British Para Taekwondo
As you may already be aware Para-Taekwondo has been accepted by the IPC to be part of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Programme. This is exciting news for the sport of Taekwondo, both globally and in the UK, and naturally, it presents us with many opportunities and challenges.
British Para-Taekwondo is a newly created internal operating brand within British Taekwondo.
Our current policy is that all our Clubs will accept members of any ethnic origin, gender, age or disability etc, however the increased exposure resulting from our Paralympic status demands that we develop our competence and confidence in delivering Para-Taekwondo across our Club network.
More than ever before, we’re throwing open our doors to welcome what could be a whole new generation of Para-Athletes and Champions!
We are currently looking to develop our athletes for Para events with major sports disability groups across the World such as BPA, CPISRA, INAS and IWAS as well as for National, European & World Taekwondo events.
To support our Coach network we have arranged a major 2 day Para-Taekwondo Instructor Course in Manchester in June 2015 to increase their practical and theoretical knowledge. This is in addition to our regular Level 2 Coaching Course Programme.
We’re excited to welcome new members to the global Taekwondo family. Coaching in all skills of Taekwondo, our art and sport offers huge benefits:
- Self Confidence
- Self Defence
- Coordination Flexibility
- New Friends
- Self Control
- Olympic Sport
- Self Esteem
- International Events UK Events
At present we have no external funding, however we are working with both UK Sport and Sport England to provide new funding for the future.
The World Taekwondo Federation has categorised Taekwondo Para-Competition into two Taekwondo disciplines, Kyorugi (sparring) and Poomsae (patterns). Classifications are open to male & female competitors in the following classes:
- P10 – Visual impairment
- P20 – Intellectual disability
- P30 – Physical impairments
- K40 – Upper limb deficiency
- P50 – Wheelchair class
- KP60 – Deaf & hearing impaired
- K70 – Short stature
P class is for Poomsae competition and K for Kyorugi. All athletes are classified by a medical & technical classification team prior to the events.
If you reguire any further information or if you are interested supporting us as a National Sponsor, or would like to help in any way, please contact Chairman of our Para-Taekwondo Committee, Tom Stammer:
T: 07710 011730