The rules of taekwondo

    Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that can be translated as "the way of the empty hand". Taekwondo technique is based on self-defence using different parts of the body: feet, fists, elbows, knees, etc... Participants in taek won do wear a uniform and a coloured belt. Some taek won do practice requires protective equipment.


    Kicks must be made above the waist, from the breastplate to the head. A kick to the head is worth 3 points or 4 points if it is a turning kick.

    For a point to be scored, it must be validated by three of the four judges. The winner is the first to score 12 points or to lead their opponent by 7 points.

    If, after being hit, the fighter is unable immediately to continue combat, the referee counts for ten seconds. If the fighter makes a "kiap" (a call) during the count and declares his or her wish to continue, combat begins again. But if the referee judges that the fighter is not able to continue, the referee may declare a knock-out, by making a "kiap" him or herself.


    Cha Ryuht > Attention Kyong Ne > Bow Choon Bi > Ready Seijak > Start Gomahn > Stop Shiuh > Relax Bah Ro > Return to starting position Dwi Uro Dorah > About turn Bahl Bah Kos Soh > Switch sides Kyo Deh > Change partners