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[[Biliþ:Taekwondo Fight.jpg|thumb|295px|Competition of Taekwondo.]]
[[Biliþ:Taekwondo Fight 01.jpg|thumb|200px|A Taekwondo fight.]]
'''Tæȝcƿondo''' ('''taekwondo''' on Nīƿenglisce, mā
<!-- Taekwondo refers to a great tradition of Korean martial arts (higher or under 2000 years), but exists in its current form only near 50 years. Today, it has been changed into a sport practiced very much. In the [[Olympic Games]] of [[Seoul]] [] and of [[Barcelona]] [] it became Olympic sport of exhibition and at present it has come to be Olympic sport of competition.
Taekwondo is best known for its use of kicks. This makes it different from other martial arts such as karate or certain forms of southern [[kung-fu]]. Kicking is important because the leg is the most powerful and longest body part that the martial artist can use as a weapon. Therefore, a fighter who kicks well can hurt his opponent without hurting himself.
One of the most important exercises is the act of doing ''pumses'' (''[[kata]]s'' in terminology of karate). The ''pumses'' are the arranged groups of movements of defense and of
Taekwondo as a sport and as an exercise is popular among people of both sexes and many ages. Taekwondo develops force, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. It also involves mental focus. Breaking boards, for example, demonstrates a union of mental and physical discipline. Breaking a board with one's hand or foot requires both the physical mastery of the technique and a concentrated focus on one's force.