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Taekwondo

Taekwondo

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a modern martial art from South Korea, founded in 1955 and turned into an Olympic combat sport in 1988, when it was introduced as a demonstration sport at the Seoul edition in South Korea and at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games in Spain. It became an official Olympic sport at Sydney 2000. The only version recognized as an official Olympic sport is the one that is practiced and regulated by the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation).

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At Guadalajara 2011, Peru’s Julissa Diez Canseco won the -49 kg silver medal, showcasing her skills and commitment to this sport and bringing another joy to our country.

Cuba and the USA shared 1st place on the podium, after obtaining two gold and two bronze medals each.
 

History

A martial art created in Korea, taekwondo means “the way of the foot and the hand.” Although this name became official only in the mid-20th century, the sport has its origins in taekkyon (“foot-hand”), a style dating from the era of the Three Kingdoms of Korea around 50 BC. Taekwondo was performed as a demonstration sport at both the Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. It had its official debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Terminology

Dobok: A competitor’s uniform. 
Hong: The athlete wearing a red uniform.
Shi-jak: The start fighting command.
 

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