Event Information

Event Information 


Registrations Now Open

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 World 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.



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

  • Competitors Register Here

  • Coaches Register Here

  • Umpires Register Here

When do registrations close ?

Normal Registrations close February 28th 2020, we have a 1 week grace period for ‘late registrations’ (a  additional surcharge applies).

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 ?

The Arnold Classic Taekwondo World Championships runs from 20th – 22nd March 2020

At this stage the ‘proposed’ schedule is as follows : (subject to change)

Day 1 (Friday 20th March):  (18 years + Only) All WT Poomse / ITF Patterns; Self Defense; Creative Forms ; Special Needs

Day 2 (Saturday 21st March): (Under 18 years only) WT Poomse/ ITF Patterns, Sparring & Team events

Day 3 (Sunday 22nd March) :  (18 years + Only) Sparring & Team Events, Creative Breaking

What time is my event ?

Events generally run from youngest categories first. Poomse / Patterns generally run lowest ranked categories first

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.

Exact times cannot be given due to many factors which impact bout times – walkovers, injuries etc.

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

This is NOT a requirement for this event, however students should always be mindful of their own club rules, policies, expectations. We encourage you to take note of the details you put on your form.

Does my own coach / instructor need to attend ?

No, you may participate as an individual, however you are expected to have a registered 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.

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

March 20th – 22nd, 2020

Competition Venue

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

Competition schedule (proposed only – subject to change)

Day 1 (Friday 20th March):  (18 years + Only) All WT Poomse / ITF Patterns; Self Defense; Creative Forms ; Special Needs

Day 2 (Saturday 21st March): (Under 18 years only) WT Poomse/ ITF Patterns, Sparring & Team events

Day 3 (Sunday 22nd March) :  (18 years + Only) Sparring & Team Events, Creative Breaking

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 :

  • Thursday 19th March 3.00pm – 6.00pm – any participants
  • Friday 20th March 7.30am – 9.00am (18+ years only)
  • Saturday 21stth March 7.30am – 9.00am (18+ years only)

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 & ID Cards will be ONLY distributed at registration for competitors, 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 be posted in the tournament venue AFTER registration closes.


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

Umpires can collect accreditation from any of the listed registration times 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 coach 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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