Para Taekwondo

In 2005 the World Taekwondo Federation formed the Para Taekwondo Committee in an effort to develop and promote Taekwondo to athletes of all disabilities.

Initially Para Taekwondo focused on developing ‚Kyorugi‘ for arm amputee athletes and the 1st WT World Para Taekwondo Championships was held in 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 2009 WT World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships. On the occasion of the 4th WT World Para Taekwondo Championships in 2013 a Para Taekwondo Development Task Force consisting of Para Taekwondo Committee members and invited guests from CPISRA and INAS met to discuss the future of Para Taekwondo. Following their recommendations, the decision was taken to expand Para Taekwondo and make competitions on a world level available to athletes of all disabilities. Para Taekwondo ‚Poomsae‘ is the competition format for athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual disabilities or Visually impaired athletes. During the 4th WT World Para Taekwondo Championships the WT signed Memorandum of Understanding with INAS and CPISRA to work together for the development and promotion of Para Taekwondo for athletes with intellectual disabilities or Cerebral Palsy. Para Taekwondo Poomsae Competitions were included in the 5th WT World Para-Taekwondo Championships. Para Taekwondo Poomsae has also been confirmed as a sport for the INAS Global Games and CPISRA Games. Since 2009 Taekwondo has been included in the official program of the Deaflympics and at the 2013 Deaflympics Taekwondo competitions were held in both Kyorugi and Poomsae. The WT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) on October 25, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the 2nd SportAccord World Combat Games.

On October 16, 2013, the WT became an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recognized IF, a recognition of the ongoing work to develop Para Taekwondo.

Para Taekwondo is included in the program for the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games.

„The hope that Taekwondo brings is limitless, it knows no boundaries and is hampered by no disability.“ – Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo