For safety reasons, it is important to learn how to use Tae Kwon Do sparring equipment. Tae Kwon Do sparring equipment is predominantly for defensive purposes, as practitioners use sparring equipment for protection when sparring. Take the following considerations into account to learn how to use Tae Kwon Do sparring equipment.
- Ensure that you are wearing the devices properly. For the Tae Kwon Do sparring equipment to protect you properly, make sure that you have all needed items on in the right manner. Consult your teacher if you have any questions.
- Ensure a proper fit. Serious problems can result if the equipment does not fit you properly. Make sure that you are protected well by the equipment before sparring.
- Slowly use the equipment in sparring sessions. When you begin sparring in Tae Kwon Do, serious injury can occur if you are not accustomed to sparring. Even if you have head gear and a mouth guard in, you could easily get kicked in the nose. Take it easy when starting with sparring and sparring equipment. Consulting your teacher before beginning full-contact sparring is advisable as well.
- Practice blocking with the equipment. Use your chest gear and hand pads when blocking your opponent. Part of getting used to Tae Kwon Do sparring equipment is being able to give your opponent a target to safely hit or kick. Make sure you block with the equipment, and not what is exposed when participating in Tae Kwon Do sparring sessions. Always remember safety is key.