BRITISH TAEKWONDO SPORT SYLLABUS 2012 – KMA Sports Academy
The practise of Taekwondo cover a wide range of disciplines and purposes, including sparring (kyorugi), forms (poomsae),
breaking (kyukpa) and self-defence (hosinsul). Inevitably, most practitioners are more interested in some aspects than
others. The British Taekwondo’s aim is to provide high quality Taekwondo experiences for all members, whatever aspects of
taekwondo they choose to focus on.
This syllabus is designed to provide a route to black belt certification for those members who choose to devote
themselves ‘sport’ Taekwondo (competition sparring) as well as fulfilling the requirements for traditional Dan promotion
standards.This will ensure that there are clear choices for participants to practice and specialise within their chosen aspect of
Taekwondo so that they can achieve at the highest level possible Coaches
These are the minimum recommendations from the British Taekwondo Martials Arts Technical Team for safely
teaching the syllabus from 10th kup (white belt) to 1st dan, in conjunction with the British Taekwondo insurance
recommendations. It is unlikely that many beginners (10th kup) will choose to concentrate solely on competition
and sport but the syllabus provides for those who do so, at any grade.
The fundamental principle in all training is that safety must come first. Your judgement in choosing training exercises must
take into account the age, ability, health, weight, medical condition and grade of the student.
The use of handheld pads, kick bags and the like is acceptable at every grade, depending on the requirements for that grade.
Excessively heavy or densely packed kick bags are not appropriate for junior students.
Coaches must assess students’ abilities and behaviour before allowing them to participate in free sparring. All forms
of free sparring should be practised under full WTF rules. Coaches must ensure that they and their students are familiar
with the latest rules and competition procedures.
Students must have all personal protective equipment (PPE) (mouth, head, trunk, arm, hand,
leg, and groin guards). PPE is compulsory for light-contact and full-contact sparring practice.
Diet & weight management
The long-term health and welfare of the student are paramount and come before any consideration of competition weight.
Coaches and students must be aware of what constitutes a healthy diet for competition athletes and the correct methods
for controlling weight. Any students planning to lose weight to meet their fighting weight must follow a scientifically proven,
rational dietary regime. In particular, young students should be taught to avoid excessive or over-rapid weight loss in order
to meet fighting weights. All students, especially young students, should also be taught to avoid maintaining unnaturally low
weights for competition.