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The following guidelines may help spectators in enjoying and appreciating Taekwondo sparring matches that use the point (flag) sparring style. Since rules vary for different organizations, Taekwondo America rules are shown as an example.
Valid Scoring Areas
- Front half of torso, from shoulders to belt and from side to side from imaginary vertical lines drawn from the armpits to the belt, using hand or foot technique.
- Anywhere on the red area of the protective headgear, using a foot technique.
Indications of a Valid Score
- For color belts, contact is not required but the technique must be unblocked and within two inches of the target.
- For black belts, light contact is required.
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