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School Name: LCRD Sport Taekwondo Center
USTU # 3337
School Name: Sport TKD Center

Many martial arts practitioners overlook the use of safety
equipment, especially
instep/foot/leg and hand/arm protection
in their martial arts training. Children often avoid wearing it. It is
often thought that light/no contact sparring is "safe sparring". Of
course, if injury were foresee-able, we would have very little
TKD college recommends that ALL safety gear be worn at ALL
times, even when it seems that it is not needed. Injury is never
predictable, and we should take all steps to avoid it, both to
ourselves, and to others.

As you may be aware, the types of protection for our Feet, Legs,
Arms and Hands vary. You can purchase this type of equipment
as a combined piece, or separate. There are forearm guards
and hand guards, or both combined as one, and there are foot
and shin guards, or both combined as one. To provide the best
protection, you should add total protection, including forearm
and shin pads.  This type of equipment comes in vinyl; vinyl
dipped foam (sometimes double dipped), and cloth material,
and should be adequately padded to provide ample protection
for the wearer.

There should never be any sharp or rough edges that could
inflict injury to the wearer or his/her opponent. Fit should be
snug, and stay in place when sparring.

Athletes who wear glasses should have unbreakable lenses
or wear a guard during training (i.e. sparring etc). Soft contact
lenses have been show to be safe than the hard contact lenses
and do not fall out during competition. Only contact lenses are
authority by WTF, AAU and USA Teakwondo during competition.

Remember: Safety gear won't work if you don't use it. Take your personal
safety into your own hands: WEAR YOUR GEAR DURING ANY SPARRING

A vast number of manufacturers offer a variety of styles of each
essential piece of sparring gear, and we hope to give you an
overview of what is offered in these areas, and the important
qualities to look for. We have chosen the essential gear,
outlined how it is worn, and how it is made. We have
recommended the leading online manufacturers and retailers
for these items to make your selection and purchase more
Due to the intensity of competition, the nature of the movements
involved and the emotional maturity of participants, thousands
of potentially unsafe acts are performed in the martial arts. This
order to make participation in Taekwondo sports.
As Taekwondo leaders and practitioners, safety should be our
number one concern. Whether it is in a gym (dojang), or in a
tournament ring, safety precautions should ALWAYS be taken.  
For this reason, it is required at any reputable dojang, or at any
tournament that you may enter with your wear sparring (safety)

Parents often drop their children off, and aren't aware if their
children are wearing their gear during any contact sparring.
Instructors usually will not allow a student who is not fully
'geared up' to participate, although there are situations where
an instructor may not be totally aware of what gear each student
is wearing (i.e. the gear worn under the uniform). It is OUR
responsibility as adults to ensure that we, or our children are
fully 'geared up'.

So what gear is important? How do you choose between the
varieties of gear that is being sold?

The essential gears are: mouthpieces, white headgear, chest
guard, and foot/forearm protection. In addition (but not listed
on these pages), men should wear groin protection at all times.
If a woman is involved in rigorous competition sparring, there is
groin protection available as an option to her.

There are many elements that differentiate the types of
headgear available on the market today. Of course, you want a
proper fit. However, that is the beginning factor in considering
which headgear is right for you.

Obviously, you want protection. Protection is all-important in
classroom training, and tournament competition, but safety
cannot be achieved at the expense of limiting the fighter's
maneuverability and line of vision

Most headgear is made of lightweight multi-coated foam. When
choosing your head gear, make sure that there is adequate
"thickness" of the foam (1/2" to 3/4" is optimal); It should offer a
comfortable and secure fit; Most head gear offers an elastic
chin strap with Velcro closure to personalize the fit, some offer
adjustment at the back of the skull as well. Headgear should be
well ventilated, and offer some type of protection against hits to
the ear.

For parents or instructors who are continually reminding
children about the importance of wearing safety equipment at
all times, there are even "bubble gum" scented headgear.

Chest gear, like all other sparring gear, is available in many
different styles, from many different manufacturers. They are
uniquely designed to conform to body movements during
kicking and punching.  Most chest gear
(HOGU) is available in
either soft vinyl, vinyl dipped foam, or fabric covers. Some are
reversible, which is essential for tournament sparring

They should be made of High-density inner foam, to reduce the
sensation of impact. Technical advancements in their design
allow some manufacturers to include "air channels" within the
outer layers, to act as a cushion against blows. In choosing a
Hogu, you should look for one that has easy on & off styling
(time is often of the essence when putting one on), and
adjustable straps. There should be no sharp or rough edges
that could inflict injury on the wearer or his/her opponent

There are also chest protectors that are made especially for
women in the martial arts. These protectors are great for
all-around training, and offer the comfortability and protection
that other protectors can't offer a woman.
Sport Taekwondo Center Associates
2008 march
Karate Team 1975