The first edition of the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships was held in Seoul, Korea in 2006, drawing 407 athletes from 57 countries, compared with 400 athletes from 50 countries at the 2nd World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Incheon, Korea. The third event was held in Ankara, Turkey in 2008 with 363 athletes from 48 countries attending, while a total of 565 athletes from 59 countries participated in the 4th World Poomsae Championships in Cairo, Egypt in 2009. The previous World Poomsae Championships were held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2010, with the attendance of 447 athletes from 59 countries.
Among eye-catching athletes at the upcoming Vladivostok championships are Korea’s Young-Ae Seo, the five-time world poomsae champion, and Sister Linda Sim of Singapore, who will compete for top honors in the women’s individual 2nd master division.
Eight countries are to send more than 15 athletes to the Vladivostok championships. They are the United States (24 athletes), Iran (23), host Russia (21), Chinese Taipei (20), Germany (16), Australia (15), China (15) and Egypt (15). Korea sends six male and five female athletes.
For the first time in WTF World Poomsae Championships history, participating contestants will wear the WTF-recognized poomsae competition uniforms.
Athletes will compete for 18 gold medals up for grabs at the Vladivostok World Poomsae Championships.
A total of 50 international poomsae referees will officiate at the Vladivostok championships, in which three courts will be used.
After performing two of the four 1st compulsory poomsae predetermined by the WTF, the top 50 percent of participants will qualify for the next round according to the average score of the two performances.
In the event that there are more than 21 competitors and the athletes are divided into two groups in the preliminary round according to drawing of lots, the top 50 percent of the participants in each group will advance to the semifinal round.
The top 50 percent of participants will be required to perform two of the four 2nd compulsory poomsae predetermined by the WTF, the top eight athletes in each category (individual, team and pair) will be selected and advance to the final round according to the average score of the two performances.
The top eight athletes in each category will be required to perform the remaining two 2nd compulsory poomsae. The ranking of the top four athletes in each category will be decided by the average score of the two performances.
In the case that there are eight or less individuals or teams per division, they will automatically qualify for the final without preliminary and semifinal rounds. In the case there are 20 or less individuals and teams per division, they will automatically qualify for the semifinal round without preliminaries. Accordingly the top eight individuals or teams will reach the final round.
The top four athletes in each division will receive medals and certificates.
On July 28, an extraordinary WTF Council meeting will take place at the Hotel Hyundai Vladivostok.
At the WTF Council meeting, the Council will decide on the host sites for the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Championships and the 7th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships to be held in 2012.
The participants will hear reports on the current status on the protector and scoring system (PSS).
On July 29, there will be an opening ceremony of the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships at the venue, which will feature various programs.
At the opening ceremony, a 10-minute Russian taekwondo performance and a 15-minute WTF Taekwondo Demonstration Team performance are scheduled.
The opening ceremony will highlight a five-member kyorugi team exhibition match. Four countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia and Korea will send their respective five-member teams to Vladivostok for the exhibition match. Another semifinal match is scheduled on July 30 and a final match and a bronze-medal decider will take place on July 31.
Another highlight will be a free-style poomsae exhibition event involving national teams from the Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam. Free-style poomsae is the performance based on taekwondo techniques with composition of music and choreography.