I’ve talked about weapons, but there is much more that will help you improve your martial arts in terms of gear. For many, this could include:
- heavy bags and speed bags
- headgear and other body protection
- striking mats
- resistance bands
- kicking paddles (taekwondo and other kick-centric arts)
- boards and bricks for breaking
- all kinds of other etceteras… 🙂
All of these things can be used in different ways to aid in building strength, endurance, and flexibility while training you to fight hard without fear of hurting yourself or your friends or workout partners (uke). Our goal in our training is to be the best we can be, right? So if that’s going to happen, we have to go above and beyond what we would normally do if we were just outside fighting around in the back yard.
At some point, we get tougher due to being thrown, hit, tackled, twisted, locked, kicked, and the like. However, before we can get there, we have to build up to that point. That’s what all of these other things are for. Things like protective gear helps us to wail away at each other without worrying that we’re going to hurt our uke. Mats allow us to throw ourselves on the ground and build the confidence and hardness needed to handle falling (which is a matter of when, not if). You get the point.
Here, we will talk about all kinds of gear that will help you get better and how to use some of what might be unfamiliar to you. Join in the discussions and tell us about your experiences! You can find all you need to know by clicking this link to get to our training gear section…