Frequently Asked Questions
I haven't been to a UKTA competition in a few years are there any new rules?
Yes, two specifically you should be aware of:
1. Two Punch Rule - ONLY 2 punches are allowed in succession, i.e. 2 punches followed by a kick is fine.
2. Under 14 Sparring - NO contact to the head is allowed at all (This includes feet and hand techniques)*
*with the exception of Red belt and black belts who compete under full ITF rules and can punch and kick to the head.
I am a White Belt (10th Kup) / White Belt Yellow Tag (9th Kup) can I enter the competition?
No, unfortunately at present we do not allow anyone under Yellow Belt (8th Kup) to enter the competition.
How much does it cost to enter?
£30 per person (Online entries are now also £30).
Is it the same cost to enter for Sparring, Patterns and Power?
Yes, the entry fee is the same regardless.
What age categories are available?
14 & 15
16 & 17
Veteran (40 and 0ver)
How much does it cost to spectate? do I need a ticket?
Spectators are free and do not need to apply for a ticket, just turn up on the day.
Is parking available at the venue? Do I have to pay for parking?
Yes, all the venues we select have parking areas, however, we cannot guarantee availability for everyone. Venues are selected due to having either free parking or very low-cost parking all day.
I would like to take pictures / video a competitor at the event, is this allowed?
The use of Video and photography equipment is permitted at the event without the need to apply for a pass (competitors agree to this when the sign the entry form), spectators are advised to report any suspicious behaviour to the main table.
What colour safety equipment (pads) can I wear?
Competitors are allowed to wear any colour safety equipment so long as both hands and both feet are matching colours (Ideally either Red or Blue) and the pads are an approved type.
What safety equipment (pads) are approved?
Dipped foam Open Palm pads are allowed at the event i.e. UKTA, Macho, Top Ten, Adidas etc. Weighted gloves are NOT allowed.
What dobok is approved to wear at these events?
A white ITF dobok is the only approved dobok allowed at these events, also, please be aware 4th Dan and above should not wear a dobok with International Instructor stripes, this is so that we fall in line with ITF competition rules worldwide.
What belt do I have to be to take part in the power test?
Adults & Veterans need to be at least a Green belt (6th Kup) to take part in the power test, Under 18 years of age have power events substituded with special technique (min belt is 8th Kup Yellow Belt).
What Pattern do I have to perform?
Perform a pattern of choice through all rounds.
Perform a pattern of choice (this must be a pattern within your current grade) through all preliminary rounds, upon reaching the final you will once again perform a pattern of choice, you will then be asked to perform a second pattern that is selected randomly from your grade range*.(*where time permits we will endeavour to allow all black belt competitors to perform choice and designated patterns throughout).
How many sparring rounds are there and how long do they last ?
Colour Belts - 1 x 90 second round
Black Belts - 1 x 2 minute round (2 x 2 minute rounds if time permits)
In the event of a draw there will be a 30 second round, if it is a draw for the second time it will be sudden death ( the first point scored wins)
What time will my category start?
This depends on the number of competitors and the number of officials, a running order showing the number of competitors in each round will be available on the website (once online entry has closed and the draw has taken place) and also in selected areas at the event.
I wish to coach a competitor, is this allowed?
Yes, coaching is allowed, however in order to coach you must be wearing a tracksuit and trainers and be present with a towel and water bottle.
I practice WTF style Taekwon-do, am I allowed to enter?
Yes, however because the event is an ITF event you can only perform ITF patterns. You would also have to understand / know ITF rules for Sparring, Power & Special Tech.