Welcome to the British Student Taekwondo Federation, your student federation and registered charity promoting the martial art and sport of Taekwondo throughout UK universities. Governed by an elected board of trustees, we deliver training camps, courses and tournaments in all disciplines of Taekwondo, and provide representation and support services available to all university Taekwondo clubs.
If you are looking to join a Taekwondo club at university, the good news is that there are already over 70 university Taekwondo clubs active in the UK, with more starting all the time – the best place to start is Google! If the university you attend does not have a club visit our Starting a Club page for information on how to get started, and remember if you already practice Taekwondo you may still enter BSTF training events and competitions even if your university does not yet have a club.
Taekwondo is fantastic for fitness, coordination and flexibility. University clubs are typically highly social and competitive clubs that attend several events each year, especially BSTF fightcamps and tournaments! Check out our Calendar for a list of upcoming events!
University clubs range from a handful of enthusiasts, up to hundreds of members. In almost every club you’ll learn sparring, patterns, self defense techniques and board breaking. Most clubs teach a syllabus focus on a traditional pair of disciplines (a discipline of sparring and of patterns), some focus mainly on a single discipline, while some teach multiple disciplines in the same classes or at two separate Taekwondo clubs within the same university. You can read more here about the different disciplines of Taekwondo. University clubs usually have members with experience across all disciplines join them at the start of the year, and it is common for students already practicing Taekwondo before they get to university to hold memberships and train with both the club at their home address and with their university club in term time.
As you progress through your clubs syllabus you’ll want to attend gradings to go up through the belts towards the coveted black belt and beyond. Outside of universities it is common for instructors to own and run clubs, but university clubs are very different, as your club committee or sports department will employ an instructor and the club committee controls the club, its training schedule and its finances. Instructors typically conduct their own gradings, or, offer access to grading services provided by more senior instructors within their association. In such cases it is common for club members to purchase annual memberships to one of the many Taekwondo associations in the UK, which typically includes member to member insurance and access to that particular association’s gradings and competitions.
If you are not interested in these third party events and grading services then you may not require any additional insurance purchase, since the BSTF already provides insurance for all participants of our courses and tournaments. Members of all 70+ university Taekwondo clubs of all syllabuses, as well as all full time students, regardless of whether their university currently has a club, are eligible to participate in our events including the University Taekwondo Tournament Series!
For anyone thinking of getting into Taekwondo at university almost all clubs offer their first session for free 🙂 For your first session you’ll only need some loose fitting clothing, and you’ll usually train in bare feet on a sports hall or matted floor. If you decide to keep going you’ll need to purchase a uniform (a dobok) and pay for session fees – ask your club committee if they offer discounted term passes for training as these usually offer the best rates.
Why not grab a few friends and give it a go!