Next week we will be attending the 2018 WKSA UK Tournament. The event sees students and Masters from across the world come together for tournament as well as Black Belt national testing, instructors seminar, and a Master’s Exhibition to cap off the weekend. This year we are also celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Kuk Sool Won.

For anyone who is attending, read on to ensure you arrive fully prepared. (Classes will still be running for anyone not attending the event)

Timetable

Please note this timetable is just a rough guide. Times may change and if the previous events finish early we will begin the next early so please ensure you arrive with plenty time, at least 30 minutes before the listed start time. Please also listen to announcements and check regularly for any ring allocations or for information on starting times.

Friday

9am – 12noon: National testing
1.15pm – 3.30pm: Demo practice
4.30pm onwards: Black Belt tournament (adults)

Saturday

7.00am: Judges meeting, ALL Black Belts to attend
7.30am: Late registration
8am: 1st and 2nd Dahn tournament (ages 17 and under)
9am: Colour Belt tournament (ages 17 and under)
1pm: Colour Belt tournament (adults)
5pm: Promotions and Master’s exhibition (Please try to arrive early, there can be large queues for entry and will start early if tournament finishes early)

Sunday

Morning (Please listen for times to be announced on Friday/Saturday):
Instructors Workshop (open to Black Belts only)

National Testing

If you are participating in national testing please ensure you arrive with plenty time to warm up, change and get used to the surroundings. We advise arriving around an hour early to allow time to make any last minute arrangements or deal with last minute unforeseen issues.

Please ensure you bring:

  • Uniform with correct patches and don’t forget your belt
  • All relevant weapons (Please note all weapons should be official WKSA weapons)
    • DBNs – staff and wooden sword
    • JKNs and KSNs – staff, sword, short staff x2
  • Plenty to drink (it gets warm at grading)
  • Some light easily digestible/high energy snacks
  • Any paperwork or money that needs to be handed in – if you have anything to hand in please arrive extra early, it can be very hectic before we start and you need to ensure this is taken care of before testing begins

If you are a Black Belt and are not grading, please come with your generals uniform to help run the testing.

Promoting Students and Black Belts performing in the Master’s Exhibition

Demo practice is usually held in the time between national testing and the Black Belt tournament. This is compulsory for anyone who is due to promote so we can go through the promotion procedure.

You are also able to participate in the demonstration immediately after you promote, as are all Black Belts. Please note you need generals uniform to participate in demo (you can promote with regular Black Belt uniform). The time for demo practice is not usually at a set time so please listen carefully for instructions at the end of national testing. If you would like to take part in demo you must be present at demo practice.

Black Belt Tournament

For Black Belts who are competing, please arrive and register in plenty time. Remember to keep your competitors wristband on for the next day as this includes spectators entry the next day. Also any Colour Belts who would like to watch Black Belt tournament can collect their competitors wristband early which will gain them entry to spectate. Other spectators may pay to watch on the day, info on this under the spectators heading below.

Remember to bring:

  • Both uniforms – regular training uniform and generals for weapons categories
  • Weapons – staff and sword for 1st/2nd Dahn
  • Sparring gear
    • Dipped foam head guard
    • Dipped foam mitts
    • Dipped foam boots
    • Gum shield
    • Groin guard for males
    • Shin guards (optional)
  • Drinks to keep hydrated

Colour Belt Tournament

Please arrive and sign-in in plenty time before your listed start time. Listen closely for ring assignments, these will be as soon as your ring is ready and may not follow any rank order.

Please remember to bring the following:

  • Full uniform with patches
  • Sparring gear
    • Dipped foam head guard
    • Dipped foam mitts
    • Dipped foam boots
    • Gum shield
    • Groin guard for males
    • Shin guards (optional)
  • Staff (Brown Belts and DBNs only)
  • Drinks to keep hydrated

Spectators

Anyone can come and watch the tournament and Master’s exhibition (including Black Belt promotions), the cost is £10 for adults, £5 for children and under 5s can enter for free. This price allows entry to both days of tournament and the Master’s exhibition. Please keep your wristband for the course of the event to avoid having to pay again.

Master’s Exhibition

Anyone participating ensure you arrive early, remember it may start up to half an hour early. Don’t queue outside if you are in the demo or promoting, just come straight in and line up when required.

Spectators: expect there to be a large queue outside and to guarantee a good seat please arrive on time (or early). If you have a competitors or spectators wristband from tournament this allows entry to the demonstration but if you (or friends/family) are only coming to watch the exhibition please allow extra time to pay.

Good luck to everyone who is participating over the weekend, we are looking forward to seeing you all there!