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When sparring with a teacher or peer, students often have the misconception that they don’t have to wear protective gear because actual contact will build strength, endurance, and resilience. And while the logic behind that reasoning can be understood, it should also be emphasized that sparring gear is used for a very important reason: protection from incurring potential injuries. Because Martial Arts is a contact sport, we can definitely say that every practice or training will involve the risk of injury.This is especially true for newer martial arts students who may have a difficult time curbing their passion and enthusiasm when...

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In buying the right karate sparring gear, students and parents alike often try to find the right look and feel. The person who will be using it will try it on for size, do a little bit of shadow boxing here and there, or maybe do a few kicks to see if the gear fits them well and they feel agile while wearing it.Trying on karate sparring gear before buying it is, of course, a good method to use because it allows you to actually see the material, the make, and how it feels when you wear it. You can...

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Taekwondo is a beautiful sport. Not just for its dedicated students and aficionados, but even to the naked eye. The way each movement is executed, from the hands to the legs and feet, and the way a fighter carries themselves- it’s almost hypnotic. It takes a lot of work and dedication to perfect these stances and movements. You need to exert time and effort, commitment and passion. The attitude leads to the enhancement of the skills, so having the right mindset will bring you to the fruition of your goals.In Taekwondo, it’s highly important to use the appropriate sparring gear...

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Oftentimes, we make the mistake of judging something based on our first impression. At least for me, that was my experience when I had my first encounter with Martial Arts. It was in the dingy room of my older brother’s friend who lived two blocks from our house. The other kids were wearing headbands on their foreheads and shoutin ha-yah! at each other while they try to karate chop each other’s neck and shoulders. As you can imagine, Karate Kid had just hit theaters that weekend. It was a massive hit, so every boy was understandably a copycat of Ralph...

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Everyone wants to train, but no one likes cleaning up afterwards. Why? Because your gear can get really smelly, dingy, and quite difficult to clean because of all the salty sweat.However, part of the discipline of being a martial artist is to take excellent care of your gear - regardless if you’re a newbie, or a higher-level rank. Whistlekick Olympic Taekwondo Hand Protectors If you think about it, there are several reasons why you should regularly clean your sparring gear. Aside from the obvious reason that it’s part of your training and discipline, you can also chalk up these reasons:...

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