Rules for Taekwondo

General Rules

  • The performance time limit for Taekwondo forms is within 1.5 minutes, with a minimum time of 30 seconds. 
  • Participants must bow to the referee upon entering and leaving the competition area. 
  • Scoring for all Taekwondo forms is based on the athlete’s kicking techniques, hand techniques, footwork, stances, body posture, balance, power, coordination, spirit, awareness, and speed.


  • Athletes are grouped into freestyle and traditional categories.

Scoring Requirements

  • Correctness of movement sequence and technique. 
  • Accuracy of direction and flexibility of kicking techniques during the demonstration. 
  • Demonstration of understanding of the meaning of each movement. 
  • Display of the overall style of the form. 
  • Power of basic techniques and fighting spirit. 
  • Proper use of stances and body posture, and ability to maintain focus.
  • Beginner: 6 – 7.5 points
  • Intermediate: 7 – 8.5 points
  • Advanced: 8.5 – 10 points