Taekwondo was introduced as a full member of the International Paralympic Committee in 2015 and will make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

World Taekwondo (WT), the sport’s international governing body, began developing the kyorugi (sparring) discipline for Para athletes in 2005. Since 2013, poomsae (martial art forms) is being developed as a competition format for athletes of all impairments. The national governing body for the sport in the U.S. is USA Taekwondo. 

In the Paralympics, athletes will compete in kyorugi (limb impairments and athletes with an arm amputation).

In 2009, the first WTF Para Taekwondo World Championships were held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The fifth edition of the World Championships held in 2014 in Moscow, Russia, featured 120 athletes from 37 countries – its biggest championships.

The U.S. Paralympic Taekwondo Team and the day-to-day operations of the high performance program are overseen by USA Taekwondo, the National Governing Body for Paralympic taekwondo in the United States.

For more information on Paralympic taekwondo, visit the USA Taekwondo websiteTo find a local program in your community, visit the Paralympic Resource Network.