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Taekwondo


Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art practised in 206 countries.

What is Taekwondo?

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.

A Long History

The origin of taekwondo dates back to Korea's Three-Kingdom era (c.50 BC) when Silla Dynasty warriors, the Hwarang, began to develop a martial art - Taekkyon ("foot-hand").

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During the early 20th century, taekwondo became the dominant form of martial arts practised in Korea. Subsequently taekwondo was designated as the Korean national martial art to be promoted internationally. In 1973, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) was founded as the worldwide legitimate governing body of the sport, and the first World Championships were held in Seoul, Korea that year.

Recent Olympic history

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

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Taekwondo - 68 - 80 kg Men
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Taekwondo - 68 - 80 kg Men

Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain (blue) competes against Cheick Sallah Cisse of Cote d'Ivoire in the Men's Taekwondo -80kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - 57 - 67 kg Women
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Taekwondo - 57 - 67 kg Women

Hyeri Oh of Republic of Korea (R) competes against Haby Niare of France in the Women's Taekwondo -67kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - 68 - 80 kg Men
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Taekwondo - 68 - 80 kg Men

Lutalo Muhammad (L) of Great Britain competes against Cheick Sallah Cisse of Cote d'Ivoire in the Men's Taekwondo -80kg Gold Medal Contest on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Taekwondo 57-67kg Women/68-80kg Men on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - Men's 68kg
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Taekwondo - Men's 68kg

Jaouad Achab of Belgium competes against Daehoon Lee of Republic of Korea during the men's -68kg Bronze Medal Taekwondo contest at the Carioca Arena on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - Men's 68kg
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Taekwondo - Men's 68kg

Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain competes against Edgar Contreras of Venezuela during the men's -68kg Bronze Medal Taekwondo contest at the Carioca Arena on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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