British Taekwondo Control Board
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British Taekwondo (official title British Taekwondo Control Board (WTF) Ltd; BTCB) is a member of the World Taekwondo Federation. British Taekwondo is also a member of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU). It was established in 1982 and is the National Governing Body for World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Taekwondo in the United Kingdom. Its functions include responsibility for the selection of National Teams to compete at International and Olympic level.
Five tenets of BTCB (WTF Style) Taekwondo
- Self Control
- Indomitable Spirit
BTCB (WTF Style) Taekwondo student oath
- To observe the tenets of Taekwondo
- To have respect for instructors and fellow students
- To never misuse the art of taekwondo
- To be a champion of freedom and justice
- To help build a more peaceful world
Advancing through the belts is by a system of gradings. Gradings are typically held in 3–4 month cycles at regional training centres across the UK. Black belt promotion trst are held three time per year at venue around the UK. Grading systems will typically consist of line work, patterns, theory, and sparring. Students can typically advance through the belts at a rate of 1 Kup every 3 months.
BTCB uses the following system of Belt Gradings:
- 10th Kup – White belt (white signifies innocence, as a student with no previous knowledge of Taekwondo)
- 9th Kup – White belt with yellow tag
- 8th Kup – Yellow belt (yellow signifies earth, from which the metaphorical plant sprouts forth and takes root as the foundations of Taekwondo are laid)
- 7th Kup – Yellow belt with green tag
- 6th Kup – Green belt (green signifies the plant's growth as skills are developed)
- 5th Kup – Green belt with blue tag
- 4th Kup – Blue belt (blue signifies heaven, towards which the plant is growing as training progresses)
- 3rd Kup – Blue belt with red tag
- 2nd Kup – Red belt (red signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning opponents)
- 1st Kup – Red belt with black tag
- 1st Dan – Black belt (black is opposite to white and signifies maturity and proficiency in taekwondo)
BTCB (WTF Style) uses the Poomsae style of teaching Taekwondo.
GB Taekwondo holds the mandate for selecting National Team players and Olympic Team players in the UK. Since Taekwondo's inception at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, The UK has fielded several players into Olympic tournaments, such as Steve Jennings, Paul Green, Sarah Stevenson, Aaron Cook and Michael Harvey. To date, three medals have been won (Sarah Stevenson – bronze 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jade Jones – Gold 2012 London Olympics and Lutalo Muhammad – Bronze 2012 London Olympics).
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