National Student Championships 2017


The new season of competition this year for the University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club has already begun, with the National Student Championships spearheading the bouts for our members. The recently concluded annual British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) tournament, which took place at the University of Worcester earlier this month, was the biggest event the club has participated in so far. Boasting a team of more than 30 delegates, UoN Taekwondo Club went against other representatives hailing from 50 universities in multiple events including individual Poom sae, pairs Poom sae as well as individual sparring for both WTF and ITF styles.

Day one of the competition saw the club excel in the Poom sae competition and ITF sparring. Having a competitor in each division gave the club a strong line up for the Poom sae events in what was described as a true test of great form and pattern discipline. In the end, UoN Taekwondo club finished second overall in these events with 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals. Continuing on from this success, support was lent from the team for the finals of the -57 kg Female Class A ITF sparring before eventually clinching the second gold medal of the day for the club.


National Student Championships 2017 UoN Taekwondo Club Poom sae team

Day two of the National Student Championships shifted the club in full gear as most of the delegates prepare for a full day of WTF sparring. Team spirit echoed through the arena with cheers being given to fellow members who bravely faced their fights through to the podium. Having witnessed a series of bouts that were both exhilarating and tense, UoN Taekwondo once again triumphed across the different classes and weight divisions, achieving a haul of 14 medals and subsequently putting the club in third place overall.



University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club finished third overall at this year’s National Student Championships


Four UoN Taekwondo club members have successfully qualified for the European Universities Games and Championships this year in Portugal. L-R: Uriel Soberanes (Silver, A Class -87kg), Thangaeswaran Nithirajah (Gold, A Class -63kg), Itzel Cacique (Gold, A Class Female Individual Poom sae), Gary Skinner (Club instructor), Alice Cardall (Silver, A Class -53kg)

The event concluded with four of the UoN Taekwondo Club members qualifying for this year’s European Universities Games and Championships in Coimbra, Portugal. The club also placed third overall after a two-day performance, making it the most successful feat for the club at the National Student Championships to date.


The Road to BSTF 2017


After months of training and preparation, the University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club is about to face another tough challenge as members take on the annual National Student Championships that will take place this weekend at Worcester. The event will play host to a number of events including Poomsae patterns and Kyorugi (sparring) which will cater to both ITF and WTF styles of Taekwondo.

The club hopes to follow on the success that was achieved towards the end of 2016 at which delegates were sent to participate in two independent competitions. The first of which is the 33rd TTA Individual Championships held in Glasgow, where participants of all classes gathered from different sister clubs around the country to engage in a friendly tournament. UoN Taekwondo club topped the medals table, having garnered 9 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes across the different disciplines, with three of its delegates being recognised in the event’s Top 10 performing individuals. The club was also awarded the Team Spirit Cup as the competition drew to a conclusion.


Representatives from the University of Nottingham Taekwondo club at the 33rd TTA Individual Championships in Glasgow with the Team Spirit Cup and a haul of 19 medals.

UoN Taekwondo also received an invitation to partake at the 5th Imperial College Open Tournament held in London, which marked the club’s debut at this annual event. Captained by the club’s president, Vinotharan Annarasa, the team fought their way onto the podium securing 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The successful feat gave the club a recognition that would hopefully catapult the university team’s identity in this sport and pave way for more future competitions in a bid to maintain its glorious streak.


A successful sparring debut for the University of Nottingham Taekwondo club at the 5th annual Imperial College Open in London. L-R: Sokratis Charalampous (Vice president), Llewellyn Godfrey (Bronze), Thangaeswaran Nithirajah (Gold), Sam Vickers (Silver), Vinotharan Annarasa (Captain, Bronze), Arwa Hasan (Bronze), Binh La (Club Event Coordinator).

The British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) Championships indicate the start of a new season of challenges for the university’s Taekwondo club. The event will particularly pose a huge venture for the new members who have yet to experience the thrill of competing.

The club most certainly wishes everybody the best of luck this weekend and have a fantastic time!


TTA Summer School 2016


After months of preparation, the annual University of Nottingham Summer School makes a comeback as delegates from various TTA sister clubs around the country gathered together for a week of intensive training.

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The first day has already had our participants to panting as Grandmaster Loh presides the opening warming up. As a spectator, one could only imagine from the sidelines the great physicality that these kickers had to exert. It was an especially challenging task for the Kup graders to keep up with their seniors who would have had a great advantage for executing such exercises.

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The sessions saw our participants literally stretch themselves to the limit as they uncover their hidden flexibility and kicking prowess. Stamina and power were a recurring theme during training with our kickers being subjected to ladder drills and continuous strength routines. New heights were also achieved as flying kicks rained at various elevations. Many of our participants also would have had the great opportunity to have a one-on-one tutorial with the Grandmaster, with their valiant efforts being commended by a great teacher.  And of course, they were commended for their valiant efforts.

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Despite the grueling and strenuous training sessions, our participants never failed to display team spirit and camaraderie. Cheers and applause could be heard echoing across the hall with every task accomplished. Moreover, it wouldn’t be a team event without the post-training socials. New friendships were formed and great memories will remain.

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Thanks everybody and well done! See you all at next year’s 20th Summer School!


Summer Round up: June 2016 Open Day

The Open Day which took place after the end of the 2015-2016 academic year was targeted towards families of prospective students who are thinking of studying at the University of Nottingham.


A number of clubs and societies were present during the event, particularly the university’s Taekwondo club who prepared a small demonstration for the visitors to marvel upon. Early interests have already been expressed especially from those who are curious about taking up a martial art. A few students who are about to join the university in the upcoming year have also shown some enthusiasm towards joining the club.

Indeed, the Taekwondo club aims to welcome everybody, whether they are beginners or returning kickers, and develop their skills as it continues to expand -ready for the next competition.

Summer Round up: Summer Ball 2016


It was party time for all our Taekwondo kickers at the annual Summer Ball after a long day of competing at this year’s Alumni Games. Marking the end of the academic year, both past and present members gathered together to celebrate the latest achievements and success of the club.

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With new members joining the club, the joyful affair served as the perfect opportunity to break the ice and be more acquainted with each other. The night’s program was packed with intermission numbers where our friends also revealed their talent in stage presence, the arts and yes, karaoke! Part of the entertainment was a raffle draw with one of a kind prizes like exploitation of the present committee for various purposes including preparing a lunchbox, car wash and being their personal barista.


The night would not have been made possible without the hard work of the event’s organisers. The ball will make a return at the same time next year but until then, we hope to see everybody again in the next social!


Summer Round up: Alumni Games 2016

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The June grading was followed by the club’s annual Alumni Games during which current students were pitted against alumni members in a battery of tests and challenges. Participants from both teams were able to show off their Taekwondo skills and physical endurance in a bid to take this year’s title. Certainly, it was a great deal for the student team to come out victorious in these friendly games, which have been dominated by the alumni group in numerous occasions.


In this year’s games, teams were able to showcase their creativity as they put their own spin on traditional Taekwondo poomsae patterns. The student team, led by the club’s Vice President Socrates Charalambous, triumphed as they topped the scoreboards for their synchronisation, originality and preparation. The kup graders kickstarted their interpretative poomsae with Il Jang followed by the introduction to Sam Jang, care of four senior black belters. They finalised it with Kibon Poomsae, ending their routine on a high note.

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The rest of the day’s program was filled with competitive feats, with participants being subjected to tasks such as side kick holds, long distance flying kick and speed breaking. Nevertheless, the games culminated to golden point sparring. With years of experience, it seemed like the Alumni team had a greater advantage over their opponents. Despite a win for the Alumni team, the students produced a fantastic performance and proved that they have potential to be worthy competitors.

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The weeks leading to the Alumni Games have been busy and stressful. A massive acknowledgement to all the organisers of the event as well as to those who participated. It has definitely been a memorable and exciting day, especially for our newcomers. No doubt that it will serve as a motivation for our club members to train harder and sharpen their skills in time for next year’s games, with hopes of a win for the student team!


Summer Round up: June 2016 Grading


Huge congratulations to everybody who took part in the June grading and well done on getting your new grades. Up and onwards the Taekwondo hierarchy!


Summer 2016 Round up

The end of the 2015-2016 academic year saw various feats and achievements for the University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club. As the university hosts the upcoming 19th TTA Summer School, let’s take a look at some of the events that took over the club’s summer.