Taekwondo is becoming an increasingly popular activity and is privileged to be the only martial art that is an Olympic sport. It is ideal for building and sustaining a fantastic level of fitness, improving confidence, and developing motivation and self-pride. Adults and children are equally respected and catered for in the fast-paced taekwondo community
Whether you are planning to advance to sparring classes or perhaps looking at competing at organised events, there is a designated kit required by all participants All sparring equipment needs to have been approved by the World Taekwondo Federation (labels will state WTF approved) in order to conform to the British Taekwondo Control Board’s regulations – otherwise the competitor in question will be disqualified.
1. The dobok
The dobok is the Korean name given to the white, pyjama-style suit that is worn by all participants. There are several different brands of suit available, and two main styles-one with a white v-neck which is suitable for anyone to wear, and one with a black v-neck which is only allowed to be worn by someone who has gained a black-belt in the sport.
2. The coloured belt
The coloured belt needs to be worn during a sparring match in order to display the level of accomplishment that the fighter has achieved.
3. Body armour
WTF body armour is a reversible body protector designed to cover the chest, stomach and shoulders, and ties at the back. It is red on one side and blue on the other side so only one is required. The body armour has two main purposes. Firstly, it acts as a target for an opponent to strike and subsequently score points. Secondly, it protects the body by absorbing some of the power and energy from a kick
4. Head guard
Head guards are also required, one red and one blue. They are used for the same purpose as the body armour —to kick in order to accumulate points and, importantly, to protect the head.