Taekwondo National Championships return to Detroit

Jo Kroeker
The Detroit News

An estimated 5,000 competitors are in Detroit’s Cobo Center this week for the USA Taekwondo National Championships.

The tournament, the largest taekwondo event in the world, according to organizers, began June 29 and will end Thursday. It returns to Detroit for the first time since 2008, when it was hosted at Ford Field.

This year’s events include sparring, poomsae (choreographed forms), board breaking and demo teams. This year’s event also serves as National Team Trials for cadet and junior sparring.

Opponents face off with kicks and punches in an 8-meter by 8-meter ring for three two-minute rounds. Competitors wear white uniforms called doboks and protective equipment such as padded head gear, and torso, arm, leg and foot guards.