The CUTA Southern typically follows the standard taekwondo regulations set forth by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). That means athletes can expect to compete using standardized sparring gear, with electronic sensors available for black belt competitors. Athletes can also expect to perform the authorized WTF forms in both traditional and sports divisions.
In the past, CUTA Southern has hosted an innovative sparring event called tag-team sparring. The tournament directors invite nearby schools based in the southwestern states and in Baja Mexico. From there, the event is exactly what it sounds like. Competitors face off in roster format, and the coaches can switch out players until the timer runs out. Typically, the red coach and the blue coach run rosters of five athletes each.
There is usually prize money and school pride at stakes in the tag-team sparring. Competition is both fierce and fun to be a part of, whether you are an athlete or part of the audience.
Athletes may need to be a member of a participating school in order to compete in tag-team sparring. Younger athletes may be able to participate in a tamer version of tag-team sparring, but this may vary from year-to-year.
Competitive forms and breaking are virtually non-existent at CUTA Southern. If you or your student signs up for a non-sparring event, you may find yourself paying the full event fee just to be the only one in your division. Refunds are not typically offered under these conditions.
In the past, the CUTA Southern has been known to run out of medals due to insufficient purchase orders. If you or your student is an older sparring athlete who competes later in the day, it is possible that first-place medals will be unavailable by that time. Some of the older athletes do not mind, especially those who are there to represent their teams in tag-team sparring. However, if this is important to you, you may want to consider this likelihood as part of your decision-making.