As 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on a very busy year for British Taekwondo members and update you on exciting plans as we head into the 2020’s!
It’s been a tremendous year for our Kyorugi & Poomsae teams with medals galore and valuable experience gained.
In Kyorugi – British Taekwondo members achieved:
- 1 Bronze at the Cadet World Championships in Uzbekistan
- 1 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze at the European Cadet Championships in Spain
- A squad of 16 attending the European Under 21’s Championship in Sweden
In Poomsae – British Taekwondo members achieved:
- 4 Gold, 3 Silver & 3 Bronze at the European Championships in Turkey
- 2 Gold & 1 Silver from a squad of 7 attending the World Para Championships in Turkey
- 2 Gold & 1 Silver from a squad of 6 attending the European Para Championships in Italy
We also hosted two large well supported National Kyorugi and Poomsae Championships in Manchester & Worcester.
Thank you also to the clubs and representatives who came to the workshop and AGM in Manchester last week. It was great to see people interacting at the workshop and the feedback we took from the sessions was very helpful as we shape proposals for the restructure of our organisation.
Dozens of British Taekwondo members also gave up huge amounts of time, sleep and passion to be part of the once in a lifetime World Taekwondo Championships on home soil, giving Great Britain 3 World Champions, Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden and GB’s first male world champion, our very own Bradly Sinden. With an amazing performance from Aaliyah Powell gaining bronze, topping off the most successful World Championship result for team GB. Thank you all for helping make that happen.
Congratulations also go to Grand Master Tong Wan Shin 9th Dan, who received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the development of Taekwondo in Great Britain. This award was presented by WT President Dr Chung Won Choue at the WT general assembly in front of representatives of every Taekwondo nation on the planet.
British Taekwondo is very active on the international stage alongside our GB colleagues.
Our president Sarah Stevenson Jennings MBE has been working with UK Sport on international development projects, Chairs WT’s Taekwondo for All committee and Vice Chairs WT’s member relations committee. Throughout the World Championships, BT and GBT hosted WT’s executive, IOC President Thomas Bach and government ministers to name a few, ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of Taekwondo development in the world.
BT officials are also busy looking after our interests internationally and we are lucky to count the Vice Chair of WT’s Para Committee, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Taekwondo Union and a member of World Taekwondo’s Athletes Committee as BT members.
We’ve also got referees vying for a slot at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year to join our GB athletes!
A lot to be proud of.
This year has also seen some big changes within the BT board, with a new chair, 2 new independent directors (with specialisms in finance and legal) and my appointment as Chief Executive. Thank you for your trust and belief in the new board – and the unanimous votes of approval from members at the AGM last week.
So, looking ahead.
We want to get people working together again, in well-structured departmental committee groups that allow people to train, learn, compete and represent British Taekwondo in a positive way, without the distractions and disagreements that are usually associated with poor structure and accountability. With this in mind, a departmental framework for volunteer groups was presented at the AGM and work will start in the new year to develop the roles and responsibilities to support activity across all areas of Taekwondo activity.
This will lead to the formation of departments that cover all aspects of the Martial Art and technical development side of Taekwondo, Sport Kyorugi and Poomsae programs. Look out for opportunities to get involved and be a part of these initiatives this year and help us to shape the future.
In the short term, a couple of important things to announce and update on.
British Taekwondo introduced a new simplified event hosting policy recently, which comes into effect from January. All of us, BT and all event hosts have a duty of care to ensure their events are safe and well run so that all participants value the experience and enjoy the day. This events policy aims to support these basic principles and we ask all hosts to work with us on this.
For event hosts to receive the benefit of British Taekwondo event insurance cover, an event sanction form must be completed and submitted to the BT office well in advance for review and approval. And then, at least 1 week before the event, a list of participants should be sent to membership services for a membership audit. This is to protect event hosts and ensure that all participants are insured BT members. Otherwise, event hosts are taking huge risks.
If the event is a Kyorugi or Poomsae competition ( any competitive event where entry fees are taken and medals / awards given) then a sanction fee is also payable by the event host.
If the event is a Dan grading or other type of event where clubs are inviting external members to participate, or an event that is happening outside the normal registered gym environment , then event hosts are still asked to send in an event sanction form so that the event benefits from BT event insurance. Event hosts are also asked to send a list of participants to membership services at least 1 week before, again to ensure that those participating are insured and are BT members. However, having listened to feedback from members and instructors, this checking service for these types of events will now be free of charge. We want to encourage clubs to work with us on this to ensure safety.
The updated policy can be found HERE and on the BT website under events and will apply to all events in 2020.
PSS Equipment Hire
We have also talked to a lot of people regarding the Daedo PSS equipment and re-evaluated the charging structure considering the range of equipment BT currently holds, the types of hire event hosts actually require and how we can best support the competition market.
With this in mind, we are now publishing the price list and booking form which will apply to all Kyorugi events from January 2020.
The new Policy and Procedure can be found HERE.
The PSS Booking Form can be found HERE.
Finally, all at British Taekwondo wish you a very happy and restful Christmas and a successful new year!
British Taekwondo’s office will be closed from Friday 20th December and will reopen on Thursday 2nd January.
Ian, the Board and all of the staff at British Taekwondo