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Our tournament process has gone through many incarnations through the years with Grand Champions, National Champions, and World Champions. These programs have always been solely for black belts with the color belts watching and waiting for their chance to earn a title. In 2001, at the Songahm Taekwondo World Championships, the ATA introduced the State Champion Tournament Program for color belts and black belts.

State Championship Eligibility Requirements

All color belts and black belts who are enrolled in an official Leadership Program with ATA International Headquarters are eligible to earn points towards the title of State Champion. These programs include the Junior Trainee Instructor Program and the Trainee Instructor, Certified Trainee Instructor, Specialty Certified Instructor, and Certified Instructor Programs.
Note: The ability to start earning points towards the State Champion Program begins once the student has received his/her “welcome” letter from the ATA International Headquarters. It does not start once the student completes the paperwork within his/her school.

State Champion Program Procedures

  • Once the official results are received by the Tournament Department of ATA International Headquarters, those competitors who are enrolled in a Leadership Program will be researched, and State Championship points will be awarded to them.
  • No judge at the regional, national, or world tournaments will be required to confirm a competitor’s enrollment in a Leadership Program. The Leadership requirement will be verified by the Tournament Department at International Headquarters.

Divisions for State Champion Program

Color Belt Divisions: Because color belts change rank frequently during a year, divisions cannot be based on rank. Divisions for color belts will be based on age and gender. Boys and girls will be separated from each other. Also, men and women will be separated from each other. The age breakdowns for junior and adult color belts are consistent with those used for junior and adult black belts. At a regional tournament, if any color belt age divisions are combined and a competitor places, the points will be awarded in their correct age division. The 8 & under division is strictly for those that compete as a junior, not tiger.
Black Belt Divisions: The black belt divisions will match the divisions used in the World Champion program.
Promoting to Black Belt during competition year: A color belts who receives the rank of 1st degree decided black belt will not lose their existing color belt state champ points, but they may no longer add to their total in the color belt division.

Awarding the Title of State Champion

The title of “State Champion” is earned solely through the accumulation of points throughout the tournament season. The following guidelines apply:

  • Points will be awarded separately for traditional form, traditional weapons, traditional one-steps/point sparring, ATA Xtreme weapons & forms and creative weapons & forms. There will be a State Champion for each event.
  • The competitor with the highest point total in each competitive event at the end of the competition year will win the title of State Champion for their state and division.
  • There will not be any final competition to determine a State Champion.
  • In the case of a tie in point totals, all members tied will be declared the State Champion.
  • Students who compete in ATA Tiger or Novice rings will not be eligible to earn points towards the title of State Champion for that tournament.
  • The state in which your school of record is located as of December 31st is the state in which your points will be placed.
  • Once the “Final Finals” are posted on the official ATA website at, the first place finishers will be able to purchase a special uniform indicating State Champion for his/her state and division through their instructor.