Literally translating, “tae” means “foot”, “kwon” is “fist” and “do”, “the way”.

Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art, which means "the way of kicking and punching". In taekwondo, hands and feet can be used to overcome an opponent, but the trademark of the sport is its combination of kick movements; the origin of taekwondo dates back to Korea's Three-Kingdom era (c.50 BC).

Taekwondo is one of the two Asian martial arts included on the Olympic programme. Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration sport at Seoul 1988, and became an official medal sport at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

100 Athletes (50 women and 50 men)

Women / Men / -44 kg, -49 kg, -55 kg, -63 kg, +63 kg (women); -48 kg, -55 kg, -63 kg, -73 kg, +73 kg (men)



Each contest consists of three rounds of two minutes for both men and women, each with one minute intervals between rounds.


Competition method: The contestants, "Chung" (blue) and "Hong" (red) compete against each other using punching and kicking techniques performed on permitted parts of the body. Punches to the face and hits below the lower abdomen are forbidden. Permitted parts of the body are covered with protection.


Scoring Format: One referee, three judges, a review jury, and a technical assistant manage the contest.


The trunk and head PSS register the kicks automatically. The judges add the technical points (turning techniques).


For an effective attack to the trunk a competitor is awarded one, two or three points, and for an effective attack to the head a competitor is awarded three or four points.

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