Taekwondo Gear, Equipment & Accessories
Here is a list of the
essential Taekwondo gear that you will need as you learn this
martial art. I have also provided my individual opinions
regarding this Taekwondo gear and/or the reasons that you might want to use these products
during Taekwondo. Since this gear can get expensive, you can
save some money by examining barely used Taekwondo gear on our
martial arts equipment page (as many people give up martial
arts training after a few weeks/months because the classes are hard & time
- Make sure to buy two or three Taekwondo uniforms. If you have
only one uniform, it is going to stink (because Taekwondo is
non-stop exercise and you will sweat profusely... like a pig).
Buy a second uniform to wear when the other is in the wash.
However, remember if it has a black collar, the uniform is for
- Your Taekwondo Master might sell/give you a cheap pair of
Taekwondo shoes as part of your introductory package. Once you
have determined that you like Taekwondo and want to keep going,
you should upgrade your shoe. The cheap shoes break and catch on
the mats. My favorite Taekwondo shoe is the
Adidas AdiLuxe Martial Arts Shoe.
No laces to come un-done, fits like a glove and has a great
Other Useful Practice Equipment
- Below is additional Taekwondo training gear that will enhance your
power/skills or get you ready for your next belt test.
- Taekwondo Sparring
- Once you improve at Taekwondo sparring, you will want to
replace the cheap cloth guards (i.e. forearm & shin protectors)
provided by your school. You should upgrade to the newer sparring equipment
made with dense
foam (as it offers much
better protection). This upgraded Taekwondo sparring gear will help
to cut down on your sparring bruises & injuries.
- Taekwondo gloves help to avoid knuckle & finger
- Forearm Protection
- You will be blocking a lot of kicks with your arms. Better
(and more heavily padded) forearm Taekwondo sparring gear means fewer bruises.
My favorite Taekwondo forearm protector is the
Mooto forearm protector because it
offers a lot of protection and is easy to strap on. Much nicer
than the thinner cloth & foam protectors. FYI - You will need to buy gloves to
go with this product (as it only covers your forearm).
- Elbow Pads - If you want additional arm protection, consider
getting some elbow pads. However, there are no official
Taekwondo elbow pads that I am aware of.
- Knee Pads
- You want to protect your kneecap during sparring. Knee damage
is very difficult to heal.
- Shin & Foot Protection
- Get the best Taekwondo gear that you can afford as two legs smashing together at
high speed during Taekwondo sparring can really hurt. Look for
the dense solid foam products (such as the
Adidas shin & instep protector and
Mooto shin & instep protector) as they offer
greater protection than the thinner cloth & foam products.
- Protect your noodle.
- Mouth Guard
- I like the mouthguards (i.e. Brain Pad)
with open spaces in the middle in order to help you breath.
- Chest Protector
- Make sure to get the right size in order to maximize your
flexibility & body protection.
- Groin Protection
- Protect your "vital" area! Ouch. It hurts just thinking about
- Thigh Protection
- Not official Taekwondo gear. However, if you have been hit in
the thigh one too many times by a misplaced killer roundhouse kick then
consider adding something like the McDavid Thudd padded thigh gear to your Taekwondo arsenal.
Martial Arts Floor Mats
- If you train at home, you might want to consider adding
martial arts floor mats in order to minimize any impact from
falls or throws. Look for the interlocking or puzzle mats so you
can adjust the size of the mat to fit your room.
- Make life simpler (and easier to carry) by putting all your
Taekwondo gear (i.e. sparring equipment, shoes, etc.) into one large equipment bag.
These t-shirts will "wick"
away moisture (as you WILL sweat). This will help to lower your
body temperature and make things more comfortable during intense
Wear these t-shirts under your Taekwondo uniform.
Steel Water Bottles
- You will sweat a ton during sparring or a typical Taekwondo
workout. Bring your own water and save money (versus buying
expensive bottled water)! Also buy stainless steel bottles in
order to avoid any potential chemicals that leech out of plastic
bottles. Here are some
martial arts water
bottles that we have created.
Shoe Repair Glue
- Taekwondo shoes can fall apart quickly because of all of the
spins & kicks. Buy some shoe repair glue so you can fix any
minor damage to your favorite shoes (i.e. the sole starts to
come off). This cheap but necessary Taekwondo gear will save you
in the long-run because you will not have to buy a new pair of
shoes every six months.
- If you are serious, you will have to buy exercise equipment
(i.e. free weights) in
order to become stronger & more flexible. You need to work on
all areas, especially your legs, arms, stomach and back.
Sports Glasses - If you wear glasses, consider buying some
prescription sports glasses. To excel at Taekwondo, you need to
see the thing that you are kicking! :) They will also protect
your eyes from potential injury.
Video Cameras - Bring along your camcorder so you can tape your
kids or have them tape you! Much easier to correct your
techniques if you can "see" your mistakes. Also it is
wonderful to look back and see how your kids progressed from
white belt to black belt. If you don't have a
camcorder, get a small one
and leave it in your TKD gear bag.
- In case you are hurt, you should consider buying some items to
support your injured knee or ankle.
Sports Tape - Many uses
ranging from taping your toes & fingers to repairing broken
Taekwondo Books -
Build your home library so you can study martial arts on your
own time. This page lists my favorite Taekwondo & martial arts books. They
will help you get ready for your next belt test and/or to become
a better martial artist/fighter. These books teach Taekwondo forms, self-defense,
martial arts stretching, sparring & much more.
- Punching & Kicking Bags
- This is essential Taekwondo gear if you want to master your
kicks and strikes. I have a
in the basement in order to practice my kicks & punches. You can
also buy some
if you have a strong ceiling. Also think about ordering some
in order to protect your hands while punching.
- Kicking paddles
- To work on your kicking accuracy.
- Heavy-duty kicking pads or
shields - To work on your kicking power and sparring techniques.
- You should get some plastic re-breakable boards to help your
child with his/her breaking
techniques. Many younger kids have a hard time with the breaking
portion of their Taekwondo belt tests. You can reuse these re-breakable plastic boards multiple
times (much cheaper than the one-shot wooden boards over the long
Taekwondo Gear Purchased
by our Visitors
- Century VTS Wave Master - This
interesting practice dummy allows
you to work on the accuracy & height of your kicks.
Body Opponent Bag Wave Master -
Practice your kicks and punches with a life-sized human-shaped practice dummy... better know as BOB
(Body Opponent Bag).
- Pro Leg Stretcher
- This Taekwondo gear will help you
to achieve greater leg flexibility... even though it looks like a
medieval torture device. :)