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What is shown is a vambrace, or possibly a bracer repurposed to be more armor. A vambrace is a tube of armor, anything from metal to leather, used to protect the forearm. A bracer is intended only to protect the inside of the arm of an archer. What is shown in the image looks more like a bracer, but seems to be intended for use as armor, much like the ...


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When it comes to Taekwondo, as a female, wearing a groin protector is more annoying than being kicked in the private parts. The groin protector scrapes the sides of your legs and more often than not causes more damage from the impact than the kick itself would. Kicks hurt, that's normal. But being kicked in the privates as a female does not really add pain, ...


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I have a little experience with these mats. Specifically, I've trained at places that use them. Here is what I can gather: Pros They are easily transportable They can be disassembled and reassembled very quickly Can be a great surface to practice kicking on because they provide a semi-soft landing Cons They aren't soft enough to safely practice falling ...


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I'm over 40 and train in taekwondo; I've never been advised not to do jumps or jumping kicks! I train with a gentleman who doesn't jump (for patterns or sparring), but he is nearly 80 and has arthritis! That's not to say my knees don't hurt at times. Some years ago, I had a problem with my knee called chondromalacia patella, which is caused by an imbalance ...


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You should always wear groin guard when sparring no doubt ! Does not matter if you are male or female. Proper back kick that lands lower than it should WILL burst you bladder. It is required for all WT tournaments.


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I have no experience with elastic bands - so hopefully someone else will pick up on those. I have tried Knee braces - but they often restrict the jump motion and the less restrictive ones are more prone to moving and less useful in protecting the knees. So my tips for practicing those jumps are as follows Find a sprung floor - this will allow you to ...


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Here is Scientific evidence that punches to the head are harmful in boxing: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3296090 Guterman, A. and Robert W. Smith. "Neurological Sequalae of Boxing." Sports Medicine, Sports Med. 1987 May-Jun;4(3):194-210. "Blunt trauma to the head results in acceleration of the brain within the skull. This takes 2 forms: linear or ...


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Land softly and work up For those with the patience, I advise starting from a soft landing and working up from there. When you land, you reduce the forces on your joints by decelerating over distance. Land starting with bent legs and decelerate as your legs bend more. This is similar to catching an egg; you give to prevent shatter upon impact. I normally ...


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They were always the ones that came as a flat sheet of plastic and you are supposed to soak it in hot water to fit your mouth. I am not familiar with mouth guards that come as flat sheets of plastic. All of the ones I have used come shaped like this: . You boil it, which makes it pliable, then bite into it to set for your mouth/teeth. Is there a ...


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Quite a long time ago I did fracture another girl's pelvis by accident when sparing. I know she was not wearing a groin protector. I did wear one off and on but I remember it being extremely large, uncomfortable, and it really hindered my range of motion. It was like walking around with one of those pool noodles between your legs. Im thinking about ...


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