Does anyone here use a Pump? I currently use a pen and would like to start using a pump but am not sure how well that would work with my Tae Kwon Do. I am not sure how I would protect against impact if it were to get hit or kicked during sparring.
This topic's been covered before...
As one of my "korean airborne cousins" ; ), I'm sure your specific TKD practice will have some nuances re: pump usage, placements. As a professional martial arts instructor (Okinawan karate) and a former pump user, I would be happy to kick this around some more if the link doesn't do the trick?
First things first, the pump itself is pretty much made of NASA polymers, which you could run over with a blessed car repeatedly, and have little or no impact as to how it functions. The pumps themselves are largely indestructable to impact. Water, thats a different issue... -wg-
The TUBING on the other hand -cringing- whether the set stays attached because you are sweating as if you were in a shower... those are going to be the real issues.
Myself, as an Okinawa karate student, we spend most of our time firmly planted on the ground. Standing grappling, absolutely. Ground work, minimal, but certainly some. Technically our Judo, or chinese shoot wrestling cousins, will have similar issues because of their specific emphasis and respective technical base(s).
What can you tell us about your art/practice in particular you believe will be problems?
Let me know...