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London 2012: Bluffer’s guide to taekwondo

June 30, 2012
London 2012: Bluffer’s guide to taekwondo

Taekwondo translates into English as ‘the art of foot and fist’ and it is exactly that, a battle of kicks and punches.

Competitors need powerful and explosive legs to be good at the sport so they are able to launch jumping attacks and support themselves during standing, single-leg kicks.

Venue: ExCel

Date: August 8 – 11

Jargon buster

Dobok: The white uniform worn by competitors.

Deuk-jeom: A point.

Gam-jeom: A one-point penalty.

Chung: The contestant wearing blue.

Hong: The contestant wearing red.

Taekwonda: A taekwondo athlete.

Basic rules

The athletes compete on a mat inside an eight-by-eight metre zone, over three rounds of two minutes and are divided into different weight categories, for women they are 49kg, 57kg, 67kg and +67kg.

The aim is to land accurate kicks and punches on the scoring area of their opponent.

A kick or punch to your opponent’s torso scores one point, an additional point is awarded if the attacker has his back to his opponent at the point of contact – so spinning kicks score two points.

Punches to the head are illegal, but kicks score three points. To be valid, shots must be of sufficient force.

If the scores are level after three rounds, a fourth “sudden death” round is held to determine the winner.

In the Olympics there are 64 fighters in each gender and 16 in each weight category who compete in a straight knockout tournament with the final two playing for gold and silver.

All fighters who lose to one of the two finalists enter another tournament to earn a chance to play the defeated semi-finalists for one of the two bronze medals.

One to watch

Jade Jones and Sarah Stevenson (pictured left). Jones made history by becoming Britain’s first Youth Olympic Champion at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August 2010 and Stevenson is three times World Champion and four times European Champion.

Olympic rivalry? Athletes from Korea, China, USA and Iran.

Who’s the gold medal favourite? Based on previous performances South Korea. They dominated this competition in Beijing, winning four out of the eight gold medals.

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Taekwondo Olympic fact

In 2008, Rohullah Nikpai won Afghanistan’s first-ever Olympic medal with bronze in the men’s 58kg competition.

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