The Fort Worth International Taekwondo Championship is held each October at the Fort Worth Convention Center. It is sponsored by the Won Park Institute of Taekwondo. Formerly held over two days, it is now compressed into a very long Saturday. Last year was the 30th annual competition. It brings together many competitors from all over the country, plus schools in Mexico and Canada and occasionally from other parts of the world.
This is the main competition for students at Master Martial Arts. At Master Um's urging, I first competed there in 2002, as a red belt, and received a silver medal in forms and bronze in sparring. The next year, I received a bronze in forms and did not place in sparring. I never competed again in sparring, as I realized that there was a significant risk of injury, and at my age, I would not heal as quickly as I did in my 20's. I did compete again in forms in both 2005 and 2006, receiving silver medals each time.