Personally, I am not a fan of full contact sparring. Scoff if you will, but I have personal experience with noncontact, light contact, and full contact styles, so I’m entitled to an opinion. Noncontact is, in my opinion, just rather silly. I mean, you’re studying a martial art-what’s the point of not hitting someone? Light contact is the best of both worlds because it allows the players to (usually) walk away uninjured but with sufficient bruises to know what could have happened. For me, the main problem with full contact sparring is the pads. I always feel constricted by them, and that hampers my fighting style. However, my personal bias aside, sparring pads are perfectly indispensible in full contact martial arts. Enough types of pads subsist so that an athlete can, if he wishes, cover his entire body. Each is particularly designed to concede for greatest or most complete or best possible motion while still protecting from injury.
Starting at the top, one find the head guards. These are made of foam and resemble the helmets employed by wrestlers. A head guard covers most of the head, including the back, top, forehead and jaw. It features numerous holes and slits, which help prevent the wearer from getting overheated. Extra foam padding is placed around the ears for further and added protection. A wide elastic strap fastens from one side of the guard to the other, underneath the chin.
Moving down the body the chest guard, the greatest of the sparring pads, is next. These pads are designed to cover the entire front of the body from the collar bone to the waistline. The side are also protected, from just beneath the armpit to the waist. Chest guards are most commonly made of foam padding inside of a lasting vinyl shell. Ironically, these pads often feature what are fundamentally targets on the front and sides. In sparring, these targets are applied by an contestant to intention for the most vulnerable areas on the body. Chest guards with these targets are almost always reversible, featuring blue targets on one side and red on the other. In competitions, one contestant exhibits red while the other exhibits blue.
Forearm pads are normally made of padded cloth, even though they may also be foam. They may cover only the forearm, but a great deal of styles include a half-glove that protects the wrist and fist as well. In sparring, the forearm is one of the areas most oftentimes bruised, and these pads may make a severe divergence in the level of injury.
Shin guards may be made of either padded cloth or foam. Foam versions are strapped to the fronts of the shins with elastic bands, while padded cloth styles are slipped onto the calf like a long sock. The latter style on occasion includes a half-sock that protects top of the foot.
Finally, the groin protector is the most essential piece of padding, at least for some. It is a little known fact that female groin protectors are genuinely used, not uncommonly in a heap of circles. These pads protect women’s pelvic bones, which may be rather painful if struck. Men’s groin protectors, of course, are similar to those used in most male-dominated contact sports and are designed to protect the male genitalia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
You can probably drive down the street and get these at Academy for 15 bucks, but im lazy, and after Amazon Prime and no tax this was a no brainer for me. Plus, at under 20 bucks, I can get a new pair every couple of months if needed. Better than buying an expensive pair and having them stink and get destroyed.
Pulls on like a sock, very snug and comfortable. Does not slip or move during sparring. I bought an Adult Large and I am 6’1″, 190.
Sizing chart according to the manufacturer: Length should equal distance from bottom of knee to the top of the ankle:
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Maybe if you’re using these for MMA sparring where you need to grapple, but if it’s just Muay Thai class, you’ll want to invest in better shinpads. I’ll keep these but already bought TITLE MMA shin pads as well for $50.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
+ Comfortable; the material and fit feels good, even after a full workout
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