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Do you prefer to spar with the cloth shin and instep or the foam boot?
Cloth shin and instep
18%
 18%  [ 3 ]
Foam boot
56%
 56%  [ 9 ]
Other
25%
 25%  [ 4 ]
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ninjanurse
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old TKD school: foam feet, hands, head, mouthguard, chest protector, cup for guys
New TKD school: cloth shin/instep, forearm guards, head, mouthguard, chest protector, cups for guys and girls

Black belts often spar without chest protectors when conducting classes or during tests.



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karate_woman
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wear a helmet (gotta get used to them so they don't bug me in tournaments), mouthguard, gloves, and shin/instep guards - they aren't really cloth, or foam, though. Well, the inside is cloth I guess.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

all we wear is 10mm mits a groid guard and a gum sheild, some thimes train with out these to we learn control.
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Shorinryu Sensei
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only required sparring equipment we use in my dojo is a groin cup/supporter.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only things I allways (almost ) use are:
*cup
*mouthguard

For heavy contact, I usually wear:
*boxing headgear or...
*a cage type headgear (for weapons)
*light, open finger gloves, or...
*hockey gloves (weapons again)

I have shin guards and arm guards and heavy gloves. But I've loaned them out more than I've worn them myself.

Boots and instep protection I'd never consider. I either kick with the ball of my foot, side of my foot, heel, or my shin. Only time I use the instep is for something like a scoop, which requires no protection.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We where shin pad etc groin preotectors etc
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never said what I had to wear ... sorry. We wear the cloth things for arm and shin. We have chest protectors that I hate (too constrictive) and helmet (too sweaty). I like TKD, but the gear has to go LOL.

In TSD, we wore hardly any gear. I liked that best
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I think that wearing the chest protector can make you lazy and sloppy-you know it won't hurt too bad if you get hit so you get hit. I like to spar without one while teaching because I hate to get hit and students can be unforgiving if you let your guard down or revert to old bad habits. This is not to say that they don't have their place in the dojang or ring-safety is a priority these days.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be surprising...spar nude!
But back to reality.....
My sojourn into TKD intorduced me to the chest and head protector thing, and I hate them with a passion. Too restrictive! In addition, the chest protector does indeed become a crutch for many students. Students tend not to block or avoid techniques, and the "no hands to the head" rule lead to many of them sparring with their hands exceptionally low.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree there, equaninimus. Maybe that's why I like grappling a lot now. No rules (except no hitting the face for safty reasons), no gear, just plain fun hehehehehehe
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