Wednesday, February 22, 2006
My helmet is on the floor and not on my head because that's where it usually is.
I don't wear this particular piece of equipment. I'm not sure exactly why. I do value my head.
I guess part of the deal is that none of the adults wear helmets when sparring in class.
Our school is ITF Tae Kwon Do which means (among other things) that sparring for us is "light to no contact;" in other words, you can score just by touching your opponent in the scoring areas.
Other schools are WTF, which is like the Tae Kwon Do in the Olympics. To score, you must inflict a "trembling blow" to your opponent, a blow that actually makes the person move from its force. Or so I understand.
So at our school, you have to have very good control of your kicks and punches--hit too hard, and you'll get a warning.
Children always wear helmets during sparring at our school. They don't have very good control, so head shots might be somewhat dangerous. If they're sparring someone bigger than they are, their heads are vulnerable, too.
I suppose that might go for me, too, as I'm a good 6" shorter than most of the men I spar.
Maybe I should start wearing that helmet.
Posted by taekwondomom at 9:22 AM