Are our tournament safety rules in a muddle?Bring back the question regarding tournament safety equipment and the style of sparring used in ITF tournaments. Fact - ITF sparring is classed as light contact, NOT semi-contact Fact - Semi Contact as known the world over is stop start points fighting Fact - Light contact rules the world over specify closed glove of weight class 10oz Fact - Light contact rules allow the use of wrist bandages for protection of the hand, thumb and wrists while punching. Fact - light contact rules specify the mandatory use of the head guard. Fact - light contact rules allow the referee to call a TKO by clean technique.
Now, granted these rules are taken from the light contact section of WAKO but glaring problems are highlighed from this for ITF rules.
ITF rules specify the open hand semi contact gloves, even though we are light contact continuous.
It has proven that these semi contact dipped foam gloves when used in light contact cause serious facial tears, which then raises the question why head guards are optional.
Taekwon-Do compared to light contact kickboxing will inevitably throw more powerful spinning kicks to the head.. again raising the question why head guards are optional.
I've heard ludicrous reasons for the following;
Wearing the head guard encourages hard contact
Wearing the closed glove encourages harder contact
Wearing protective wrist bandages encourages the wearer to hit harder
Wearing dipped foam gloves encourages the wearer to hit lighter
Apart from that, other ITF groups use the 10oz closed glove. It is important to remember the more padded the glove the more protection it offers. When you spar at a boxing club you will wear no less than 14oz gloves. So this really makes the argument of encouraging harder contact as moot.
Will the ITF tournament committee please see these holes in our rules!
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