Kata Equipment

Bokken

Wooden Swords used in Kata.


Sparring Equipment

Shinai

Bounded bamboo swords used in sparring.


Men

Head, shoulder, and neck protection.  A point can be scored by hitting the top of the Men as well as a stab to the throat; however, throat stabbing is prohibited at the collegiate level.


Dou

Waist protection.  Points can be scored by hitting either side of the Dou.


Kote

Hand/wrist protection.  Points can be scored by hitting the straight part of the glove.


Tare

Hip/Groin protection, worn under the Dou. No points can be scored on this area.