Sparring Gear

Top-Ten gear

Sparring gear is used in sparring competition. The ITF’s official sparring gear is Top-Ten and the WTF uses Adidas, but at the do-jang or at smaller tournaments, the popular Macho gear is often used.  Below is a list of common sparring equipment pieces:

  • Hand Gear/gloves
  • Foot gear
  • Head gear (sometimes optional)
  • Chest protector (optional in ITF, required in WTF)
  • Shin gaurds (optional)
  • Groin cup (male) (often optional)
  • Breast protector (female) (optional)
  • Mouthgaurd (sometimes optional)

Common colors include red, white, black, blue and pink. Other colors include purple, orange, yellow, and silver. In the ITF National Championships, only the colors red and blue are allowed.

Adidas gear

The popular Macho gear

Books

ITF & Similar:
The Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do by General Choi Hong-Hi (15 volumes)
Taekwon-Do and I  by General Choi Hong-Hi (2 volumes)
Ch’ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul by Stuart Paul Anslow
The Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do Patterns by Stuart Paul Anslow (3 volumes)
Effective Taekwon-Do Sparring by Master Jim Hogan and James Home
Taekwon-Do Patterns by Master Jim Hogan
A Killing Art by Alex Gillis

WTF:
Taekwon-Do and I by General Choi Hong Hi (2 volumes)
A Killing Art by Alex Gillis

ALL TAEKWON-DO STYLES:
The New Toughness Training for Sports by James E. Loehr

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