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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 - Women's 57kg
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Taekwondo - Women's 57kg

Jade Jones of Great Britain competes against Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women's -57kg Gold 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 - Women's 57kg
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Taekwondo - Women's 57kg

Hedaya Wahba of Egypt competes against Raheleh Asemani of Belgium during the Women's -57kg 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 - Women's 57kg
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Taekwondo - Women's 57kg

Jade Jones of Great Britain competes against Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women's -57kg Gold 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 Bonilla Gonzalez of Spain competes against Ahmad Abughaush of Jordan during the Mens 68kg Taekwondo semi final contest at Cairoca Arena 3 on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Taekwondo - Women's 57kg
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Taekwondo - Women's 57kg

Jade Jones of Great Britain competes against Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain during the Women's -57kg Gold 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

Alexey Denisenko of Russian Federation competes against Ahmad Abughaush of Jordan during the men's -68kg Gold 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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