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Taekwondo debuted at the Summer Olympics in 1988 as a demonstration sport. Hundreds of children and adults performed a mass demonstration of taekwondo during the opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.

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What is the nature of Tae Kwon Do sports?

The nature of the specific characteristics of the sport of Taekwondo is rooted in the Asian philosophy of balance between mind, body, and spirit. Rules of Taekwondo competition are geared toward promoting safety, fair play, and a display of positive Taekwondoistic attitude. The nature of the strategy and tactics of the sport are intended to promote the notion that the legs are the longest, and strongest weapon of the body, and while the rest of skills which can be useful in self defense should not be ignored, striking takes precedence, and kicking becomes the primary tool. The athlete must demonstrate good match management to show that they are in control of the fight. They must be aware of their surroundings to avoid being manipulated into a vulnerable position. The student must train to be in good physical condition so that they do not become fatigued, and lose because of poor health, rather than a lack of skill.

The primary strategy is to avoid being struck by a blow that would render you unable to defend yourself, while at the same time, attempting to deliver such a blow to your opponent that would likely disable an attacker in real-life self defense. Since the kicks and hand strikes of Taekwondo are potentially deadly, they must be restrained to some degree in sports, therefore it is futile to continue a match into throws and grappling (like judo, jujitsu, and wrestling), because the goal is to destroy your opponent by dislocating joints, breaking bones, and striking deadly vital spots before you even get to the point of close contact. While self defense training in Taekwondo class can cover these additional elements, the sport does not need to proceed beyond what is considered the desired results.

In general terms, the nature of Taekwondo as a sport is three-fold: Entertainment, Education, and Promoting popularity.

As a form of Entertainment, sports gives us the unique opportunity to enjoy fun and games with a skill that we have learned. Most of Taekwondo training is serious, and requires years of dedication and hard work. Some levels of Taekwondo competition can be hard work and demanding in preparation as well as performance, but many tournaments are geared more for the average student to have fun, and play a game based on martial skills, under rules of safety and fair play. Tournaments are also a form of entertainment for the spectators who are watching, but do not participate in the sport.

As a method of education, the sport of Taekwondo helps to teach things that are not available in daily class. We are placed in an unfamiliar environment, meeting unknown opponents, and being challenged to perform at our best within a specific time frame with many distractions going on. All of this can stimulate the adrenaline, and induce a number of mental processes and emotions similar to real-life combat. Students learn to stay focused, control adrenaline responses, quickly analyze new opponents, and adapt to the opponent's skills and strategies. Athletes learn the value of a coach or Instructor who has years of experience that the student should heed. They also learn the importance of training, and being prepared for the moment BEFORE you actually come face-to-face with an attacker. In competition, we learn where we are lacking in some of our skills, and when we return to the classroom we can address those issues with better clarity and understanding. Students should also learn that competition, under a specific set of rules, is not the same as real-life self defense, and it is important to balance your training with sports and reality training.

Finally, sports have always been a way of increasing the popularity of an activity, and can have a wide range of supplemental affects. Besides making both the sport, and the art of Taekwondo more popular, which helps increase the enrollment of Taekwondo businesses, there are financial gains to entire communities where tournaments are held. As athletes and spectators travel to events, gas is sold for cars, hotel rooms are rented, local restaurants and other shops are visited. With larger events, millions of dollars are poured into the local economy. In the case of Taekwondo, an entire country has its popularity, image, and economy enhanced because South Korea sponsors Taekwondo as its national Martial Art, and national sport. With the inclusion of Taekwondo in the Olympic Games (since 1988 as demonstration, and 2000 as full medal sport) Taekwondo has changed the lives of many people, and promoted the entire country of South Korea in a positive light.

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What are the qualifications to be in the Tae Kwon Do Olympics?

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How many athletes are on the Olympic team from Lebanon?

Lebanon's National Olympic Committee sent 8 athletes to the 2004 Games in Athens.

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What are the basic rules in Tae Kwon Do?

The basic rules in tournament style are: no punches (punches only to the chest guard, unless it is ITF, not in WTF) to the head, kicks to the chest guard and head only, except if you accidently kick them in the arm or leg, but the referee will decide if it was an accident or not, no pushing, no takedowns....Point system: angle or turning kick to the chest guard = 1, angle/turn to the head = 2, back kick to the chest guard = 2, back to the head = 2, spin kick to the head = 3, any 360 degree kick to the head = 3, if 360 degree kick or spinning kick hits head and your opponent falls to the floor, you are awarded 4, punches will count as 1 point of you move them, you can't kick people on floor if the referee doesn't pause the match, but it is very disrespectful.

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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.

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When did Tae Kwon Do become an official sport in the Olympic Games?

Taekwondo first became a medal sport at the 2000 Games in Sydney after having been a demonstration sport at the 1988 Games in Seoul and the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

Taekwondo made its Olympic debut in 1988 at the Seoul, Korea Games (appropriately enough). It continued as a demonstration sport at 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain. Taekwondo was not part of the 1996 Atlanta Games. The International Olympic Committee voted against inclusion of demonstrations sports. Taekwondo became a medal sport at the 2000 Sydney, Australia Games. It continued as an Olympic sport in 2004 at the Athens, Greece Games and in 2008 at the Beijiing, China Games.

Following several controversial scoring decisions and upsets and the very unsportsmanlike behavior of the athlete from Cuba, there was fear that taekwondo would be cut from the roster in 2012, but taekwondo has been confirmed as an Olympic sport for the 2012 Games in London and also for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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How do you become a fast typer besides practice?

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In which country did tae kwon do begin?

"Taekwondo" ("Tae Kwon Do" or "Taekwon-Do") began in Korea. The Korean art is a combination of thousands of years of culture, history, warrior spirit, and combat skills that were unique to the people of the Chosen peninsula (early Korea). During the 1st Century B.C. and into the 1st Century A.D. three distinct and separate kingdoms were forming. It was during this time that native fighting skills were developed and used under such names as subak and taekyon. Most of these skill were likely influenced by warriors of China, Mongolia and surrounding areas where the early Koreans had migrated from, and continued to exchange cultures with. Japan also had a small amount of influence on the early pioneers of Korea, but it was the formation of the Hwarang Youth Group in the 6th Century that established a well-documented school of education for young warriors who combined philosophy of life, poetry, appreciation of art, and various warrior combat skills. From their code of conduct, much of the modern day Korean Martial Art is based. During the WWII occupation of Korea by Japan (1910-1945) the Korean culture, language and combat arts were banned, thus anyone studying Martial Art skills were limited mostly to Japanese influences. However, ancient skills of Subak and Taekyon were still taught in secret to a select few. As WWII came to a close, one school of Martial Art was authorized to be open under the direction of a Korean college professor, Won Kuk Lee. He called his school "Chung Do Kwan" (school of the Great Blue Wave). From this, many Korean students became Black Belts, and opened their own post-war Kwans (schools). By 1955, it was decided that the kwans needed to be organized under one leadership, and a new name would be chosen to replace many of the Japanese terms forced upon them during the occupation. General Hong Hi Choi, a former student of Taekyon, Shotokan Karate, and of the Chung Do Kwan, suggested the term "Taekwon-Do" and it was chosen. Over the next several decades, Taekwondo would prove itself to be a unique Martial Art of Korean design and philosophy that set itself apart from any other country's Martial Art. The term Taekwondo would come to represent many things, including some limited viewpoints of those interested only in sports, those who focus on family fitness and children's classes, and those who are not properly trained or certified to offer Taekwondo. The term "Taekwon-Do" as offered by General Choi would also become known as another name for his own brand of teaching which was reflected in his "Oh Do Kwan" ("Gym of My Way"). As for national Martial Art of Korea, Taekwondo has become one of the most popular Martial Art world wide, one of the most well-rounded and effective systems of combat training used by the feared ROK Army during the Korean War and Vietnam War. Taekwondo has also been represented as an international sport which was introduced to the Olympics as a demonstration in 1988, and a full medal sport as of the 2000 Summer Games. Some people confuse the Sport of Taekwondo with the self defense combat skills of traditional Taekwondo, and feel that Taekwondo is changing to become softer, and more sport oriented. However, it is a fact that many "old school" masters, Korean as well as other nationalities, are keeping both aspects of Taekwondo alive. Taekwondo began in Korea, but now it is shared by the world.

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What is the Tae Kwon Do regulation ring size?

10m x 10m is the full ring, however the match is played on 8m x 8m competition area with the extra 1m all around is the boundry line. Crossing this with either one foot or 2 feet results in a kyongo (warning)

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What are the requirements to participate in the Olympics?

There are many requirements to participate in the Olympics. They vary by from nation to nation and from sport to sport.

(1) Taekwondo athletes should be medal winners at an International or World event

(2) Taekwondo athletes who wish to represent the United States must be citizens of the United States and hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months following the conclusion of the Olympics Games.

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Has a Japanese ever won a Tae Kwon Do gold medal in the Olympics?

Not through the 2008 Games in Beijing ... Japan has won 1 Olympic medal, a bronze in women's welterweight class (67 kg) by Yoriko Okamoto at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

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Which were the first Olympic Games to include Tae Kwon Do?

Taekwondo was a demonstration sport in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Games and became a medal event in 2000.

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How can you become a great Tae Kwon Do athlete?

Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, and Practice and then, practice some more.

and practice again until you die^:))

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How can you become a Tae Kwon Do athlete?

By entering one of the classes

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Has a North Korean ever won a Tae Kwon Do gold medal in the Olympics?

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

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By which country Tae Kwon Do came into being?

Korea.

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What year Juan Moreno compete in the Olympics?

1988 (Seoul)

1992 (Barcelona)

2000 (Sydney)

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Was Tae Kwon Do in the 1984 Olympics?

No, taekwondo was in the 1988 Olympics, 1992 Olympics, 2000 Olympics, 2004 Olympics, 2008 Olympics and it is scheduled to appear in the 2012 Olympics and the 2016 Olympics.

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How many athletes have won two Olympic gold medals in Tae Kwon Do?

Midway through the competition at the 2012 Games, I count 5 ...

1) Chen Zhong of China at the 2000 and 2004 Games.

2) Steven Lopez of the United States at the 2000 and 2004 Games.

3) Hadi Saei of Iran at the 2004 and 2008 Games.

4) Wu Jingyu of China at the 2008 and 2012 Games.

5) Hwang Kyung-Seon of South Korea at the 2008 and 2012 Games.

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When was tae kwon do introduced in the olympics?

1988 Summer Games in Seoul, Korea as a demonstration sport.

2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia as a full medal sport.

Taekwondo was also a demonstration sport in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement was made in 1994 that Taekwondo would be included as a full medal sport in 2000, but in accordance with the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was only permitted as an exhibition for the 1996 games in Atlanta, Georgia. Taekwondo has continued as an Olympic event of the Summer Games every four years since 2000.

It should be noted that the Korean National sport of Taekwondo is based on the Korean National Martial Art, but is a different activity which is modified and limited in many aspects. The Martial Art of Taekwondo remains active in many Dojang (schools) world-wide for the purposes of self improvement, and a highly effective method of self defense.

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What year was tae kwon do first in the Olympics?

1988 Summer Games in Seoul.

2000 Summer Games in Sydney.

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How many people in the world practice Tae Kwon Do as a sport?

There is no way to accurately determine this number since the "sport" of Taekwondo is different than the "Martial Art" of Taekwondo. There might be as many as 30 Million people who study the art of Taekwondo, but a much smaller percentage of them are likely to be active in sport competitions.

Taekwondo is included in the Olympic games, and virtually every country around the world have representative organizations that train athletes. Each major Taekwondo Federation, and association host their own tournaments, State, and National Championships, and there are an unknown number of independent schools that hold their own competitions, so there is no official record that counts all of those together.

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How does Tae Kwon Do affect Korea?

Taekwondo is a source of great national price in Korea.

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When was the first medal handed out in Tae Kwon Do?

The first Olympic medal was awarded in 1988, but taekwondo was a demonstration sport. Taekwondo became a medal sport in 2000; however, they also hand out medals at the world championships, and the first world championships were in 1972.

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