June update from Bristish Taeknwondo

British TaekwondoBritish Taekwondo Update  

Who are we?

We are British Taekwondo Control Board (WTF) Limited – trading as British Taekwondo – the national governing body for the Olympic style of Taekwondo.

We have a Council elected by the club membership, and a Board of Directors which consist of operational and non-executive members.

GB Taekwondo (aka Sport Taekwondo) is the world class performance programme of British Taekwondo which receives Sport England funding for their Talent Development Programmes and UK Sport funding for their World Class Potential and Performance Programme.  GB Taekwondo is not an NGB.

The other national governing body for Taekwondo is the British Taekwondo Council (ITF).   Both national governing bodies (British Taekwondo and the British Taekwondo Council) receive Sport England funding through an administrative body (Taekwondo Organisation Limited) for their respective activity programmes.

British Taekwondo Activity Programmes

KickStars – a programme for 4-7 year olds focussing on the ‘FUNdamentals’ of physical literacy.

TKD Generations – the brand name for British Taekwondo’s belt grading system, for anyone that enjoys Taekwondo as a martial art, combat or sparring programme.

KickSister – a fitness and safety awareness programme offering exercise and simple self-defence moves.  The KickSister programme is aimed at women and young girls (aged 14+) to encourage more females to get active.  KickSister provides a soft entry into Taekwondo and is linked to the THIS GIRL CAN campaign.

Taekwondo Activator – leadership training for people with no/little taekwondo experience to enable them to lead sessions for beginners.

Clubmark Accreditation – for clubs that wish to grow and thrive in their local community.

Coaching Development – for instructors what wish to improve the quality of their coaching and activity programmes.

What does being an ‘Instructor’ mean?

Like many martial arts we use a belt grading system to rank the level of the personal performance of our students, starting with white (as a novice) through to black and it takes approximately 4 years.

Until recently, for someone to become an Instructor in Taekwondo, he/she needed to be at least 18 years of age and have achieved their first Black Belt, this would then enable them to apply for their ‘Instructor Insurance Certificate’ from Membership Services Team.

While the system had some advantages in that we could produce a lot of ‘instructors’ who could deliver more activity sessions in their local community.  It also had some disadvantages – i.e. none of the instructors were given any training in ‘how to teach’ or ‘what to teach’.

What’s changed?

In 2012 we decided to invest our own funds into creating a Coaching Education Programme that would improve the standard of Taekwondo coaching for British Taekwondo members in the UK.

With the support of other more established National Governing Bodies of Sport (in particular British Cycling), and 1st4Sport Qualifications, British Taekwondo (WTF) Ltd launched its new coach education programme in 2013.

The Award is mapped to National Occupational Standards and we are in the process of applying to have the qualification put onto the Qualifications Framework.

We have approximately 600 instructors in our system who will pass through the new Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course by 1st January 2020 – so we are scheduling a full programme of courses over the next 5 years.


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