From Korean 태권도 (tae-gwon-do) (跆拳道). 태 (tae, “to kick or destroy with the foot”). 권 (kwon, “to punch with the fist”). 도 (do, “way”). Hence, taekwondo is loosely translated as "the way of kicking and punching".
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- A martial arts form which originated in Korea known for its elaborate kicking techniques. The sparring aspect is a recognised Olympic sport.
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