Olympic World Taekwondo Classes
The style of Taekwondo that we teach is in our classes is Olympic World Taekwondo. Olympic taekwondo is a modernized version of traditional taekwondo that was developed in the 1950s and 1960s in South Korea. It is the version of taekwondo that is practiced in the Olympic Games. Olympic taekwondo is characterized by its fast, high-scoring sparring matches and an emphasis on footwork and kicks delivered from a mobile, upright stance. Olympic taekwondo also includes a poomsae (forms) competition, in which athletes perform predetermined sequences of taekwondo techniques.
In Olympic taekwondo competition, athletes wear protective gear, including a headguard, chest protector, shin guards, and a mouthguard. The objective of the sparring match is to score points by landing clean, accurate kicks and punches on the legal scoring areas of the opponent’s body.
Olympic taekwondo is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation (WT), which is the international federation for the sport. The WT, formally know as WTF is responsible for setting the rules and regulations for Olympic taekwondo competition, as well as overseeing the development of the sport around the world.
The instructors and students also compete competitively in nationals in USA Taekwondo and AAU Taekwondo. USA Taekwondo is the national governing body for taekwondo in the United States. It is responsible for selecting the US national taekwondo team and organizing national and international taekwondo competitions in the US.
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is a non-profit organization that promotes amateur sports and physical fitness programs in the United States. AAU Taekwondo is the AAU’s taekwondo program, which includes local, regional, and national taekwondo tournaments for both junior and adult competitors. AAU Taekwondo is the national governing body for Taekwondo in the Junior Olympics.