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Taekwondo is a marital art that was developed in Korea, it’s a combination of taekkyeon (Okinawan Karate) and others. There’s been speculation of who coined the term. The International Taekwon-Do Federation claims Choi Hong Hi coined the term, while the World Taekwondo Federation suggest it was a collaborative effort by the original nine kwans.

The goal of Taekwondo is, only on allowed areas, to give as many kicks and blows as you can on your enemy.  You are given one point for a strike in the body and two for kicks to the face. The contest area should be on a 10m-square mat.

Taekwondo may be written as Tae-Kwon-Do, Taekwon-Do, Tae Kwon Do, and many more.

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