Project Description

Notice for student-athletes participating in 2020-21:

The university sport sector faces unprecedented uncertainty over the 2020-21 academic year. We can offer you the reassurance that, if it becomes necessary for us to cancel the Championships Series, we will refund your Student-athlete Pass purchase (minus value of Pass specific discounts/ merchandise if redeemed beforehand). Please see the terms and conditions for details.

An immense effort has been made to finalise student sport events in 2021 with enhanced return to sport protocols necessary to mitigate against coronavirus. We are delighted to confirm the Student Taekwondo Championships Series is fully expected to go ahead from May 2021! Please visit our website and social media for updates 🙂

Note, before completing a new membership pass registration or a membership pass renewal you must review and agree to our terms and conditions.

Welcome to the British Student Taekwondo Federation!

This guide explains the different types of membership passes the charity offers, lists entry fees and pass discounts, and answers some frequently asked questions.

For all participants: All new student-athletes, coaches, corner judges and other volunteers planning to participate in BSTF-BUCS events must first register an account if they do not already hold one, selecting a pass type. Existing student-athlete account holders must login to the manage your account page and update their account’s pass type to a Student-athlete Pass of the correct level (an A, B or C class pass based on grade) for the new academic year.

Student-athlete mid season class changes: When a student-athlete completes a grading and changes class they must login to the manage your account page and upgrade their pass (C->B or B->A), using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, completing this before submitting their next event entry.

For club captains: Incoming club presidents/ captains please email us to get your account tagged with club captain admin privileges and receive club captain update emails. If you are an individual student-athlete from an institution without a taekwondo club you should select ‘captain’ from the drop-down menu as you enter your registration details.

Join the largest student martial arts organisation in the UK – working exclusively to promote and enhance university taekwondo, the British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) is a national student sport federation and registered charity.

A member focused charity – founded in 1986, we are governed by an elected board of trustees and project a national student voice for more than 70 active university taekwondo clubs of all disciplines (and welcome individual practitioners from institutions without taekwondo clubs as well!)

We deliver the biggest and best events – gain access to university taekwondo events, including: the BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series, Training Camps, Training Seminars, S&C for Taekwondo Courses, Umpire Training Modules, National Composite University Team Training, EUSA European University Championships, and more.

Delivered in partnership with BUCS – join over 100,000 other student-athletes as part of the British Universities and Colleges Sport event programme, win BUCS points for your institution, become a BUCS National Champion and qualify for the EUSA European Universities Championships and Games!

All clubs, all disciplines, all grades, all divisions – take part in the multi-discipline BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series, the UK’s largest university martial arts events, in your chosen discipline(s): ITF rules sparring, WT rules sparring, Chang-Hon patterns, Kukkiwon patterns and Freestyle patterns.

Professional events at student rates – current Student-athlete Pass holders get major discounts on open training camps, online training courses and other events where indicated.

Free umpire courses for university club members – students and alumni understand the value of sharing knowledge and upskilling their teams; we fully subsidise online L5 umpire exams, L4 online courses, L3 centre referee courses and certification are all provided for free by the BSTF to all university club member account holders, students and alumni (saving a combined cost of > £80), from brand new members learning the rules directly from international referees, to seasoned alumni keeping up to date with rule changes.

Professional partnerships – the BSTF works closely with several partner organisations to deliver more for our members, including: British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA), GB Taekwondo (GBT), British Taekwondo (BT), United Kingdom Global Taekwon-Do (UKGT), and Ki Martial Arts Ltd (KiCo).

Advocacy and advice for all university clubs and committees – we provide advice and advocacy for all university taekwondo clubs and their members, publish various online resources for club committees, and recognise high performing club committees through the annual Club of the Year Award.

Online platforms and scalable technologies – our website is packed competition information and features for members, including: online event registration and payment portals, umpire registration portals, team sheets for institution administrators and club captains, member only areas including competition results and current BUCS standings, the events calendar, online account management, on demand online umpire exams, members’ only equipment shop, and much more.

All event participants are covered by our bespoke insurance – no third party policies are required, all BSTF account holders are covered under the charity’s bespoke martial arts member to member and public liability insurance when attending BSTF tournaments and other events, ensuring every university taekwondo practitioner from every institution may safely compete with one another.

Our online shop lets you buy at wholesale prices – save huge amounts on taekwondo training equipment and uniforms, available exclusively to our account holders, thanks to our online shop partnership you have the option to buy your club’s taekwondo uniforms and equipment at wholesale prices.

BUCS Taekwondo Championships

Fees 2020-21

Sparring

£3750
  • Double elimination entry @2x £18.75

Individual Patterns

£25
  • Double elimination entry @2x £12.50

Pairs Patterns

£15
  • Double elimination entry @2x £7.50

Team Patterns

£10
  • Double elimination entry @2x £5
Entry fees listed are per student-athlete, per event.

Online Patterns Tournament

Fees 2020-21

Student-athlete Pass holders

£0(free)
  • Fee includes any number of discipline entries for online events:
  • Kukkiwon patterns
  • Chang-hon patterns
  • Freestyle patterns
  • Creative patterns (new)

Basic Pass holders

£10
  • Fee includes any number of discipline entries for online events:
  • Kukkiwon patterns
  • Chang-hon patterns
  • Freestyle patterns
  • Creative patterns (new)
Entry fee listed per athlete; single fee includes all discipline entries for online patterns tournaments.

Event

Student-athlete Pass holders

Basic Pass holders

Championships Series Entries

£10 – £37.50

Pattern Championships (Online)

£0 (free)

£10

Open Fightcamp 1-day

£15

£30

S&C for Taekwondo Course (Online)

£20

£50

(£30 Head-coach, max 1 /club)

Umpire Exam (L5) (Online)

£0 (free)

£0 (free)

Umpire Course (L4) (Online)

£0 (free)

£0 (free)

Umpire Course 1-day (L3)

£0 (free)

£0 (free)

Passes are valid for the whole academic year in which they were registered, from the 1st of October to the following 30th of September, inclusive. Student-athletes must obtain a membership pass which matches their level of competition entry (A, B or C-class). When a student-athlete completes a grading and changes class they must login and upgrade their pass (C->B or B->A), using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, completing this before submitting their next event entry.

Annual pass type

Fee

Student-athlete Class-A

A-class competitors

£29.99

Student-athlete Class-B

B-class competitors

£19.99

Student-athlete Class-C

C-class competitors

£9.99

Basic Pass (Alumni/ Volunteer)

Alumni/ L5, L4, L3 volunteers

£0

Basic Pass (Head-coach)

Head-coach (max 1 per institution)

£0

Staff Pass (University Staff)

Institution Administrators only

£0

Master Pass (Umpire)

L2 referees/ judges only

£0

Passes are valid for the whole academic year in which they were registered, from the 1st of October to the following 30th of September, inclusive. Student-athletes must obtain a membership pass which matches their level of competition entry (A, B or C-class). When a student-athlete completes a grading and changes class they must login and upgrade their pass (C->B or B->A), using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, completing this before submitting their next event entry.

How do I enter a BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series event?

There are 3 stages:

(1) Student-athletes, volunteers and coaches must all create/ update a Membership Pass of the correct type on the BSTF website and record their BSTF ID code. Student-athletes must obtain a membership pass which matches their level of competition entry (A, B or C-class Student-athlete Pass).

(2) Student-athletes then submit their competition application using BUCS Play, inputting their BSTF ID code as indicated during registration.

(3) The head-coach, assistant coaches and volunteers (registering sufficient volunteers to meet your team quota) must be submitted by your team captain or institution administrator via the BSTF Entry Portal (this is required even if the same assistant coaches/ volunteer have also registered as competitors via the BUCS Play system).

When student-athletes register for competitions via the BUCS Play website, do they need to pay for their entries individually? No, entry payments are made collectively by each team/ institution. Once the institution administrator has approved your team members’ entries and the confirmed entry list has been published by BUCS an invoice will be issued by BUCS to your union/ sports department for payment. Individual student-athletes will not be asked to pay for their entries during the BUCS Play event registration process.

Do I need a Basic Pass or a Student-athlete Pass to take part in BUCS Championships? Volunteers and coaches require a (free) Basic Pass or higher. All BUCS Championships competitors must have a Student-athlete Pass and this must be of the correct grade class; either a Student-athlete: (Class-C), (Class-B) or (Class-A) Pass to enter the C, B or A class divisions respectively. NB, student-athletes you must update your account level as soon as you grade to a higher class division. Your entry grade (i.e., class division) is determined by your membership pass level at the time of entry and cannot be amended in any other way. Please login and upgrade your pass (C->B or B->A), using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, completing this before submitting your next event entry.

When should I create my BSTF account (or for existing account holders update your pass)? As soon as possible! All student-athletes, coaches and volunteers must complete a Pass Registration to receive their unique BSTF ID code. Your ID code is required for all student taekwondo event entries, including BUCS Taekwondo Championships entry.

How long do membership passes last? Passes are valid for the whole academic year in which they are registered, from the 1st of October to the following 30th of September inclusive.

Where may I find my BSTF ID code? Simply log-in and select the Account tab. Pass registrations must be approved by an BSTF administrator before an ID code is generated and so will take some time to populate (typically 24-72 hours) after registering your details. Captains, please ensure that all of your student-athletes, coaches and volunteers are registered well in advance of an event entry to ensure their ID codes are available.

If I register for a (free) Basic Pass can I upgrade it to a (paid) Student-athlete Pass later? Yes, simply log-in to the Manage Your Account page and you may upgrade anytime; go to the Account Tab then scroll down to the “Renew, Upgrade or Update Billing” button.

I’m an Institution Administrator or Club Captain – is it possible to review a list of my team’s ID codes to refer to when making BUCS Play entries? Yes, Institution Administrators and Club Captains only can review their team’s registered members and ID codes anytime, simply log-in to your account and select the Team tab*. Please contact us if you wish to to request staff / captain account authorisation for an existing account.

How do I enter other types of (non-championships) events? Via BSTF Event Entry Portal, including online tournaments, individual training camps, S&C courses, corner judges courses, and other individual events. To enter an event simply complete your individual/ team registration before the event’s entry deadline via the online Event Entry Portal. If the event appears on the website’s main calendar but is not yet listed the event registration portal then registration is not yet open for that event – please check back later 🙂

I’m an Institution Administrator or Club Captain, may I upgrade multiple (free) Basic Passes to (paid) Student-athlete Passes all at once for my team members (bulk Student-athlete Pass purchase)? Yes, registered Institution Administrators and Club Captains can upgrade their team members’ accounts from (free) Basic passes to (paid) Student-athlete passes in a single step. Go to the the Institution Administrator Portal or Club Captain Portal respectively and input the BSTF ID codes of the accounts you wish to upgrade (each student-athlete must have an existing (free) Basic Pass in order to upgrade).

If I register for a Student-athlete C-class pass may I upgrade it to an Student-athlete B-class Pass later in the year? Yes, simply log-in to the Manage Your Account page and you may upgrade anytime; go to the Account Tab then scroll down to the “Renew, Upgrade or Update Billing” button. NB, student-athletes you must update your account level as soon as you grade to a higher class division. Your entry grade (i.e., class division) is determined by your membership pass level at the time of entry and cannot be amended in any other way. Please login and upgrade your pass (C->B or B->A), using the “upgrade” button on the Account tab, completing this before submitting your next event entry.

I am an Umpire (a national and international L2 / L1 umpires (referees &/or pattern judge), what type of account should I create? Please go to the Register Your Account page and select Master Pass (Umpire). Once your account has been approved by a BSTF admin (typically 24-72 hrs) please visit the Umpire’s Portal to review the event registration page and other tools available to you.

I am an Institution Administrator managing BUCS entries or EUSA entries, what type of account should I create? Please go to the Register Your Account page and select Staff Pass (University Staff). Once your account has been approved by a BSTF admin (typically 24-72 hrs) please visit the Institution Administrator Portal to review the team members tab and other tools available to you.

I am a university club head-coach, what type of account should I create? Please go to the Register Your Account page and select Basic Pass (Head-coach).

May I edit my own account details once I have registered without having to send emails via my team captain or university staff?  Yes, simply log-in to your account and edit your details directly.

I have more questions! Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help 🙂

Note only current Captains and Institution Administrators have access to the registered team members list.