Disciplines available by tournament
All disciplines are open to current full time students only unless otherwise stipulated. Each discipline is separated by sex, grade (C-class is 10th Kup – 7th Kup, B-class is 6th Kup – 3rd Kup, and A-class is 2nd Kup+), and also weight divisions for sparring disciplines. 10th Kup competitors may compete in the C-class patterns disciplines but are not eligible for sparring disciplines, which are restricted to 9th Kup+.
Detailed eligibility criteria can be found in the participant agreement section. Entries may be capped on a first come first served basis if an event/discipline becomes oversubscribed.
Where stipulated in the event information and then if competitor entry numbers allow a dual tournament format may be employed. A dual tournament format means that two separate brackets are contested on the same day, one after the other. Essentially this allows players to travel to a single event but compete in two’tournaments, guaranteeing all athletes at least two matches. The dual tournaments’ brackets may have different weight boundaries (e.g., Olympic vs World Championship weights) to allow for a wider range of potential opponents.
A-class competitors in WTF rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines accrue ranking points for medal positions won throughout the year’s seeding tournament series – e.g., ICO-LUSL Cup, and Challenge Cup, and Lion’s Cup – towards their seeding in the Student National Taekwondo Championships series finale. Seeding points are not linked to weight division(s) contested allowing athletes to move up or down divisions between tournaments. Athletes are seeded according to their WTF global ranking (for WTF sparring divisions only) and then by total gold (13 points), silver (7 points) and bronze medals (4 points) won in the corresponding disciplines of the seeding tournaments – points must be accrued separately for ITF rules and WTF rules disciplines. The top four seeded competitors are placed apart at opposite ends of their brackets, ensuring the earliest they meet is in the semi-finals/ final, with a maximum of four athletes seeded per weight division at the Nationals.
Team Scoring for the Overall Student National Taekwondo Championships and Indomitable Team Trophy
Weight divisions with less than four participants may be combined with adjoining categories. Student Nationals team shields are awarded in each of the four core disciplines as well as the overall team champion’s award. Team and pairs pattern disciplines points are awarded per team/pair. One gold, one silver and two bronze medals are awarded in all sparring and patterns divisions.
Competitors accrue points for their registered institution for every match win / patterns round progressed at every event in the tournament series towards their club’s Overall Student National Taekwondo Championships ranking at the end of the year. Clubs are awarded 1.0 point for every registered athlete win in all sparring events and equally for progression equivalent to single elimination round progression in all patterns events. An additional 0.5 points are awarded for winning the final match i.e., the gold medal / top placement. There is no inherent points advantage for larger teams beyond having more athletes available, as only match wins / round progressed will score. All disciplines of sparring and patterns have the same scoring potential as the total available points in each event proportional to the number of entries per discipline e.g., if in one tournament Chang-Hon patterns attracted 200 entries, Kukkiwon patterns 100 entries, ITF rules sparring 300 entries and WT rules sparring 400 entries, the total points available per discipline for team to contest would be a 2:1:3:4 ratio, respectively. Points are adjusted for those disciplines appearing in fewer series tournaments that others e.g., if Chang-Hon patterns and Kukkiwon patterns only appeared in one of three series tournaments before the Student National Taekwondo Championship Finals, the raw scores from that event in that discipline would be multiplied by three. Modifiers to points scored are also applied as per a typical BUCS 3rd, 2nd, 1st team scoring system, which are directly proportional to: C (0.125), B (0.25) and A (1.0) class. Points are further modified by the number of preceding Series tournaments for the Student National Taekwondo Championships Finals, with all team scores achieved there multiplied by the total number of Series tournaments that academic year preceding the Nationals Finals.
In addition to the overall team championship a second award, the Indomitable Team Trophy, is contested throughout the year. The scoring is based on the sum of the average points per player for every series tournament each club enters 5 or more athletes, accruing points as with the overall championships but with no class modifiers, allowing teams large and small to compete together on a level playing field for the indomitable team title!