Strength and conditioning for taekwondo athletes

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Anthony Turner

Taekwondo, meaning literally ‘the way of the foot and fist’, is a Korean martial art, which first became an Olympic sport at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. A Taekwondo match is 3 rounds of 2 minutes, with a minutes rest between rounds, and takes place on a 10m2 mat. In competition, kicks and punches score points. (When contact is made to the torso (with kicks and punches), orhead (with kicks only), and is of sufficient enough force to produce displacement of the body segment). As in most martial arts, contestants are weight matched.


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