In this article, we will talk about the three most practiced martial arts in the world, Taekwondo, karate and judo. In the world of martial arts we usually imagine different specialties and routines of martial art (as in the case of Taekwondo, Karate or Judo) but sometimes we are wrong and mistakenly designate different movements.

Now starting a little to clarify about these 3 martial arts, all of these are of Asian origin. Karate and judo share several similarities and one of the main ones is that they come from the same country, Japan. When we talk about Taekwondo we usually think that it is a martial art from China or Japan but not because it is Korean martial art. We will delve deeply into these martial arts.


This martial art is Korean. South or North Korea? We are currently getting this doubt since lately something notorious has been done in the international news. The answer is that its origin is linked to the two Korea since its martial ancestor, taekwondo and this discipline developed in the empire of Korea.

The Taekwondo is a martial art that emphasizes movements and blows with legs (kicks) can also find some punches (fists) that are totally valid in competitions and tournaments.

The taekwondo WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) is a sportier and more stylized version but also more restricted in the technical field. Since it seeks to protect the athlete from various injuries. WTF taekwondo has been an Olympic sport since its first appearance in 2000 at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The uniform used for the practice of Taekwondo is called Dobok. Generally, the Taekwondo dobok comprises two main garments and a belt (obi). In the upper part of the dobok (the jacket) has a white or black border around the neck seam depending on whether the practitioner is a black belt or not, however, there are currently many schools that wear black regardless of the practitioner's grade.

Depending on the type of school, some Taekwondo kimonos present logos and embroidery embodied in the Dobok. It is very popular to see the South Korean flag in different taekwondo kimonos. In competitions and in some workouts, bib or chest, helmet, shin guard, coquille and forearm protectors are usually used, to protect the athlete's body.


The Judo is a Japanese martial art, from various indigenous struggles of the Japanese country that the great Jigoro Kano was commissioned to collect the best techniques to form this new martial art.

The Judo is a martial art that most differs from taekwondo, as it is a martial discipline Grappling (grip) style, it means that specializes in projections (techniques to bring the opponent to the ground using its own weight) throttles and dislocations The techniques of hitting or kicking (although they exist) are not usually used, only exclusively in certain katas but it is not common in martial art.

Another particularity that Judo presents that do not develop deeply in taekwondo is the fight on the ground or ne-waza. This fight begins when the two opponents are on the ground, their technical repertoire has strangulations, immobilizations, dislocations of elbows, shoulders and flips, etc.

Due to its characteristics, judo has more similarities with Greco-Roman wrestling, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and sambo. In judo the traditional kimono or judogi is used, it has three parts: jacket, pants and belt. The judogi has two presentations, blue and white. The uniform for judo is characterized by being somewhat thick and heavy compared to or taekwondo uniform.