The first ever student and community Taekwon-Do conference has been announced for November 27th 2021, at the University of Manchester. An exciting collection of talks, workshops, training and awards will be on offer, creating opportunities for attendees to network and expand their journey within Taekwon-Do. For full details check out the dedicated webpage here
Hall of Fame Announced
As part of the National Student Taekwon-Do Awards we are proud to announce the ceremony will include the BUTL Hall of Fame. Each year inductees will be announced and be welcomed into that years class, celebrating their support and work with BUTL, alongside their own personal achievements
National Student Taekwon-Do Awards Announced
With great excitement we are honoured to reveal and announce the first ever National Student Taekwon-Do Awards. The annual ceremony will recognise the achievements and dedication within the student Taekwon-Do community. The first event is scheduled for November 2021 and details can be found here
University World Championships Postponed
Due to the ongoing pandemic and consultations with the government, home office and travel ministers we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event until March 25th-27th 2022. The press release can be viewed here and all updates are now available on the webpage here
Return to Training Guidelines Update
With the UK Governments announcement this week and an update on the lockdown road map, we have updated the official guidance for a return to training for University and College clubs. This can be viewed here.
Seminar Series Success
This weekend we held the sixth of our free online seminar series events. The session included 48 students from across 27 different Institutions all participating and training together. The seminar was conducted by not one but two legendary instructors, Master Dana VII Dan and Sabum Pascal VI Dan, all the way from Belgium.
Irish Student National Squad Announced
We are delighted to announce the formation of the Irish Student National Squad. The team will welcome students from Irish universities and colleges, providing them with their own identity and opportunities to compete internationally. For more information refer to our squad pages of the website.
Seminar Series Success
This month we held the fourth and fifth of our free online seminar series events. The sessions both included 52 students from across 31 different Institutions all participating and training together. The seminar was conducted by legendary instructor and Master Natasa Manavaki all the way from Greece.
National Squad Coach Appointment
We are pleased to announce that Miss Angelica Celinska has been appointed as assistant national squad coach for the U.K. student national team. We look forward to seeing how Miss Celinska develops the athletes.
University World Championships Update
Today we announced an update regarding the world championships event. After conducting thorough research and hearing from 107 institutions and 23 organisations we have made the decision to announce the event will take place across the 16th-18th July 2021. All details can be found on the world championships page. Read the press release here
Toy Appeal Success
We would like to thank everyone who donated to our Charity Toy Appeal this year. We received an incredible 235 donations from across the UK. This will make a huge difference to so many and we must thank everyone for their support. A great way to end the year 2020. Donations have now been picked up and taken to the charities.
3rd Seminar Series Success
This weekend we held the third of our free online seminar series events. The session included 64 students from across 31 different Institutions all participating and training together. The seminar was conducted by legendary instructor and Master, Roy Bertrand VIII Dan. We are excited for the next one!
Student National Squad Nutritionist Role
The National Squad is currently accepting applications for professional nutritionists to support and work alongside all athletes, developing their performance in a safe and healthy way. If interested please send your CV to email@example.com or apply via our LinkedIn job profile.
2nd Seminar Series Success
This week we held the second of our free online seminar series events. The session included 62 students from across 27 different Institutions all participating and training together. The seminar was conducted by legendary instructor and Master, Chris Beanland VII Dan. We are excited for the next one!
Christmas Toy Campaign Launch
We are proud to announce we have partnered with local toy charity appeals around the U.K. The toy Christmas appeal aims to help vulnerable families and children by bringing them some joy this year. If you would like to get involved please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympic Squad Trials
This weekend two of the U.K. and Ireland National Squad members, Mr Mark Bennett and Mr Sam Tudor were selected to trial for the GB Olympic Programme. Both athletes took part in trials and assessment at the Olympic facility in Manchester. We wish the best of luck to both athletes.
Seminar Series Success
This weekend we held the first of our free online seminar series events. The session included 75 students from across 38 different Institutions all participating and training together. The seminar was conducted by legendary instructor and Master, Malcolm Jones VIII Dan. We are excited for the next one!
We are delighted to reveal that BUTL Founder and National Squad Coach Mr Sharman has been awarded a General Choi Hong Hi Award for his work and service to University Taekwon-Do. The organisers received a nomination from University Students who collaborated and put together a group nomination. Congratulations Sir.
World Mental Health Day
Today we are raising awareness and support for world mental health day 2020. We at BUTL are here to support and help anyone, especially in this difficult time. Spend today reaching out, checking in on people and looking after yourself. Together we will all beat this.
National Squad Assistant Coach Appointment
We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the BUTL family is Mr Arron Matharu, who will be our second Assistant Coach for the Student National Squad. Mr Matharu has a decorated career in both University and International Taekwon-Do, achieving the accolades of World and European Champion alongside championship medals within the University Leagues whilst studying as a Masters student at Loughborough University. Welcome to the team sir!
Seminar Series Launches
We are excited to announce our BUTL Seminar Series, free online training for all students of University and College. These exclusive sessions will be conducted by legendary and famous Masters, featuring live training and a chance to ask questions. For more info and free registration click here.
Return to Training Update
As of the 22nd September, the government announced new rules that related specifically to indoor sports. This added confusion and uncertainty to University Taekwon-Do in particular, and needed clarification. We are pleased to announce that this does not affect Taekwon-Do and martial arts as we are classed as individual sport in our training, meaning groups larger than 6 can still train together if all 2 metres apart. For all official release of this statement and documentation please read our statement on Facebook or view our updated guidelines here
Grand Master Sutherland 1 Year Tribute
Today we honour the anniversary of the passing of Grand Master Sheena Sutherland IX Dan. We sadly lost GMS 1 year ago today. Her memory and dedication to Taekwon-Do will never be forgotten, a true supporter of student Taekwon-Do and an advocate for equal representation. We will be honouring GMS at the University World Championships in 2021.
World Championships Promotion
Promotion for the World Championships in 2021 has resumed with exciting entry and accommodation packages available. New updates regarding the event can be found via all our social media platforms including inside the specific Facebook event page, updates can be found here.
Welcome Back Statement
BUTL Founder, Mr Sharman writes to University students, welcoming them back for the 2020/21 academic year. To read the welcome back statement click here.
Return to Training Guidance
Today we published our advice and recommendation guidelines for a return to training under Covid-19 safeguarding. The document includes all government and health official guidelines along with our recommendations on how to further deliver the safest and best possible experience among such restrictions.
We are excited to reveal our brand new programme for the 2020/21 academic year. While some bits are still under wraps we thought we’d reveal what’s planned in order to give everyone an idea of what to expect this upcoming year. As the year is going to be different to others, we’ve created a bespoke programme with new events alongside standardised competitions to provide opportunities for all. Keep an eye on the website and social media for the full reveal soon.
World Championship Sponsor Announced
We are delighted to announce the 1st Sponsor or the University Taekwon-Do World Championships is White Wolfe Martial Arts Merchandise. The event will feature a special stall by White Wolfe, providing all the official World Championship merchandise. As sponsors of the UK and Ireland Student National Squad, White Wolfe have become a driving force is supplying Student Taekwon-Do with top quality stash.
University World Championships FAQ
Today we published a University World Championships FAQ document. This hopefully helps answer any potential questions anyone may have regarding the event. The document will be updated as and when any further questions are asked, so that everyone can benefit from the information. The document is available via the World Championships page.
Help Save University of Bath’s Venue
Yesterday we were contacted by the University of Bath’s martial art clubs regarding a campaign they’ve launched to save their current training facility. The Taekwon-Do club have been involved in many BUTL events and we know how important having a safe and secure venue is for students. The teams have had fantastic successes at competition and their members deserve to be able to continue this coming year. BUTL has written a letter to the University to assist. If you would also like to support their campaign you can help by signing a petition on behalf of the teams here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NGTVcu42ocIcIQpc8qPzDqZ3AwvG0ADCgTBB4AEp9SU/mobilebasic
Ever wondered what it’s like to be in a National Squad or compete at International level? Check out our live blog feature where UK and Ireland Student Squad members talk about their experiences, their history and share their thoughts. Blogs are live via the squad page. http://www.butl.org.uk/about-the-team
1st University World Championships Re-Scheduled
With the 1st ever University Taekwon-Do Championships set to take place back in April 2020, we made the decision in early March 2020 to postpone the Championships due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. With further research and safety at the front of our decisions we can now announce we have been able to re-schedule the event to 5th-7th March 2021. Same location, same details, same everything. For all information check out the World Championships official page for all up to date documentation and information. http://www.butl.org.uk/University-World-Championships
Taekwon-Do Today Season 1 Episodes Live
Season 1 of our video blog ‘Taekwon-Do Today’ is now available both on our website and our official BUTL YouTube Channel. Episodes of each season debut every Thursday and follow a unique discussion where guests tell us about their history, share funny stories and provide advice for students. http://www.butl.org.uk/taekwon-do-today
New Website Launches
We are pleased to announce and reveal the brand new website for the British University Taekwon-Do League. The website features up to date info on all our competitions, events and services additional to being the home of the UK and Ireland’s Student National Squad. Our policies, governance and results are available for viewing. We hope you enjoy the new look!
Student National Squad Selection
After a record breaking 87 applications to join the UK and Ireland Student National Squad, we are pleased to reveal the 23 students who were successfully selected. The squad now has student representation from 31 different University Institutions across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. For the full reveal head over to our Facebook page.