She-hahp (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 Songahm Taekwondo.
In general, there are basically two types of competitors:
1. Winning a medal at any cost, while exclaiming victory and scorning defeat
2. Competing with a good attitude (possibly winning a medal) and learning under ideal conditions
Remember that tournaments are not just for a medal. They allow you to meet new people, make new friends, put nerves to the test, and display skills. By focusing on these purposes, it is very possible to be happy whether one wins or loses. Most people think that the reward at a tournament is the medal. By eliminating this idea, we eliminate the unnecessary devastation of leaving without a medal.
In reality, competition is not just in a ring. Students training in Songahm Taekwondo, as well as all other human beings, are competing with 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 not only competing against that person's skill, but also against ourselves to the the absolute best that we can. Therefore, tournaments are a great opportunity for increasing skills as well as boosting confidence. And, just as importantly, it is possible to learn self control over a temper, or become motivated to react positively instead of negatively to outcomes one does not desire.
For all these reasons and more, she-hahp (tournaments) are helpful to students training in Songahm Taekwondo, and one of the most dynamic, fun aspects of the art.
Inner School Tournaments is a tournament but only with our students here at Royersford ATA. This is a GREAT opportunity to practice competing and help prepare for other larger tournaments.
Our Inner School Tournament is open to all our students, so whether you are a Tiger, a Kid, an Adult, a Color Belt or a Black Belt, you can all compete! At the Inner School Tournament, you will be given the opportunity to compete in Forms, Sparring, Weapons, and/or Combat Weapons,. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and all kids, 12 and under, will get a Songahm Spirit Medal.
The Inner School Tournament will be Saturday, March 19th. Tiny Tigers will begin at 9:00am.White thru Blue belts will begin around 10:00am,and Brown thru Black belts will begin around 11:30am. It will be $35 for Forms/Sparring (1st event) and $25 for each additional event. There is a discount for 3rd family members. The deadline to register will be Saturday, March 12th.