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Muay Thai Gear

Written by Sierra Rein
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If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Muay Thai athlete, consider purchasing a set of Muay Thai gear. It is an investment in safety and damage control, as this martial art is known for hard hitting and kicking techniques. Whether you wish to learn the ancient art or desire to become part of the kickboxing sports world, having the right gear at your side can literally save your life.

The most important Muay Thai gear are those that protect your head, hands, and feet. You can also use shin and forearm shield to protect the thinner bones of the body from breakage. Most shin guards come included with an instep and upper foot strap to protect the foot while continuing to fight in the traditional barefoot style.

Training with Muay Thai Gear

Of course, when training, it is dangerous for a student to actually throw kicks and punches at a fellow student without proper technique (or before the other student knows how to block). In these cases, Muay Thai pads and shields are used by the coach or teacher to block student or trainee blows. These pads can be put on the hand (as square hand targets) or held by both arms (as in the shield) to help the athlete learn how to aim and how hard to kick.

Muay Thai headgear is made of sturdy foam and covers almost all of the face, leaving space for the eyes, nose and mouth. Gloves are made in very much the same way as Western boxing gloves. During professional kickboxing matches, however, gloves are the only protection (besides a mouth-guard) that a combatant can wear.

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