Project Description

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.

Grade divisions

Grade → Discipline ↓10th* – 7th Kup (Novice, C Class)6th – 3rd Kup (Mid, B Class)2nd Kup + (Senior, A Class)
ITF rules sparringyesyesyes
WT rules sparringyesyesyes
Chang-Hon patternsyesyesyes
Kukkiwon patternsyesyesyes
Freestyle patternsnonoyes

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

Key

Current Students OnlyUK Student Athletes meeting BUCS eligibility criteria eligible
Current Students and Guest AthletesAll Student Athletes and Guest Athletes eligible
Non-LUSL UniversitiesNon-LUSL Universities’ Athletes (inc. Guest Athletes) eligible
LUSL UniversitiesLUSL Universities’ Athletes meeting LUSL eligibility criteria eligible
Finals Seeding TournamentAwards Series Finals Seeding Points
Universities Composite TeamQualifier for Universities Composite Team
EUSA Qualification TournamentQualifier for EUSA European Championships

For detailed information on membership passes, event entry fees and frequently asked questions, please see the tabs in the registration guide.

Autumn Championships

2018-19 Autumn Championships

Autumn Championships & BUCS LUSL

London, 18th November 2018

Registration (08:00 – 09:00)All athletes, coaches and volunteers registration/ accreditation and weigh-in, last arrivals 9am
Morning session (09:30)

Current Students and Guest Athletes Kukkiwon Patterns (individual)

Current Students and Guest Athletes Chang-Hon Patterns (individual)

Noon session (11:30)

World weights

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament WT rules sparring (individual) 1

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament ITF rules sparring (individual) 1

Afternoon session (15:30)

Olympic/Catch weights

LUSL Universities Finals Seeding Tournament BUCS LUSL WT rules sparring (individual) 2

Non-LUSL Universities Finals Seeding Tournament WT rules sparring (individual) 2

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament ITF rules sparring (individual) 2

Winter Championships

Winter Championships

Winter Championships

Nottingham, 17th February 2019

Registration (07:30 – 08:30)All athletes, coaches and volunteers registration/ accreditation and weigh-in, last arrivals 9am
Morning session (09:00)

Current Students and Guest Athletes Kukkiwon Patterns (individual)

Current Students and Guest Athletes Chang-Hon Patterns (individual)

Noon session (11:30)

World weights

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament WT rules sparring (individual) 1

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament ITF rules sparring (individual) 1

Afternoon session (15:00)

Olympic/Catch weights

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament WT rules sparring (individual) 2

Current Students and Guest Athletes Finals Seeding Tournament ITF rules sparring (individual) 2

Spring Championships – Series Finals

Day 1

2018-19 Spring Championships

Spring Championships – Series Finals

Worcester, 16th March 2019 (Day 1)

Registration (08:30 – 11:00)All athletes, coaches and volunteers registration and weigh-in

Registration during this period is mandatory for all athletes competing Saturday &/or Sunday

Last arrivals patterns athletes 09:00 am, last arrivals sparring athletes 11:00 am

Morning session (09:30)

Kukkiwon patterns (Current Students Only Universities Composite Team EUSA Qualification Tournament individual, Current Students and Guest Athletes pair, Current Students and Guest Athletes team)

Chang-Hon Patterns (Current Students Only Universities Composite Team individual, Current Students and Guest Athletes pair, Current Students and Guest Athletes team)

Freestyle patterns (Current Students Only EUSA Qualification Tournament individual)

Noon session (14:00)

Current Students and Guest Athletes WT rules sparring (B-class team)

Current Students and Guest Athletes ITF rules sparring (team)

Afternoon session (14:00)

Current Students Only WT rules sparring (B-class individual)

Current Students Only ITF rules sparring (individual)

Spotlight finals (18:30)Current Students Only Universities Composite Team ITF rules sparring finals (A-class individual) 

Day 2
2018-19 Spring Championships

Spring Championships – Series Finals

Worcester, 17th March 2019 (Day 2)

Session 1 (09:30)Current Students and Guest Athletes WT rules sparring (A-class and C-class team)
Session 2 (09:30)Current Students Only WT rules sparring (A-class and C-class individual)
Spotlight finals (18:30)Current Students Only Universities Composite Team EUSA Qualification Tournament WT rules sparring finals (A-class individual) 

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Guest athletes

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. Please note, when guest athletes register an account they must select the university at which they are a currently a university club member, not the institution they graduated from. Guest athletes may be eligible to enter specific Championships Series brackets and form part of teams/pairs. Guest athletes are always excluded from EUSA qualification divisions. Guest athletes are capped at a maximum of 10% of total tournament entries.

Dual tournaments

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 directly 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. Dual brackets may be made available to all grade division, or only specific one or ones, please see the event specific information in each case.

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 Student National Taekwondo Championships Ranking

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.

Teams and pairs patterns and team sparring disciplines’ points are awarded at the same rate for each team/pair and not multiplied by the number of competitors. Where indicated in the disciplines and divisions rules student athletes registered at different institutions may form patterns teams/pairs and sparring teams. Student athletes each gain their share of any team points won for their institution(s); guest athlete progression, whether individual entries or as part of a teams/pair, do not contribute to their institutions overall Student National Taekwondo Championships Ranking scores, with any points or proportion of team/pair points won by a guest athlete set to zero.

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. 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 induces the most able athletes to enter the division class which best challenges and rewards 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 Student National Taekwondo Championships Ranking 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.

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