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Martial Arts Sparring Gear

Aug 7, 2008
Martial Arts or the art of war as it is literally translated is any codified and tradition based form of combat, and most popular forms that originate in Asia focus on the uses of the hands, feet, elbows, Knees and any part of the body that one might use to defend themselves against an opponent. The art of sparring in martial arts is centuries old. Ancient masters of different forms all found that it was insufficient to simply imagine ones opponent at all times when training; it eventually became necessary to utilize ones skills in practice against a real opponent. In order to prepare for combat one must practice simulated combat and all forms of martial arts even those that do not originate in Asia utilize sparring to accomplish this.

As one might imagine, however, practicing combat without hurting your opponent or being hurt yourself is difficult, and over time martial arts sparring gear has emerged to protect the vital parts of one's body and prevent injury. In modern times the most popular forms of martial arts are of Asian origins, and popular name brands such as macho and century have become known for providing quality protection for those individuals engaging in martial arts sparring.

All gear should come with a quality and satisfaction guarantee, because at the end of the day after being struck repeatedly by your opponent your protective gear isn't protecting you or holding up then you might have a problem. Head gear, face shields, mouth guards, hand guards, feet protection, shin guards, and chest protection are some of the absolutely necessary sparring gear any student or studio will need to have on hand in order to safely engage in sparring.

Martial arts sparring gear isn't just about protection, however, though that is its primary purpose. Effective gear will also allow for movement, and some gear may be either light or heavy to help teach you fighting under different weight restraints.

Being comfortable in your sparring gear is important, but being fully protected is of greater concern. Different forms of martial arts will choose to utilize varying degrees of sparring gear protection, and some choose not to utilize sparring gear at all. Those forms that choose not to use sparring gear within their centers do so under the careful and diligent eye of a trained master, but for students who wish to practice sparring outside of their center, protective sparring gear is always essential.
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The author believes that safety comes first in martial arts training, and he recommends using sparring gear
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