These are the recommendations from the B.T.C.B. Technical Committee to safely teach the syllabus from kup grades; white belt to black tags (1st kup), and from 1st Poom/Dan to 7th Dan, in conjunction with the B.T.C.B. and B.T.C. insurance recommendations. The fundamental principle in all training is that safety must come first. Our judgment must take into account age, ability, health, medical conditions and grade.

The use of hand-held pads, kick bags and the like is acceptable at every grade depending on the requirements for that grade.

All students, at all grades, should practise sparring, unless there are medical grounds to forbid it. Sparring consists of various forms, including (amongst others) three-step sparring, one-step sparring, one-for-one kicking and free sparring. Free sparring may be practised in non-contact, light-contact and full-contact forms. Full-contact free sparring is not permitted until the students have reached at least 9th kup (white/yellow belt). Instructors should assess students’ abilities and behaviour before allowing them to participate in free sparring. All forms of free sparring should be practised under full W.T.F. rules. Instructors 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 practise and for any form of self-defence practise that involves contact or the use of weapons (e.g., wooden practice knives). Sparring is distinct from self-defence training, which will use attack and defence techniques that are not allowed under the competition rules.

Students may participate in special activities and training beyond the minimum specified in the syllabus. This is for those students who are able to progress faster under the close tuition of an insured instructor. (An “insured instructor” is one who holds instructor’s professional indemnity insurance in his/her own right.)

Free Sparring
Specialised free sparring without body protection must be done under the supervision of an insured instructor, in a controlled environment. Please refer to your instructor for various styles of techniques and applications.

Specialised techniques for higher-level students under supervision of an insured instructor.

Specialised techniques for higher level students, under supervision of an insured instructor.

Elite competition training & Demonstration techniques
All students, from 9th kup upwards, can practise some degree of competition or demonstration techniques. However, the specialised training for high-level competition sparring and for advanced techniques for public demonstrations are not part of the routine training programme for most students. Demonstrations often involve more difficult and acrobatic techniques and consequently have a greater risk of injury. These two aspects of Taekwondo should therefore be practised at specialised training sessions, by competent students under the supervision of an insured instructor.

Weapons training
The use of hand weapons (e.g., short sticks, staffs, wooden swords) for specific attack and defence techniques or as training tools in their own right is a legitimate extension to Taekwondo training.



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