Here’s a news and events update from British Taekwondo.

Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final

The countdown has begun! Get ready to watch the ultimate fights as the world’s best Taekwondo athletes descend on Manchester this December for the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final 2023.

The Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final will be taking place across 3 days.

  • Day 1, Friday 1st December, will see the 2023 World Para Taekwondo Grand Prix Final taking place.
  • Days 2 and 3, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, will see the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final contested.

Safeguarding Adults Week 2023

This week is Safeguarding Adults Week.

When we speak about safeguarding, we tend to focus on safeguarding children, however safeguarding refers to measures designed to protect the health, wellbeing, and human rights of all individuals.

All clubs who teach Taekwondo to adults should have an adult safeguarding policy in place. You should ensure all your committee members, leaders, coaches, and members understand the foundations of implementing the policy and how to spot and act upon concerns.

2023 European Poomsae Taekwondo Championships and European Para Taekwondo Championship

A team of 47 athletes, coaches and support team members from 24 British Taekwondo clubs will be represented in the 2023 European Poomsae Taekwondo Championships and European Para Taekwondo Championship.

Everyone at British Taekwondo wishes the athletes all the very best at the Innsbruck 2023 European Poomsae Championships. We would also like to thank everyone in the Poomsae Performance Department, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters for their continued efforts

The Path to Paris virtual journey

The 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Paris. To mark this occasion, Get Set (the official youth engagement programme from Team GB and ParalympicsGB), is on a mission to get children aged 5-11 and their families more active with their new virtual challenge – Path to Paris. Sports clubs, schools, community groups and families can set up teams for children to take part – and everyone can join in with the fun alongside them, completely for free!

Keep children and young people motivated and moving in-between classes! Set challenges for your virtual teams and watch them virtually travel around the world from week to week. The free, fun activities make a perfect add-on and can bring your group together – and encourage them to get their friends and family involved too.

Taekwondo statue unveiled at the Olympic Museum in Switzerland

In commemoration of World Taekwondo’s Golden Jubilee, a Taekwondo statue was unveiled at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland during a special ceremony attended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue.

Usman Dildar, British Taekwondo’s Vice President and Chair of World Taekwondo’s Para Taekwondo Committee, was in attendance of the Taekwondo statue’s opening ceremony at the Olympic Museum on Wednesday 15th November.

Dr. Said Khelwatty appointed as Chair of the ETU Para Taekwondo Committee

Dr. Said Khelwatty, Non-Executive Director of British Taekwondo was recently appointed as Chair of the European Taekwondo Union’s Para Taekwondo Committee.

The overall remit of the ETU Para Taekwondo Committee is to drive the development of Para Taekwondo in Europe. This includes education for coaches, International Referees, and other officials, developing close communications with the MNAs to engage with programmes, and create strategies to further propagate Para Taekwondo activities in collaboration with national partners.

Grand Master achievement in Korea – Elias Biescas

Elias Biescas of PremierKi Taekwondo Club has attained 8th Grand Master Dan grade at the Kukkiwon in Korea.

Great Britain at the 2023 European Under 21 Championships in Bucharest, Romania

The Great Britain team is heading to the 2023 European Under 21 Championships in Bucharest, Romania in December.

Current vacancies at British Taekwondo

British Taekwondo currently has job vacancies for:

  • An Insight & Communications Officer.
  • A Membership Services Officer (Maternity Cover).
The closing date for applications for the positions is: 5pm on Friday 1st December 2023.

New booking process for the Time to Listen course for Club Welfare Officers

From June 2024 it will be mandatory for all British Taekwondo clubs who teach under 18s to have a Club Welfare Officer in place.

In order to offer all new and existing Club Welfare Officers greater flexibility when completing the second part of the Club Welfare Officer training, Time to Listen courses can now be booked via Sport Structures.

Coach Education

British Taekwondo is aspiring to become a world-leading National Governing Body over the next ten years. To achieve this aim, we require a top-quality Coach Education Pathway for our coaches.

You can find out more about our Assistant Coach Award and Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo below.

Class 3 Judge Course / Refresher Course – London, Sunday 26th November

The British Taekwondo Sport Referee Department is holding a Class 3 Judge Course / Refresher Course in London on Sunday 26th November. The event is hosted by Kixstar Dragon Taekwondo.

Youth Development Camp – Manchester: Sunday 14th January 2024

The British Taekwondo Sport Performance Department will be holding a Youth Development Camp in Manchester on Sunday 14th January 2024.

2024 British Taekwondo Events Calendar

We are pleased to publish the sanctioned British Taekwondo events calendar for 2024 having been through an extensive policy development process and invitation to submit.

Please note: some events and dates are TBC.

The World Anti-Doping Agency releases the 2024 Prohibited List with the inclusion of tramadol

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its 2024 Prohibited List. The Prohibited List designates the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport.

Reminder: Membership Services – closure from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December

Please note that Membership Services will be closed from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December.

Staff will be in attendance at the Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final during this week.

All non-urgent emails will be responded to when the team returns from the Manchester 2023 World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final.

Christmas & New Year Closure

The British Taekwondo office will be closed from the 23rd December 2023 and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

British Taekwondo Member Stories

It’s excellent hearing stories about all the reasons why Taekwondo is the activity for British Taekwondo members.

Please do share these news and event updates with your colleagues, members and peers.