2011 Tournament Information

Information for 2011 Taekwondo Tournament

DATES: Friday, November 11th to Sunday, November 13th

EVENT LOCATION: Grand Rapids Community College,
Ford Fieldhouse
111 Lyon Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Hospitality Hotel & Suites
5500 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

This year there are many cars going, so an organized caravan is not going to happen.
Those riding in the church van will be leaving the church parking lot at 5am Friday morning.  We will be traveling through Canada to cut down on the times.  If you need travel assistance, see Mr. Gartland.  There are many cars going that have open spaces.

The cost will vary depending on a number of variables.
Tournament Fee: $65.00.  This is for every single competitor.  Make sure you go here to register online before 11/8: http://events.clearthunder.com/WCTKD11
Hotel Fee: $55.00/night.  If you are participating in the tournament, your hotel fees are covered.  If you are not participating, but are attending, please get $30/person to Mr. Gartland.  Checks payable to Journey Christian Church are fine.

The hotel supplies a nice continental breakfast, so the meals you will need to pay for include:  Saturday Lunch (at the tournament), Saturday Dinner (At Culver’s), Sunday Lunch (at McD’s).  For a normal eater, figure $35 – $40 each.  We will not be stopping for lunch on the way there, so make sure you pack a bag lunch to eat on the way (these general guidelines can change depending on your driver’s decision).  I will be supplying Pizza for the AFTER BLACK BELT CEREMONY mini party we’ll have at the hotel Friday night.

Gas costs are negotiable based on the driver.  If you are riding in the church van, expect to pay $20/person for gas.  Please ask your driver what they expect you to pay.

White/Yellow/Orange: please bring/borrow elbow and shin pads
Green and up: please bring helmet, mouthguard, chestguard, elbow/shin pads and cups (for guys)
Color Belts: Taekwondo pants and belt.  Special T-shirt will be provided
Black Belts: (Testers) Full color belt uniform and red belt for Friday night, full Black Belt uniform for Saturday.

Bring a bag lunch for Friday.  We are not stopping to purchase lunch on the way there.
Plan on having a good time and being an example as my students, students of Junior Grand Master Good, Grand Master Tae Zee Park and representatives of Journey Christian Church.  Inappropriate behavior, speech, actions or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

Bring whatever electronics you want.  It’s a 9-hour ride one way (at least), so bring whatever you need to pass the time.  Nintendo game systems, iPod/MP3 players, cameras, phones (for texting between cars), etc.  Whatever you bring is your responsibility.

THERE IS NO PLACE TO SECURE YOUR BELONGINGS AT THE TOURNAMENT.  While we will have many, many people there that are not participating, you cannot trust that they will be watching our stuff all the time.  If you plan on bringing electronics (cameras, etc) to the actual tournament, please make sure you have an adult hold them when you are participating in the event.

4:30am – Meet at church (church van, and any others going through Canada that want to caravan)
5am – Leave for Michigan
10am – Lunch somewhere along the way
2pm – Arrive at hotel
4:30pm – Arrive at GRCC Ford Field House for Black Belt Test
7:30pm – Pizza at the Hotel
9:00pm – Devotions at Hotel
11pm – Lights out

7:30am – Leave for GRCC Ford Field House
8am to 9am – Registration and pre-registration check-in.
9:30am – Start tournament
12pm to 1pm – Lunch
1pm – Resume Color Belt / Black Belt Tournament
6pm – Finish ( Approx. ) and back to hotel
7:30pm – Dinner at Culver’s
9pm – Devotions at Hotel
11pm – Lights out

6:30am – Everyone meets to load vehicles
7am – Leave for NY
Noon – Lunch somewhere along the way
5pm – Arrive at Journey Christian Church