Taekwondo as a definition is "The way of the hands and feet". Spins, strength, flying kicks, dexterity, speed, power, balance, and above all, will, are some of the qualities of one of the most ancient martial arts.

Currently, Taekwondo is considered a contact sport and it is one of the most practiced sports at a world level. Taekwondo Kyorugi, one of its disciplines, will add points for the Olympic ranking towards Paris 2024.

In the picture, a male taekwondo athlete making a high kick.

History of this sport

Many theories have been put forward about the origin of taekwondo and there is still not one that is followed in an equanimous way. From the traditional Korean martial arts to the introduction of karate in the Korean peninsula, passing through General Choi and the schools called "kwans", this art has been forged and transmitted internationally to become one of the most practiced on this planet.

Since 2000, taekwondo has been part of the Olympic Games (previously, on two occasions, it had been presented as an exhibition in the same event). That is why this discipline is also known as Olympic taekwondo.

Taekwondo has been held at the Pan American Games since the 1987 edition in Indianapolis. The historical medal tally is led by Mexico, a delegation with 21 gold medals.

In the picture, a male taekwondo athlete making a high kick.

Technical definitions

Knowing that athletes can use the following “tools" in taekwondo is also important, below are a few:
Kicks, such as sidekick, frontal kick, roundhouse kick… They are aimed mainly towards hitting the rival’s body or head.
Blocks, which are defense techniques.
Direct hits using punches.
Important factor are justice and the no-kill, no-violence duty unless needed.


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