I have always loved to spar hard when I am getting ready for a tournament. And this year will be no different. I have started a new workout routine. I am jogging 3 miles in the mountains and adding some different types of weight training to regimen.
http://www.taekwondosupplies.org/category/tkd-foam-sparring-gear/ It seems pretty good and easy to clean so I am happy about that. Everyone knows how hard it can be to keep your gear from getting stinky.
Also I have some new training partners who are versatile in TKD who are training at a new school here in California. (If you are unsure how to choose a TKD school go here: http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Taekwondo-School.)
My new partners have been training for over 7 years so their experience in tournaments will help me with my sparring.