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Para Taekwondo

Para Taekwondo is Korean martial art and parasport that focuses on kicking techniques. Para Taekwondo students learn form, sparring, breaking (which includes the breaking of boards or other materials), and mental focus. Typical rankings in Para Taekwondo are separated into "geup" (or junior) rankings, which are colour belts. The student begins with a high-numbered belt, and then progresses to the first "geup,” which signals the beginning of the senior ranks, or "dan," which are black belts. There are few rule differencess between Para Taekwondo and Taekwondo. At the elite level, the main distinctions revolve around disability classifications, which are broken down into the following: A5, amputation of both limbs above the elbow; A6, amputation of one limb above the elbow; A7, amputation of both limbs below the elbow; and A8, amputation of one limb below the elbow.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

In 2006, the Para Taekwondo Committee was formed to promote the sport. The first official training session in the GTA was organized in 2014.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds with a range of physical disabilities.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, para archery competitions occur regularly and athletes train year round.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

There are no taekwondo facilities in the GTA that are specifically focused on Para Taekwondo. Given the easy adaptations for Para Taekwondo, it can be practiced at traditional Taekwondo facilities.

Cultural Significance

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Is there anything else we should know?

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Sport
  • Alborz Taekwondo Academy
    745 Danforth Ave
    Toronto, ON M4J 1L4
  • ACE Taekwondo Academy
    1-2283 Argentia Rd
    Mississauga, ON L5N 5Z2
  • A.D. Taekwondo
    30 King Street
    Etobicoke, ON M9N 1K9

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