I confess to being an avid sports fan. Well, considering there’s so much going on in my life at the moment, that is a confession in itself and it’s a big passion for me too. I enjoy watching all kinds of sports. I have even ventured into trying them out myself to see if I have enough of the happy gene in me to actually become an athlete. My initial efforts have been fruitful so far, but there’s no telling since I have gotten only basic training and played a few games here and there, but not much else. I would love for you dear readers to stay with me during my journey to hopeful sports stardom. Who knows where this could lead us, yes? I will not only be writing about the sports I have tried but shall also be doing equipment reviews. Do read on!
Why you should invest in proper protective equipment if you’re into any type of martial arts
Protective equipment in martial arts is to be discussed in a sensible fashion and based on a number of aspects. It is best to study those aspects in terms of the impact and value of wearing protective gear against not wearing any at all, or not wearing enough. This is the premise of this article.
The importance of protective gear
This is quite apparent considering the many accidents or impacts the martial artist could incur during training. Something could inevitably go wrong to make your body vulnerable to injury or harm during sparring or practice. That being said, the next question that begs to be asked is,”Can there be too much protective equipment on the martial artist?” This is more a subjective matter than anything. What could be adequate for one may be excessive for another. There is, as yet, no clear mandate on how much is too much or too little in martial arts protective gear.
Protective equipment for modern martial arts
Taekwondo artists wear mouth guards or gum shields and padded head guards during competitions. Mouth guards and padded gloves are used by MMA fighters, kickboxers and boxers in general. Budo karate practitioners use boxing gloves, mouth guards, groin protectors, shin guards and even padded body protectors and head guards. Although Shoto Budo practitioners are admonished not to hit their opponents too hard, they are still encouraged to use protective gear to reduce incidences of injury or accidents.
Special helmets are used by kendo artists, along with body protectors and gloves to ensure safety during sparring and training especially when being struck with the bamboo shinai. A modern sport fencing trainee wears penetration-resilient clothing and a fencing mask to prevent injury to the body and face from the fencing weapon. In other words, since strikes and hits are inevitable, whether during practice or sparring, protective equipment shields against the impacts and injuries that arise from such incidences. Besides, if you spar with someone not wearing protective gear, you will be forced to be more ‘friendly’ with your strikes, which is an unfair advantage for your opponent who can hit you as hard as possible because you have protective equipment on.
The bottom line: It’s ultimately more valuable and important to have protective gear on and not need it than to not have anything on and need it, correct?