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Sunday, 11 February 2007 07:19

Taekwondo

Taekwondo high kicking action
Taekwondo includes hand and foot strikes, but not grappling

Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, teaching more than just physical fighting skills.

It shows ways of enhancing spirit and life through training the body and mind.

The word taekwondo is one word in Korean. "Tae" means foot, leg or to step on. "Kwon" means fist or fight. "Do" means the way or discipline. As one word, it means "way of kicking or strking".

There are two important concepts behind taekwondo:

  • the correct way of controlling parts of the body - the fists and feet
  • a way to control or calm down fighting, keep the peace and build a more peaceful world

Taekwondo has developed over 5,000 years in Korea, beginning as a defensive martial art called "subak" or "taekkyon" and becoming a way of training body and mind.

The taekwondo competition will comprise the following events at the 15th Asian Games in Doha:

Men

  • 54kg (Fin)
  • 58kg (Fly)
  • 62kg (Bantam)
  • 67kg (Feather)
  • 72kg (Light)
  • 78kg (Welter)
  • 84kg (Middle)
  • +84kg (Heavy)

Women

  • 47kg (Fin)
  • 51kg (Fly)
  • 55kg (Bantam)
  • 59kg (Feather)
  • 63kg (Light)
  • 67kg (Welter)
  • 72kg (Middle)
  • +72kg (Heavy)

Contests consist of three rounds of 2-minutes each, with a 1-min rest period between rounds. In case of a tied score after the third round, a fourth sudden death round of 2-minutes will be conducted.

 
 

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