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12th English LTSI TaeKwonDo Opens 2024

Venue Address: Hertfordshire Sports Village, DeHavilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EU

Running order: 12 years and under (including BB’s) 8.30am | 13 years and over colour belts 12 noon |

13 years and over Black Belts 2pm

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We look forward to seeing you at the 12th English LTSI Opens

Please note: If you are taking part in L.T.S.I. events, you will receive a confirmation of entry in the evening when the secretary marks payments off.

XII English L.T.S.I. TaeKwon-Do Opens 2024

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All your questions answered

Welcome to L.T.S.I. Tournaments, Great Britain’s independent open championships that offers quality across the board on a smaller more prestigious level. If you’re fed up with paying through the nose and taking part in so called opens that are not geared at being true opens, try our events. Click on any bar to get the info you need.

Updated event divisions

9th to 6th Kup 5th to 1st Kup
5 to 7 years mixed 125cms and under 5 to 7 years mixed 125cms and under
5 to 7 years mixed 126cms and over 5 to 7 years mixed 126cms and over
8 to 9 years mixed 135cms and under 8 to 9 years mixed 135cms and under
8 to 9 years mixed 136cms and over 8 to 9 years mixed 136cms and over
10 to 12 years males 150cms and under 10 to 12 years males 150cms and under
10 to 12 years males 151cms and over 10 to 12 years males 151cms and over
10 to 12 years males are split 9th to 7th Kup 6th to 4th Kup and 3rd to 1st Kup
10 to 12 years females 150cms and under 10 to 12 years females 150cms and under
10 to 12 years females 151cms and over 10 to 12 years females 151cms and over
13 & 14 years males – 50kg  | 50.1kg to 59.9kg | 60kgs and over 13 & 14 years females – 45kg |45.1kg to 54.9kg | 55kgs over
15 & 17 years males – 60kg  | 60.1kg to 69.9kg | 70kgs and over 15 & 17 years females – 55kg |55.1kg to 64.9kg | 65kgs over
18 years and over males 72kgs and under 18 years and over males 72kgs and under
18 years and over males 72.1kgs to 79.9kgs 18 years and over males 72.1kgs to 79.9kgs
18 years and over males 80kgs and over 18 years and over males 80kgs and over
18 years and over females 50kgs and under 18 years and over females 50kgs and under
18 years and over females 50.1kgs to 59.9kgs 18 years and over females 50.1kgs to 59.9kgs
18 years and over females 60kgs and over 18 years and over females 60kgs and over
Veteran Males (35 years and over) colour belts –  79.9kgs and under | 80kgs and over Veteran Females (35 years and over) colour belts – 69.9kgs and under | 70kgs and over
BLACK BELTS BLACK BELTS
12 years and under males mixed (division will be split by height) 12 years and under females mixed
13 & 14 years males – 50kg  | 50.1kg to 59.9kg | 60kgs and over 13 & 14 years females – 45kg |45.1kg to 54.9kg | 55kgs over
15 & 17 years males – 60kg  | 60.1kg to 69.9kg | 70kgs and over 15 & 17 years females – 55kg |55.1kg to 64.9kg | 65kgs over
18 years and over males 72kgs and under 18 years and over females 50kgs and under
18 years and over males 72.1kgs to 79.9kgs 18 years and over females 50.1kgs to 59.9kgs
18 years and over males 80kgs and over 18 years and over females 60kgs and over
Veteran Males (35 years and over) black belts –   79.9kgs and under | 80kgs and over Veteran Females (35 years and over) black belts – 69.9kgs and under | 70kgs and over
PATTERNS PATTERNS
9th to 6th Kup 5th to 1st Kup
5 to 7 years mixed 5 to 7 years mixed
8 to 9 years mixed 8 to 9 years mixed
10 to 12 years mixed 10 to 12 years mixed
13 to 17 years males 13 to 17 years males
13 to 17 years females 13 to 17 years females
18 years and over males 18 years and over males
18 years and over females 18 years and over females
PATTERNS SPECIAL TECHNIQUE
Black Belts (1st and 2nd Dan) – 12 years and under mixed 5 to 7 years and 8 to 9 years (inc. Black Belts) Jump Front
Black Belts (1st and 2nd Dan) – 13 to 17 years Males 10 to 12 years (inc. Black Belts) Jump Front
Black Belts (1st and 2nd Dan) – 13 to 17 years Females 13 to 17 years – male colour belts Jump Front
Black Belts 1st & 2nd Dan – 18 years and above Males 13 to 17 years – female colour belts Jump Front
Black Belts 1st & 2nd Dan – 18 years and above Females 18 years and over males – colour belts Jump Front
Black Belts 3rd Dan and above – 18 years and above Males 18 years and over females – colour belts Jump Front
Black Belts 3rd Dan and above – 18 years and above Females 13 to 17 years males – Black Belts Jump Front
    13 to 17 years females – Black Belts Jump Front
    18 years and over males – Black Belts Jump Front
    18 years and over females – Black Belts Jump Front

What are the rules in patterns and sparring?

We do not operate I.T.F. rules, as we are an open event

Patterns:

There will be three judges marking all patterns 

  • 1 to 3 is a poor pattern
  • 4 to 6 is a good pattern
  • 7 to 9 is a very good to great pattern

Sparring:

  1. No kicking to back
  2. No low kicking
  3. No brawling 
  4. No elbows or knee kicks
  5. Stepping off the mat is a foul
  6. Loss of balance is a foul
  7. Swinging punches is a foul
  1.  Flurry of punches (max 3) = 1 point
  2. Mid section kick to body = 2 points
  3. High section kick to head = 3 points
  4. Jump kick to head = 3 points

Rules our visitors must follow

Visitors please take note –

  1. Currently we do not charge a spectator fee so we can not guarantee seating.
  2. The umpires decision is final
  3. All competitors MUST listen out for their division to be called out over the PA – If you miss it, you miss out
  4. Any visitor, coach or Instructor being rude to our officials will be told to leave
  5. Any competitor that shows bad sportsmanship will be disqualified instantly
  6. Hard contact instead of skill will be penalised
  7. Spectators are not permitted to step on the arena at any time 
  8. In the case of a student injury, please let our first aiders deal with the matter
  9. Our admin team are volunteers, so please be polite at all times 
  10. In the case of incorrect data submitted by you, our admin will always check what was submitted. We will do our best to correct the matter but, if you are rude, we will simply refuse correction on the day

Coaches rules - must read!

The L.T.S.I. allows coaches at their events for sparring only, despite our not believing they are needed. All coaches must stand off the arena until their competitors are ready to spar. You may then enter the arena, but you are not allowed on the mat area. Coach the bout, and then you must leave. The organisers reserve the right to take action against any coach who is being rude or aggressive. 

Any coach that physically places their hands on a competitor will instantly be given a red card and removed from coaching that day, and the L.T.S.I. will make a final decision as to whether the coach will be banned from all future events. 

As of March 2024, any coach being aggressive towards officials or other coaches will result in a yellow card being issued to their competitor for the first warning. A second warning will result in a red card and an instant disqualification for the competitor.

Any warnings will be carried through all rounds.

Coach Rules:

  • Coaches have no say in how our events are run; you are there to aid your competitors only.
  • Your grade gives you no special privileges at L.T.S.I. events.
  • Coaches must never be abusive to our staff; do so, and you and your club will be banned from future events.
  • Only one coach per 10 competitors is allowed.
  • Coaches must only enter the competition area when their students are competing. Please stay on the outside of the mating area until your students are on.
  • Coaches are not permitted on the mat at any time; step on and you will be warned.

If you can’t agree to these terms, please do not sign up!

Please remember, if you cannot act in accordance with the L.T.S.I. rules or Taekwon-Do, do not put down to become a coach. Your job as a coach is NOT to be a hindrance, but to be a support system for your clubs competitors. Respect our referees and officials or leave the job to someone else.

Question & Answers

Start times:

  • 12 years and under (including BB’s) 8.30am / 13 years and over colour belts 12 noon / 13 years and over Black Belts 2pm

Registartion:

  • There is no registration on the day – We randomly check weights & heights at our events and disqualify if out.

Do I need a uniform?

  • Yes – All competitors must be in white uniforms where possible.

Is there a running order?

Yes, follow the times of arrival.

  • Patterns 
  • Sparring
  • Special technique

Sections will be called as and when – it is impossible to state the exact times of running order.

 

Why our TaeKwonDo tournaments?

We feel all practitioners should try L.T.S.I. TaeKwonDo Tournaments as they are open to all I.T.F. TaeKwonDo groups around the U.K. The L.T.S.I. host two events per year and these are both open. Our first one is the hugely popular South East Opens which attracted 450 in it’s peak but now we only allow 250 competitors taking part – we are confident that NO other group based within a 30 mile radius can say their events are better, fairer or offer the same real value for money.

Fully Matted & Insured Events

Our TaeKwonDo tournaments are fully matted and insured. The event is attended by all I.T.F. styles and Independents from all corners of the U.K. This event is classified by many as the one to win. There are a minor few we have banned from our events over the years for not following our ethos as they have disgraced themselves – we live by the tenets and will uphold the founders’ last wish to bring all TaeKwonDo back together, even if it is on a small scale.

How we created the English T.K.D. Opens

The second event was the invitationals – this was strictly by invite only and was only open to those that attended our main event above. Due to popularity, this has been renamed to the ‘L.T.S.I. English Opens’ from September 2012 – getting 450 in it’d peak but now we only allow 250 competitors a time, it really is popular.

Both our events are held at a multi million pound sports complex in Hertfordshire University – we are confident that no other U.K. group will offer such a relaxed event with such a high class of attendees. All events are about building unity and friendships, relaxed and friendly. Those that support us are not just supporters, but seen as friends that wants all corners of the TaeKwonDo community to unite through fair play.

Be part of a NEW unified group building bridges in UK TaeKwonDo

So come try our events and see if they suit you. If you are open minded and looking to be part of something really special ie building bridges in UK TaeKwonDo this is for you, we truly believe we have the answer. Your members will love our events, but don’t just take our word for it.

We offer a first come, first served basis on both events, this means once we hit 250 we close the event registration so don’t delay and register today.

We look forward to welcoming you at one of our events very soon.

Master Chris Snow VIII

(on behalf of the organising committee)

Many Clubs & Groups in our network

LTSI Tournaments - Investors

L.T.S.I. has built a network groups / clubs since 2004. Our vision is simple – ego’s are not welcome at our events and we will not treat high ranks like gods.

We prefer to work with club leaders that would rather attend events that are smaller and prestigious to many being ran in the UK now. Better quality across the board means happy students.

To be frank why enter an event of 600 that is poorly organised, gives out cheap medals and full of ego and characters that you have no interest in working with. This is where L.T.S.I. excel on every level.


  • Our guests agree our events are real quality 93% 93%
  • Of all clubs return yearly 89% 89%
  • Agree fairness is always in place 93% 93%
  • Agree our events are real value for money 97% 97%
Master Chris Snow VIII Degree

Tournament Organiser, Coach of St Albans TaeKwonDo

Miss Tracey Leonard

Entries and Administration officer, L.T.S.I. Admin

Mr Stuart Smith VI Degree

Tournament Ring Supervisor , Coach of Smith TKD

L.T.S.I. Tournaments are committed to charity – over £34,300 raised to date (below are just some we have supported)

This event is only open to all TaeKwonDo groups, not other styles.

‘L.T.S.I. Tournaments – always copied, never equaled’

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  1. Only 350 allowed to enter - register NOW to guarantee entry
  2. Online Entry System NOW LIVE
  3. ​Fully matted event (6 rings, 7 by 7 metre), ensuring your safety always
  4. Best bespoke awards by far every time
  5. Fully insured events
  6. First aiders on site
  7. Public canteen on location
  8. Free meal for all officials
  9. 500 plus free spectator seats provided (bleachers).

 

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General Choi Hong Hi

1918 - 2002, I.T.F. TaeKwonDo

Event Venue:

Venue Address: Hertfordshire Sports Village, DeHavilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EU

 

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e-mail: ltsihq@sky.com

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