Olympic Style Taekwondo

Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Games, but was not officially added to the Olympic programme until the Sydney 2000 Games.

The object of Taekwondo sport is to land kicks and punches on the opponent’s scoring zones: one point is awarded for a valid attack to the Hogu (trunk protector), two points for a valid spinning kick to the Hogu, three points for a valid kick to the head, and four points for a valid spinning kick to the head. 3 corner judges sit at each corner of the court will score the points, while a referee will run the match.

Officially the contest is fought on a court measuring 8m x 8m and for three two-minute rounds. Over their Dobok (uniform), competitors wear coloured protective equipment, blue referred to as chung, and red as hong. Competition areas, round times, and permitted techniques vary depending on the competition level (Open Competition, National Championships). Areas get bigger, more and longer rounds, and all headshots permitted as the competition gets more serious.

Competitors are divided into weight categories and the competition consists of a single elimination tournament. Coloured belts are usually separated from black belts, and some competitions will even group different levels of experience fighters together so there are no mismatches, and to allow fighters to gain experience with good pairings.

The winners of each contest qualify for the next round, with the two finalists going head to head in the gold medal contest. The two semi-final losers receive bronze medals, unless it is an International competition, where repechage rules apply.

Athletes in Taekwondo need strength and stamina as well as excellent technical ability in order to make every punch and kick count for points.


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