Taekwondo is an intense combat sport using kicking and punching techniques that are known for their destructive power and astonishing beauty of form. Taekwondo competition is different from other combat sports because of its fighting strategies. These strategies, developed through scientific inquiry and experience, are the key to appreciating the beauty and complexity of the taekwondo match. Another significant aspect of taekwondo is found in its kicking techniques, which have the destructive power to bring the match to an end instantly and unexpectedly by a knockout.
The nature of taekwondo's competitive spirit is embodied in the competitor who displays a true warrior spirit, both when winning and losing.
Matches are two minutes in length or until one competitor scores five points. Matches use single elimination.