Taekwondo Competition

Competition is a fun and exhilerating aspect to taekwondo that often refines skills and heightens focus in ways that are unmatched by other means of training. “Competition is a method of developing the full potential of the human body, both physically and technically. Taekwondo competition pursues the development and integration of fitness, technique, and strategy as well as a sense of humility and sportsmanship.”

Plus, there are several types of competition for people of different ages and sizes. The application of skills through competition is what gives taekwondo its unique identity. It’s like taking the martial art out of the books and movies and taking it into real-life for a true test of skill.


Modern System

The Modern Taekwondo Sparring System is based on the systematic relations between techniques. Think of the game, “Rock-Paper-Scissors”: Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, paper beats rock. Success in taekwondo comes from an understanding of how to use the proper techniques at the appropriate times.

For example, a successful counterattack arises from consideration of two things: 1) Time and 2) Space. Time encompasses the striking and recovery periods of techniques; space is divided into open and occupied target areas. A simple example is that a roundhouse kick opens the attacker to a backkick to the body.

In a conversation in 2013, Professor Kuk Hyun Chung — 4-time World Champion, 1988 Olympic Champion, Professor at the Korean Sports University, and considered the all-time greatest taekwondo competitor — shared that the three essential components for competition success are:

   (1) Fitness
   (2) Flexibility
   (3) Unpredictability

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Types of Competition

Taekwondo has four different types of competition allowing people of all ages and temperaments to test their skills in a variety of ways.

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Fun and Exciting!

Taekwondo competition and training is fun! Yes, competition can be very stressful, but the stress reflects a thrill and readiness not found in other types of activities. Also, learning to manage the anxiety of competition allows participants to better manage themselves in other types of stressful situations.

In his book, Olympic Style Sparring, Professor Chung shares that “the ultimate ideal of taekwondo practice is to achieve a state of mind in which the performer is acutely aware of the endlessly changing competition environment and can effortlessly react to such changes. This state of mind becomes possible through the mastery of a broad range of offensive and defensive taekwondo skills.”

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Sparring Training & Drills

Competition sparring training emphasizes speed, power, timing, and accuracy. The increasingly intricate techniques used in combination are blended together by smooth, efficient footwork. Drills emphasize not only striking targets well, but also reacting well to moving targets or partners where the speed and distance of the target changes.

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Again, safety is the most important goal of the Mount Shasta Martial Arts Program. For contact sparring, whether during workouts or at tournaments, participants wear protective equipment and are required to follow the rules at all times.

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The protective equipment used in taekwondo training and competition is a benefit to both the person wearing the gear as well as their partner/opponent. The padded gear minimizes the bruising injuries that will occur in this combative activity. Get some sooner rather than later.

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UC Open

Since 2007, MSMAP members and their families travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to compete in one of the largest taekwondo tournaments in the western states, the U.C. Open Taekwondo Championships at U.C. Berkeley. Collectively, we’ve won many gold, silver, and bronze medals in sparring and forms. Not only are the participants excited by the experience, their entire families are thrilled watching these tests of skill against similarly matched opponents.

Read more: Other articles about MSMAP’s successful competition experiences.
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Go to: 2012 UC Yongmudo Championships
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Go to: 2010 UC Open Taekwondo & Yongmudo Championships
Go to: 2009 UC Open Taekwondo Championships

Learn more about the UC Open Taekwondo Championships:
Go to: UC Open Information

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Taste of TKD Competition: Select Videos

Check out these exciting Olympic video highlights of taekwondo’s fast-paced action, artistry, and stunning power and see how fantastic taekwondo really is:
Watch now: 2008 Best Kicks - Beijing (3:10)
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQV_OvD7bhM

Watch now: 2004 Olympic Highlights (7:26)
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLz-sl1ZfB

Go to: More Taekwondo Olympic Action

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Excellent Effort, Excellent Fun, Excellent Results
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