Category: Club Info

Online Classes – Info and T&Cs

To ensure that we can run fun and safe sessions, please keep the following in mind;

  • Please ensure that you have sufficient space, free of obstacles and with enough room to move without physical contact with each other.
  • Please avoid working out on hard or slippery floors.
  • All participants must be members of British Taekwondo. Non-members can take a taster class but if they are continuing they will need to register for British Taekwondo Family and Friends Membership. To do, just send us an email and we will help you register. By joining these sessions you are participating at your own risk.
  • Please do not join the classes if you are ill or injured. Rest! There will be plenty of other opportunities to train and we want you to stay safe and well.

Classes are delivered live on Zoom. Zoom is a free, easy to use video call app available to use on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

During the classes your microphone will be muted to avoid background noise. When you join please ensure that your camera is on as it will allow us to provide feedback, This is also an insurance requirement for us to run these sessions. The sessions are also recorded for insurance purposes which includes a record of your attendance. These recording will be retained for 36 months.

We are using the chat facility on Zoom for questions and the instructor leading each session will allow a couple of minutes at the end of each session to answer these questions.

We also have also have a specific private Facebook group (DTA – Homelearning) for this online training programme which can be found at (this is a private group so you will need to request to join).

We are using this closed Facebook group to provide updates on the classes, details on what we will be focusing on during the coming week’s classes as well as for polling on how we might develop and extend this programme. We will also continue to share key information through club’s normal email lists and Facebook page, but this homelearning group is used for more detailed information and for the instructors to get feedback and poll for opinions from those actively involved with the online classes.

To keep inline with British Taekwondo’s policy on Safeguarding we can only accept memberships in this private group from adults. Therefore if you are a junior who is registered for online classes under your own email address please pass this invitation onto a parent or guardian. We do want to ensure all our members, older and younger, are fully part of our online programme but the security and safety of our juniors must be the key concern.

If you have any other questions please just send us an email.

We look forward to see you online very soon.

Dorset Taekwondo Social Media acceptable usage policy

Social Media acceptable usage policy

Dorset Taekwondo Association is a member of British Taekwondo (BT) and we comply with all the National Governing Body’s policies and procedures. This includes the acceptable usage of social media

This policy applies to athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents or those with parental responsibility.

The key principles are set out below:

This policy includes all personal and professional websites, blogs, chat rooms and bulletin boards; social networks, such as Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter and My Space; mobile communication, video-sharing sites such as YouTube; and email.

Everyone involved in our club has a responsibility to safeguard both in and out of the training environment / dojang, this includes all our communications. Remember to act responsibly at all times and in the spirit of Taekwondo.

Everyone should refrain from publishing negative comments about other members, clubs, athletes or referees, and any controversial or potentially inflammatory subjects. No online communications should ever be hostile or harassing. Harassment is any offensive conduct based on a person`s race, sex, gender identity, national origin, colour, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, religion or any other status protected by law.

Please ensure you are not sharing copyrighted or borrowed material with citations and links. When publishing direct paraphrased quotes, thoughts, ideas, photos or videos, give credit to the original publisher or author.

The club will be responsible for reviewing responses to online posts and resolving any concerns before they are posted.

If you believe any social media content to be inappropriate and in breach of this policy it should not be shared and be must be reported to a DTA coaches for further action.

Dorset Taekwondo Assc Awarded ‘clubmark’

Dorset Taekwondo Association is proud to announce it has just been granted (November 2019) the nationally recognised Clubmark award. To achieve this Sport England accreditation our standards of coaching, safety, fairness, safeguarding and management were all externally assessed and we have been found to be a well-run club.

Our assessor was particularly impressed when he visited a training session stating there was a “confidence and supportive atmosphere”, “excellent inclusion” and a “positive and safe environment for the activities of the club to take place”

Clubs awarded Clubmark can be very proud of what they have achieved. This has only been made possible through all the hard work and dedication of its Chief instructor, management, coaches, volunteers, students and all members. Clubmark awarded clubs demonstrate a commitment to developing junior sport. It means parents can be assured that their children belong to a safer club. Members can be sure their club is a well-managed club, striving to offer the best in coaching and sports development.

This Nationally recognised Sport England Accreditation has been the culmination of many hours work over the 2019. Policies and Procedures have been reviewed and rewritten. A special mention to DTA coach Paul Western who literally had sleepless nights in the run up to the audit.

Paul Western and Master Naraine celebrating Clubmark at the 2019 End of Year Party.

Safeguarding Update

Our Club understands the importance of Safeguarding. Indeed all our coaches and assistants have completed (or refreshed) their Level 2 Safeguarding training course in order to maintain and increase the knowledge and skills necessary to safeguard children and vulnerable adult effectively. Our Safeguarding Officer (Dr Marina Malaffo) has also completed a level 3 safeguarding training course.

If you have any Safeguarding / Welfare issues or concerns please speak to your club instructor. You can also speak to our club safeguarding officer as below –

Contact: Dr Marina Malaffo – 07460 696403

Dorset Taekwondo Association has adopted the policy of our National Governing Body (NGB) British Taekwondo. A copy of the Policy can be found here.

Privacy Statement

Dorset Taekwondo Association take your privacy seriously and will only use information gathered in relation to our members that meets the specific responsibilities as set out in General Data Protection Regulations. However, from time to time we would like to contact you with details of class changes, events, competitions and other information regarding the club.

Your information is stored securely on the British Taekwondo database and can be accessed by Dorset Taekwondo instructors registered with British Taekwondo. We encourage you to log in to The Hub where you can manage your preferences in respect of how we communicate with you, and you keep your information up to date.

Dorset Taekwondo Association also hold your contact details, and emergency contact details. Dorset Taekwondo will hold your details for 2 years after your membership expires. For details of British Taekwondos retention policy Click here. You can unsubscribe from our mailing list, or ask to be removed at anytime by contacting us.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to get in contact via email at 

Development Pathways (re)Explained

Following on from our successful end of year presentation, it became very obvious that most of the parents, and some of the members, did not understand the clubs Development Pathways.

The Development pathways were launched in 2016 after looking at this model in other sports. It became obvious that many students enjoyed a particular aspect of Taekwondo and could better develop their skills in classes that focused particularly on that area. Whilst CORE classes focus on all aspect of Taekwondo, and will develop a well rounded athlete capable of all aspects of modern Taekwondo, the DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS allow them to specialize.

Members of Dorset Taekwondo are encouraged to try one or more of the Development Pathways after they have been training in the CORE classes for approximately 9-12 months.

  • CORE CLASSES – training in all areas of modern Taekwondo. Participants learn general Taekwondo skills so they can progress through the Kup / coloured belt grading syllabus. These classes are fun, varied, and engaging. (Development Pathways alone are not sufficient to progress through the belt syllabus).
  • PATTERNS (POOMSAE) DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY – these classes focus on improving poomsae with the goal being to compete in Poomsae competition. They focus on “accuracy” and “presentation”. Poomsae is a large aspect of the coloured belt grading syllabus and therefore attendance at these classes complements the core classes. These classes replace the CORE classes during the last week of each calendar month (Dates for 2018 here). Additional Poomsae classes at other clubs, with the British team, and seminars with visiting specialist instructors are organised throughout the year on an ad-hoc basis.
  • SPORT DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY – the focus of these classes is exercises and preparation towards Olympic style fighting competition. The class is not a “fight class”, and sparring is only one of the many exercises in these classes. Your own protective equipment is required. This Pathway has access to Electronic Scoring equipment purchased by the club as it is used in most competitions on the national circuit. These Sports Development Pathway classes meat three times a week.
  • DEMO DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY – these classes are run by our Demonstration Team known as the Dorset Taekwondo Tigers. The team focuses on dynamic / gymnastic exercises, boards and brick breaking, and even dance! The display team regularly perform throughout the summer and autumn at fairs, festivals and fetes etc.. The team meet seasonally on sundays from Easter until Christmas.

The pathway classes ARE OPEN TO ALL members of Dorset Taekwondo Association. You do not have to be invited, you can just go along. Its Courteous to speak to the coach at these sessions before going along, and speak to your core class coach if you will be attending less core classes.  If you have no previous martial arts experience it is anticipated that you will have been training for approximately +9 months before trying the Development Pathways class(es). This is so you have sufficiently prepared your general skills and conditioning. The development pathways are not suitable for complete beginners.

A weekly Schedule showing times and locations of all classes can be found HERE

Grading Test

Grading Tests are conducted every 3 months. Candidates can work through the coloured belt system. Successful candidates are awarded a Nationally Recognised British Taekwondo Certificate.

The grading test examining board consists of qualified and approved Instructors. It also usually contains an independent Master Instructor from outside of Dorset Taekwondo Association.

The Grading Test Syllabus (Sept16) can be found here.

After the Grading Test candidates are given written feedback so they know what to work on for the next test.

Grading Test Application Forms

Grading test forms can be downloaded and printed below. Applications must be fully completed including licence number and licence expiry date – without this applications will be returned and you will not be permitted to test.
Your Name and Date Of Birth must be very clear as this is how it will be printed on your certificate.

Application form 9th Kup YELLOW TAG

Application form 8th Kup YELLOW BELT

Application form 7th Kup GREEN TAG

Application form 6th Kup GREEN BELT

Application form 5th Kup BLUE TAG

Application form 4th Kup BLUE BELT

Application form 3rd Kup RED TAG

Application form 2nd Kup RED BELT

Application form 1st Kup BLACK TAG







Equipment Price List

Please find below a price list for protective equipment and uniforms.

Dorset Taekwondo Association has managed to negotiate better prices for equipment recently. As a result the prices have actually now gone down since 2014! Whilst you may be able to purchase slightly cheaper equipment if you shop around on the internet we stringly recommend you purchase through the club as we only sell quality equipment that is approved for WTF competition. (Not all brands are approved for competition, and you will not be permitted to use unapproved equipment for sparring)

Whilst we can lend some equipment to students, Protective equipment is required for grading test from Green Belts (6th Kup) and above.

Equipment Price List & Order Form (September 2016)

Please do not hesitate to contact your club instructor for a price if you require other equipment, or a different brand.





Club Diary (Updated – April 2016)

Dates for your diary 2016


Saturday 9th April – Match day. Littledown Main Hall 11.30-4pm

Sunday 17th April – Black Belt / Dan grading. Approx 2-5pm (Beaufort – Main Hall)

Sunday 24th April – Competition. UTF British Masters. Lee Valley, Enfield, London.
Sunday 24th April – Regional Poomsae / Patterns Training, Horley / Gatwick.




Sunday 3rd July – Competition. Open, Nottingham.


Sunday 21st August – British Taekwondo Technical Seminar – Southampton


24th / 25th – British Taekwondo National Championship (Sparring) – Venue TBC.



5th / 6th – British Taekwondo National Championships (Pattern / Poomsae), Nottingham.


Grading tests 2016

Sunday 20th March 2016 
Sunday 26th
Sunday 25
th September

All the above Grading Tests are 9-1pm at Beaufort Community Centre


Dan (Black Belt) Grading Tests 2016

Sunday 17th April Approx 2-5pm (Beaufort – Main Hall)

End Oct / Beginning Nov – tbc.


Summer Closure 2016

Summer Break – Last 2 weeks of August 2016



Application Forms and Other Downloads

Useful Downloads for club members

Training Times & Venues (Oct15)

Check back for updates.

Please contact Master Naraine if there is other info / downloads you would like to see here.