The multi-discipline university championships series
Our multi-discipline university championships series delivers to all student taekwondo athletes without compromise.
The championships series is uniquely equitable in providing student athletes the freedom to enter any single discipline of their preference, with single or dual sparring brackets available, and the chance to test your skills in patterns and sparring disciplines at every Championships Series event. The four core disciplines are: ITF rules sparring, WT rules sparring, Chang-Hon patterns and Kukkiwon patterns.
With over 30 years in service of university taekwondo we are proud to deliver the highest quality, most inclusive, most competitive university championships series of any university sport nationwide.
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+.
Entering a tournament athletes thereby confirm they have the requisite experience to compete under the rules of the discipline(s) entered. Belt grades of all taekwondo syllabuses are transferable, and athletes must enter a tournament at the grade class matching their highest taekwondo grade if more than one is held. Grade progression is monitored between events and we reserve the right to restrict entries at any time. Athletes, particularly those with prior combat sport experience, may be entered in an event at a grade class higher than that matching their highest current grade on the recommendation of their coach and with the permission of the event organisers, please ensure you contact us in advance to make all such requests.
Detailed eligibility criteria can be found in the participant agreement section. Entries may be capped on a first come first served basis if a discipline becomes oversubscribed.
Disciplines and divisions
Nottingham, 17th February 2019
Kukkiwon Patterns (individual)
Chang-Hon Patterns (individual)
WT rules sparring (individual) 1
ITF rules sparring (individual) 1
WT rules sparring (individual) 2
ITF rules sparring (individual) 2
Spring Championships – Series Finals
Guest athletes may be current full time students within an EU university or non-student athletes (such as alumni and university staff members) who are full members of a UK university taekwondo club and hold associate/affiliate membership with their respective students’ union. Guest athletes are eligible to enter most Championships Series brackets (excluding EUSA qualification events). Guest athletes are capped at a maximum of 10% of total tournament entries.
Where stipulated in the event information and 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. This provides athletes the option to travel to a single event but enter two sparring competitions, overcoming the athlete development issue that 50% of all athletes would otherwise be eliminated following the first round in a single bracket. Dual tournaments’ brackets may have different weight boundaries (e.g., the noon tournament bracket World Championship weight divisions, and the afternoon tournament bracket Olympic/Catch-weight divisions) to allow for a wider range of potential opponents.
Series Finals Seeding
All competitors in WT rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines (A, B and C classes) accrue ranking points based on the medals won in any and all sparring divisions of the Autumn Championships and Winter Championships. These ranking points then determine seeding in the Spring Championships (Series Finals), which includes the EUSA European Games qualification bracket for the A-class WT rules sparring divisions of the Series Finals.
Seeding points are not linked to weight division(s) contested, allowing athletes to move up or down divisions between tournaments, but they are linked to grade division, for example ranking points accrued in the B class will not transfer to an A-class seeding if the athlete moves up a division during the year.
Athletes are seeded according to their total gold (13 ranking points), silver (7 ranking points) and bronze medals (4 ranking points) won in the corresponding disciplines of the seeding tournaments. The top two seeded competitors entered in each weight division of the Spring Championships Series Finals are placed apart at opposite ends of their brackets, ensuring the earliest they meet is in the final, but do not receive byes in their brackets based on their seeding.
Overall Team Rankings
Following the Student National Taekwondo Championships Series Finals team shields are awarded in each of the four core disciplines, as well as the overall Team Champion’s trophy.
Competitors accrue points for their registered institution for every single sparring match win or patterns round progressed in each event 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 match win in all sparring events and equally for progression in patterns rounds which are equivalent to single elimination round progression in all patterns events. An additional 0.5 points are awarded for winning the final (gold medal) match, but not for medals themselves. Team and pairs pattern disciplines points are awarded per team/pair.
All disciplines of sparring and patterns have the same scoring potential as the total available points in each event are proportional to the number of entries per discipline. All Championships Series disciplines and divisions score equally. Guest athlete progression does not contribute to your overall team score. Modifiers to points scored are also applied with a typical BUCS 3rd, 2nd, 1st team scoring system applied of: C (0.125), B (0.25) and A (1.0) class. The points gradient provides all the benefits of a tiered score system and also incentives equitability, encouraging the most able athletes to enter the division class which will best challenge and reward them.
One gold, one silver and two bronze medals are awarded in all sparring and patterns divisions of the Championships Series.
In addition to the overall team championships 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.