Para-Taekwondo

Introduction to 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’ (sparring) for limb deficiency and arm amputee athletes and the first WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships was held in 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 2009 WTF World Taekwondo Team Championships.

In 2013 the World Taekwondo Federation and CPSIRA signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop and promote Para Taekwondo as a sport for athletes with a motor impairment. Para Taekwondo was a demonstration sport at the 2015 CPISRA World Games in Nottingham, Great Britain and at the 6th WTF World Para Taekwondo Championships held in Samsun, Turkey in 2015 athletes with a motor impairment were included on the event program for the first time at a World Championships.

The competition format for motor impaired athletes in Para Taekwondo is Poomsae (martial art forms). Poomsae is are patterns of prearranged attacking and defensive techniques performed against imaginary opponents. Athletes are scored on accuracy and presentation of the Poomsae.

Athletes with a motor impairment compete in four (4) Sport Classes (P31, P32, P33 and P34) divided into three age categories (Junior, Under 30 & Over 30).

The World Taekwondo Federation are set to introduce World Ranking for the P30 Sport Classes in 2018.

Para Taekwondo Competitions

The following compeititions include Para Taekwondo events which include athletes with Cerebral Palsy:

  • CPISRA World Games
  • WTF World Para Taekwondo Championships
  • Continental Para Taekwondo Open tournaments

Eligible Impairment Types

The impairment types that are in bold and red are “Cerebral Palsy” categories, termed Coordination Impairment classes.

 

P31: diplegia, asymmetric diplegia, double hemiplegia or triplegia

P32: dyskinesias athetosis, dystonia, ataxia, mild spastic quadriplegia or a combination of the above

P33: spastic hemiplegia or very mild spastic dystonia

P34: very mild hemiplegia, diplegia, athetosis, dystonia, hemi-dystonia and very mild ataxia

 

Classification Classes including Cerebral Palsy athletes

P31: diplegia, asymmetric diplegia, double hemiplegia or triplegia

P32: dyskinesias athetosis, dystonia, ataxia, mild spastic quadriplegia or a combination of the above

P33: spastic hemiplegia or very mild spastic dystonia

P34: very mild hemiplegia, diplegia, athetosis, dystonia, hemi-dystonia and very mild ataxia

WTF Athlete Classification Rules: http://www.worldtaekwondofederation.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/WTF-Athlete-Classification-Rules-as-of-January-1-2017.pdf

FAQ

Q: What is needed to get started?

A: Very little, a track suit will be sufficient starting out. Find a local club that is connected to the WTF recognized member in the country.

Q: What is required to compete internationally?

A: Membership to a WTF recognized Member National Association, a WTF Licence and at least a 8 geup belt level and to be assigned a Sport Class.

Q: How do I know if I will meet the Minimum Impairment Criteria?

A: The WTF offer a classification screening service to all athletes. Contact the WTF Para Taekwondo Department at para-tkd@wtf.org for more information.

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