Karate Versus Taekwondo

Taekwondo is one of few martial arts that almost entirely adheres to one system. There were once several martial arts traditions in Korea, all of which received a fair amount of influence from Japanese Karate. But in 1955 South Korean President Syngman Rhee declared all these styles were to be combined into and replaced by Taekwondo. Having one consistent style of fighting, with one set of criteria for competition, has at least one great advantage- Competitions between all taekwondo practitioners are fair because everybody uses the same set of rules. This is at least one reason why Taekwondo has become an Olympic sport long before most other martial arts.

Taekwondo concentrates on striking, particularly kicking. Blocks are also taught, but athletic kicks, jump kick and spinning back kicks receive the most attention.

With 70 million practitioners, and its emphasis on sport, Taekwondo is the most popular martial worldwide.


Unlike Taekwondo, which formed one unified style of martial arts out of various traditions, Karate is an umbrella term that refers to several different but connected martial art traditions from Japan. A single name is appropriate as the styles have more in common with each other than they do with other martial arts.
Karate teaches hand and leg strikes, as well as blocks and some throws. It has less emphasis on kicks than Taekwondo.

Karate looks to become an Olympic sport in 2020. Its only limiting factor is the different forms of karate not having a common set of competition rules. This has led to controversy in the past. Otherwise its various forms are valid and respectable both as a sport and a means of defence.

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