Whether you're a 5 year old yellow belt or an actively competitive adult black belt, Great Lakes Cup is Michigan's premiere Taekwondo tournament experience. With over two decades worth of tournaments hosted, Great Lakes Cup provides good competition and learning grounds for all.

Preregister by May 9 online here!

Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:30am
Chippewa Middle School
4000 Okemos Rd
Okemos, MI 48864

Tournament Poster

Registration Form (to print)

Info Letter

Join us for 25th annual Great Lakes Cup, Michigan's premier taekwondo competition in Forms(Poomsae), Breaking and Sparring(Kyorugi). You will experience very organized competitor-friendly system of competition format where your divisions are posted and judging is fair. You will love our tournament!

We also added Hanmadang style breaking divisions. Jump High Kick(JH) and Soft Sword Sparring(SSS) to showcase couple of the exciting Hanmadang events.


Pre-Registration Only - Pre-Registraton deadline is May 6 Postmark or May 9 Online. Online late-registration deadline is May 12 with $10 late fee.


Fees: $80 for 1 or 2 events, $10 for each additional event. Maximum of 4 events per person.

Register Online

Competition Rules

Breaking (B) - Up to 3 stations allowed. Set up and break within 60 seconds. Start and finish within the ring. Two (2) tries allowed per target.

  • 9 years and younger: 3/8 inch demo board

  • 10-17 years: 1/2 inch demo board

  • 18+ years: 3/4 inch pine board

Competitors may opt to choose non-standard thickness board for higher level of difficulty techniques

Poomsae (IP) - Any taekwondo or tangsoodo form allowed. Double elimination bracketed format for 12 and up Black Belts. All others will use Single Elimination bracketed format.

Team Poomsae (TP) - Done in 8x8 ring (26ft x 26ft)

Team Form will be judged with score cards. Depending on number of teams entered, divisions will be grouped by rank (BB/Color belt) and/or family status (Family Team or Non-Family Team). Winning teams will be awarded trophy or Cup.

Sparring (S) - Modified WT/USAT sparring rules will be used. Daedo Truescore electronic system will be used for all Black Belts, Advanced (1-3 gup), and Intermediates (4-6 gup) divisions ages 8 and up. Daedo socks will be available onsite to rent ($10) or purchase ($65). Novices will use non-Daedo electronic scoring system and thus need to bring own hogu (chest guard) and do not need Daedo socks.

  • Head Kick allowed for 8 years and older Black Belts, and 12 and older Color belts

  • 3 points for head kick, 2 points for body kick, 2 extra technical points for turning kick. 1 point for body punch

  • Two (2) one minute rounds with 30 second rest for everyone except 15-17 and 18-32 year old Black Belts (three (3) one minute rounds)

  • Double elimination (true 2nd place) after semis for Black Belts 15-17 and 18-32

Age Divisions - 5 & under, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-32, 33-40, 41 & over

Rank Divisions -

  • Novice (7th gup - 10th gup). Typically white, yellow, orange & green belts

  • Intermediate (4th gup - 6th gup). Green and Blue belts

  • Advanced (1st gup - 3rd gup). Brown and Red Belts. Bodans (black/red) may either compete in Advanced or Black Belt division

  • Black Belts

Divisions may be combined or further divided to minimize mismatches or provide opportunities for competition

Hanmadang Events

Jumping High Kick (JH): Ages 8 and above. One attempt to break 3/8" demo board held by board holding machine with running jumping from kick. Participant must break the board to advance to the next round. Running distance of 6m (20ft). Once 3m is passed, attempt is counted. Shortest person will go first. Shorter person wins in case of a tie. No break if participant falls down after breaking.

Soft Sword Sparring (SSS): A match consists of seven (7) engagement rounds. The greatest number of rounds won is the winner. Each round end at a scoring strike or the stop in action by the contestants. The target

GRAND CHAMPIONS (2): Adult and Junior (17 and under) competitors participating in two or more events and winning two or more first places will win 5-foot trophy. In case of tie, more weight will be given to sparring, forms, and then breaking in that order. Tournament director will make the final dec