- CNTV English - CCTV News

Backgrounder: Taekwondo, a sport or a spectacle?

07-01-2011 15:01 BJT

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 1 (Xinhua) -- To laymen and women, it is sometimes if not always hard to differentiate competitor sports from spectator sports. That's because sometimes it is difficult to separate the two, like, in the case of taekwondo.

Taekwondo is a competitor sport because it is the very first of the various schools of martial arts to become an official Olympic competition, though only since 2000.

Taekwondo has also been a spectator sport, for long and very long, because around the world lots of people have been amazed and enchanted by the inwardly and outwardly encouraging shouts, the high kicking, the turning kicks and the boards - and even bricks - and tiles-smashing kicks of taekwondo practitioners, be they Asians, Europeans, Americans, Africans or Oceanians.

No wonder taekwondo has been claimed as the world's most popular martial art school in term of the number of countries and regions where it is learned and practised and in term of the number of practitioners in these countries and regions.

Originated in the Korean peninsula and now the national sport of the Republic of Korea, taekwondo can be coarsely understood as a martial art of combat and self-defense with both feet and fists. A closer look at the competition rules, people will find out its speciality.

Of the four one-on-one body-contact competitor sports in the modern Olympic Games, taekwondo and boxing are both about sparring, with the former resorting to feet much more than fists whereas the latter to fists only.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program