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Martial arts training implements: uniforms, things to hit, things to hit with, "boffer" and other less-dangerous practice weapons, protective gear, matting and more.

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Hand Wraps: How to wrap comfortably

Are there any comfortable hand wrap styles for Boxing / Muay Thai ? I literally feel exhausted with wrapped hands and putting on my gloves everyday ( I wrap properly and don't wrap too tight), its ...
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Why are Hand wraps not made from wicking, dri fit material?

Equipment question: Why are most boxing/muay thai hand wraps 100% cotton? They take so long to dry and remove sweat. Why aren't they made using wicking, dri-fit fabric as you seen now in gym shirts?
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Is a freestanding bag effective for honing your strikes?

Heavy bags and speed bags are too expensive because they require some kind of stand/platform. So I have to use a freestanding bag. Is a freestanding bag effective for training (honing your strikes?)? ...
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How to Tie Martial Arts Headgear for Boxing, Muay Thai, etc

Does anyone have Step by Step instructions on how to tie boxing head gear? Enclosed below are two pieces. Can someone post 4-5 picture instructions on how to tie and lace properly? When it came out of ...
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

Why do most MMA and Muay Thai fighters not wear Double Mouth Guards on both teeth, both top side and bottom side? They say having a mouthguard on top side with mouth clenched, will prevent damage on ...
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Boxing bag capable of withstanding being outside 24/7

I am looking for a boxing bag to practice ground 'n pound, and ground game in general outside (small aptmt). I was thinking about a leather one, but I heard that leather might crack in the cold. Is ...
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Water-filled vinyl-based punching bag: How to prevent freezing?

I have a water-filled punching bag that I can't use with sand (various reasons, but mainly rodents, this bag also can only be filled with water). It's 55L when full. I'm looking for ways to prevent it ...
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Can Muay Thai Boxing Gloves be used on a Heavy Punching Bag?

I am training in the sport of Muay Thai. I am curious if Muay Thai Boxing Gloves be used on a Punching Heavy Bag? Or should I just use regular Boxing Gloves? Trying to save money when training. Also, ...
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Isn't it recommended to use heavier gloves for bag work?

I was looking at a pair advertised as "bag gloves" and then I realized that they are only offered in 8oz and 10oz weights. Isn't it typically recommended that bag gloves be heavier? ...
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Dambe: the practice of chained wrapped leg

In the Wikipedia article on the african martial art Dambe, it said that "often the lead leg is wrapped in a chain", making this brutal martial art even more brutal. Looking at Google Images, ...
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When were modern mats introduced into Judo, and did it change the way the art could be taught?

I've read that the original mats were tatami on hard floor, and I have to wonder if people also trained outdoors on dirt. There's obviously a greater chance of injury, compared to modern mats. Do ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I would like to know if training with a laundry punching bag such as this is equivalent to using a real punching bag?
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Is there any device to practice defense while attacking?

In fighting movies occasionally you will see a device to practice defense while attacking. For example this puppet in Kungu Panda: However I remember there is another one, which can rotate around ...
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Are "stage combat" swords fine for HEMA training/bouting?

I've trained HEMA for a while (mostly Lichtenauer, some Fiore) and am comfortable with synthetic and steel feders. I'm looking to buy my own steel (blunted of course) and I've found that sites like ...
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Are EVA foam mats good for training?

I am in the process of building some kind of martial arts room in my basement. I also want to practice on the ground (and practice some falls) and might do some fitness inside the room too. Also, I ...
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Recommendations for quiet punching/kickboxing bags

DISCLAIMER: I realize that this question is similar to Punch bags in a rental apartment However, this does NOT answer my question. While both ask about punching bags in an apartment, that question ...
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How do you move a wavemaster bag around?

The freestanding punching bag. At my studio it’s situation on a rubber mat, and we need to move it around to the middle of the mat for drills. I’ve seen a few instructors stand on it and somehow tip ...
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How to thoroughly clean synthetic boxing gloves?

I keep my boxing gloves (Ringside Apex, some sort of synthetic material) in a wicker basket near my training equipment at the house. Long story short, my cat used the basket instead of her litter box ...
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What kind of glove is being shown in the following pictures, and why is it nearly always a knife user who wear this style of gloves?

I've been searching for information for the past five years on what kind of gloves that the close combat assassin is wearing in the following pics from the digitalized novel Phantom of Inferno. I've ...
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Surface of chest protector is coming off

I have an old chest protector from years ago that the surface is peeling off. It's in good physical shape just the surface is beading off. Is there a way to resurface them, or should I just buy a new ...
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How to benefit from sparring that is a very poor match for my training?

I've been studying Shaolin Kempo for a while now. In the dojo, we train a wide variety of hand-based strikes: various punches, shuto strikes (aka "karate chops"), hammer fist, tiger claw, grabs, palm ...
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What is traditionally written on a judo belt?

I recently passed a Dan exam and would like to get rid of my old, cheap belt. I would like to buy a higher grade belt and have some inscriptions on it. I plan to take a Kusakura obi with the Kodokan ...
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Target pad design

Why do some handheld target pads have a double-layer design? I remember using a single layer pad when I was a kid. Since then, the double layer design has been introduced. At best I can tell, it ...
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Nasal dilators in martial arts

I have issues with my nasal breathing; I had an operation, which didn't work. I have been experimenting with nasal dilators for running and cycling and find them to be quite helpful. https://www....
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How can I keep my feet clean during training?

So here's the issue: I love kickboxing, but I absolutely detest being barefoot. I hardly ever walk barefoot around my own (clean) home, let alone the (relatively dirty) mats at a gym. That's probably ...
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Should a martial artist wear baggy or form-fitting pants?

I'm doing a little bit of research for a project. Basically, for a fighting style that consists mostly of punches, what are the pros and cons of body-fitting pants (trousers, not overly tight ...
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Light or heavy gloves for friendly boxing match?

A few friends and I want to have a few rounds of boxing. We're going to use mouthpieces, headgear, and wraps with gloves, but I can't tell what weight of glove to use. Everywhere online says they "...
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Did Samurai armour have flexible joints?

What type of armour was common for samurai? I would like to know if the armour had flexible joints versus totally flexible joints. I suppose the flexible joint armour came afterwards. To me some ...
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Mouth guard fitting for very small mouth

I've recently started krav and my studio gave me a boil-and-bite mouth guard that is WAY too big for my apparently tiny mouth. I trimmed the ends so it doesn't make me gag, but it's still too tall, ...
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Combined Grappling Dummy and Bob punching bag for practice

I would like to practice at home both grappling and punching. For punching there is a boxing bag or Bob and for grappling there are grappling dummies such as bubba dummy and the like. I would like to ...
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Old school leather bag gloves

About 30 years ago, I had leather bag gloves made by Everlast that contained very little padding, but had thick leather and a heavy metal core in the palm. Does any manufacturer still make something ...
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How do I store an unstrung berimbau?

So, I finally own my own berimbau. I have successfully unstrung and restrung it a few times (although I'm still getting the hang of stringing it tightly enough). I've got a question though on how to ...
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

Is there a device of some kind that allows you to do that? I've tried phone apps and this little game with HTC Vive headset, but it seems to be quite unreliable, since it only calculates the speed, ...
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Why don't male professional boxers wear shirts?

Olympic boxers usually wear a tank top, but pro boxers never wear shirts in the ring - why?
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Stacking mats so they slide less

We train in a large gym hall and do not have enough mats to cover the whole floor. Even if we did, there are too many dangers (radiators, bars, etc...) around the edge. So, we train in the centre ...
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Boxing Micro Rings

I have seen a few micro rings posted around mainly one by trojanfit. http://www.trojanfit.co.uk/trojanfit-micro-boxing-ring-1362-p.asp I think the idea is to train in an area where you aren't able ...
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

My work schedule lately has required me to spend a lot more time working out on my own, so I've found myself working with a heavy bag at a nearby rec center. I keep running into a problem where I ...
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How to fix velcro wrist strap on boxing gloves?

I have a pair of Muay kickboxing gloves and after about 1 year of using them, the velcro wrap doesn't hold anymore. The only solution is can think of is tying them up with sports tape, but I sometimes ...
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Get A wrestling dummy filled or unfilled

I don't know whether to get a filled/unfilled dummy/hangman. I've done a bit of limited research so I'm going to list the pros and cons I've heard about each. BTW This isn't a "Shopping Recommendation"...
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mat size and material for casual 1v1?

I am looking to purchase some mats so that we can do some casual rolling but I'm not really sure what to look for, any advice would be greatly appreciated. What size mats (as in area) would we need ...
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What value is there in using a 'bag glove' during pad work in Muay Thai training?

I see some guys in the gym bring two pairs of gloves to training. If there is a session on the pads, they wear bag gloves which are thin and light. During sparring sessions they switch to wearing a ...
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How to restore my bogu equipment

I would like to know what steps I have to follow to restore my Kendo equipment. I already bought a second-hand armor but after all classes I checked my "DO" and with the shinae it keeps some kind of ...
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Getting my (do)gi white again

I have read this M.A. question: What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi? My gi is at least two years old (probably a lot older). It is an Adidas J800 (do)gi. It is 30% polyester (800 g/m² ...
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Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?

I have seen a large portion (but not all) of Muay Thai athletes wrapping their ankles. What are the benefits of doing so? Is it for reducing damage incurred from kicking the opponent or preventing ...
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Should I wear bandages?

I haven't practiced (Wing-Tsun) for a long time, but now I have a chance. In my new dorm gym, there's a huge boxing bag (~2 meters tall, ~0.5 meter wide) and it is pretty hard/tough/firm (I don't ...
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How can one practice well alone?

I started learning a martial art about 5 years ago, and I did it for 2 years. I very liked it, however I had to stop. I didn't want to lose what I've already learned, so I kept practicing. Alone. ...
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Best headphones for use during training? [closed]

I apologize this is a subjective question, but I need the recommendation from martial artists not just athletes. What are the best headphones to wear while training? The style of kung fu I practice ...
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How do I choose a boxing glove?

Boxing gloves come in 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, 16oz or 18oz. Is this sizing related to the hand size or to the amount of protection that they offer? For use in sparring, is it better to have a heavier ...
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What are the differences between gel and foam gear?

What is the advantage and drawback of gear with gel inside? Is it better than foam gear or is it commercial? Specifically is gel good for gloves, shin guards, body armor, or headgear?
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How to repair a mat with a hole in it?

So, there was an incident and now one of the mats has a hole in it. The hole is about 1 x 0.5 cm wide. What is the best way to repair it so it is still safe to train on said mat? The mat is a ...
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