Taekwondo
  • Olympic Debut
    Sydney 2000
  • Most Gold Medals
    KOR
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Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art practiced 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").