We have been given the go-ahead from our governing body via UKITF to continue with our indoor training for groups over 6 as we are running as a Covid Secure Club with a multitude of procedures in place. Please see below the latest guidance received from the British Taekwon-Do Council, the governing body for Taekwon-Do in the UK.


• Sport England have displayed the following guidance on their website:
“For close-contact sports specifically, the government is advising that these are not resumed if social
distancing and government guidance cannot be followed. This is due to the increased risks of transmission of
Covid-19, because of the proximity of participants and contact between them. However, activities that follow
government guidelines can go ahead if they follow guidance on social distancing and indoor facilities.
Exercise classes in these facilities are exempt from the new laws on social gatherings. Any activities which
involve contact between participants or contact with equipment that would contravene social distancing
guidance (such as pad work) should not go ahead. We’re working with the Department for Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport and NGBs to allow the safe return of close-contact sports to happen as soon as possible.”
• No updates are yet available on SCoT or TANI websites, nor SportWales/Welsh Sports Association
on Indoor Individual Sports.
• Some other Combat Sports NGBs, eg England Boxing and Scottish Fencing, have posted
statements advising their members that NGB-registered clubs, adhering to their NGB COVID-19
guidelines and risk assessments, are safe to continue indoor activities.
Further to the Government statements issued yesterday, Tuesday 22nd September 2020, DCMS have
confirmed to the Combat Sports Group that they do not fall under the description of “team sports” but
rather “individual sports” undertaking fitness and training activities within NGB published guidelines,
COVID-19 secure and risk-assessed, and safe to continue.
For reference, BTC guidelines include the following safety measures based on the guidance collated
from the Sport organisations in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
• anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms is not permitted to train and advised to follow national
guidance for isolation and testing
• the wellbeing of participants should factor in the activity risk assessment, taking account of all
protected characteristics, and sessions planned to be engaging and inclusive
• face masks to be worn before, after and in any non-playing areas (in Scotland, Northern Ireland) but
are NOT required when undertaking physical activities or with a reasonable excuse not to do so, ie
a health condition or disability, including hidden disabilities such as autism, dementia or a learning
• participants and instructors reminded to wash or sanitise hands regularly in line with public health
• 2m2 personal training area to be maintained
• outdoor activity sessions are limited to 30 maximum, including instructors
• indoor activity sessions are limited in the numbers of participants and instructors by the BTC
COVID-19 risk assessment calculator
• martial art shoes, socks or non-porous foot coverings are worn when training indoors
• no pad work by participants outside family members
• no sparring or contact activities to be undertaken
• no shared personal protective equipment is used
• any bags or training equipment used is sanitised between different users/classes
• children 10 years and under in Wales and 11 years and under in Scotland do not need to maintain
physical distancing between themselves and may undertake the full range of Taekwon-Do activities,
including pad work and sparring but instructors must maintain their COVID-19 secure practice, eg
maintaining physical distancing and no excessive exertion, ie moderate tone and volume to
minimise the risk of transmission via droplets. There is no such stipulation of ages in England and
Northern Ireland, therefore BTC clubs in these countries should align with DCMS guidelines that a
person should train within a 2m personal training area, regardless of age
• indoor training areas are thoroughly cleaned before and after use
• the use of toilet facilities should be avoided but where necessary (for children or disabled
participants), are regularly cleaned and sanitised
• no on-site changing or shower facilities to be used
• only one parent per child, to remain outside or away from the training area (clubs must comply with
the NGB Safeguarding policy and procedures regarding responsible adults present when teaching
• parents/carers to maintain social distancing and wear masks if required in indoor or outdoor areas
• QR codes or other methods to be in place to record contact information for NHS Test and Protect
(Scotland), Test and Trace (England), Test, Trace, Protect (Wales and NI)
• non-contact payment systems to be used wherever possible
• safe travel to and from training sessions
BTC support our registered clubs in the continuation of Taekwon-Do activities in line with the above
conditions, implementation of BTC policies and procedures and confirm that Professional and Member
Insurance remains valid.
This information will be shared on the BTC web and social media sites. All BTC Member Organisations
are requested to do likewise and disseminate this information update to all their club instructors, who
are also requested to like and/or share on their club sites.
BTC is aware that some venue providers have already suspended the use of hired facilities. It may
assist if this information is shared with facility providers, along with a link to the BTC Administration
contact information. The BTC Executive Officers and administration team will respond to any and all
enquiries to clarify and reaffirm this information.
BTC Executive