It’s important to understand the style of the event in which you’re competing.  Some competitions value traditional performances with classic Korean music and elements.  Others reward more modern performances with upbeat music, tricking, and taekwon-dance.  Do your homework on the event before designing your choreography.  Check out previous year’s winners on YouTube to see what kind of styles resonated with the judges.  We’ve also tried to include some observations and useful links on the Event Details pages here @

Storytelling is a highly valued aspect judging at some taekwondo competitions.  This means, a performance should not simply be a series of form, breaks, and acrobatics, but they should tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end.  This can include costumes & costume changes, props, and creative music to support the story.  If you plan to tell a story through your performance, plan it out in advance and build the music and performance elements to support.

It’s also important to research the venue, stage size, and flooring material for the event prior to choreography.  Some competitions have small performance spaces, hard floors, or low ceilings that could inhibit acrobatics or high-flying board breaks.  Conversely, if the venue offers advanced stage lighting, you may want to try to incorporate this into your storylines.

Weapons can add excitement to a performance and are valued by judges in some competition styles (e.g. NASKA/ISKA)  but aren’t always allowed or practical for competitions.  Some organizers seek to avoid the expensive liability insurance for weapons and choose to prohibit.  Be sure to read the rules carefully before inclusion in your performance.