Sparring gear is universal.
Sparring gear can be bought at most sporting goods retail stores. It can also be found at local specialty shops. Fencing studio's also tend to carry sparring gear and equipment for their patrons.
A sparring gear set includes headguard, punch gloves and kick boots. This protects the head, feet and hands. If special padding is needed for any specific part it can be bought, but it is not considered part of a typical sparring set.
Two online sites one can purchase karate sparring gear are "KarateDepot" and "MartialArtsMart". Both of these online sites have excellent equipment and prices.
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Like anything else in life, there are many answers to this question. Some might say, "You get what you paid for." Others aren't sure and want a minimal output until they see that their child will "stick with it." There is gear that is extremely economical and sparring gear that is like a Mercedes Benz. In general, many people will pay in the neighborhood of $50-$150 for their sparring gear, but it really depends on the requirements of the place where a student trains.
It depends on the tournament. At the 2008 Olympics there were 8 events: (1) Men's flyweight sparring, (2) Men's featherweight sparring, (3) Men's welterweight sparring, (4) Men's heavyweight sparring, (5) Women's flyweight sparring, (6) Women's featherweight sparring, (7) Women's welterweight sparring, (8) Women's heavyweight sparring. At the 2009 World Taekwondo Championships there were sixteen events: (1) men's finweight sparring, (2) men's flyweight sparring, (3) men's bantamweight sparring, (4) men's featherweight sparring, (5) men's lightweight sparring, (6) men's welterweight sparring, (7) men's middleweight sparring, (8) men's heavyweight sparring, (9) women's finweight sparring, (10) women's flyweight sparring, (11) women's bantamweight sparring, (12) women's featherweight sparring, (13) women's lightweight sparring, (14) women's welterweight sparring, (15) women's middleweight sparring and (16) women's heavyweight sparring, At the 2009 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games there were 72 events. the forms events were divided by gender, age and belt ranking. There was also a form event for teams. The fighting events were divided by gender, weight and belt ranking. At the 2009 fall tournament sponsored by the Taekwondo of America Association there were a variety of events in forms, demonstration teams, breaking and sparring.
An older sibling will sometimes let you have his old gear free of charge. Sometimes you will find free sparring gear under the Christmas tree or beside your birthday cake. Sometimes you can find gear for half price on Craigslist.com.
Jonas Sparring was born on 1988-11-06.
Jan Sparring was born on March 16, 1930.
Jan Sparring died on May 21, 1992.