Still stuck on what to buy someone for Christmas? Perhaps your other half is a martial arts fanatic and you want to treat them, but wouldn’t know where to start. We’re here to help.Continue reading Great Christmas Gift ideas for Boxers, Kickboxers and MMA fighters
Perhaps you’re considering taking up Muay Thai, or maybe you’ve been going a while and want to make sure you’re using the right equipment. We’re here to walk you through all of the equipment you might need.Continue reading What Equipment Do You Need To Train Muay Thai?
In sports which rely on using your body as a weapon, it’s understandable that you’re putting yourself at risk of all sorts of aches, pains and injuries. Knuckle, finger and wrist pains are especially common amongst beginners. Quite often these are caused by the same few issues, meaning a lot of the time there are steps which can be taken to get rid of the pains all together.Continue reading Avoiding Hand Pains and Injury When Wearing Boxing Gloves
If you follow many Professional boxers online you’ll no doubt see countless training videos where the boxer is using a beautifully designed custom pair of boxing gloves, complete with their name or logo. It’s pretty easy to see the appeal – you can make a pair of gloves which reflects your own unique personality and train with something truly unique to you.Continue reading Top 10 Best Custom Boxing Glove Brands
When you first start a striking martial art, such as Boxing or Muay Thai, you’ll notice that before anyone hits anything they sit around and wrap material around their hands – but this doesn’t look anything like the material you see on pro-boxers hands on the TV. Then when you google ‘boxing hand wraps’ you see things that look like fingerless gloves with some added padding. We’ve already written an article explaining why you need to wrap your hands, but how do you pick between all the different sorts you can find?Continue reading The Different Types of Handwraps for Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA
When you’re buying yourself a new pair of boxing gloves it can feel a little bit daunting. There are endless options from loads of brands and it can make finding the pair that suit you seem impossible. Buying cheap gloves means you could get a few pairs to try out but when you start looking at high quality products the price heads upwards and that quickly stops being an option.
If you’ve just started looking for a pair of boxing gloves you’ll spot that boxing gloves aren’t measured in size, but in weight. It’s easy to be pretty clueless as to what to buy, but we’re here to break it down.
Here at Fight Quality we know that your gear only takes care of you if you take care of it. One of the most important pieces of protective equipment in your bag (except maybe your groin guard) is your mouthguard – we’ve reviewed quite a few of them. You’ve got to take care of your pearly whites because there’s a distinct difference between a tough, rugged fighter and a tough, toothless fighter.
You’ve just got yourself a brand new pair of gloves, they smell like new leather, the inner lining is soft against your skin. You put them on, and they’re a bit tight even without hand wraps. You take them to your next training session, you’re buzzing to use them and you start hammering the heavy bag and slamming into the pads. And before too long your knuckles hurt, your fingers are numb and you’re regretting the enthusiasm. It’s not a problem with the gloves, it’s because they’re new.
We recently wrote about Why Heavy Bags Are Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports, so we decided it would be a good time to cover the many different types of punch bag which exist, and why most of them have slightly different purposes.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA or Muay Thai gym, then there’s a strong chance you’ll have seen the imposing line of heavy bags hanging along the edge of the room. Often worn on the outside, but still standing up to the regular punishment, waiting for you to give it your hardest shot.
Thai pads are the centrepiece of a Muay Thai Coach’s arsenal, and for good reason. Thai pads are highly versatile, and provide the ability to quickly adapt for both boxing and kicks in ways that traditional boxing Mitts, martial arts paddles or kick shields simply don’t allow for.
Welcome to the Fight Quality ultimate guide to everything you need to know about boxing gloves, updated for 2018. This guide aims to be the only resource you’ll ever need when it comes to boxing gloves. We’ve broken down just about everything you need to know, from the specialisations of the different styles of glove, to the different brands available.
When you buy a new pair of boxing gloves, you almost always have a choice of sizes, weighed in ounces (oz), typically giving you selections of 10, 12, 14 or 16, with occasionally a couple more to choose from. After having reviewed a large number of gloves here at Fight Quality, we’ve noticed that there’s a lot of variation between the padding of gloves, so we thought we’d take a closer look.
Originally written April 2016. Updated February 2018.
If you’ve read our Brief History of Boxing article, you might know that Boxing gloves as we know them today were made a necessity under the Marquess of Queensberry rules in 1867. While most boxing gloves you’ll see today are made with Velcro (or Hook & Loop as it’s often referred to as), Velcro itself wasn’t even invented until around 70 years afterwards, and it’s use in boxing is a more recent transition.
Having the right pair of boxing gloves can make a difference in terms of comfort, protection and impact. In the ranks of pro boxing, having the perfect pair of gloves means one less distraction, helping fighters have a clearer sense of focus when doing what they do best.
We’ve written in the past about the different types of boxing gloves, but we wanted to go into a little more detail about the differences between the traditional boxing gloves, and Muay Thai style boxing gloves. It’s not the end of the world if you end up using the gloves for the wrong sport, however it is a good idea to at least understand what the main differences are and why they’re different in the first place.
If you train any combat sport long enough, chances are you’ll regularly get stuck in sparring. In most cases your gym won’t advise you spar (at least not with headshots) unless you have a mouthguard of some sort. In general while different products may be more or less effective, in general they all add some amount of protection to keep your teeth safe. That’s common knowledge. But what about concussions and head trauma? Does having something to bite down on make you less likely to get knocked out?
When looking into your gear bag, it’s often easy to think that over the years equipment never changes. Well we’d argue with that. Just take a look at Radius Wraps SISU mouth guards, features such as non-abrasive Velcro on fight shorts or even grappling style shin guards. But what about boxing gloves?
Whether you’ve been training for a while, or are just considering taking up a martial art such as MMA, Kickboxing or Muay Thai, you’ll no doubt have noticed that shin guards are one of the main pieces of equipment used in training. Obviously if you’re planning on sparring with kicks then shin guards are usually a must have, but they also open up a whole range of other partner activities, such as Dutch style combination drills. We’ve reviewed a wide range of shin guards so far (head over to our Shin Guard Reviews page), and while they don’t tend to vary as much in terms of features as Boxing Gloves do, there are still a few distinct types, so it’s important to know the benefits of each style.