2020 Armor

Bringing in a New Era of Taekwondo.

Patented Olympic level taekwondo electronic scoring equipment and a new point system that allows athletes to perform at their full potential and keeps the audience engaged

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The 20/20 Armor Story

In 2009, the sport of Olympic taekwondo changed from points awarded by human judges to points awarded by electronic sensors on athletes’ equipment. This change was made to remove the human error and bias that results in such a fast and high stakes game. Although the electronic systems have done a great job of removing human error and bias, they still receive strong criticism from athletes, coaches, referees and spectators alike.

Currently, the system of electronic scoring rewards a very limited body type (tall and lean) and limited techniques (cut kicks). As a result, players who are faster or stronger and who can throw a wider variety of kicks have far lower chance of winning. These limitations on the sport make it less exciting to watch and less fun to play.

20/20 Armor is a system of equipment and new scoring rules that will drive athletes to perform in a way that keeps the athletes and spectators engaged in the sport. It will allow players of all body types (fast, strong, lean) and fighting techniques an equal chance to win. This will cause global taekwondo to grow beyond 80 million practitioners, which is in line with the primary objective of the governing body of taekwondo, the World Taekwondo Federation.


The 20/20 Armor system is designed by a team of Olympic taekwondo experts and modern hardware and software engineers.

  • The score is displayed on the chest protector, so you do not need a computer to run a match

  • Patent pending scoring element built throughout the chest protector and headgear that has no hot or cold spots, giving consistent scoring

  • Headgear has a front impact detection section so shots to the front of the face are accurately reported

  • Future enhancements include a heart rate monitor, embedded cameras to record video from the fighter's perspective, audio feeds to stream your music or your coach's voice, and concussion detection

Training with existing electronic chest protectors is restrictive. The gear is expensive, it takes long to set up each match and you need a computer dedicated for each match.

With 20/20 Armor you just bump chests to sync chest protectors and start fighting. The clock and score is right on the chest protectors. To set up another match, just bump chests again and keep fighting.

The 20/20 Armor will be available in two models. A competitive model tailored to the needs of athletes competing in tournaments and a recreational model for developing taekwondo students. The recreational model will be at a price point tailored to the pricing needs of taekwondo practitioners during their early development years.

20/20 Armor Energy Scoring

The improvements in accuracy and speed in the 20/20 hardware allows us to do new things in software scoring that existing chest protectors can’t. We have re-examined the scoring from the ground up with the vision of allowing more body types and techniques to be successful. Introducing, the patent pending 20/20 Armor Energy Scoring.

The rules of the new scoring are very simple for athletes and spectators to understand. Below is the entire rule set in 5 bullet points.

  • You win a match by winning 2 out of 3 rounds. You win a round by having more health on your "health bar" than your opponent’s at the end of a timed round. If you deplete your opponent's health bar before the round time is done, you win the round. This is similar to how scoring is done in popular video games such as Street Fighter™
  • For any single attack to the body, the impact energy will be removed from the opponent’s health bar.
  • Kicks to the head score for double the impact.
  • Attacks delivered in succession (i.e. combinations) will deplete the opponent’s health bar more than their simple sum.
  • Penalties will be given by the center referee and simply remove points from the health bar. A minor infraction costs 10% health, and a major infraction, 25%.

We created an interactive scoring system to play with right in your browser.

Try out the new scoring

Suggested New Referee Rules


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20/20 Armor Chest Guards

Get your hands on one of the first 20/20 Armor recreational model chest protectors! These will feature our patent pending scoring display and nanotechnology scoring elements.


It’s almost like the real chest protectors, but without the electronics, padding and shoulder straps!

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Meet the Team

The team at 20/20 Armor collectively has over 100 years of experience at Olympic level taekwondo and 60 years in business. We were on national taekwondo teams for Canada and USA, competed at international events such as Pan Am Games and World Championships. We are on boards for national taekwondo organizations and have university degrees in business, law, computer science and aerospace engineering.

William Sexton

  • 22+ years taekwondo experience, 5th Degree black belt
  • 2010 Under 24 U.S. National Team (Welterweight)
  • Technical committee member for US Collegiate Taekwondo
  • William was pursuing an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics and made the decision to put his education on hold to develop 2020 Armor full time.

Ali Ghafour

  • 25+ years taekwondo experience, 4th Degree black belt
  • 4 x National Canadian Team, 2007 Pan Am Games Team and 2008 Olympic hopeful
  • Computer Science Degree (University of Toronto) and Senior Software Technology Leader / Architect
  • Previously founder and Chief Technology Officer of an investor backed software business generating millions in revenue
  • Board member of Taekwondo Canada

Austin Jones

  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma
  • Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Specialized in system design and development, and manufacturing

Tony Kook

  • 34+ years Taekwondo experience, 6th Degree black belt
  • 2x National Canadian Team
  • Professional Martial Arts Instructor, owner of 4 Taekwondo clubs in Western Canada
  • Board member of Martial Arts for Justice and Korean Cultural Society
  • Board member and Vice President of Taekwondo British Columbia
  • Board member and Vice President of Taekwondo Canada


Reach out to the 20/20 Armor team by emailing us at contact@2020armor.com