Rules / Règles

Tournament Procedures

Instructor Check-in

All instructors or coaches must report to the tournament check-in and pick up the ID tags for their competitors, coaches and photographers. Instructors are responsible for making sure competitors have their ID tags on their person as proof that they are registered competitors.

Instructor Check-in will be available on Friday June 2nd 2017 at the host hotel from 15h00 until 17h00 and at the tournament venue on Friday from 18h00 until 18h30 and on Saturday June 3rd 2017 from 7h30 to 7h50 at the weigh in for last minute coach check-in.

Black Belt Card

All Black Belts must be certified with the ITF headquarters in Benidorm, Spain. When using the on-line registration process, there will be a space for providing the Black Belt certificate number (e.g. C-2-3425) and ITF ID number (ITF ID number is found on your ITF wallet card). Black Belts who were recently promoted may not have their certification cards yet. When registering on-line, competitors with this situation should enter “Pending” in the Black Belt Certificate number box. Pending black belt applications will be confirmed with ITF HQ. Black Belts who have a card from a previous rank will have the same ITF ID number and can get that number from their old card.

All Black Belts must show their ITF Black Belt registration card at the Weight Check (see below). A photocopy of the Black Belt certificate showing name, rank and date information as well as the signature of the ITF President is acceptable.

Any Black Belt without appropriate proof of certification in the ITF will be disqualified with no refund of event fees.

Black Belt Weight verification

 All Black Belts (all ages) must have their weight category verified at the weigh-ins. Weigh-in procedure will follow ITF World Junior/Senior Championships rules. Black Belts must present their Black Belt certification card at the weight check. Pre-Junior Black Belts (age 13 and under), Super Senior (age 36-45) and Veteran (46+) must be within +/- 3kg of their stated weight or they will be disqualified. Junior and Senior Black Belts (age 14-35) must fall within their selected weight divisions or they will be disqualified.

Weight checks will be available on Friday June 2nd at the host hotel from 9h00 to 11h00 and then at the tournament venue from 18h00 to 20h00 for all Black Belts. The last chance will be on Saturday June 3rd from 7h30 to 7h50. Competitors are encouraged to weigh-in on Friday night so they don’t get caught in the crush on Saturday morning.

ITF International Black Belt Weight Divisions

Junior Weight Divisions   

Up to 50.0 kg
Over 50.1 to 56.0 kg
Over 56.1 to 62.0 kg
Over 62.1 to 68.0 kg
Over 68.1 to 75.0 kg
75.1 kg and above

Up to 45.0 kg
Over 45.1 to 50.0 kg
Over 50.1 to 55.0 kg
Over 55.1 to 60.0 kg
Over 60.1 to 65.0 kg
65.1 kg and above
Senior Weight Divisions

Up to 57.0 kg
Over 57.1 to 63.0 kg
Over 63.1 to 70.0 kg
Over 70.1 to 78.0 kg
Over 78.1 to 85.0 kg
85.1 kg and above

Up to 50.0 kg
Over 50.1 to 56.0 kg
Over 56.1 to 62.0 kg
Over 62.1 to 68.0 kg
Over 68.1 to 75.0 kg
75.1 kg and above

Black Belt Qualification for 2017 Nationals and 2017 Worlds

All Junior (age 14-17) and Senior (age 18-35) Black Belt divisions compete for a place on the Canadian National Delegation going to the 2017 World Championships in Ireland.

For Junior and Senior divisions, the top 3 competitors in the seeding point standings in each division (patterns and sparring) will automatically qualify for the finals at Nationals.

To determine current standings, please check the CTFI Web Site:

For complete details on how the seeding system works and how competitors are assigned to A and B pools, please refer to the CTFI Team Manual, found on the CTFI website under “Resources and Downloads”. This is highly recommended reading for all Coaches.


Competing Up

Junior Black Belt divisions are age 14-17. Senior divisions are 18+. According to the ITF and CTFI rules, the qualifying age for a division and an event is dependant on the age of the competitor on the first day of the competition. The 2017 World Championships is slated to begin on October 9th, 2017. This means that someone who is currently 13 but has their 14th birthday on or before October 9th 2017 may be able to move up to the Junior Patterns Division, or that someone who is currently 17 may move up to the Senior age divisions in Nationals in order to try out for World Championships or to collect seeding points for future events. This applies to Individual Patterns, Team Patterns and Breaking competitions only.

Competing up will not be allowed for Free Sparring.

Exact circumstances under which “Competing Up” is allowed are detailed in the current CTFI Team Manual, which is available on the “Resources and Downloads” page of the CTFI web site (refer to Appendix A).

ACTION: Instructors who have students that they are considering moving up one division are asked to review the CTFI Team Manual in detail and consult with the CTFI Tournament Director, Master Kevin Reinelt ( or 604-944-5425) prior to advising their students which age division to select in the on- line registration.


Age Divisions

Minimum age is 5 years old. As per CTFI competition rules, the appropriate age division for all competitors will be determined based on the age of the person on the day of the Tournament – June 3rd 2017.

Please note that for Colour Belts, Pre-Junior Black Belts, Super Senior Black Belts and Veteran Black Belts, age divisions with less than 3 people may be merged with other groups.

Division merging may occur if the number of competitors in a division is less than 3. This does not apply to Junior and Senior black belt categories.


The Organizing Committee and CTFI are not responsible for any injuries. Participants must have full third party liability insurance coverage for any injuries they may cause to others.

ACTION: Instructors must provide Proof of Insurance to the Tournament Director by May 7th 2017, or their competitors will not be allowed to participate.


Four medals will be awarded for each division: gold, silver and two bronzes. Medals for Coloured Belt competitors will be presented immediately after completion of their events at an award podium set up at the competition venue. It will be arrange so that supporters can get close to take good photographs. All Black Belt medals will be presented at the Black Belt Gala by the Masters. In addition to medals for individual and team competition, trophy awards will be will be presented for the following categories based on performance across all events:

  • Overall Top male from junior and senior black belt categories (age 14-35)
  • Overall Top female from junior and senior black belt categories (age 14-35)
  • Top school trophy based on Gold Medal wins
  • Most supporting school trophy for most competitors registered (not including the HOST School)


Only the Coach for a competitor in a Black Belt match can present a protest when a decision or procedure seems to violate the rules. The protest tax for this event is fixed at CN$100.

Tournament Rules

 All events at this tournament will follow the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International (CTFI) Rules for Coloured Belt Competition and the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Rules for Black Belt Competition (World Championships).

Copies of the Colour Belt rules are available on the CTFI web site in the “Download” section:

Copies of the ITF Black Belt World Championships rules are available on the ITF web site at:

Special additions to these rules are as listed below.



 Coloured Belt Patterns

 Competitors may perform the pattern of their rank or the pattern immediately below their current rank to accommodate recently promoted students. Coloured Belts may not perform any pattern above that of their current rank.

Individual Black Belt Patterns

 Competitors will compete 1 to 1 and will perform simultaneously two (2) Designated Patterns appropriate to their degree. The first designated pattern will be one of the last three patterns regarding the level of degree. The second designated pattern is from pattern Chon-Ji to the level of degree. This applies to all Black Belts, all ages including Pre-Junior, Super Senior and Veteran.

Team Patterns

 Both teams shall perform one (1) optional and one (1) designated Pattern in the following order:

Team 1 – 1st optional pattern
Team 2 – 1st optional pattern
Team 1 – 2nd designated pattern
Team 2 – 2nd designated pattern

Free Sparring


Coloured Belts ——————– 1 round of 2 minutes
Black Belts under 14 ———— 2 rounds of 1.5 minutes
Black Belts 14-35 —————- 2 rounds of 2 minutes
Black Belts 36+ ——————- 2 rounds of 1.5 minutes


All competitors, all ages, all ranks must wear ITF-approved dobok and belt. For details, please see ITF Ujmpire Rules, Appendix 2 – Approved Clothing:


Mandatory Safety equipment:

  • Hand, Foot and Head guards of an approved type (see below);
  • Mouth guard;
  • Groin protection for all males (must be worn inside the trousers);

Optional Safety equipment:

  • Shin protectors of an approved type (no hard materials);
  • Groin protection or chest protection for females (must be worn inside the dobok)

Approved types of sparring safety equipment:

Black Belts competing in the Junior and Senior divisions must have hand, foot and head protectors approved by ITF for international competition. Full details of approved equipment are available at: http://www.tkd-itf.og/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2015-Appendix-8-ITF-Approved-Equipment-June-15.pdf

Black Belts will be required to wear either red or blue hand/foot/head protectors depending on their position in the draws. Black Belts must have sets of both colours available.

Coloured Belts, Pre-Junior Black Belt (Age 13 and under), Super Senior Black Belts (age 36-45) and Veteran (age 46+) may wear ITF approved gear or the standard foam safety gear such as Macho or Century. Any colour is allowed for   this group, but we recommend red or blue (if you have it) to help the umpires.

No jewellery, piercings, watches or other adornments may be worn; hair may be kept in place using a material of a soft elastic nature only. Hard materials (e.g. plastic, wood or metal) are not allowed.

Students must compete with required safety equipment. Students without required equipment may be disqualified.   Competitors sharing equipment is welcomed.

Power Breaking and Special Technique Breaking Rules

 All breaking competition will follow ITF-standard rules for World Championships (NOT World Cup). Males will perform 5 breaks, females will perform 3 breaks. For details refer to:

Board counts for Power breaking will be 1 board less than the ITF World Championship rules except where the ITF rules board count is only 1 board, and then the board count will remain the same.

Board heights for Special Technique breaking will be 10cm less than the ITF World Championship rules.