GTS is designed for the common student who may or may not want to compete but will benefit from friendly competition. This local competition series helps reduce competition nervousness and eases students into performing in front of a more intimate, supportive audience. GTS is run by Master Jonathan Fleming of WOW Taekwondo in Waxhaw, NC and is comprised of students, coaches, referees and member schools who are committed to seeing their students succeed in local, supportive competitions. GTS participation requires AAU Taekwondo membership. Learn more about AAU TKD membership at aautaekwondo.org.
GTS launched this local grassroots competition circuit in 2018, with the first events scheduled in 2019. In 2020, GTS will have at least 3 tournaments in the Charlotte area in partnership with AAU Taekwondo. GTS is designed for the common student who may or may not want to compete in larger tournaments, but will benefit from friendly and learning-based competition.
GTS Competitions are held in local facilities that have the capacity, safety measures and requirements for TKD competition. Venues such as high school/college gymnasiums, recreation facilities and other athletic buildings provide an easily-accessible location for Charlotte-area TKD students and a GTS audience.
The first 2020 GTS Tournament will be held on March 14! At least two additional GTS tournaments are planned for 2020.
In 2019, the 3rd GTS Competition is on October 19, 2019 at the Stratford-Richardson YMCA in Charlotte. The first GTS Kick-Off Competition was on 2/23/19 at Kensington Elementary in Waxhaw; GTS T-2 was held on June 8 at the McCrorey YMCA in Charlotte. Additional tournament dates will be announced for 2020; check our Events Calendar for updates as dates and locations get added.
- GTS believes in the power of martial arts competition to help Taekwondo students and our communities grow.
- Competition helps students learn how to strive for goals and overcome challenges in school, work, and other areas of life.
- Competition should not be unhealthy or negative. GTS encourages competition to teach solid work ethics and boost self- confidence in a friendly, supportive environment.
- Exerting yourself in a way that is positive and encouraging leaves less room for negative attitudes and decisions.
- GTS teaches humility and modesty in victories, and sportsmanship in losses.
- GTS supports students’ best personal efforts, no matter the match outcome. GTS urges students to hold their heads high and feel proud of their best efforts. This builds self-esteem and camaraderie within the team.
- GTS raises awareness about the benefits of martial arts in communities by hosting local competitions, encouraging community members to learn how to referee or volunteer at GTS events, and brings local TKD schools together to grow and enhance the sport.
- By partnering with AAU Taekwondo, GTS students are afforded the opportunity to participate in various TKD tournaments both locally, regionally and nationally if they desire.
GTS is focused on successful and efficient sparring competitions. GTS eliminates the unnecessary events and theatrics, creating a scheduled sparring bracket that will not keep competitors at the event for the entire day. No walk-ins to slow up the process!
At GTS events, students are guaranteed to fight more than once. This gives competitors the opportunity to learn from their first match mistakes so they can grow and become better immediately. This is crucial not only in sparring, but shaping the character of individuals.
GTS scores the old-school way of delivering a technique with precision, focus and power to the body. There are no head shots in the first four tournaments, to promote safety and proper form for athletes. Electronic scoring systems are not used.