Kickboxing equipment can impact both the safety and performance of people who practice this sport. Despite the expensive nature of the equipment, its practicality can sometimes justify the value. If you decide that kickboxing is the sport for you it might be a good idea to invest in the following equipment:
- Mouth guard
- Shin Pads
- Boxing gloves
All of the items listed above are available in different sizes. Boxing shoes and boxing shirts are also considered necessary kickboxing equipment, but they play a greater role in your comfort rather than your safety.
Protecting the Teeth with Mouth Guards
There are three types of mouth guards to choose from:
- Stock mouth guards
- Boil and bite mouth guards
- Custom mouth guards
From the first to last, the price increases, but the quality does as well. Stock mouth guards can’t be modified and because of this fact, they do not provide much comfort. Additionally, when using a stock mouth guard, you may find it difficult to breathe and speak.
If you intend to use a mouth guard for a prolonged period of time, you may want to invest in the boil and bite mouth guards. These need to be placed in boiling water in order to become softer, so that they take the shape of your teeth. Besides offering better protection, these are also more comfortable and provide an air channel that allows you to breathe properly.
Custom mouth guards, the most expensive piece of mouth guard equipment, are based on a mold of your teeth. In terms of protection and comfort, these mouth guards represent the best available option. Breathing and speaking are done with minimal interference.
There are also a wide variety of shin pads to choose from. Cotton foam filled elasticated shin guards provide minimal protection. It’s recommended that people who are new to this sport use cotton shin guards.
The other three available types are made either from synthetic materials or from leather:
- Special prints
- Double in-step
Standard and special prints shin guards are constructed in the same manner. Basically, only the color and design distinguish these two.
Double in-step shin pads, although they are 30% lighter, actually offer more protection. As a consequence, you are able to kick faster and harder.
One of the first criteria used for selecting kickboxing gloves is the weight. Thus, there are three types of gloves available:
- 8oz and 10oz gloves are recommended for professional fighters
- 12oz gloves are used for bag work
- 14oz and 16oz gloves are adequate for free sparring
Another factor that needs to be taken into consideration is the brand of the gloves. Some manufacturers are famous for creating gloves that last for long periods of time. Therefore, you might want to take them for a test drive first before you buy.