Registration details and location to be announced soon!
YOUR TOURNAMENT QUESTIONS ANSWERED!!
HOW FAR AWAY IS IT?
Though we do not have the exact location yet, it will be in the Orange County area. Tournaments have been held at Santa Ana and Santiago Colleges; about an hour away from 4s Ranch.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
One event is ONLY $45. The funds go towards the venue, supplies to divide up and label the rings, supplies for the judges, insurance and the trophies/medals. It is created and funded strictly for the student’s experience. USSD DOES NOT PROFIT FROM THIS EVENT AND THE JUDGES AND INSTRUCTORS VOLUNTEER TO HELP! Many other martial arts systems not only charge more per event but make it mandatory to attend approximately four to five a year! USSD is asking to support your child in this growing experience for $45 ONLY TWICE A YEAR.
*USSD 4s Ranch is willing to provide financial assistance to those who cannot attend due to cost from hardship; please see an Instructor for details*
HOW LONG IS IT?
Basically, the length of your child’s performance! When you register, your child will be designated a time slot based on age, rank and division. We recommend arriving a half an hour early to get your child acclimated; it can be overwhelming to see the amount of families participating. After your child performs and the winners are announced, you can head home, proud of your child’s accomplishment!
WHAT ARE THE DIVISIONS?
Your child can enter to perform in Katas (their rank form), Weapons, Open Katas (any type of Shaolin Form they have) and Sparring. If they enter more than one, a discount will be given for every additional entry.
DO SPECTATORS HAVE TO PAY?
Yes. Akin to a dance recital, any family members attending to watch pay a small fee. Once again, this is not only to accommodate the venue but to ensure everyone’s safety and insurance required per person.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING?
Students MUST wear their full uniform with the USSD Logo neatly affixed on the left side and their belt rank. Those participating in sparring MUST bring gear, including a mouthguard with a groin protector for the boys. We recommend packing the car the night before with a checklist to ensure everything that is needed is brought. Too often we have had parents scrambling for belts and gear at the tournament. We want you to have the best experience possible; so, a little planning goes a long way!
You may also bring snacks and water. There is usually some kind of food at the event but as we never know what type, it is always best to pack something, especially water to help your child stay hydrated.
DOES IT RUN ON TIME?
Many times, based upon the amount of participants and unforeseen circumstances (families arriving late for an event, not having the proper uniform or gear, individuals that signed up late and need to be placed in a division the day of), your child’s event can run up to 45 minutes late on occasion. The best way to help avoid such is to be prepared, arrive on time and SIGN UP EARLY!
HOW MANY CHILDREN COMPETE PER EVENT?
There can be up to 30 competitors per event. Remember, this event includes students from 85 USSD SCHOOLS across the country. The largest amount of participants are for elementary age children from white to purple. We try to reinforce the positivity of meeting and watching students from other studios and realizing they are part of something big. Many students that have attended regularly through the years have made lasting friendships from students all over the country from other schools!
DOES EVERYONE WIN?
No. Trophies are awarded for first through fourth place only. This is not about ‘winning’ for us, it is about the fighting spirit, the drive to do your very best, move out of your comfort zone, mature, grow and not give up! It is an invaluable life experience for any child and adult. In fact, Sensei Will has 14 tournament wins to his name BUT did you know he did not win for the first few years he participated? He could have given up, but he didn’t; and we, as students and fellow instructors benefit from his growth as a martial artist as he has become one of the best teachers in USSD!