A new app dedicated to poomsae taekwondo has been launched ©Getty Images

World Taekwondo has announced the launch of an app to promote the poomsae discipline.

Released to the public alongside Refract, World Taekwondo AR Textbook aims to allow fans to learn and practice poomsae from the comfort of their own home.

An agreement was previously signed between World Taewkondo and Refract to develop a series of apps – with the poomsae app the first of the series.

AR stands for augmented reality and there is also the potential for the app to be used as preparation for grading tests.

"World Taekwondo is proud to launch the World Taekwondo AR Textbook, our first app in this meaningful cooperation with Refract," said World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue. 

The app aims to allow people to practice poomsae from their own homes ©Getty Images
The app aims to allow people to practice poomsae from their own homes ©Getty Images

"In this time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impeded and even put a stop to the hosting of sport activities and events around the world, the AR Textbook will be a safe and convenient way to continue promoting taekwondo and at the same time allow increased accessibility of education materials to existing practitioners as well as newcomers who are curious to pick up the sport."

The app is available through the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

"In this age of smart devices, convenience and accessibility has taken a new importance," said Michael Ching, the chief executive of Refract.

"We are happy to be collaborating with World Taekwondo on their digital initiatives, starting with the AR Textbook.

"With a tap of a finger, you can now learn and practice the basics of taekwondo anywhere and anytime."