The Pro Taekwondo and the Olympic Taekwondo

10:09:00 AM Tkd kwan 5 Comments


Many practitioners from different martial arts agree that the Olympic Taekwondo has changed the image of Taekwondo, by integrating many protectors for the competitors and also creating many rules.

All these changes affected the image of the Korean martial art, which caused a kind of intellectual split between WT Taekwondo practitioners.

Some Taekwondo athletes and masters prefer the old style while others like the new Olympic Taekwondo, well some have no choice but to love it, because it is what they started with and they have no idea what the old Taekwondo was.

We want to talk about another style of Taekwondo completely different than the Olympic style, and They call it Pro Taekwondo.

This sparring style started in these last 12 years.

Some resources say that GM Doug Fuechsel was the person behind the idea (1997- 1999).

GM Doug Fuechsel is currently the Executive Director of Champions Education Fund, The US Taekwondo Committee and The US Open Taekwondo Hanmadang.

But we have found that the competition was already organized since 2008, and at the time they were using gloves and socks, and the rules were allowing punches to the head.

Honestly we can not confirm who is the real owner of the idea of Pro Taekwondo in general.

So what makes Pro Taekwondo different than WT Taekwondo kyorugi we see nowadays?

Protectors (Gears):

In Pro Taekwondo there is no protectors except the groin protector that is obligatory in all fighting sports.

While the WT Kyorugi is a very expensive competition :)

Head gear, Hogu (chest protector), shin and arm gears, socks and gloves, and of course the groin protector.

The style:

The Pro Taekwondo sparring is a real full contact sparring, and not a touch style like the WT Kyorugi.

The beauty:

Most athletes are using advanced techniques and we can not see the front leg fencing style. This style can attract more audience because most athletes try to show impressive kicks

Tell us what do you think about Pro Taekwondo? can it be the best solution for Taekwondo athletes who miss the traditional style?

We do respect all opinions no matter how different they are :)

Kind regards


  1. I believe that as instructors of TKD we have a duty to teach the complete art form, not just the "sport fighting" of WTF.. Sport fighting is only a small part of TKD for demonstration purposes only. We need to keep the full art alive. Korean armies are a good example. (Am BB in both North and South Korean TKD 30 years +)

  2. Oni Shinigami on FacebookOctober 31, 2020 at 3:22 AM

    I don't like Sport TKD because I was cheat out of 5 Gold medals! Because of byass Judges I got 5 Silver medals! I also won 3 Gold medals! I should have had 8 Gold medals! Corruption in some tournaments!

  3. Old style is best, never liked Olympic Style TKD

  4. Trained and ranked 7th. Dan. Traditional, never liked Olympic Style

  5. Old style is best, never liked Olympic Style TKD