The Light’s Still On In Little Rock
Posted: July 16, 2015
I’ve written lots of articles over the years, but this is the first time I’ve ever written one from Little Rock, Arkansas! I remember the first time I traveled here in the summer of 1984. I’d joined the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) in 1983, and was excited about going to compete with other Blue Belts in my first national competition.
We always had five Regional Taekwondo Tournaments a year, along with Spring Nationals in Las Vegas, and Fall Nationals at Disney in Orlando, FL. But the biggest one was held every summer in Little Rock, called Grand Nationals. It was the end of the year for people competing for National Championships, and also the start of the new tournament year.
Once I became a Black Belt, we worked to accumulate points during the year. If you had enough of them, you got to compete in the Top 10 from around the country (and later, the world) for first place. In those days, the winner was a National Champion, but later, when South America, Canada, Europe, and Korea got involved, it became a world title.