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Martial Arts Women are awesome - their uniforms should be awesome too!
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My husband, daughters and I are all black belts in the Korean Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do. As a long-time female martial artist, I have always been frustrated with the fit, feel, comfort, and look of traditional martial arts uniforms. They simply are not designed with a woman's (or even a girl's!) body in mind. Heaven forbid you have a bust, hips or tush!

After complaining for several years, exploring different options, and still being dissatisfied with what is (or in this case, is not) available for women martial artists, Ddal Gear was born. Our first prototype was just an altered traditional uniform, but it was met with tremendous enthusiasm from my fellow female martial artists. This initial success gave me the confidence to move forward and create fully re-designed uniforms specifically for women.

With Ddal Gear, we've thrown out the traditional elastic/draw-string waist on the pants and replaced it with a yoga pant style top that doesn't leave judgmental pink teeth on your torso. It will even cover you nearly to the bust if you choose -- great for take downs and rolling when even the best uniform top can get dislodged. Our redesigned uniform tops also ride up less and require less adjustment in between moves than traditional uniforms--so you can skip the pulling and tugging and focus on your next move.

We have three fits, and the Lily Fit is currently in production and will be available in March (approximately 2 to 24).  The Blossom (for slimmer gals - approximately 00 to 10) and the Lotus (for curvy ladies - approximately 18 and up) are in the final prototyping stage.    We expect to have them in production in May and available in June. Tops and pants are available separately so you can create your perfect uniform in the sizes and fits that work best for you.  There is some quite a bit of overlap between the fits and sizes.  They are made from awesome fabric so they're super-comfortable while still retaining the traditional look and feel of a martial arts uniform. 

All funding received will be used to help Ddal Gear update and revise the Blossom and Lotus fits and market the uniforms to individuals as well as martial arts schools.

Women are not just smaller men. Better uniforms will encourage more female martial artists to start and stay with their training. There are a lot of uniform manufacturers out there, but they don't seem to have same respect for the female martial artist as Ddal Gear. This means the market is potentially wide open for us to create a successful company that meets a consumer demand which won't be going away. I know we can do it and hope you'll consider supporting us!

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is getting the word out there that there is something different available for women in martial arts. There's never really been anything different for women and what has been offered previously has been lackluster at best. It isn't occurring to women to look for an alternative. That's why marketing is especially important -- and why I have been incredibly pushy with my family and friends to spread the word. I want to use this Kickstarter project to overcome that obstacle.

If you back my project (or even if you don't), you could be instrumental in spreading the word to your friends and family in person, through Facebook and other social media.

We can't predict the future, but my team and I are equipped and ready to put your funding to its best possible use.

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    Bragging Rights - Proof You Knew Us When

    An awesome handwritten thank you note on Ddal Gear stationery designed by my husband Chris -- so you can prove you knew us when!

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    Exclusive Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt

    An exclusive limited edition T-shirt to be designed for our Kickstarter backers by my husband/graphic designer, Chris. Plus you'll get a handwritten thank you note to keep for posterity.

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    Ddal Gear Stadium Chair

    Stadium Chair with the fabulous Ddal Gear logo. Watch your favorite martial artist in comfort or use it to ease the backs of those watching you. Its good for watching other sports too. There's also a handy zippered pocket on the back for keeping your programs and such off the stadium floor.

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    TWO Ddal Gear Stadium Chairs

    All the comfort and convenience of the Ddal Gear stadium chair doubled! You can invite a friend to watch your favorite martial artist or have two people cheer you on in style!

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    Ddal Gear Bag

    Our really cool gear bag with the Ddal Gear logo, great pockets and some special secret stuff inside.

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    Lily Fit Uniform

    Not only will you receive a Lily fit uniform from our first production run, but you will have THREE fit consultations, either in person if you are in or near ATL or via Zoom video conference call.

    Your first consultation will be to choose your sizes -- remember top and bottom are separate and you don't have to choose the same size! The second consultation will be after you receive your uniform, to double check -- we can always exchange the size. The final call will be after you have used it on the mat -- we want your feedback!

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    Blossom Fit Uniform

    Not only will you receive a Blossom fit uniform from our first production run, but you will have THREE fit consultations, either in person if you are in or near ATL or via Zoom video conference call. We expect to have these uniforms ready at the end of May.

    Your first consultation will be to choose your sizes -- remember top and bottom are separate and you don't have to choose the same size! And you can choose a size from the Lily or Lotus Fit for top or bottom. The second consultation will be after you receive your uniform, to double check -- we can always exchange the sizes. The final call will be after you have used it on the mat -- we want your feedback!

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    Lotus Fit Uniform

    Not only will you receive a Lotus fit uniform from our first production run, but you will have THREE fit consultations, either in person if you are in or near ATL or via Zoom video conference call. We expect to have these uniforms ready at the end of May.

    Your first consultation will be to choose your sizes -- remember top and bottom are separate and you don't have to choose the same size! And you can choose a size from the Blossom or Lily Fit for top or bottom. The second consultation will be after you receive your uniform, to double check -- we can always exchange the sizes. The final call will be after you have used it on the mat -- we want your feedback!

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