Taekwondo Equipment

EQUIPMENT NEEDED IN TAEKWONDO

Beginning to train.

When first starting out in Taekwondo, and until you are sure that it is right for you, only very basic equipment is required. In most cases beginners are allowed to train in their ordinary clothing and bare feet, so sometimes no equipment is fine.

Basic Equipment

However, when you are sure that Taekwondo is for you, the first piece of equipment you need to purchase is your uniform (DOBOK). Taekwondo dobok sizes are measured in cm’s and normally include your white belt. The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) style doboks are V-necked and usually kup grades (coloured belts) are made to wear white collared doboks, whilst dan grades (black belts) are normally required to wear the black collared doboks. (This may change according to your club.)

World Taekwonmudo Academy (WTA) Uniform

Global members of the WTA are encouraged to wear a specially designed traditional uniform known as a Mudo Dobok. This special uniform is the face of the WTA and was especially designed by Grand Master Kim Yong Ho, 9th Dan. This dobok is a wrap over design meaning that the material does not have to go over the top of your head to put it on. In eastern philosophy the crown of the head is a very spiritually point and so traditionally all doboks were of this design.

The back of the dobok sports the Mudo symbol meaning ‘spirit of the martial art.’ The suit is white, as it should be, to symbolise purity of body and mind.

For special occasions such as WTA competitions and gradings, it is compulsory for members of the WTA to wear their special designed Mudo dobok.

OTHER EQUIPMENT

Lightweight Training Shoes

A lot of instructors do not let their students wear light weight shoes for training because it is vital that they can see their feet for foot formation. However, in some circumstances this rule is wavered. E.g problems on feet such as blisters. Also the majority of Taekwondo students purchase light weight shoes to travel to and from training as they are comfortable and light on the feet.

Focus Paddles

A lot of students want to practice away from the Dojang. Kicking paddles are a way of making sure you are hitting with the correct weapon and focusing your technique.

Protective Equipment

When the time comes to engage in activities that may involve even minimum contact, like free sparring, it is important that you are protected to minimise any injuries.

The commonest protective equipment includes head guard, body protector, forearm guards, shin guards and groin guard. Other equipment is available such as gum shields and protective gloves.

Ask your instructor for more details.