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The History of Taekwondo in FISU

When taekwondo became a modern sport, it preserved the spirit of a two-thousand–year-old martial art, as well as its force and appeal. The World Taekwondo Federation had already promoted the discipline through international college events. The first World University Taekwondo Championship was held in 1986 at the University of California, in Berkeley, near San Francisco, on the initiative of the US University Sports Association. A close collaboration was created at that time between the Organising Committee, the Taekwondo World Federation and FISU. As a result, the high participation level was achieved at this "premiere". Korea already dominated in the number of medals, and this trend was to strengthen with time. During the 1996 edition in Saint Petersburg, Korea showed no mercy, taking 10 medals out of 16. This astonishing performance was repeated in 1998 by this country where taekwondo is an established tradition. In Korea, taekwondo is practised from primary school through university and then via numerous clubs. However, other countries are establishing a promotional policy for this sport and are obtaining strong results. This was the case in the last edition for Chinese Taipei as well as for France, which, as a complete outsider, managed nonetheless to take two gold medals. Many renowned athletes have already taken part in FISU taekwondo championships, including Canada's Jai Hoon Lee, who won gold at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. In the women's events, Spain's Elena Benitez also won gold in Barcelona, while others, such as Yu-Fang Chi (TPE), Yeun Yong Lee (KOR) and Myoung Sook Jung (KOR), were striving to become world champions. Some of the great university champions of the past are coaches today, providing their support to young athletes taking part in major international competitions for the first time.
In 2000, the World University Taekwondo Championship took place in the city of Kaohsiung, in Chinese Taipei, and it was again a very well organised competition. An increasing number of competitors and interest of the Organising Committees of the Summer Universiades led to the inclusion of taekwondo into the optional programme of three editions of the games. The first was in Daegu in 2003, then in Izmir in 2005 and in Bangkok in 2007, where more than 300 athletes participated. Taekwondo is a very important sport in the FISU programme and close cooperation with the international federation is the main goal for FISU. The Organising Committee of the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade came again with a proposition to include taekwondo into the programme of the games. The poomsae competition was included for first time at the Belgrade Summer Universiade.

FISU Regulations

The taekwondo competition has its own FISU Regulations following the most recent rules of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The FISU Regulations are always set up on the recommendation of the FISU Technical Chair and the WTF Technical Delegate in close cooperation with the Committee for Sports Regulations, and approved by the FISU Executive Committee. In principle, the programme shall last five (5) day and include the events below.
Each country is authorised to enter a maximum of twenty-one (21) persons, from which sixteen (16) competitors (8 men and 8 women) and five (5) officials.

Each country may enter one (1) competitor in each weight category.
The countries participating in the taekwondo competitions must bring with their delegation and at their own cost, if entering five (5) or more competitors, one (1) international WTF referee.

Men’s division

Women’s division

< 54kg

Not exceeding 54kg

< 46kg

Not exceeding 46 kg

< 58kg

> 54 kg & Not exceeding 58 kg

< 49kg

> 46 kg & Not exceeding 49 kg

< 63kg

> 58 kg & Not exceeding 63 kg

< 53kg

> 49 kg & Not exceeding 53 kg

< 68kg

> 63 kg & Not exceeding 68 kg

< 57kg

> 53 kg & Not exceeding 57 kg

< 74kg

> 68 kg & Not exceeding 74 kg

< 62kg

> 57 kg & Not exceeding 62 kg

< 80kg

> 74 kg & Not exceeding 80 kg

< 67kg

> 62 kg & Not exceeding 67 kg

< 87kg

> 80 kg & Not exceeding 87 kg

< 73kg

> 67 kg & Not exceeding 73 kg

> 87kg

> 87 kg

> 73kg

> 73 k

Poomsae Divisions:

1.  Men's Individual Category

2.  Women's Individual Category

3.  Men's Team Category - three (3) competitors

4.  Women's Team Category - three (3) competitors

5.  Mixed Team Category (Pair) - one (1) man and one (1) woman


Minimum Requirements for Taekwondo

With the taekwondo CT approval, the Organising Committee must provide, for exclusive use, indoor sports facilities to cover all competition and training facilities for men's and women's taekwondo events. The WTF regulations must be followed.

Competition and Training Facilities

Type of Venue

Number of Venues

Changing Room Competitors

Changing Room TOJR*

Spectator Seating

Press and Media Seating

Venue for Competition



Gender Segregation

3,500 to 5,000

70 - 150

Venue for Training




*TOJR Technical Officials, Judges and Referees

Next Event

2014 - 13th WUC Taekwondo - Hohhot (CHN)


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Previous Events

2012 - 12th WUC Taekwondo - Pocheon (KOR)

2011 - 26th SU - Shenzhen (CHN) - Taekwondo Optional Sport

2010 - 11th WUC Taekwondo - Vigo (ESP)

2009 - 25th SU - Belgrade (SRB) - Taekwondo Optional Sport

2008 - 10th WUC Taekwondo - Belgrade (SRB)

2007 - 24th Summer Universiade – Bangkok (THA) - Taekwondo Optional Sport

2006 - 9th WUC Taekwondo - Valencia (ESP)

2005 - 23rd Summer Universiade – Izmir (TUR) - Taekwondo Optional Sport

2004 - 8th WUC Taekwondo - Patras (GRE)

2003 - 22nd Summer Universiade – Daegu (KOR) - Taekwondo Optional Sport

2002 - 7th WUC Taekwondo - Berkeley (USA)

2000 - 6th WUC Taekwondo - Kaoshiung (TPE)

1998 - 5th WUC Taekwondo - Manzanillo (MEX)

1996 - 4th WUC Taekwondo - St. Petersburg (RUS)

1992 - 3rd WUC Taekwondo - Guadalajara (MEX)

1990 - 2nd WUC Taekwondo - Santander (ESP)

1986 - 1st WUC Taekwondo - Berkeley (USA)

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