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 the service of university taekwondo we are proud to deliver the highest quality, most inclusive, most competitive university championships series of any individual 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+.
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
Additional details coming soon.
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 allows players to travel to a single event with the option of entering two competitions, where 50% of all athletes would otherwise be eliminated after the first round of a single bracket. Dual tournaments’ brackets may have different weight boundaries (e.g., Olympic divisions vs World Championship divisions) to allow for a wider range of potential opponents.
Competitors in both WT rules sparring and ITF rules sparring disciplines (A, B and C classes) accrue ranking points for medal positions won at the Autumn Championships and Winter Championships towards their seeding in the Spring Championships Series Finals. Seeding points are not linked to weight division(s) contested, allowing athletes to move up or down divisions between tournaments, but are linked to grade division, for example ranking points accrued in the B class will not transfer to an A-class seeding if an 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 four 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.
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 single sparring match win or 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 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.
There is no inherent points advantage for larger teams beyond having more athletes available, as only sparring match wins or equivalent patterns rounds progressed add to a team’s 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. 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. A greater total number of points will typically be available in the Series Finals as a greater number of divisions are contested, including individuals, pairs and teams patterns events.
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!