Martial Arts at the Olympics

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Martial Arts at the Olympics

This page focuses on the martial arts at the 2016 Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Boxing, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Judo and Fencing are participating as Olympic sports in 2016. The 2016 Summer Olympics will run from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

Karate has been approved for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, it is not part of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Karate at the 2020 Olympics will include kumite (sparring) and kata.

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Martial Arts Gold Medals at the Olympics

Boxing Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics - Uzbekistan - 3, Cuba - 3, France - 2, Kazakhstan - 1, Russia - 1, UK -1, USA - 1 and Brazil - 1.
  • 2012 Olympics - UK - 3, Ukraine - 2, Cuba - 2, Russia - 1, Ireland - 1, Kazakhstan - 1, China - 1, Japan - 1 and USA - 1.

Judo Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics - Japan - 3, France - 2, Russia - 2, Italy - 1, USA - 1, Brazil - 1, Slovenia - 1, Argentina - 1, Czech Republic - 1 and Kosovo - 1.
  • 2012 Olympics - Russia - 3, France - 2, S. Korea - 2, Japan -1, Cuba - 1, Brazil -1, USA - 1, Georgia - 1, N. Korea - 1 and Slovenia - 1.

Taekwondo Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics - S. Korea - 2, China - 2, UK - 1, Azerbaijan - 1, Ivory Coast - 1 and Jordan - 1.
  • 2012 Olympics - Spain - 1, China - 1, S. Korea - 1, Turkey -1, UK - 1, Italy - 1, Argentina -1 and Serbia - 1.

Wrestling Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics - Russia - 4, Japan - 4, Cuba - 2, USA - 2, Turkey -1, Iran - 1, Armenia - 1, Georgia - 1, Canada - 1 and Serbia - 1.
  • 2012 Olympics - Russia - 4, Japan - 4, Iran - 3, Azerbaijan - 2, United States - 2, Cuba - 1, Uzbekistan - 1, South Korea - 1

Fencing Gold Medals

  • 2016 Olympics - Russia - 4, Hungary - 2, Italy - 1, France -1, S. Korea - 1 and Romania - 1.

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List of Martial Arts in the 2016 Summer Olympics

Currently, we are not listing archery as an Olympic martial arts because it does not compete as a combative one-on-one event at the Olympics.

Boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Fencing at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Judo at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics

  • Lets see if the Koreans can bounce back in 2016 as they did poorly in the 2012 Olympics. Historically, Korean athletes have dominated the Taekwondo events at the Summer Olympics.
  • Can Steven Lopez of America effectively compete in 2016 Olympics for Taekwondo? He will be 37 years old at the 2016 Olympics. He is a past Olympic gold medalist.
  • Organizers have tried to make Olympic Taekwondo more exciting by changing the scoring rules. Now, athletes receive one (1) point for a valid attack on trunk protector, three (3) points for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector, three (3) points for a valid kick to the head and four (4) points for a valid turning kick to the head.
  • For results in August 2016, please visit the official Taekwondo section of the 2016 Olympics website -
  • Past Taekwondo Olympic results (i.e. Gold, Silver & Bronze medalists)
  • Google news on Taekwondo at the Rio Olympics.

Wrestling Freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Wrestling Greco-Roman at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Olympic Issues

  • Major issues impacting the 2016 Olympics - potential exposure to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, pollution in Rio de Janeiro, crime in Rio, unfinished or poorly finished Olympic buildings, etc.


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