TAEKWONDO: Junior Olympics & National Championships underway in San Jose
Bill Kellick
(719) 232-7792
June 28, 2011 11:50 AM
The top taekwondo athletes in the nation will be on display at the San Jose Convention Center this week as USA Taekwondo conducts its 2011 Junior Olympic Championship and U.S. National Championship events June 28-July 3. Over 3,100 athletes ages 6-72, aided by over 500 coaches, will compete during the week.
 
In addition to vying for the title of “national champion” in their respective weight divisions, the 14-17 year-old junior sparring athletes will also be competing for spots on the 2011 Junior National Team. The winner in each of the 20 weight classes (10 men and 10 women) will advance to the Junior Team Trials to be held in August in Colorado Springs. The Junior Olympic Championships, held June 28-July 1, features Olympic-type sparring competition in both the Grass Root Division and the World Class Division, as well as competition in forms, weapons and board breaking.
 
The Senior National Championships (July 2-3) includes forms, sparring, weapons and board breaking events for athletes 14 years of age and older.
 
Tickets are available at the door any day of the event. Prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (60+) and children (6-12)
CHILDREN 5 YEARS OF AGE & UNDER ARE ADMITTED FREE EVERY DAY

Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. each day. The rundown of events for the week is as follows:
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
6-7 & 8-9 All Belts Sparring, Poomsae, Kyukpa and Weapons
10-11 Grass Root Black Belt Sparring
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
10-11 All Belts Sparring, Poomsae, Kyukpa and Weapons
10-11 World Class Sparring
12-13 Grass Root Sparring
Demonstration Team Eliminations, Semi-Finals
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
12-13 All Belts Sparring, Poomsae, Kyukpa and Weapons
12-13 World Class Sparring
14-17 Grass Root Black Belt Sparring
Demonstration Team Finals
OPENING CEREMONIES - 7PM
 
FRIDAY, JULY 1
14-17 All Belts Sparring, Poomsae, Kyukpa and Weapons
14-18 Juniors Poomsae
14-17 World Class Sparring
 
SATURDAY, JULY 2
18+ All Belts Sparring, Poomsae, Kyukpa and Weapons
All 14-year-old and above Pairs & Team Poomsae
18-32 Grass Root Sparring
 
SUNDAY, JULY 3
Competition
18-32 World Class Sparring
Categories
Taekwondo