Sport Poomsae

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    KTricic White Belt

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    I've trained in martial arts since I was four years old. I have my black belt in Taekwondo, Tangsoodo, and GongKwon Yusul and currently my green belt in Shotokan. I used to compete a lot, primarily in sparring but I used to do poomsae as well. However, the last time I competed was the first time I saw sport poomsae uniforms. I wanna get back into competing. At least locally but I'm wondering what's different about sport poomse uniforms? How do they help? And why are they used as opposed to normal V-necks.

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    The answer kinda goes the other way round: sports poomsae uniforms generally aren't very good for sparring: they taper at the waist (as opposed to being boxy like a V-neck) which can be a little constricting, and the crossover collar with ties at the waist are just another opportunity for your opponent to accidentally catch a toe on fabric while kicking. The V-necks also hold together better when you're pulling your hogu off over your head. So there's no practical advantage to a sports poomsae uniform other than that they "look nice" when performing poomsae.

    Another difference is the use of logos: at Nationals, your sparring pullover V-neck can have more prominent school logos on it (since it's going to be covered by a hogu anyway). The sports poomsae uniforms are supposed to be relatively free of logos.

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    Awesome thanks, however with those things you mentioned... how do they benefit you in sport poomsae. The tapered design and the pants being a different color. I assume the Y neck design on the uniform is to set it apart from regular uniforms. I don’t know though. I wanna get into poomsae competition sometime soon so I figure knowing these little things would be helpful.
     
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    Repeat: So there's no practical advantage to a sports poomsae uniform other than that they "look nice" when performing poomsae.
     
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    Gnarlie Master of Arts

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    They make a nice noise too!

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    In what world is "look nice" not a practical trait?
     
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    Maybe I'm just cynical, but the way I see it, the only thing the specific sport dobaks help is the profit margins of the very few places allowed to sell them. Any properly fitted and cared for dobak will look good. And any properly executed technique will give you plenty of uniform snap.

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