Maryland State Taekwondo Association
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News & Information

The Maryland State Taekwondo Association is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2008.  It is our mission is to support athletes, coaches and referees across the entire Maryland taekwondo community, including members of USA Taekwondo and AAU Taekwondo.  MSTA is
governed by a State Board of Governors, and lead by an Executive Board of elected officers.

*** 2015 U.S. Taekwondo Festival Open Championships ***

WHO: All Grand Masters, Masters, Referees, Coaches, and Competitors

WHAT: 2015 U.S. Taekwondo Festival Open Championships

WHEN: October 3, 2015

WHERE: CCBC – Essex Community College Gymnasium   7201 Rossville Blvd, Essex, MD 21237

HOW:  By mail registration or on-site registration

Download: The Registration Packet by clicking HERE

COST:  Pre-registration - $75 for one event $15 for each additional event
              On-site Registration - $95 for one event $20 for each additional event

INFO: Email Phone 443.243.4124




WHO: All Grand Masters, Masters, Referees, Coaches, and Competitors


WHEN: November 21, 2015 - Early registration must be postmarked by November 16, 2015.

WHERE: Maryland Juniors Sports Center - 8221 Preston Court Jessup, MD 20794 - 301-490-5802

HOW:  By registering by mail or on-site.

Download: Coming Soon!


INFO: Email  Phone 301.585.2272 


***New Executive Board Members***

Congratulations to all newly elected Maryland State Taekwondo Association Board Members:

President:                                     Senior Master Joseph Pirczhalski III
President-Elect:                           Senior Master Yong Seong "Cj" Chang
Immediate Past President:       Senior Master Chien Vuong
Vice President:                            Master Roy Rothenberg
Vice President:                            Master Martin Radvany
Secretary General:                     Master James Kim
Treasurer General:                     Mrs. Mindy Pirczhalski
Referee Chairman:                     Grand Master John Holloway
Coach Chairman:                        Mr. Rex Ntuba
VC of the Coach Committe:      Mr. Mike O'Brien
AAC Chairman:                            Master Gene Yang

***2013 USAT Events News and Update ***

USAT - 2013 Cadet Divisions Update 

USA Taekwondo formed a task force consisting of USAT Referees, USAT member coaches and an AAC representative to evaluate the Junior Safety Rules (JSR) and how they pertain to the new WTF Cadet (12-14 year olds) divisions.

After review and discussion from this task force, USA Taekwondo will proceed with the following recommendations for the 2013 event season:

  • Cadet divisions at the 2013 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships will follow JSR.
  • All 2013 USAT State Championships will run Cadet divisions using JSR.
  • At the 2013 USAT National Championships, USAT will offer two black belt Cadet divisions. One division will be classified as Grass Roots, the other World Class.
    • Grass Roots division will follow JSR.
    • World Class division will follow Adult Rules.
  • All Cadet color belt divisions will follow JSR at the USAT National Championships

Athletes who are eligible to compete at the USAT National Championships (those qualifying by competing at a 2013 USAT State Championship) can choose what Cadet National Championship division is appropriate for their skill level at the time of registration. Athletes cannot compete in both divisions. Winners of Cadet Grass Roots divisions will not move to the corresponding Cadet World Class divisions. 

If athletes are interested in making the 2013 USAT Cadet National Team and/or competing at the yet to be announced WTF Cadet World Championships, they must compete in the World Class division. Once they make an announcement, proper procedures will be made to have this team compete at the event.

Link to USAT Article


The World Takewondo Federation has been made aware that there is an illegal and invalid PSS e-foot protector that is apparently being marketed to our members.

This protector is not recognized by the WTF. Therefore, it is illegally marked with the WTF Logo, and it is invalid for use in WTF Promoted or Sanctioned events. Be advised that any athlete who uses invalid PSS equipment is subject to disqualification under Articles 2.1 and 5.2 of the WTF Competition Rules and Interpretation.

Note that the invalid e-foot protector has no marking other than the WTF logo. See page 3 of this notice for a higher resolution image of the invalid product. See page 2 of this notice for pictures of recognized and valid PSS e-foot protectors.

As of February 2013, the World Taekwondo Federation recognizes two Protector and Scorning Systems. One system is produced under the Daedo brand, and the other system is produced under the KP&P brand. See pictures below.

Notice that in addition to the WTF logo there are clear Daedo and KP&P brand marks on the valid protectors. Member National Associations should take the necessary steps to inform your members of the information contained in this notice. 

Jean-Marie Ayer
Secretary General

Link to USAT\WTF Article ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2013 USA Taekwondo State and National Championships News and Updates

On Dec. 26, 2012 the WTF changed the age divisions for both poomsae and sparring. Because the USA Taekwondo is the recognized WTF Governing body in the United States, USA Taekwondo will be adopting these new d ivisions.

USA Taekwondo is currently working with its Rules Committee and Board of Directors to make the appropriate changes.

The Poomsae changes are as follows:

Changed Divisions: 

  • Junior individual poomsae divisions (male and female) changed from 14-17 years old to 15-17 years old.
  • 1st pairs division changed from 14-29 to 18-29 years old.
  • 1st team (male and female) divisions changed from 14-29 to 18-29 years old.

New divisions added:

  • Junior co-ed pairs 15-17 years old (two members, one male, one female).
  • Junior male team 15-17 years old (three members, all male).
  • Junior female team 15-17 years old (three members, all female).
  • Cadet (12-14) Individual poomsae.

**In 2013, USAT State Championships can choose to run Cadet, or younger, Pairs or Team divisions, as the WTF has not yet adopted rules for these divisions and any ruling will not take place until April. States may choose to use the USAT rules regarding pairs and teams.

The WTF has yet to determine if there will be poomsae competition at a TBD 2013 Cadet World Championships. This announcement is not likely until April. USAT is working diligently to determine the best route for the poomsae program.

Freestyle Poomsae:

USAT applauds the success of the 2012 U.S. freestyle team at the recent World Championships and encourages all interested poomsae competitors to work for greater successes as the sport develops.

WTF has indicated that freestyle judging and standards are likely to be modified in the next several months and as soon as USAT is informed of the changes, it will make an announcement to the membership. Until the changes are made, USAT will not require freestyle poomsae qualification at State Championships or other USAT sanctioned competitions for Nationals or Team Trials. However, USAT encourages all promoters of USAT sanctioned events, including State Championships to offer freestyle poomsae competition under current rules. Such competitions will not be qualifiers for Nationals. When USAT receives the necessary information from WTF, it will be posted.

It is USAT's intention to hold an open National freestyle championship competition at the 2013 USAT National Championships in Chicago. However, these plans are tentative. Final decision will depend on the timing and nature of the rule changes.

USAT apologizes for this uncertainty. We will make every effort to keep our membership informed of developments and changes as soon as we receive notice.

The Sparring changes are as follows:

Changed Divisions:

  • Senior divisions are now classified as 17 and older.
  • Junior divisions are now classified as 15-17 year olds.

**Athletes must turn 17 by December 31, 2013 in order to compete in the Senior division at any 2013 USAT State Championship or National Championships. 17 year olds can compete in both Junior and Senior divisions.

**USAT uses the date December 31 of the given year (December 31, 2013) to determine the age of all competitors. Example: an athlete turns 14 on October 26, 2013 they would compete as a 14 year old in 2013, even though they are 13 years old at the time of the event.

****Athletes cannot compete “up” or “down” in age divisions.

New divisions added:

Cadet divisions are now classified as 12-14 and the new weight categories are below.


Male Divisions

Female Divisions


Weight Category (kg)


Not exceeding 33kg

Not exceeding 29kg


Over 33kg & Not exceeding 37kg

Over 29kg & Not exceeding 33kg


Over 37kg & Not exceeding 41kg

Over 33kg & Not exceeding 37kg


Over 41kg & Not exceeding 45kg

Over 37kg & Not exceeding 41kg


Over 45kg & Not exceeding 49kg

Over 41kg & Not exceeding 44kg


Over 49kg & Not exceeding 53kg

Over 44kg & Not exceeding 47kg

Lt. Middle

Over 53kg & Not exceeding 57kg

Over 47kg & Not exceeding 51kg


Over 57kg & Not exceeding 61kg

Over 51kg & Not exceeding 55kg

Lt. Heavy

Over 61kg & Not exceeding 65kg

Over 55kg & Not exceeding 59kg


          Over 65kg

         Over 59kg


Because the Cadet divisions were just created by the WTF with no special rules for those divisions, the USAT will continue to follow Junior Safety rules for the time being. We will establish a task force to evaluate the original purpose of Junior Safety Rules, and the current efficacy and future role of special rules for this age group.

Miscellaneous Information:

The WTF has yet to determine if there will be a 2013 Cadet World Championships. An announcement is not likely until April 2013. USAT High Performance Department is working diligently to determine the best route for our Cadet program, and we are very excited by these new opportunities for our athlete pipeline. For questions please contact USA Taekwondo directly, by email, Director of Events Travis Oosthoek (

Link to USAT Article 


***Global Taekwondo Internship Program***

The Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington D.C. is currently recruiting regional Taekwondo schools to host visiting students from Korea for a three-month teaching internship, as part of the Global Taekwondo Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to allow outstanding Korean college students studying Taekwondo to intern and teach Taekwondo abroad while improving their language skills and cultural awareness, while also giving local schools the opportunity to work with an experienced Taekwondo practitioner trained in Korea who can support and supplement the school’s own training programs.

Global TKD Internship Program PDF Guide

For further information Please Contact:

Korean Cultural Center
2370 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest
Washington , D.C. 20008
Office: 1.202.587.6162
Fax: 1.202.986.7417
Cellular: 1.202.725.6840


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