Kyorugi, (Fighting) is the Olympic Sport side of Taekwondo.
Sparring involves kicking and punching your opponent to score points on a Hogu (Chest protector) Technology plays a major role in sparring, with athletes wearing electronic chest guards and socks that register points based on accuracy, power and precision.
This makes Taekwondo one of the most technologically advanced sports in the Olympic Games. Athletes score points for kicking the Chest protector and head guard and by punching the chest protector. Extra points are added for spinning attacks! Since 2000, Taekwondo has been one of the martial arts that are included in the Olympic Games. It started as a demonstration event at the 1988 games in Seoul, followed by another demonstration event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and became an official medal event at the 2000 games in Sydney. Where we took home a Gold and Silver Medal!
Taekwondo is now a core part of the Olympic Programme and is a core sport to be included in all Summer Olympic Games.