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There are lots of rules. They were developed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). You can read all of them over at Below is a summary:

The competition area must measure 8 meters by 8 meters. It may or may not have a platform. If it does have a platform, the platform must not been more than 1 meter high with and include a slope of no more than 30 degrees.

Contestants must be nationals of the team they represent and they must hold a black belt certificate from the kukkiwon. Contestants must wear a trunk protector, head protector, groin guard, forearm guards, shin guards, hand protectors and mouthpiece. Contestants must not use performance enhancing drugs.

Qualifying tournaments must be conducted with the proper weight classes. At least four countries must participate with at least four contestants in each weight class.

The contest shall be divided into three rounds of two minutes each.

Contestants must weigh in the day before the contest. If they fail to make weight, they may weigh in a second time on the same day.

Contestants enter the competition area with their head gear under their arm. They put on their head gear after bowing to each other. At the end of the contest, they remove their head gear before bowing to each other again.

Permitted techniques include delivering a punch with a tightly clenched fist and delivering a kick with any part of the foot below the ankle. Permitted areas include the trunk protector (not the spine) and the head (only with the foot).

Points are awarded when permitted techniques are delivered powerfully and accurately to the permitted areas. One point for an attack to the trunk protector. Two points for a valid turning kick to the truck protector. Three points for a successful attack to the head. Match score will include all points from three rounds. Points are null if scored during an attack which includes prohibited techniques or attacks to prohibited areas.

Points will be scored by at least four judges or electronic scoring equipment.

Two warnings results in a penalty. Penalties are counted as extra points to the opponent. The following acts require warnings: stepping out of bounds, turning your back, falling down, grabbing, pushing, holding, attacking the groin or legs, pretending injury, knee strikes, punches to the head and knee blocks. The following acts require a penalty: attacking after the ref calls stop, attacking a fallen opponent, throwing, attacking the face with hand, interrupting and violent remarks. Four penalties (or eight warnings) end the match.

If there is tie after three rounds, then a fourth round will begin. The first contestant to score will win the match. If no one scores, then the judges will declare a winner based on perceived superiority of skill.

There are six ways to win a match: by knock out, by referee stops (similar to knock out), by final score, by withdrawal (injury), by disqualification (weight or drugs), or by referee's punitive declaration (penalties).

Referees must hold international referee certificates registered by the World Taekwondo Federation. Referee will not score points, but he will break a tie if the four judges cannot decide.

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When were the Olympic Tae Kwon Do events held?

The Olympic Tae Kwon Do events were held August 20th-23rd, 2008.

How many countries participated in Olympic Tae Kwon Do events in 2004 and 2008?

Sixty (60) countries participated in the taekwondo events at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and sixty-four (64) countries participated in the taekwondo events at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

What events are in Karate for this year's Olympics in Beijing?

Karate is not and hasn't ever been an event in the Olympics. Tae Kwon Do is an Olympic event.

When is Tae Kwon Do in this year's olympic games?

It will be in 2012.

When does Olympic tae kwon do start?

It already is/was in the Olympics

Who are the most famous Olympic Tae Kwon Do medalists?

there arent any

Do you have to be a black belt to compete in Olympic Tae Kwon Do?

Yes, you must be a black belt to compete in Olympic taekwondo.

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Who holds the olympic records in Tae Kwon Do?

mu yen chu from taiwan

Who won Vietnam's first Olympic medal?

Tran Hien Ngan in Tae Kwon Do

Are face shields allowed in olympic style Tae Kwon Do sparring matches?

Sadly, NO.

Has US won gold in Olympic karate?

Karate is not an Olympic sport. However, Tai Kwon Do is an Olympic sport and there have been a number of gold medals for the United States in this sport.

Can i participate in Olympic for Karate?

No, the Olympics do not have a category for Karate. There is a category for Tae Kwon Do and one for Judo.

How long does a regulation Olympic Tae Kwon Do match last?

two five minute rounds

How many athletes are on a Tae Kwon Do team?

Olympic teams are limited to four athletes per team.

What do you have to do to play Tae Kwon Do?

To participate in Tae Kwon Do you will have to:belong to a registered club or be under the instruction of a Tae Kwon Do teacherknow the basic blocks, kicks and punchesknow the appropriate poomse for your levelknow basic Korean terms for use in classknow the rules for sparring and free sparringknow the rules of competition

When were the Tae Kwon Do events of the Beijing Olympics?

They started on Wednesday 08/20/2008.

How are athletes being selected for the 2012 Olympic Tae Kwon Do team from the US?

There are USA Taekwondo Olympic Team trials where the prospective competitors compete and the winners are selected to the team.

Has a North Korean ever won an Olympic Tae Kwon Do medal?

No. Through the 2008 Games in Beijing no athlete representing North Korea has ever competed in Olympic Taekwondo.

What types of martial arts sports are there?

There is Tae Kwon Do which is a sport at the Olympics. There is Judo which has been an Olympic sport even longer.

In what year was Tae Kwon Do first inclueded in the Summer Olympic games?

Taekwondo debuted at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.

Who won the 1980 gold medal in Tae Kwon Do?

No one - sadly, taekwondo did not become an Olympic sport until 1988.

What are the rules and regulations in Tae Kwon Do?

There are rules and regulations that govern the practice, and use of Taekwondo as a Martial Art, and method of self defense, and there are rules that pertain to sport competition. As a Martial Art, the rules might vary from one Taekwondo organization to the next, and within each Dojang (school) as set forth by the head master. These rules tend to apply to appropriate conduct, customs, and courtesies within the dojang (entering, bowing, removing shoes, no food, no beverages, no smoking, no gum chewing, and being quit during classes, etc.) Rules outside the Dojang are governed by the teaching of tenets that help the student adhere to various principles of honorable, ethical, and moral conduct. In the arena of sports it depends on the organization that is hosting the tournament. Taekwondo is the Korean National Martial Art, and co-exists in a modified version as the National Sport of South Korea. The Kukkiwon is the World Taekwondo Headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. There is only one organization in Korea that is in charge of all authorized competitions world wide as approved by the Kukkiwon, and that is the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The WTF sets the rules and regulations for Olympic Taekwondo, and many other national and international competitions. There are also many independent organizations, some affiliated with the Kukkiwon, and some that are not who host their own tournaments with their own rules. Any tournaments hosted by an independent school, or organization may have their own rules and regulations that can only be obtained by contacting that organization, or the tournament director of a particular event. Competition rules and regulations change from time to time, so anything written here could be out of date very soon, or apply only to one specific organization. (see related link below for WTF Olympic rules)

How long does it take to reach olympic standard for Tae Kwon Do?

It depends on your age, personal dedication and commitment, and the level of instruction and coaching. It usually takes about 3 to 5 years to reach Black Belt. In that time, athletes can begin competing in local tournaments for experience, and then participate in state and national Senior. and Jr. Olympic events. A Black Belt at the age of 15 to 18 years old might compete in Olympic events for the next 10 to 20 years on average. A young, talented Black Belt could become a successful Olympic competitor in only a few years.

What sport was introduced at the 2000 olympic games in Sydney Australia?

Tae kwon do was added in 2000. It is a South Koren martial art