnight December 31st of the tournament year)
Example #5 Sally?s birthday is December 15th, at which time she will be 35 years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt. She should compete and earn points in the VIP Women?s Division for the entire tournament season. (she will be 35 as of midnight December 31st of the tournament year)
For the sake of good competition, older adults may compete in a younger age group ?ring? the day of the tournament. Any points they earn will be applied to their proper ?division? according to age, gender, and rank.
The rank cut-off date is the same date as the age cut-off date, December 31st at midnight. If an adult black belt receives a rank promotion during the first half of the season, they MUST move to their new division. If an adult black belt receives a rank promotion during the second half of the season, they are allowed to remain in their original division for the remainder of the tournament season.
Example #1 John is a 20 year old 2nd Degree Sr. He passed his testing and was promoted to 3rd degree black belt on August 15th. John must move into the 3rd - up Degree Men?s Division and cannot take any points into the new division.
Example #2 Susan is a 28 year old 2nd Degree Sr. She passed her testing and was promoted to 3rd Degree on March 20th. She may remain in the 1st ? 2nd Degree Women?s Ring for the remainder of the season.
ATF Tournament Season
The ATF National Championship tournament season will begin and end at the ATF summer camp, usually held in June. There will be several tournaments held throughout the year in various ATF Regions. Below is the current tournament season. More locations may be added in the future. Only officially sanctioned ATF Tournaments will receive ATF National Championship Top 5 points.
ATF National Championship Finals
The Top 5 competitors will compete in a ?finals? tournament called the ?ATF National Championship Finals.? The purpose of having a finals tournament is to ensure a fair and equal National Championship. The National Championship finals will determine who will be named ATF National Champion for the respective tournament year. Finishing with a high number of Top 5 points does not ensure a National Championship; it simply gains you an invitation to compete in the ATF National Champion Finals. Finishing with the highest number of Top 5 points gives an advantage over other competitors in placement for forms, byes, etc.
The ATF Championship Rankings in every Black Belt division will be announced at the end of the tournament season after all black belt results have been collected and tabulated. All Top 5 finishers in each division will have the opportunity to compete for the title of ATF National Champion in their division.
Only the official ATF Top 5 competitors in each division are allowed to compete in the ATF Championship Finals. After the Top 5 are announced, if one or more of the competitors are unable to compete in the finals completion (for whatever reason) those empty slots will not be filled.
Example ? James earns the number 5 position in the 1st -2nd Degree Men?s division. Due to his work obligations he cannot attend the ATF National Championship Finals, and he is unable to compete for the title of ATF National Champion. Sam, who is the number 6 finisher, will not move up into the number 5 position. James will remain in the number 5 position and will be given credit for such.
If there is a tie for 5th place then all competitors involved in the 5th place tie will be allowed to compete in the finals.
The exact date/location/time will be announced each year. However, the ATF National Championship Finals will be held sometime during the ATF National summer camp, which is usually held in June.
Finals Competition Rules
The competition rules for the ATF National Championship Finals will follow the same standards as National and Regional ATF tournament rules. All qualified Top 5 competitors will compete in traditional (forms/sparring) competition.
FORMS: The #1 seed will be given a choice of when to perform, and then the #2 will be given the next choice and so forth.
SPARRING: In a typical
top 5 ring the #1, #2, and #3 seed will be given byes. The #4 and #5 seed
will spar in the first round. Then #1 seed would spar the winner of the
1st round, and #2 and #3 would spar.
Top 5 Points ? Championship Finals Points
It is important to understand the difference between Top 5 points and Championship Finals Points. Top 5 points earns you the right to compete in the Championship Finals and are earned throughout the tournament year, Championship Finals points determine who will be champion and are earned during the ATF National Championship Finals.
Top 5 points are earned throughout the tournament season. The competitors with the 5 highest accumulated Top 5 points earns the privilege to compete in the ATF National Championship Finals.
Championship Finals Points are exclusively earned during the ATF National Championship Finals competition only. Championship Finals points will determine who will be awarded the title of National Champion. At the end of the Finals Competition, whichever competitor has the highest Championship Finals points will be awarded the title of ATF National Champion. The Championship Finals points are the same values as the Top 5 point values. (5-1st, 4-2nd, 3-3rd) The maximum Championship Finals points any competitor may receive is 10 points (1st forms, 1st sparring) All qualified competitors enter the ATF National Championship Finals with 0 Championship Finals Points.
Example #1 ? Bob qualified and competed in the ATF National Championship Finals. He placed 1st in forms and 3rd in sparring. Bob earned 8 Championship Finals points.
Example #2 ? Jane qualified and competed in the ATF National Championship Finals. She placed 2nd in forms and 3rd in sparring. Jane earned 7 Championship Finals points.
Example #3 ? Richard qualified and competed in the ATF National Championship Finals. He placed 3rd in forms and 3rd in sparring. Richard earned 6 Championship Finals points.
Winning the ATF National Championship
The competitor who wins the most Championship Finals points at the ATF Championship finals in their division will be awarded ATF National Champion.
EXAMPLE: The following is a list of the year?s total of Top 5 points earned in one division.
Example: 1st degree Men Division
Top 5 results
Place Name Top 5 Points 1 Bob 55 2 John 52 3 Jason 48 3 David 48 5 Michael 45
Top 5 Points
The day of the ATF National Championship Finals, the following competitors won.
Championship Finals Results
Jane placed 1st in Forms and 3rd in sparring ? 8 points
Mary places 2nd in forms and 2nd in sparring ? 8 points
In the rare event of two Top 5 competitors earning the same amount of Championship Finals points, a tie breaker competition will determine who will be awarded the title of ATF National Champion. The tie breaker competition will be board breaking. This competition will be based on the normal ATF board breaking competition rules, with slightly different regulations. Sealed envelopes will be provided at each ring incase a tiebreaker competition is needed. The envelopes will be provided by an high ranking ATF board member. The contents of the envelopes will contain 3 choices of board breaks. The competitors choose 1 break out of the 3 availible; the competitors may choose different breaks. If competitor #1 breaks and competitor #2 fails to break, then competitor #1 wins the tie breaker. If both competitor #1 and competitor #2 breaks then judges will score the breaks similar to normal board breaking competition. If neither competitor #1 nor competitor #2 breaks then both will be given another chance until at least 1 competitor breaks. In case of a 2nd try by both competitors then the competitors may choose to change their break as long as it is one of the original choices in the sealed envelope. Whichever competitor wins the Board Breaking tiebreaker competition will be named ATF National Champion for their division.
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