NBC tries to promote karate for 2020 Olympics, shows taekwondo


Everything isn’t karate fighting, NBC.

The network posted a clip on its Olympics Facebook and YouTube pages on Saturday, promoting karate in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo for the first time.

The only problem is, the video has nothing to do with karate — the martial artists are showcasing taekwondo.

The Korean martial arts have been included in the Olympics since 2000.

On NBC Sport’s YouTube clip, the taekwondo demonstration is described as “insane karate stunts.”

NBC posted a clip of a taekwondo demonstration to promote karate in the 2020 Olympics.

NBC posted a clip of a taekwondo demonstration to promote karate in the 2020 Olympics.

(NBC Olympic Facebook)

The clips are really from the World Taekwondo Foundation’s demonstration team, which includes members from Brazil, Mexico and Turkey.

While they’re both martial arts, Japan’s karate could not be more different from Korea’s taekwondo.

It’d be like posting a video of soccer players to promote American football being added to the Olympics.

NBC even posted the difference between karate and taekwondo on its own Olympics website.

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While taekwondo is more focused on kicks, karate is more disciplined on hand strikes.

(KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) The “insane karate stunts” that NBC captioned was actually the World Taekwondo Federation’s team’s demonstration in Rio.

The “insane karate stunts” that NBC captioned was actually the World Taekwondo Federation’s team’s demonstration in Rio.

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“The biggest difference between karate and taekwondo is that a karate match involves almost four times more punching than kicking. Taekwondo is the opposite; it features far more kicking than punching,” NBC wrote on its Olympics page.

In this 44-second clip of the so-called “karate” demonstration, there is not a single punch thrown in the entire video.

The martial artist does, however, show off an impressive flurry of acrobatic kicks to demolish wooden boards.

The 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo will be the Japanese martial art’s debut in the Olympics, after the international committee approved it along with baseball-softball, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing.

NBC officials did not respond to the Daily News’ request for comments.

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