Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that originated after the Second World War and came to satisfy the need of the Korean people to have their own national sport. He did it.

It is an amateur sport that has managed to be in the Olympic Games program from Sydney 2000 to USA 2028.

Their athletes are trained from the children’s categories, through the process of Cadet, Junior category competitions and finally reach senior level. During these stages the prizes given to the winners are medals, trophies and certificates. This includes world championships and finally the Olympic Games where the main prize is a medal.

Starting in 2013, the World Taekwondo Federation promoted tournaments called Grand Prix. These championships bring together the best in the world ranking in the Olympic categories.

The prizes were five thousand 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 US dollars to the winners of the first (03) first three places.


This economic benefit helps athletes work harder and have an incentive to train and be among the top 32 in the WT Ranking. There are three Grand Prix awards, and there is a fourth stage which is the GP Final. Only the 16 best attend there.

Until now, there are several athletes who have been able to earn significant amounts of money by obtaining medals in these semi-professional competitions.

Dae Hoon Lee

They are: Lee Dae Hoon, who has accumulated 12 first places, three seconds and two third places, to add 17 GP medals. Lee has earned 60 thousand dollars with the 12 gold medals, nine thousand with the three silver medals, and two thousand with the bronze medals, totaling about 71 thousand dollars in the GPs.

This is not to mention that he won the Grand Slam in China once. This guaranteed him 70 thousand dollars, a prize that could be shared with the coach. Practically, the South Korean who was three-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist took home $141,000, not counting the sponsorships and the prizes paid by the Korean government for the Olympic medals won in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

In men, he is followed by Kim Tae Hun, who has won 47 thousand dollars, obtaining six golds, four silvers and five bronzes. In addition to Jang Jun (KOR), Aleksey Denisenko (RUS), Vladislav Larin (RUS), Maksim Khramtsov (RUS), Cheick Sallah Cissé (CIV), En Kyo-don (KOR), Farzan Ashourzadeh (IRA), Mehdi Khodabakhshi ( IRAN), Simone Alessio (ITA).

Jade Jones

In women, the British Jade Jones stands out, with 10 gold medals, 7 silver and one bronze, for a total of 72 thousand dollars.

The Thai Panipak Wongpattanakit is in second place in amount of money, with 11 gold, 02 silver and one bronze, guaranteeing her personal account an amount that ranges from 63 thousand dollars won in GP.

Panipak Wongpattanakit

They follow him; Zheng Shuyin (CHI), Bianca Walkden (GB), Kim So Hui (KOR), Wu Jingyu (CHI), Luo Zongshi (CHI), Eva Calvo (ESP), Lee Da Bin (KOR), Ruth Gbagbi (CIV), Magda Wiet-Henin (FRA).

Carlos Hernández