Role and behaviour of Umpire/Referees

The role of the umpire/referees is to ensure that the competition is officiated in a fair and impartial manner applying the rules of competition as outlined in the rules of competition documents of ITF HQ.  To this end these officials must behave as members of ITF HQ Korea and not as representatives of any particular country or school. In consideration of this role they should not fraternise or unnecessarily interact with coaches or competitors during the competition but should treat the competition participants with respect and courtesy.

The Umpire Committee 

The Umpire committee consists of the chair of the committee and other committee members and any other assistant as appointed by the committee. The Umpire committee is responsible for training and appointing all official umpires/referees required for International and National competition and establishing the rules for ITF HQ Korea sanctioned competitions. All umpire/referees for such competitions must hold the relevant qualification as issued by ITF HQ Korea. The jury members will be drawn from the pool of qualified umpire/referees from all countries involved in the event, with each country providing jury members as required by the umpire committee.

Umpire qualifications

The classification of Umpires in ITF HQ Korea is a competency based assessment that involves the five disciplines of Tul (T) or patterns, Ungyong (U) or special techniques, Matsogi (M) or free sparring, Kyokpa (K) or Power and Yaksok matsogi(Y) or pre-arranged sparring. Together the first letter of these disciplines makes the work TUMKY that phonetically sounds similar to the word Yom-Chi which in Korean is the word for Integrity. This is one of the most important tenets of Taekwon-Do for Umpires. The certificate for Umpires will reflect the accreditation level of the candidate and will be in the form of a large ITF HQ paper certificate and a smaller ID card that indicate the accredited disciplines.

Full qualification:

This is only available for those Umpires who are black belts and gain accreditation in all disciplines

Expert: 4th degree and above

Associate: 3rd degree and below

Individual Accreditation:

Pattern T-Tul

T1 (4th degree + only) : This qualification allows the holder to judge all ITF pattern competition

T2 (1st-3rd degree only): This qualification allows the holder to judge all patterns up to 2nd degree black belt

Sparring M-Matsogi

M1– Jury president: This qualification allows the holder to act as Jury President in sparring matches. The Jury President should be a senior member and have a thorough understanding of the rules of sparring as well as being capable to record the results accurately.

M2 centre referee: This qualification allows the holder to referee the matches and requires a thorough understanding of the rules and the ability to make quick decisions and communicate using signals.

M3 corner judge: This qualification allows the holder to determine scoring points and record them accurately as well as calculate the outcome rapidly at the end of a bout.

Power   K- Kyok

K1 All

Special techniques U- Ungyong

U– U1 All

Pre- arranged free sparring Y-Yaksok

Y– Y1 All

Rules of competition:

These can be found by accessing the following links

ITF HQ world championship rules jan 2020

World Cup, Continental and National championship rules

To access the umpire rules test you must first become a member. To do this, go to the members area at the top of the page and create a membership by registering. Once approved you will be notified via the e-mail address you have used and can login through the members area. Once logged in you will now be able to go to the umpire quizzes by pointing your mouse over the “members” tab at the bottom of the members area. It will now allow you to click on the link to access the quizzes.