It’s not all about beating your opponent to a pulp – there’s a gracefulness to combat sports that has to be seen to be appreciated. Find out more about the combat sports being contested at the YOG.
As a sport that combines grace, precision and finesse, fencing is a traditional sport fought between two competitors using light weapons: épée, foil or sabre. At the YOG, fencers will compete in seven events – individual foil (boy’s and girl’s), individual épée (boy’s and girl’s) individual sabre (boy’s and girl’s) and a mixed gender team event.
Did you know? Fencing is one of only four sports that have been featured in every modern Olympic Games.
As a traditional Japanese martial art sport, Judo is governed by the philosophy of 'minimum strength, maximum efficiency' – so there’s no kicking, punching or any weapons involved. Instead, it’s all about the forces of balance, power and movement to try and throw your opponent. Judo events are separated into weight classes, of which there are eight categories for both boys and girls at the YOG.
Did you know? The heaviest weight class for women at the Singapore 2010 Judo event is 63kg and above.
In boxing, points are scored through punches to the opponent above his waistline. Two opponents battle it out through four round, each one lasting two minutes, with a one minute rest in between. The winner is decided either by the referee or by five judges who decide who has the most number of points.
Did you know? At the YOG, there are 11 events for different weight classes ranging from 48kg to over 91kg.
Fought between two wrestlers, the aim is to throw the other to the mat, and ‘pin’ their shoulders to the ground to register a ‘fall’. AT the YOG, there will be three wrestling styles competed – Greco-Roman, Boy’s Freestyle and Girl’s Freestyle. For Greco-Roman, there is no grasping allowed below the waist and legs are not allowed to trip or actively perform any action. In Freestyle though, leg actions and grasping is allowed.
Did you know? Weight categories for wrestling range from 42kg to 100kg.
A multi-faceted sport, Taekwondo combines combat techniques, self-defence, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Training develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility and stamina – that’s a lot for one sport! It involves the use of both hands and legs to overcome an opponent. The trademark of the sport is its combination of kick movements. Athletes will be competing in five weight categories per gender during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Did you know? Taekwondo is the national sport for South Korea, and was only introduced as an Olympic sport in 2000.