Taekwondo Explainer - 2017 Summer Universiade
Taekwondo points are gained by hits to the head and chest. Punches to the body are allowed, but not to the head. Kicks must be made with any part of the foot below the ankle, and kicks are allowed to both the body protector and head.
Punches to the body score 1 point. Kicks to the body score 2 points, and kicks to the head score 3 points. All contact is picked up by electronic sensors in the opponent’s hogu or helmet. Spinning kicks to the body or the head may be awarded with an extra point by a judge -- that’s why players aim to kick the opponent’s head.
Points may be deducted if players make illegal moves! Moves such as grabbing, pushing, elbowing, and knee strikes are considered offenses.
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