Event Information

Event Information 

Be sure to read the latest event newsletter – very important updates for competitors, coaches and umpires/referees

Registration ends 28th February (late fee applies from March 1st)

All competitors, coaches and Umpires are required to read through all the event information below, in regards their participation in the upcoming Arnold Classic Taekwondo Championships event.

Hopefully this will answer all of your questions. Anything not clear to you please use the contact us form and we will direct you to the appropriate information.


We pay your school to support our event

Earn up to $15.00 rebate donated back to your school, per registered competitor before 28th February (late entries not included)

Simply supply one qualified, registered Umpire to work throughout the full duration of the event to get $10 rebate. Provide 2 Umpires to get $15 rebate.

Does not apply to non registered umpires / judges, or those who register but ‘go missing’ when it’s time to work, or those who register but are not utilized.

If you are combining competiting with umpiring, you must have a registered umpire replacement for all the matches you miss – this will count as 1 umpire.

Organizers reserve the right to select Umpirees/judges used based on experience, qualifications, age and presentation.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the event details ?

See general information below the FAQ section on this page

Where do I register ?

Register Here – all registrations are online only

Can I register Now ?

Registrations are now open, in fact, early bird rates apply until January 31st.

When do registrations close ?

Normal Registrations close February 28th 2019, we have a 1 week grace period for ‘late registrations’ (a surcharge applies).

No more registrations will be taken after Sunday 10th March.

Can I register and/or pay on the day ?

Only for Spectator entry. All participants, officials and coaches must be pre-registered, and pre-pay, where a fee applies.

Where can I find the event rules ?

Event rules are posted on the Competition Rules page

Who can compete in this event ?

This event is open to all Taekwondo participants, of all styles, schools, associations, organizations regardless of nationality, age, race, creed or gender.

Is this event for black belts only ?

No, all ranks from beginner to elite can participate and will be matched accordingly.

Is this event for adults only ?

No this event is for all ages from 5 years and above, and will be matched accordingly.

What day is my event ?

All Taekwondo categories will be held on Saturday 16th March, 2019

What time is my event ?

The competition will commence with Poomse/ Patterns, first individual then team, from lowest ranks through to black belts. Sparring draw will indicate bout numbers which will be displayed on each ring.

It is the responsibility of the coach and competitor to be in the ring at the time of your competition. Draws will be displayed in warm up area and all coaches will be briefed prior to competition.

Do I need my instructor to approve /endorse my application ?

This is not a requirement from our organizers requirements, however students should always be mindful of their own club rules, policies, expectations.

Does my own coach / instructor need to attend ?

No, you may participate as an individual, however you are expected to have a coach for sparring events.

What if I don’t know whether I am WTF/WT style or ITF style ?

Check with your instructor or contact the organizers prior to registering.

Can I participate in both styles of Taekwondo events ?

Yes you can compete in all events (except Special Needs), as long as you have the correct protective equipment and follow the competition rules.

What if I practice a different martial art ?

As per answer to previous question.

Can I compete in Kickboxing shorts, singlet ?

No. All competitors must be in Taekwondo Dobok (Karate Gi is also acceptable), must have long pants and long sleeves.

Do I get an expo pass ?

All participants receive a pass which will give them access to the expo for the day of the competition.

If I am a Junior do my parents need to pay to enter ?

All participants aged under 15 years will receive ONE pass for their parent or guardian to enter on the day of competition, without payment. That person may enter with the junior competitor from 9.30am onwards.

All additional friends, family members need to purchase a General admission ticket via the expo website or at the door. They will enter with the general public from 10.00am.

All spectators under the age of 15 years are admitted free of charge.

Can I leave once my bout is finished ?

You may leave anytime you wish once you are eliminated from your group, or the category is completed. If you are placed in your category we ask that you remain for the medal presentation. Medals will not be posted out post event. You are free and encouraged to enjoy the rest of the expo.

Any Additional Questions ? – Contact Us

We may add more FAQ’s to this list as the need arises.


General Information

Competition Date

Saturday 16th March, 2019

Competition Venue

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006 (MAP)

Competition schedule

Saturday 16th March, 2019

7.00am – 8.30am : Registration / weigh in (competitors, coaches, officials)

9.00am : Doors Open (Competitors, Coach, Officials, *accompanying parent)

9.30am : Umpire/Official Meeting (on competition area)

10.00am : Doors Open (General Public, supporters, *additional family members)

10.00am: Coach Meeting (on competition area)

10.30am : Competition Commences

5.00pm : Competition Closes (based on participant numbers)

Registration / Weigh In 

To allow competitor access to the expo prior to competing, Registration and weigh in will be held in the MCEC Foyer area near the expo entrance on Saturday 16th March from 7.00am – 8.30am

Those who do not report to the registration desk (or collect prior to this time) will only be able to enter the venue via the general public door, with a valid expo spectator ticket.

All participants MUST report to registration, including those who are only doing Poomse / Patterns events.

Wrist Bands /Entry Passes

Expo passes will be ONLY distributed at registration for competitors (one accompanying parent for under 15’s), coaches and umpires.
This will be the ONLY opportunity to grab your entry wristband/pass.

Competition Draw

There will be no variation to the draw on the day of the Tournament.
In order to make sure all competitors get at least one bout on
the day, we reserve the right to amalgamate weight divisions/rank, age categories/genders at the discretion of the organizers.

We will endeavour to match competitors in the fairest possible way, based on entries received.

A draw and schedule will be posted on the wall in the warm up room, and will also be posted online via the official event page. The draw will only be posted AFTER registration closes.


Each club is expected to provide a minimum of one Umpire/Referee from each Club/Branch

Umpires can collect accreditation from 7.00am on morning of competition from competitor registration area on concourse

Only those registered in advance and appropriately attired will receive accreditation passes.

Any school who does not provide a competent senior Black Belt Umpire, who works satisfactorily during the entire duration of the event, will forfeit any competitor fee rebates.


All participants in the tournament take part at their own risk. The organizer can,
under no circumstances, be held responsible for any damages, injuries or loss to
individuals or equipment.

Please note : There are NO REFUNDS for withdrawal prior to, or on the day of the event; non-attendance (regardless of reason); failure to report to ring on time resulting in missing bout; disqualification due to incorrect or lack of protective equipment, dissatisfaction with match result.


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