Project Description

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.

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.

Pass type required:

  • For Student Competitors: Student-athlete Pass (paid)
  • For Alumni Competitors: Alumnus-athlete Pass (paid)
  • For Supporters/ Non-competitors/ Alumni: Basic Pass (free)
  • For Volunteers (L5, L4, L3): Basic Pass (free)
  • For Umpires (L2, L1): Umpire Pass (free)
  • For Head Coaches: Head-coach Pass (free) 
  • For Institution Administrators: Staff Pass (free)

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 the required pass type. Existing student-athlete account holders must login to the manage your account page and update their account’s pass type to the correct type; student-athletes must select 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 eligibility: Student-athletes competitors entering BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series events must meet current BUCS eligibility criteria on the date of the event i.e., be current students internally registered at an institution of Higher or Further Education, be registered on a credit rated course (e.g. MSc, Degree or HND), and be undertaking a study programme equivalent to at least 60 credits per year, or in the case of a postgraduate student be undertaking a study programme of no less than 50% of the full time student programme. All competitors must be members of their university’s students’ union and be in good standing with them. All competitors must be aged 18 or over.

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 Committees: Incoming club committee members please activate/ request the login details for your BSTF Club Committee account; from this special account you can access many crucial event registration systems. If you are an individual student-athlete from an institution currently without a taekwondo club please contact us for assistance.

Alumnus-athlete eligibility: Following the unprecedented circumstances which necessitated the cancellation of last year’s events, we are permitting alumni-competitor entries in this year’s BUCS Championships Series. Alumnus-athletes must have graduated between November 2020 and August 2021 to be eligible for an 2021-22 season Alumnus-athlete Pass.  Alumnus-athlete Pass holders may submit (guest) entries via the BUCS Play app as usual. Alumnus-athlete must pay for their BUCS entries via the BUCS app/ website at the point of entry (if the feature is enabled), and cannot have their fees included the university club’s team payment made for a club’s student competitors. Alumnus-athletes compete in the Championships Series events alongside current student-athletes, but in line with BUCS policies no ranking points won may be counted towards their former university’s BUCS scores.

Other rules & regulations: See the BUCS entry information page for more details.

BUCS Taekwondo Championships

Fees 2021-22

Sparring

£3750
  • A double elimination entry, equivalent to 2x individual entries @£18.75

Individual Patterns

£25
  • A double elimination entry, equivalent to 2x individual entries @£12.50

Pairs Patterns

£15
  • A double elimination entry, equivalent to 2x individual entries @£7.50

Team Patterns

£10
  • A double elimination entry, equivalent to 2x individual entries @£5
Fees per student-athlete, per event.
In a single elimination tournament 50% of competitors would be eliminated in the first round. In our double elimination competitions there are two competition brackets in every division possible, both an upper and lower bracket. Players eliminated in the upper bracket continue their competition in the lower bracket. Effectively two entries in one, providing more excitement, fairer results, more opponents and more experience every event!

Event

Student-athlete Pass holders

Basic Pass holders

BUCS Championships Series

Our principle events since 1986

£10 – £37.50, see BUCS fees tab

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n/a

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Open Training Camps

Half day training camps

£15

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£30

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S&C for Taekwondo Part 1 Course

Online livestream + Q&A, ~3.5 hr

£25

.

£50

.

S&C for Taekwondo Part 2 Course

Gym & classroom based, ~10 am – 6pm

£50

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£100

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National Universities Team Training Programme

5 training days, ~30 hr total

£120

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£120

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Umpire Exam (L5)

Online on demand ~30 min

£0 (free)

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£0 (free)

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Umpire Course (L4)

Online livestream + Q&A, ~3.5 hr

£0 (free)

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£0 (free)

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Umpire Course 1-day (L3)

Dojang & classroom based, ~10 am – 6pm

£0 (free)

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£0 (free)

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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 /yr

(£2.50 / month)

Student-athlete Class-B

B-class competitors

£19.99 /yr

(£1.67 / month)

Student-athlete Class-C

C-class competitors

£9.99 /yr

(£0.83 / month)

Basic Pass (Student/ Alumni)

Student/ Alumni L5, L4, L3 volunteers

£0 (free)

Basic Pass (Head-coach)

Head-coach (max 1 per institution)

£0 (free)

Staff Pass (University Staff)

Institution Administrators only

£0 (free)

Master Pass (Umpire)

L2, L1 referees/ judges only

£0 (free)

Alumnus-athlete Class-A

2020-21 alumni A-class competitors 

£29.99 /yr

(£2.50 / month)

Alumnus-athlete Class-B

2020-21 alumni B-class competitors 

£19.99 /yr

(£1.67 / month)

Alumnus-athlete Class-C

2020-21 alumni C-class competitors 

£9.99 /yr

(£0.83 / month)

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 steps:

(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 club committee (after logging in to the Club Committee account) or institution administrator via the BSTF Entry Portal. Note, you must still register assistant coaches/ volunteers who have also registered themselves 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. 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 am an Institution Administrator or Club Committee member – 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 Committee members only can review their team’s registered members and ID codes anytime, simply log-in to your account and select the Team tab. Only special Club Committee accounts and activated Institution Administrator accounts have access to the registered team members list. Please contact us if you wish to to request authorisation for an existing account.

How do I enter training camps, umpire courses and other (non-competition) 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 am 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 Committee 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. 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 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 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.

How may I close my account, have my personal data, results, rankings and certificates expunged, and stop receiving account holder emails?

See the close account guide here. Navigate to Registrations > Manage Your Account and select wipe my account (note this can take a few days and accounts with outstanding invoices cannot be wiped).

How may I stop receiving occasional BSTF newsletters via MailChimp?

Simply click “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of a newsletter email. Please note newsletters and account holder emails operate on separate systems. You can close your account and still receive newsletters, or unsubscribe from newsletters while keeping an account recieving account holder emails open.

What are the membership terms and conditions?

Please see the legal notices page.

What are your transgender athlete policies?

Please see the legal notices page.

Can alumni-athletes compete in the 2021-22 season?

Following the unprecedented circumstances which necessitated the cancellation of last year’s events, we are permitting alumni-competitor entries in this year’s BUCS Championships Series. Alumnus-athletes must have graduated between November 2020 and August 2021 to be eligible for an 2021-22 season Alumnus-athlete Pass.  Alumnus-athlete Pass holders may submit (guest) entries via the BUCS Play app as usual. Alumnus-athlete must pay for their BUCS entries via the BUCS app/ website at the point of entry (if the feature is enabled), and cannot have their fees included the university club’s team payment made for a club’s student competitors. Alumnus-athletes compete in the Championships Series events alongside current student-athletes, but in line with BUCS policies no ranking points won may be counted towards their former university’s BUCS scores.

I have a different question!

Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help 🙂