Martials arts is a field of discipline aimed at preparing one for combats as opposed to entertainment moves to impress the spectators. Thus every moment or breath taken by the martial artist is meant to accomplish a different task. However there are multiple reasons as to why people enroll in martial arts, some may do it for self-defense, hobby while others may do it to remain fit and healthy. However regardless on the reasons drawing you to the reasons you will never fail to meet some specific equipment that have for a long time been used.
Although there have been rising questions on the type of equipment that an average practitioner should use but there is still enormous variety to choose from. The following is a list of martial arts equipment that any practitioner will come across regardless of the style and purpose of their lessons.
This is a must use equipment in any dojo or training field. They provide a definite target for one to direct blows toward and enhance the potential to develop unfailing endurance not forgetting the cardiovascular conditioning. There are however many types of punching bags which include;
1. Banana Bags: they are thin and equal to human body and their lower region allows for knees and kicks effective training.
2. Light Bags: they are lower in weight and designed purposely to give resistance to jabbing style, uppercut and hook blows.
3. Standard Boxing Size: they are traditional bags that mimic of the same size as torso. They are used for high and mid-line kicks training.
To ensure that punching bags lasts longer it’s always good to have them freely standing on the floor. However those that are meant to stand are known to be more expensive. Other punching bags can be fixed from the ceiling.
As bag hitting becomes necessary there is a need to protect the hands to ensure their safety. They are required for hitting an impact target ranging from boxing gloves, focus mitts, Muay Thai pads, heavy bags and shields. It’s advisable to protect the fragile finger bones using either the traditional gloves or boxing bags groves. However it should be noted that the use of “point karate” gloves is unsafe since they cannot provide the much needed protection while hitting targets and can only be used for light sparring contacts.
Point Fighting Footwear and Shin Pads
They are meant to offer protection to the feet during sparring and when hitting impact targets. They also help protect nerve endings and lower part from physical damages.
For those enhancing their kicking flexibility they help extend the range of motion in the legs.
Kung Fu Wall Bag
It’s common traditional Chinese equipment in the martial arts that aids in developing strikes.
Whatever the plan of the training be it completion or self-defense, one needs an equipment that will facilitate his/her goals. It’s advisable to look for quality when purchasing martial arts equipment and not to be misguided by low price to buy ineffective equipment. Buy from reputable manufacturer to ensure durability.
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