The main objective of Para taekwondo is defeating the opponent. The length of the combat is a 5-minute round with a 30-second break for each Para athlete.

Developed in 2006, Para taekwondo has exploded in popularity due to its practicality, minimal need for equipment, and spectacular spin kick techniques.

Sports classification

The athletes who can participate in Para Taekwondo at the 2023 Games in Santiago are those with an impairment or amputation of one arm below the elbow, men and women. This class is known as K44. Weight categories will also apply.


Many theories have been considered regarding the origin of taekwondo and there is still not one that is widely accepted. This art has been forged and transmitted internationally to become one of the most practiced on this planet.

The first Para taekwondo World Championship was held in 2009 with 36 athletes from 16 countries.

Para taekwondo was introduced at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, just a year before its Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In Lima, the Brazilian and Mexican teams won two gold medals.

How do you compete?

As Para taekwondo was developed specifically by World Taekwondo, the rules are exactly the same as for Olympic taekwondo, with some changes made for safety. Para taekwondo practitioners use the same padded mat (8 m in diameter) and sensorless mica head protector, since points to the head are forbidden. The same scoring system and penalties as traditional taekwondo are used, with some minor adjustments.

Unlike conventional taekwondo, kicks to the head are forbidden, but punches to the body are scored in the same way as the conventional version of the sport. This is spectacular for spectators when there are close contests.

If the score is tied at the end of regulation time, there is a Golden Point Round in which the winner is defined.

As a bonus fact, the uniform used is called Competition Uniform, which differs from the Dobok in that it is tighter and more stretchable. All fighters must wear head, mouth, and chest protection. The chest protector is electronic and registers points automatically if a kick or punch lands with enough power and accuracy.


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