Taekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts. It uses fast and high kicks.

Taekwondo means “the art of kicking and punching”. It started in Korea over 2000 years ago, in about 50 B.C.

How do they know this? Graveyards from that time show wall paintings of two men fighting. Some say they were practicing Taekwondo. Others say they were just dancing.


Taekwondo has four disciplines:

  • Patterns
  • Sparring
  • Self-defence
  • Breaktest

The students of Taekwondo practice all four disciplines. They do not just practise one of them.

Why do people practice Taekwondo?
  • To be fitter
  • To learn self-defense
  • To become more self confident
  • Because it is a sport they like

People from all ages practise Taekwondo. Even some young children practise it.

But competition rules are a bit different for children. In a competition, children wear full body armour. But no kicks to the head are allowed.

Is Taekwondo dangerous?

No, it is not dangerous to practise Taekwondo. You will get bumps and bruises like in footy or rugby. But you should not get hurt very badly. During training, everyone is careful. In competition or sparring, full padding is worn by competitors.

If a competitor has been knocked out by a kick to the head they cannot compete for three months. This is to stop serious head injuries.

This is not a problem for the kids. That is because children are not allowed to kick their opponent in the head anyway.


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