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Yongmudo Competition

Yongmudo Competition

Yongmudo competitions are fun, exciting events that allow participants to apply a variety of skills against like-minded opponents. According to Professor Byungik Lee, Director of the Yong In University Martial Arts Research Institute, competition “presents a great opportunity to further improve and elevate the level of techniques.”



Competitors need to be well-rounded martial artists with at least a minimal amount of proficiency in four different competition styles. Beginner competitors compete in one round of groundwork; Intermediate Competitors do two rounds — one round of kicking & punching followed by one round of groundwork. Advanced Competitors compete in all four rounds listed below.

Important note: Any attack that leads to a head strike is illegal in all rounds.

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Classifications of “beginner,” “intermediate,” and “advanced” are left to the competitors and their instructors. this is becuase players skilled in one style may lack minimal proficiency in others. For example, a 2nd dan in taekwondo who is not comfortable with falling should not compete in the advanced competition as the standing throws round could be dangerous. a 1st dan in judo with limited kicking ability could consider competing at the beginner level, or possibly the intermediate level if he or she has basic understanding of kick and punch defense.

While the framework of this competition has been set up to emphasize well-rounded martial artists, the rules have been written to emphasize the competitors’ safety.

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Organic Development.

Social Development.

Psychological Development.

Recreational Development.

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Protective Equipment

All competitors. Mouth guards.

Striking Round.shin guards. Groin cups. YMD chest protector.


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More Information

Read the accounts of MSMAP team members at recent yongmudo competitions.
Go to: 2012 UC Yongmudo Championships (MS Area Newspapers)
Go to: 2011 UC Yongmudo Championships (MS Area Newspapers)
Go to: 2010 UC Open Taekwondo Championships (MS Area Newspapers)

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