WTF President : "New uniforms will further promote taekwondo"

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  1. puunui

    puunui Senior Master

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    I don't particularly like it but if we are moving towards having individualized dobok, then I would simply allow competitors to wear whatever they wanted, within reason. For example, gymnastics and figure skating don't have strict rules on what color your performance costume should be, I don't think.


    I agree.
     
  2. Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel Sullivan Grandmaster

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    Have you seen one of these doboks? I mean not just the drawing or a picture? Sometimes things look better in person so to speak.
     
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    I catch myself doing it more the older I get. I wonder if it is me or if it is because the current leadership has a completely different viewpoint from the pioneers. I think it is a combination of both.
     
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    No I haven't really seen it in person. I don't particularly care for the cross over aspect for taekwondo dobok as well as the colors. For taekwondo, I prefer a plain white v neck dobok with a black collar but no patches. For hapkido, I prefer a plain white single weave judo gi with no patches, even though I have other hapkido dobok as well. But if other people wish to wear that new competition dobok for daily dojang training, I wouldn't have any objection to it. Just my personal preference.
     
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    This is very prevalent in sport martial art tournaments. You see all different type of martial art uniform. The main rule is that it be some sort of martial art uniform. They don't care if it is cross over v-neck, sleeveless (for forms and weapons), etc.

    As for the new dobok, I like them. I saw some pictures of them on people and they looked ok. My only concern is how they feel when you are performing in them.
     
  6. Daniel Sullivan

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    In what way do you see their viewpoint as being different and do you see this new dobok as part of that?
     
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    To me, the pioneers worked hard and more importantly worked together to create standardized things in taekwondo. Logos for example. Never did I ever think that the logos of the KTA, WTF and Kukkiwon would change, because there was hidden meaning behind the symbols which worked well together. Now all three organizations changed their logo, and with it, the hidden historical meanings have been lost. Dobok same thing. The v neck uniform is a trademark and symbol of taekwondo, which is both functional and stylish. Going to cross over with colors defeats that. The pioneers settled the uniform, logo, certificate, poomsae, sparring and other issues already, so why change what ain't broke? But, I am not in charge of these things, so I just go along with it, until such time as when I can make a difference, somewhere, somehow.

    A better example would be the bylaw changes that were implemented at USAT after 2004. The USTU bylaws up to that point represented 30 years of collective wisdom of the USTU leadership. The bylaws were modified over the years to make the system better. Then in 2004 it was changed to a completely different system, which I and others predicted would lead the USAT to ruin. Eight years later, the USAT is in ruins, on probation from the USOC and on the brink of bankruptcy due to a lack of financial and managerial capability. Now we have to figure out how to fix things, which ultimately means bringing back what our USTU pioneers created for us.

    Stuff like that.
     
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    I'm for progress, so I guess it's a good thing for competition Poomsae. I'm bracing my self for a lot of "progress", coming soon. Careful what I have wished for all this time :)

    The more I see them, the more I'm OK with it. I have not seen it in person yet, but I have seen a lot of photos of them at the World Poomsae Championships. The company told me that they will be available very soon, so I will get one and check it out.

    Keep in mind this has nothing to do with curriculum etc, or the Kukkiwon. This is something from the WTF.
     
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    "we have to wear this"

    usually right after someone makes a deal for kick backs.....
     
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    I'm sorry, but I simply cannot see that as the motivation for this.
     
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    Maybe they should switch over to one of those black wrap around uniforms with big over sized bright red sleeves with red trim. True bikerbilly stuff. Imagine wearing that while doing a mutant country bumpkin version of Sejong
     
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    Check out Kidokwan . org for a full photo!
     
  13. Twin Fist

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    then you are not trying very hard or you are overly optimistic

    remember who we are talking about here, every single thing the KKW does they do to make money.

    sad truth

     
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    Really? How about the World Taekwondo Hanmadang? The entry fee is zero and 4-5000 competitors regularly show up.
     
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    I know it'll never happen, but I'd like to see both ITF and KKW practitioners compete at a Hanmadang.
     
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    It used to be that the USTU Junior Olympic Championships were the largest taekwondo tournament in the world. Now I think it is the World Hanmadang. I heard the ATA World Championships were large too, but never heard any numbers.
     
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    The ATA World Championships typically hosts > 4000 competitors.

     
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    ETinCYQX Master Black Belt

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    For the record I hate these things still...my instructor likes them...guess who wins...lol. Such is life, he's much more interested in poomsae than I am anyway
     
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    Perhaps you are trying too hard or you are overly pessimistic.

    As was mentioned earlier, this is the WTF and not the KKW.
     
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    I think that 10,000 competitors in 30 rings is not out of the question for USAT JOs.123
     

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