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#256111 - 05/25/06 07:32 PM Re: Too much padding [Re: BrianS]
TeK9 Offline
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Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 2257
Loc: Northern California, USA
There are some MA'ist like myself, who wear a lot of padding. For instance I wera a chest protectors not for my protection but for yours, for if you were to strike my muscular pecs you would surely break your hand.


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#256112 - 08/10/06 06:20 PM Re: Too much padding [Re: TeK9]
mcmillintkd Offline

Registered: 06/21/06
Posts: 88
We tend to be like most karate schools. The foam stuff similar to what Jhoon Rhee used to sell. Helmut, gloves, and foot covers (for lack of a better word) and a good mouthpiece. Men and women should wear guards according to their gender but I can not say that any does. Most of us wear shin guards. I have a rib guard that I use when sparring newbies or when I am trying to learn a new move that might leave me open (such as a spinback side kick). I drop the rib guard when I am comfortable with the move though I will occassionally wear it at an open tournament.

#256113 - 08/11/06 06:28 PM Re: Too much padding [Re: BrianS]
gregc618 Offline

Registered: 02/22/06
Posts: 193
Loc: Illinois, USA
Sun chest protector, Sun cloth shin protector/instep guard, Sun cloth forearm protector/hand guard, Wally W. groin protection, fitted mouth piece, and Sun headgear.

We are allowed controlled kicking to the side of the head, as well as the front and sides of the body. no blows to the rear and none to the legs (well intentionally that is).

FYI: At tournament we are only required to wear head gear, groin protects and mouth guards. The suggest dressed out in full pads, but do not require that one wear them all.

Edited by gregc618 (08/11/06 06:46 PM)
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#256114 - 08/13/06 08:10 PM Re: Too much padding [Re: gregc618]
StuartA Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 443
We use varying equipment and varying levels of contact. We do both competitive sparring and traditional sparring which often includes grabs and throws and sometimes even groin kicks

Most students use the semi-contact type pads, with light to medium contact in a regular class.

Seniors use te same but area allowed medium to heavy contact generally.

We also use 10oz boxing gloves. We have hogus but only really use them to make a human target (adult) for the kicks to kick full contact. we rarely use head guards in the club, but seniors on occassion use the full face ones we have for heavy/fully contact with elbows etc.

We also use no pads at all.. though control is emphaised.

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#256115 - 08/14/06 12:20 AM Re: Too much padding [Re: BrianS]
Derik Offline
Cruisin' for a bruisin'

Registered: 03/05/06
Posts: 161
feet,gloves,chest,helmet,cup,mouthpiece I dont wear shin gaurds because I have shins of steel and they got hurt more then me when we bash shins

#256116 - 08/14/06 01:39 AM Re: Too much padding [Re: Derik]
jonnyboxcutter Offline

Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 320
Our school is wide open on this one. The older students have free reign (typically the lower belts sets the tempo). If you want to bang you can, there is chest protectors available, and most students wear shin and instep pads. Few use any type of forearm pads, and to the best of my knowledge none have or use gloves.

There are a group of students (mostly red and black belts) that if you want to fight hard they are more than willing (always a level of control though). As I said the lower belt sets the tempo and they learn quick what they can handle, the group tends to sort itself.

A few things to mention, we rarely make contact with head kicks and never with a punch to the face or head. And no matter what new students are always handled with kid gloves until we figure out what they can give and take, and kids are always hands off, no matter what

As far as intensity, if you get with the hard-core guys it is not uncommon to walk out of class busted up, but you knew it could happen. Friday Class is for fighting and if the instructor does not think you can take it he will not let you take class.

Personally, I donít wear anything (I do wear a uniform - Iím not that hard-coreÖ). No pads, no cup, I will make an exception on the chest gear if I have the right opponent and I think I may need it.

-- -JBC-

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