Angel Valodia Matos of Cuba (red) kicks the referee, Chakir Chelbat of Sweden (R), after Chelbat disqualified Matos for an extended injury time out during the Men's +80kg bronze medal match against Arman Chilmanov of Kazakhstan (not pictured) held at the University of Science and Technology Beijing Gymnasium on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China. Chilmanov won the bronze medal. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images AsiaPac)Professional athletes...Read Full Story
While the debates rage over the most important Olympic event, Taekwondo is undisputedly the most ballsy…literally. While Boxing has traditionally been the most brutal hand-to-hand sport in the Olympics, forcing Taekwondo to take the back seat, it was very clear in Beijing that kicks are where the pain is at. The goal of the fighters is to kick their opponent in the head or the protector pad on their abdomen to score points. However, due to the position of the protector pad right above the...Read Full Story
Reza Naderian of Iran (blue) bouts with Marcio Ferreira of Brazil (red) in the taekwondo Men's 58kg Preliminary Round at the University of Science and Technology Gymnasium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images AsiaPac) Taekwondo is a full contact sport, contrary to what some think. You can actually kick someone in the head hard enough and win by knockout. You can also kick someone in the groin and get...Read Full Story
The Taekwondo competition at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics will take place from August 20 to August 23 at the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium.