Taekwondo at Vale Fest
Board breaking at Vale Fest
Annual Vale Fest demonstration and performances
Happy Taekwondo Family
Taekwondo, a Korean martial art renowned for its kicking, means “the way of the foot and fist”. We are an active, diverse and supportive club catering to everyone from beginners to black belts. The club trains on a regular basis up to three times a week and focuses on WT (Olympic style) Taekwondo but accommodates ITF and other styles too. Our yearly activities include competitions in sparring (Kyorugi) and patterns (Poomsae) on student and non-student level, grading every term, demonstration performances, seminars, fundraising and socials.
In training, we work on fitness and flexibility, drill on kick pads, practise traditional patterns, combat-style sparring and self-defence. When you join our club, you are joining a community, not just a sport – make new friends and have fun with us!
Everyone’s first two sessions are free, so join us to get stronger, faster and fitter whilst learning an Olympic sport.
How to get involved
We have several membership options to suit you: full membership of 3 training sessions a week, half membership for 1 training session a week, or pay-per-session. Anyone can pay membership at UoB Sport & Fitness Club reception. UoB students can pay for membership online. Contact us by Facebook or email for more information.
Please note that on top of the club fee there is a £16 fee that covers personal accident insurance when training or competing for the University, access to free cross-training sessions such as circuits and yoga, as well as a contribution to the costs of affiliation to various national governing bodies. This fee is only payable once so if you did decide to join a second club then you would not need to pay a second fee.
3 skills this sport will give you:
Training times & venues
During term time:
Wednesday 8-9:30 pm (Studio 2)
Friday 7-8:30 pm (Studio 2)
Sunday 6:30-8 pm (Studio 2)
Outside term time:
Wednesday 8-9:30 pm (Studio 2)
Please arrive early to get changed and help set up mats for a prompt start.
Successes and Achievements
- BSTF Student Autumn Championships, Poomsae, 1x silver
- As Strong As Steel Championships, Poomsae, 4x gold, 1x silver
- BSTF Student Winter Championships, Poomsae, 1x bronze, Sparring WT style, 2x gold, 2x silver, 4x bronze, Sparring ITF style, 1x gold
- International Mayor Cup, Poomsae, 3x gold, 3x bronze
- BSTF Student Spring Championships & Nationals, Poomsae, 1x gold, 3x bronze, Sparring WT style 3x gold, 2x bronze, Sparring ITF style 1x gold, 1x silver
- TCGB National Championships, Poomsae, 4x gold
- Spanish Open (G1 world ranking tournament), Sparring WT style, 1x gold
- International Wales Open, Poomsae, 5x gold, 1x bronze
- Bluewave Open, Poomsae, 1x gold, 1x silver
Level of competition/participation:
We compete in every British Student Taekwondo Federation competition in both sparring and patterns. These are hosted in Birmingham, Nottingham, Worcester and Imperial College.
We had one competitor from the club participating in the 2019 World Championships Taekwondo Kyorugi in Manchester.
We have one competitor participating in the Universiade in Kyorugi (WT style) in Naples in July 2019.
We have one competitor participating in the EUSA Poomsae Championships (European Championships for students) in Zagreb in August 2019.
One of our members is on track to compete in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Mahammad Ouattara, Bronze Medal at the 2017 European Student Championhips in WT sparring.