Poomsae Rules

Competitors are required to perform only the Poomsae (form) designated for their specific rank. Scores are based on:

  • Accuracy: correct movement, correct placement of technique, balance
  • Presentation: Strength, speed, rhythm, expression of energy

Authorized Poomsae are those approved by the World Taekwondo Federation: Taeguek 1-8 Jang and black belt Poomsae: Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, etc.  Black belts must demonstrate a form that corresponds with their rank.



  • Spectators and parents will not be allowed on the competition floor during Poomsae competition.
  • No shoes, jewelry, or accessories are allowed. Clean uniform and belt are required.
  • Open, weapon, and synchronized forms may be performed with or without music.
  • Bring your own music and player if needed. Music and devices will not be provided. Please bring your own.
  • Gender and ranks may be combined at the discretion of the tournament director.


  • Trophies will be awarded to all participants 11 and under for regular poomsae , open poomsae, and weapon as seen below in the table.
  • For participants 12 and Up for regular poomsae and 11 and over for open poomsae and weapon form:  1st, 2nd, and Two 3rd place winners in each division will be awarded trophies.
  • For participants for synchronized form: 1st, 2nd, and one 3rd place winners in each division will be awarded medals.

















Individual Sports Poomsae – Only Black Belts 12 and  UP

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Rules: Scoring shall be made in accordance with the USAT Poomsae and WTF Competition Rules

Tiger Claw uses “Cut-off Tournament Format” at World Class Poomsae Competition.

The cut-off tournament is a competition format that has a maximum of three rounds, a
preliminary, semi-final and final round. If the division has 20 or more competitors the
competition shall start from the preliminary round.

  • The division may be split into groups, with each group judged by different judges in the preliminary round.
  •  The order of the competitors in the preliminary round and in each subsequent round is randomly determined.
  • In the preliminary round, each contestant performs one or two assigned forms randomly selected from the Compulsory Poomsae by the Referee Chair. All competitors perform the same form(s). Scores are totaled for each contestant. Those with scores in the top 50% advance to the semi-final round.
  • If the number of contestants in the division or groups is odd, then the number of contestants advancing to the next round will be rounded up. For example if there are 23 contestants in the group, then the 23 contestant number is rounded up to 24, and the 12 contestants with the highest scores shall advance to semi-final round. If there are 9 to 19 contestants, the competition shall start from the semi-final round.
  •  In the semi-final round, each contestant will perform two forms (one form may be performed) randomly selected from the Compulsory Poomsae (with the form(s) from the preliminary round excluded), and the 8 contestants with the highest scores advance to the final round.
  • When 8 or fewer contestants are participating, the competition shall start from the final round.
  • In the final round the contestants perform the two randomly selected forms from the Compulsory Poomsae that were not performed in the previous round. In the case where there are 8 or fewer contestants the final round is also the first round, and two Compulsory Poomsae randomly selected forms shall be performed.
  •  The top four contestants shall be awarded prizes based on their points.
  •  3rd and 4th places are awarded bronze medals.

Recognized Poomsae:

1) Accuracy (4 points)
a. Accuracy of basic movements
b. Balance
c. Accuracy of details of each Poomsae

2) Presentation (6 points)
a. Speed and power.
b. Strength/speed/rhythm
c. Expression of energy

3) Allotted Scoring Chart for Recognized Poomsae









Awards: 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd place winners in each division will be awarded medals.

Note: Tournament director may modify individual sports poomsae rules according to the local condition.