Winner is first competitor to earn five points or the one with the most points after match time limit expires. For ties, competitors continue sparring until one scores.
In viewing a Taekwondo match, the following guidelines are essential for full appreciation:
- Comparing the perceived score with the score posted by the officials at the end of each round.
- Recognizing and comparing each competitor's special techniques and habitual style of attack and defense with that of their opponents.
- Recognizing which style is more effective in the course of each match, the attacking style that uses aggressive, powerful techniques and big motions, or the counter attacking style that uses accurate techniques.
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