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Taekwondo is one of the Korean karate styles. Since its roots were in Shotokan karate, it is similar to traditional karate styles with some differences:
- Hard, linear style.
- Sport version stresses foot techniques; traditional version stresses hand and foot techniques.
- Basic punch uses a horizontal fist.
- Uses high kicks and a thrusting motion.
- Uses various pattern sets, some of which use standard karate katas.
- Uses little if any ground techniques.
- Stresses free-sparring; traditional version uses non-contact free-sparring while sport version uses full-contact.
- Rarely uses weapons or weapon patterns.
- Uses large motion, powerful, simple hand movements.
- Uses complicated footwork.
- More modern in its concepts with less stress on traditional karate etiquette and procedures, especially in the sport version.
- The most popular and widely practiced style in the world.
- Sport version an Olympic sport