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 ask an admin of the Facebook group.

  • 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 be expected to attend the Tuesday or Wednesday session every week. Those looking to compete will be expected to train 2-3 times a week.
  • What do you mean by traditional (ITF) and olympic (WT) styles?
    • There are two main styles of taekwondo, we have called them traditional and olympic so its easier to understand. The traditional, or ITF, style is the older one whilst the olympic, or WT, style was formed slightly later and is an even 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.
  • What should I wear?
    • If you don't have your own uniform then just wear general sports clothing or something that doesn't restrict movement. If you want to grade and get belts 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.
  • How often do you compete?
    • We have 4 main competitions: Imperial College Open; Challenge Cup; Lion's Cup and the National Championships. These are normally split evenly over 2 semesters (Imperial and Challenge Cup in semester 1). We go together as a group and even if we don't do well it always turns into a mini-holiday.
  • 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?
    • Other than the uniform, you don't need to buy anything unless you want to compete and even then we can provide 90% of the kit you need.
  • "I did XYZ style. Can I train with you guys?"
    • Yes, we don't prevent people from training based on their style.
  • "I am XYZ belt/I know XYZ/I won XYZ 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?
    • £30 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 will teach you how to avoid getting hurt and avoid hurting other people. We do our best to make sure everything is safe but accidents do happen which most of the time lead to very minor injuries.