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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the WTF?
Who are the BTCB?
Can any taekwondo practitioner or a taekwondo club be affiliated to the WTF?
How do I get to compete at the Olympics?
How do I become a BTCB member?
Is Taekwondo a good form of self-defence?
Are there taekwondo products recognized by the WTF?
Can WTF approved competition mats be hired from the BTCB for our event?
What are the official taekwondo events of the WTF?
How can an taekwondo athlete participate in official taekwondo competitions of the WTF?
Where can I find out more information about Taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympic Games?
Where can I buy tickets for the Taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympic Games?

 

Who are the WTF?

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was established in 1973 and is the International Federation governing the sport of Taekwondo. The WTF recognizes national Taekwondo governing bodies recognized by the National Olympic Committee in the pertinent country, one in each country, as its members.

 

Who are the BTCB?

The British Taekwondo Control Board (BTCB) was established in 1982 and is the Governing Body for WTF Taekwondo in the United Kingdom. The BTCB is a member of the WTF and the British Olympic Association (BOA).

 

Can any taekwondo practitioner or a taekwondo club be affiliated to the WTF?

The WTF is an International Federation governing the sport of taekwondo. It consists of national taekwondo governing bodies recognized by the National Olympic Committees of the pertinent country as its members, only one in one country. Thus, individuals, dojangs and any other taekwondo organizations cannot become members of the WTF.

 

How do I get to compete at the Olympics?

The selection procedure for each and every country is very rigorous and only the best of the best get to the Olympics.

If you are starting out in Great Britain and wish to get to the Olympics the first things you need is to hold is a British passport and be a member of the BTCB as they are the only recognised governing body for Olympic style (WTF) taekwondo in the UK.

Once you have these two things you are on your way. The next step is competition experience and success both nationally and internationally. When you have a few national championships to your name as well as a host of medals from international competitions then you may be able to join the selection procedure. For more information on Team GB visit please click here.

 

How do I become a BTCB member?

To find your local British Taekwondo Control Board (BTCB) Contact the BTCB membership services team on  membership@btcb.org or by telephone on  +44 (0) 1623 656025.

 

Is Taekwondo a good form of self-defence?

Yes! Good self-defence training requires both learning how to defend against various forms of attack as well as learning effective attacks to disable an assailant. Taekwondo teaches both offensive and defensive tactics against various kinds of attacks. Including grappling (ie. choking or hand grabs) and striking techniques (punching or kicking).

The effectiveness will depend on the level of training. In this martial art and sport, you have the opportunity to practice in a full contact environment. This helps students get comfortable with the techniques, timing, distancing, aggression and their own abilities in a safe format. If your techniques were never tested in the full contact environment, how would you know how you would react and if it will work? As a martial art, Taekwondo has some of the most effective training possible.

 

Are there taekwondo products recognized by the WTF?

Yes, the WTF has recognized dobok (taekwondo uniforms), protective equipment - headgear, trunk protector, forearm and shin guards and men's and women's groin guards -, mats and electronic scoreboards to standardize the taekwondo-related products and for the safety of taekwondo contestants. All the equipment used at the WTF official events such as uniforms, protective equipment, mats, and electronic scoreboards should be WTF-recognized products.

 

Can WTF approved competition mats be hired from the BTCB for our event?

Sport Taekwondo UK Ltd hold a limited supply of mats which are available for hire. Delivery and collection can be arranged depending on the number of mats required for hire, the hire charge per mat is competitive. To make an enquiry please email events@sporttaekwondouk.co.uk with the number of mats you require the delivery and collection dates and the location of your event.

 

What are the official taekwondo events of the WTF?

There are several categories of official WTF events these can be broken down as.:

The first one is WTF-promoted competitions such as;
world taekwondo championships,
women's world taekwondo championships,
world junior taekwondo championships,
and world taekwondo poomsae championships.

The second category includes;
Asian taekwondo championships,
European taekwondo championships,
pan American taekwondo championships,
and African taekwondo championships
These events are promoted by regional taekwondo unions of the WTF in four continents. These unions have also promoted regional junior taekwondo championships.

In the third category, there are multi-sport and continental games like the Olympic Games, Universidad, Asian Games, Pan American Games, all Africa Games, East Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games etc. There are also those promoted by international sport organizations like CISM (international military sports council) and FISU (international university sports federation) and the World military taekwondo championships.

In the fourth category, fall the other international taekwondo competitions that had WTF approval at the request of the organizing committee in accordance with the related rules of the WTF.

 

How can an taekwondo athlete participate in official taekwondo competitions of the WTF?

Qualification to contestant in an official taekwondo events of the WTF is as follows:
1) Holder of the nationality of the participating team
2) one recommended by the member national taekwondo association of the wtf
3) holder of taekwondo dan certificate issued by the kukkiwon, and in case of the world junior taekwondo championships, holder of kukkiwon poom/dan certificate aged 14 through 17 years old based on the year when the championships are held.

* for detailed kukkiwon dan certification, please visit home page of the kukkiwon,
www.kukkiwon.or.kr 

 

Where can I find out more information about Taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympic Games?

To find out more about Taekwondo at London 2012 visit their website at: www.london2012.com/sports/olympic/taekwondo.php

 

Where can I buy tickets for the Taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympic Games?

Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games are on sale now and can be purchased by going to http://www.tickets.london2012.com/