How do you compete?
As Para Taekwondo was specifically developed by World Taekwondo, the rules are practically the same as for Olympic Taekwondo, just with minor changes made in terms of safety. Para taekwondoins (or taekwondo fighters) use the same padded mat (8m in diametre), round and time format, and the same scoring and penalties, with some minor adjustments.
Unlike taekwondo, kicks to the head are forbidden and punches to the body are not scored, given the different blocking capacities of the athletes. Instead, Para taekwondoins can score additional points for more difficult kicks – one more for a turn kick and two more for a spinning kick. This is spectacular for the audience especially in close matches.
If the score is tied after regulation time, a Golden Round begins in order to determine the winner.
The uniform taekwondoins wear is called a Dobok and all fighters are required to wear head, mouth, and chest protection. The chest protector is electronic and automatically registers points if a kick or punch lands with enough power and accuracy.