Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

We have gotten a load of questions over the years; this list may save you some time and help clear up some things. If you can't find your question here then please send an email to the club or simply pop a message to the Facebook page.

  • Do I have to go to all the sessions?
    • Nope. We don't have any strict requirements on how often you use your membership. The only times when your attendance will matter is if you want to grade or compete. Those looking to grade will need to attend the Tuesday or Wednesday session as often as possible in order to learn what they need to for the gradings. Those looking to compete will need to train at least twice a week to make sure that they're prepared..
  • What do you mean by traditional (ITF) and olympic (WT) styles?
    • There are two main styles of TaeKwon-Do. We have called them traditional and Olympic so its easier to understand. The traditional, or ITF, style is the original style, whilst the Olympic/sport, or WT, style was formed slightly later and is an event in the Olympics. The main difference between the styles is the sport side and we encourage you to try both and see which one you like, especially if you're new to martial arts in general.
  • What should I wear?
    • If you own a complete TaeKwon-Do uniform, you can wear that to training. If you don't own one or wish to wear one, you can just wear general sports clothing or something that doesn't restrict movement; do whatever's comfortable for you. Just note that if you want to grade and get belts and/or go to competitions then you will need to buy a uniform, which you can do on the products page when it becomes available.
  • Do I need to go to both Tuesday and Wednesday sessions to attend gradings?
    • The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are in different styles which means that they follow different syllabi. Whilst the syllabi are different, you will learn mostly the same things. We recommend you go to whichever is easier to attend. Tuesdays are the traditional (ITF) style sessions and Wednesdays are the Olympic (WT) style.
  • How often do you compete?
    • We have 3 main competitions across the university year; the Autumn Championships, Winter Championships and the National Championships in Spring. Each competition spans two days so we normally head to the location the Friday before and compete over the weekend. We tend to go together as a group but you may decide to make your own way too and that is totally fine.
  • How expensive is it to compete?
    • Entry fees range from £20-30, you can get a discount if you commit to competing all year round. You may have to contribute some money for transport and accomodation. Typically, each competition will cost you around £50-60.
  • Do I need to buy any equipment?
    • If you simply want to attend our sessions without grading or competing, you needn't buy anything. If you wish to grade or compete, you will definitely need a uniform. Other than that, you don't need to buy anything for the most part unless you want to compete in sparring - you can buy sparring equipment if you wish to have a set to yourself but we can provide 90% of the kit you need.
  • "I did [X] style/martial art/system. Can I train with you guys?"
    • Yes, we would never prevent people from training based on their style.or previous experience. In fact, experience in another style is quite often an asset for some people. Come and train with us if that's what you want to do. :)
  • "I am [X] belt/I know [X]/I won [X] competition ...."
    • We can't really help you without seeing you at training. Just turn up to a session and speak to any senior or committee member afterwards.
  • How much is membership?
    • £36 for the year. This will give you access to all our sessions and let you represent the university at student competitions.
  • "I'm scared of getting hurt"/"Will I get injured?"/"...don't want to hurt people..."
    • We take every precaution and will teach you how to avoid getting hurt and avoid hurting other people. All the equipment we use is kept with safety in mind We do our best to make sure everything is safe but accidents do happen which most of the time lead to very minor injuries.