You can also follow us on facebook for additional updates on tournaments, belt rank testing and social events.

Dates and details are also posted at the school and announced after classes.
Our 2018 event calendar is at the bottom of this page.
Tournament, camp, Black Belt Conference and Regional Workout information is at the bottom center of this page.

Upcoming Events


Students testing for the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt or higher rank must test at a national event (January or September national tournament or May Black Belt Conference) and must register at least a month prior to the testing date. Reservations at the host hotel typically need to be made months in advance to get the event room block rate. And don't forget those airline tickets when necessary.

Belt Rank Testing

2018 Testing Dates
2018 testings will be Tue - Thu for Juniors & Ninja Juniors age 6 with an additional Friday option for White - Sr Green Juniors & Ninja Jrs age 6;
Fri for Teens & Adults,
Sat. for Dragons (except December due to Photo Day and Award Ceremonies on the following Monday evening (instead of the Tuesdays as in previous years).
We have a chart that shows how many classes a student must attend to participate in testing, what skills they will demonstrated at testing, and more.

(New Sessions start the day after the final date of each testing)

Feb. 2018
   Jan. 30 - Feb 5
Apr. 2018
   Apr. 3 - 9
June. 2018
   June 5 - 11
Aug. 2018
   Aug. 7 - 14
Oct. 2018
   Oct. 9 - 15
Dec. 2018
   Dec. 4 - 10
   Dragon, Ninja-5 testing Dec. 1st
   HTA Photo Day Sat. Dec. 8th

White Belts - Recommended Black Belts (Recommended is the black belt with the red stripe through the middle) may pre-register to test in class the Mon-Fri of the week before testing. Black Belts with their name on their belt must test at a scheduled testing date/time at our school or another Taekwondo America school.

No Classes on tournament days

(see more details at bottom of this page)

Jan. 26-27 2018
  National Tourn.
  Columbus Ohio

Sept 21-22 2018
  National Tournament
  Dallas TX

Memorial Day Weekend, 2018

July 2018 (typically the 3rd weekend)
Central State University,
    Wilberforce OH

January 6, 2018
April 28, 2018
August 25, 2018


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Refer a friend* to try their first classes with us in our Juniors Program (ages 6-12) or our Teen/Adult classes, and if they sign up for a new membership, we show our appreciation by letting you pick out a Hilliard Taekwondo Academy t-shirt. After all, we love having you as a student so we sure to like your friends, too, right?
*Does not apply to adding a family member to an existing membership.

Belt Rank Testing FAQs

For some of you this is your first belt rank testing event. Whether this is your first testing or you've been to several we want to make sure everyone is prepared so we're providing some important reminders about:
 what students are to wear and bring to testing
 what time to arrive
 seating for parents during testing
• whether or not you should bring siblings to this event
 expectations for family members watching testing
 how students find out if they passed testing
 what if the student does not pass testing

Also, if you need to call us during testing week for any reason ... we have the phone ringer turned off so it does not disturb testing. We check for messages frequently throughout each evening of testing so if you need to get a message to us or need us to call you back when we are able, it's important that you leave a voicemail message.

What students wear/bring to testing
Every student participating in testing must wear their full white uniform (white uniform jacket and white uniform pants) and their belt. Uniforms must be clean and in good repair. Females wear a plain white t-shirt (white tank tops are fine) under their jacket and males do not wear any t-shirt under their jacket.

Every Orange Belt and higher ranks must have their full set of sparring gear. This means males must be wearing their athletic cup to testing.

What time to arrive
Plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your testing time to put away shoes, gear bags, etc and to have your form watched.
For the first testing we unlock the door 15 minutes before the posted testing time. For the second testing of the evening, you will need to wait outside until the first testing group leaves the building since the lobby is full of family members from the first testing and there is no additional waiting space inside.
Plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your testing time. We will start lining students up for the warm up at the posted testing time and immediately after the warm up we will begin calling students out to do their form. Students find it stressful to run in the door at the posted testing time and then rush out on the floor to join testing.

Students with gear bags will set their gear bag on the carpet runner on the workout floor as they walk in the door, put shoes and jackets in a shoe cubby, take their gear bag to the gear bag cubbies that are by the mirrors for testing and then come back and have a seat on the mats in front of the carpet runner.
White and Yellow Belt students will put shoes and coats in a shoe cubby and sit on the mats in front of the carpet runner.
An instructor will watch each student’s form (and any one-steps) before testing starts just to make sure they have the best chance of passing.

The lobby seating for parents during testing
We have removed the gear bag cubbies, turned the lobby chairs to face the workout floor and added folding chairs. We have about 52 chairs in the lobby for families who are watching testing. That makes for tight quarters. Those watching cannot stand in front of the space where the gear bag cubbies were (as some parents are able to do during class). If you have additional children, you may want to read the section below in this email about bringing siblings.

To Bring Siblings or Not?
While Hilliard Taekwondo Academy is a family-friendly program, testing is the one event where it may be less distracting for those testing and more fun for siblings if you arrange a play date or sitter at home for them. Testing is a serious event for the instructors judging as well as the students trying to earn a new belt rank. Those watching testing need to remain seated and quiet throughout testing and that can be a challenge for siblings (and even some adults ;) ). Children often squeal unexpectedly, wiggle around and bump into others who are trying to concentrate on watching their family member test.

Expectations for family members watching testing
•The sound on every electronic device must be off; it may sound quiet to you, but during the silence when students are trying to concentrate on the next move of their form, that soft ding can resonate as a loud distracting DING
• No lights or flash on cameras or video; you think it’s off and then a flash from a camera or the laser like light from your video momentarily blinds a student who is in the middle of testing
• Remain quiet throughout testing; those whispered conversations and soft laughter carry loudly out onto the testing floor and can distract those who are currently doing their forms
• Everyone must be seated in a chair and if you do bring young siblings they must be in your lap; allowing them to play on the floor can be disruptive to those around you
• You may not motion to or try to communicate with your family member during the testing event; their focus needs to be on what is happening on the testing floor
• When we dismiss groups to sit down or put on their gear, clap with us; other than everyone watching testing remains silent throughout the event.
• When testing is over, resist the urge to give them feedback on anything you think they could have done better; one of the best things you can say is “It was so much fun to watch you out there”

How students find out whether or not they passed testing
If we do NOT call by Sunday evening at 6:00 pm, then the student did pass testing. We only call if there are things we need to talk about that we need to work on over the next 2 months to get ready for the next testing. If we make all our decisions earlier we often post on our Hilliard Taekwondo Facebook page - that we have made all the phone calls to students who did not pass testing.

If we get your voice mail when we call, we will leave a brief message with the reason the student did not pass and will ask you to call us right back to let us know you did get the message. If you reach our voice mail please leave a message.

What happens if the student does not pass testing?
The majority of students DO pass testing and our expectations for beginner students is much different than for Black Belt students, but it's helpful for families to know what does happen if a student does not pass.
They will work toward being prepared to test again at the testing in 2 short months.
One of the most frequently asked questions is “do I have to pay for testing again?” Not while the student is retesting at the same rank. Once the student passes testing and earns that next rank, they will then pay for the next testing. For example, if an Orange Belt does not pass testing they will test again in 2 months (assuming they earn all the stripes again) but will not pay for that 2ndtesting at this same rank. Once they pass testing and earn their Senior Orange Belt, they will then pay for the next testing when they are trying to earn their Green Belt.

We don’t view a no-change (what we call it if they do not pass testing) as a failure. It just means the student needs a little more work at their current rank to be able to train safely and feel more successful at that next rank. 

If a student does not pass (or did not test) we simply remove the skill stripes from their belt their first class back after testing or you can remove them at home. That way their belt looks the same as everyone else’s and testing for those stripes again keeps them working hard in class.

Will getting a no-change hurt a child’s self-confidence? We often confuse the normal sadness and hurt someone feels when they didn’t yet achieve a goal they were working toward with decreased self-confidence. Yes, there will be tears with a no-change, and often a knee-jerk “I want to quit” reaction. Kids often take their cues from the adults in their life. The more we treat a no-change like a normal life event the more likely they are to take it in stride. Learning to overcome challenges, persevere and then finally achieving that goal actually increases a child’s confidence. Life will throw challenges at us and at our children as they grow up. They may not get invited to a birthday party or may get turned down for their first choice for a prom date or not get the job they wanted or into the college of their choice. Our goal is to help them learn that they can get back up, dust themselves off and keep going.

But we always go into testing expecting the best because we have such awesome students! We are not looking for reasons to no-change them. We are looking for reasons to move each student on to their next rank and all they need to do at testing is give us those reasons!

Bring your “Can Do” attitude and let’s rock out this testing!

Parents Take Your First Classes at Hilliard Taekwondo Academy for FREE!

Parents, as long as your child is taking classes you can take your first two months of classes ─ wearing your own, family-friendly, HTA-approved workout clothes or purchasing a $30 HTA uniform ─ for $0 membership fee.

Why is my child resisting coming to class?

What happened to make that child who couldn't wait to get to class, suddenly start digging in their heels when it's time to put on their uniform?

Transition Time
Imagine if you were reading a great book or watching a riveting movie and someone told you to stop right now because you had to go somewhere. Typically it isn't that kids don't like coming to class, they just don't want to stop the fun thing they are doing right now even when it's to go and do another fun activity.
Build in transition time and have them put away the video game, send the friend home, and sit down for a snack before class. If they still fight about going to class let them know that the next hour was set aside for them to take class and if they don't go to class they aren't going to be rewarded by being able to play their video game, watch TV or play with friends, but the extra time will be used for chores that need to be done.

A New Challenge in Class
Their new form may be a challenging one or they may have just started free sparring or they are having trouble earning the skill tape stripes because their new rank requires more advanced techniques and improved skill.
Help them understand that one of the reasons they are at Hilliard Taekwondo Academy is to learn how to face those kinds of challenges and to not give up. Avoiding coming to class won't help them get better. They actually need to come to class more. It's also important to let us know about this issue so we can help them.

A No-Change
The first reaction most people have as soon as they get a no-change is "I'm quitting!" because it doesn't feel good when you don't succeed at something. But learning to have a goal and to persevere toward that goal despite challenges and set-backs is an important life skill for everyone. And kids often take their cues from their parents. If you are upset and treat their no-change like it's a catastrophe, they may be more upset. If you treat it like it's no big deal, that you are proud of the effort they put into their testing and they get to test again in just 2 short months, they may be less upset.

Been there - done that
A student may feel like they already know that kick, how to do their form, how to spar well and break those boards so why come to class? Every part of every class can't be exciting and new. Sometimes to maintain our skill and to improve we need to practice it over and over. An important life lesson is learning to persevere through the challenging or fearful or boring times that are help us prepare for the new and fun and exciting things.

Parental Advice
The number one reason kids quit an activity is because their parents turn it into work. The child started something they thought would be fun and then the parents, thinking they are helping, start giving all kinds of tips and advice for how the child could perform better. Your child hears it as criticism and feels they aren't measuring up. If they feel criticized whether they are trying as hard as they can in class or not giving any effort at all, what's the point of trying ... they feel criticized either way.

While students shouldn't practice punching and kicking things at home, to keep your furniture and pets safe, it's fine if the student wants to practice their form, but we don't want them to feel like they have to practice at home. It should always be the student's decision to practice and not the parent suggesting it or requiring it. Students who come to class consistently 2-3 times a week, every week (with the exception of vacations), who focus in class and give their best effort should be able to learn what they need for their skill tape stripes without any practice time at home. We do not want parents or other students or our instructors who happen to live near you to be teaching. (Our instructors are only allowed to teach inside our school during our classes under the supervision of a chief instructor.) Students who are struggling to earn their skill tape stripes will get more individualized attention during class over time to help them.

While we encourage every student to prepare as if they will test at every belt rank testing, some students just need a little more time to feel confident with the material to be able to earn the skill tape stripes needed to test and they may need another 2 months to become more adept at the skills required to move onto the next rank.

If your child is resisting coming to class, come in and talk with us so we can work together to get over this challenge. Quitting activities when they are no longer easy can become a habit and is one we want to help students avoid developing.

How To Tie Your Belt
Here is a video that does a great job of demonstrating the proper belt tying technique to accompany this diagram below.

Fold your belt in half to find the middle.
Place the middle point of the belt at your belly button.
Wrap one side of the belt around your waist and behind your back.
Wrap the other side of the belt around your waist and behind your back, on top of the other half of the belt.
Bring the ends together at your belly button -- do not tie the two ends together yet -- take the end of your belt that is the top layer and slide it from the bottom up and behind the other two layers of your belt.
Now tie the two ends of your belt.
The ends of your belt should be the same length.

Respectful Behavior - "Why does my child behave better for you than for me?"

Short answer: we have immediate and consistent, age-appropriate consequences plus positive reinforcement of behavior we want.

Long answer: a typical scenario for many parents is a child misbehaves and a power struggle ensues, with the parent then reaching for the "biggest gun" they have, and they assume that threatening to take away something really important will make their child toe the line. "If you don't clean up your room right now, I am cancelling our Disney vacation!" If the child still doesn't comply the parent often starts negotiating because who really wants to incur the financial cost of canceling the Disney vacation at the last minute? Or who wants to cancel date night with their spouse because they now have to follow through with consequences and stay home with the child who now can't go to that birthday party or dance or sporting event?

It's not making threats (even if you yell them really really really loudly) or having a list of rules and consequences (even if it's in really really really big lettering on poster board hanging in your kitchen) that makes children behave ... it's APPLYING consequences that teaches them the importance of behaving. You can yell as loud and as long as you want, thinking you are a really tough disciplinarian but if you don't follow through with the consequence as stated your kids just tune out all your yelling because they've learned it's just a bunch of hot air and nothing bad really happens when they misbehave. Plus you're teaching them that you consider yelling to be an okay way to communicate frustration.

To take the emotion out of these types of interactions with your kids, sit down together and create a reward and consequences chart outlining expected behavior. This way you don't over- or under-react when something happens. And don't be afraid to actually apply the consequences immediately.

It may inconvenience you to leave the store immediately without finishing your purchases when your child misbehaves. But if you negotiate with them, promise them a candy bar if they behave or decide to overlook it "this one time" because you really need to make this purchase today it will be that much harder to get them to behave in the future. As Barney Fife from the Andy Taylor show used to say "Nip it in the bud!" Don't count to 3 (especially those of you who add fractions in there so it's really like 15-20 numbers), don't threaten "next time", don't negotiate and bribe ... apply those predetermined consequences now.

It's also important to praise your child when you "catch" them behaving well. You tend to get more of the behavior you focus on the most.

How can you avoid those battles of the will?
As your children get older they are going to test the boundaries you have set. That doesn't mean your boundaries are too restrictive and that you should move them. Kids often test the boundaries to make sure they know where those boundaries are and that those boundaries are strong enough to hold them and keep them safe.

It helps to discuss expected behavior well in advance, especially if you are having friends over or going out. Make sure the activity is suitable for the age and temperament of the child. It probably isn't a great idea to take a 2-year-old with you for a 2-hour grocery trip. Make sure the timing is appropriate. Taking a tired, hungry or unwell child out somewhere probably isn't the best idea for a positive experience.

If the child apologizes should they still have to suffer the consequences?
Absolutely! They SHOULD apologize for breaking the rules, but that doesn't change the fact that the rules were broken. If you drop the consequences when your child apologizes, they will start treating an apology as a "get out of jail free" card. And an apology should be more than a sing-songy "sorrrrrryyyy." An apology should include eye contact with the person they are apologizing to and:
●"I'm sorry I (state the inappropriate behavior)"
●Stating why the behavior was inappropriate/unsafe/unkind, etc
●Asking for forgiveness
●Promising to not do it again

It will get worse at first
People continue to do what they've been doing because it gets them the results they want. If you've been negotiating or bribing or yelling without follow-through, etc, dropping consequences when they apologize, your kids have learned how to respond to you to get the outcome they want. When you now stop reacting emotionally and start immediately enforcing consequences there will be resistance because their behavior is no longer getting the reaction it used to. Stick to your guns, stay calm, refer to the agreed upon plan and it will get better.


Tournaments & Conference & Camp; mark calendars now

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- January 26-27 2018 National, Midwest Region
   Columbus OH, Columbus Convention Center
   High Rank Testing: 1:00 pm Friday, January 26, 2018

- May 2018, Central OH tournament, watch for details

- September 21-22, 2018 National
  Dallas Texas

Black Belt Conference 2018
- May 2018 Black Belt Conference, Memorial Day weekend,
  Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa,
  Ponte Vedra Beach FL

Regional Camp
- July 2018 Midwest Regional Camp, Typically 3rd weekend
  Central State University, Wilberforce OH

Smackdowns 8-2018
Regional Smackdowns in 2018, hosted in Independence KY
For Black Belts age 13 and older, especially those preparing for high-rank testing,
January 6, 2018
April 28, 2018
August 25, 2018

YOU Can Participate in the January 2018 National Tournament
Fri & Sat Jan 26 & 27
Cols OH Convention Center
Watch high rank testing Friday Jan 26 at 1:00 pm

Check our our facebook page to see how participating in the tournament might win a DODGEBALL + PIZZA + BOARDBREAKING PARTY for you and your classmates!!!

Whether you are a seasoned Black Belt or a brand new Little Dragon student YOU can participate in the upcoming Winter 2018 National Tournament, hosted right here in Columbus Ohio at the Columbus Convention Center.

High Rank testing (for those testing for 3rd degree and higher) starts Friday, Jan 26 at 1:00 pm, followed at 5:30 pm by the tournament competition rings for 3rd Degrees and higher. Competition for Little Dragons, Ninjas, and White - all 2nd Degree Black Belts is Saturday, Jan 27, starting with Black Belts (Juniors, Teens and Adults rings) at 9:00 am. Your competition time and Ring will be sent to us a day or so prior to the tournament so you can let friends and family know when to arrive to watch.

Dragons, Ninjas and White & Yellow Belt kids are typically around noon, followed by Orange - Red belt kids (including senior level of each rank). Teens and adult color belts typically compete in the morning after the Black Belts.

Our tournaments are not scary like what you see in "Karate Kid" or even at the Olympics. Just like at our Belt Rank Testing, at a tournament you do your form and either one-steps or sparring (depending on your rank). If you are a Little Dragon, Little Ninja-5 or Ninja Junior-6 you will do your form or Ninja moves.  Green Belt Juniors, Teens and Adults may choose to also participate in the Board Breaking Challenge.

Tournaments are meant to be a fun and friendly competition, designed to help you improve your confidence, meet new people and be more prepared for your next belt rank testing.

How does a tournament prepare your for testing? While we don't care if our students win medals, we find that THEY do care and want to do well. That motivates them to work harder in class on the details of their form and on their one-steps or sparring. That focus is what helps them then be better prepared for Belt Rank Testing.

For more information and a registration form, stop at our front counter the next time you come in for class!

and sponsorship opportunities
The Taekwondo America Winter National Tournament is here in Columbus, Ohio at the Convention Center in Downtown Columbus, Friday and Saturday, January 26 & 27, 2018. 
High Rank Testing for Ms. Thompson (testing for her 6th Degree Black Belt) and several other students and instructors who are testing for 3rd Degree Black Belt and higher is Friday, January 26th at 1:00 pm. 

We are creating a Hilliard Taekwondo Academy Spirit Shirt that HTA students and their families can wear around Hilliard and to the tournament to show what Taekwondo America school they are from and to show support for our students who are testing that Friday. (Students participating in the tournament need to wear their full white uniform during the competition). There will also be a tournament shirt that all students from all schools who participate in the tournament can pre-order. 

Our sponsors will have their name or logo on the back of the shirt, on a sponsor poster in our lobby and will be promoted on our Hilliard Taekwondo Academy facebook page. A sponsorship form is available at our front counter.

Spirit Shirt will be a design specific to HTA, will have our local sponsors on the back, can be ordered by any HTA student and any of their family members and will be available to wear starting in January Tournament Shirt is the same shirt design/color for all tournament participants who pre-order when registering for the tournament, will have national level sponsors on the back, and will be available at or after the tournament.)