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IcemanSK
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Joined: 12 Oct 2005
Posts: 1084
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Styles: Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:39 pm    Post subject: Lightweight vs. Heavyweight dobok for Taekwondo Reply with quote

I've trained in Kuki-TKD for most of my career. Back in the 80s, heavier weight duck canvas and other types of heavy dobok were very popular. With every kick or punch, the material would make a great pop sound. They even used to make KKW v-neck dobok in heavy canvas.

Today, the thinking is lightweight (or even ultra lightweight) dobok marketed to fighters.

How many of you have trained using both heavy and light styles? Which do you prefer to train in? How many of you have only tried one type or the other?
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singularity6
Pre-Black Belt
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Joined: 26 Jun 2017
Posts: 958
Location: Michigan
Styles: Jidokwan Taekwondo and Hapkido, Yoshokai Aikido, ZNIR Iaido, Kendo

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My school uses the Japanese-style uniform, and I've trained in light, middle and heavy weight versions. I definitely prefer the middleweight the most (somewhere around 10 oz.) It feels sturdy, looks good and does pop from time to time.
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stoneheart
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Joined: 06 Apr 2004
Posts: 146


PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a kumite specific gi that I use for sparring classes. It's loose and feels almost like I am wearing nothing which is fantastic for moving around with abandon.

For normal classes that have a blend of everything, I prefer a heavy uniform which absorbs sweat and can handle a bit of light grappling.
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JR 137
KF Sempai
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Joined: 10 May 2015
Posts: 2357
Location: In the dojo
Styles: Seido Juku

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

singularity6 wrote:
My school uses the Japanese-style uniform, and I've trained in light, middle and heavy weight versions. I definitely prefer the middleweight the most (somewhere around 10 oz.) It feels sturdy, looks good and does pop from time to time.


I go with middleweight too. I hate those free uniforms they give out when you sign up. Some of them are practically see through. Heavyweight ones are just too heavy. I wear a Shureido middleweight (K-11). Itís the perfect balance of weight and lightness.

I used to like that snapping sound. I donít care either way anymore.
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