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Kickboxing – What Gloves To Wear

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Kickboxing was developed by the Japanese as a hybrid form of martial arts combining punching and kicking, a blend of boxing and Karate. By 1974, it had crossed the Pacific to the United States where the first World Championship was held. By the middle of the 1990s, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu had been added to the mix as well. From there, kickboxing became one of the early contributors to the rise of the Mixed Martial Arts – MMA.

Kickboxing is an aggressive style of fighting that provides a high-intensity workout and cardiovascular strengthening. It can justly be said to be one of eleven health tips for women to build a great body and mind. Doctors have long known that a regular workout is essential for good health, along with a good diet, getting lots of fluids, and taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally.

The Right Equipment Pays Dividends


If you’re going to get into kickboxing, you need to have the right equipment for it. Whether you’re practicing, sparring, or fighting in the cage, you need the best kickboxing gloves you can get. There are different gloves for all three activities, even though they all involve kickboxing, so let’s take a quick look at each of them in turn.

Kickboxing Training Gloves for Practicing

Good kickboxing training gloves look a lot like regular boxing gloves at first glance, and for the most part, they are, with some differences. First, though, they are used for both bag punching and for sparring.

The outer covering is leather which not only breaths, it is easy to clean and maintain. The leather is filled with soft foam or gel to soften the impact of blows on your hand. Your hands are some of the most easily damaged parts of your body in kickboxing, whether you’re training, sparring, or fighting. High-quality protection for them is essential.

The closure system on kickboxing gloves is Velcro strips. It makes them quick and easy to put on and take off. Velcro strips are also size adjustable for a better fit.

The gloves also sport a mesh palm (pun intended). This lets your hands breath so they’ll stay cool while you’re training or sparring. That way you’re not holding any moisture inside the gloves. Although the gloves need to fit tightly, too much moisture inside the glove can cause your hand to slip and turn inside the glove, leading to sprained wrists and other injuries.

Fighting Gloves for Kickboxing

In the cage, you need actual kickboxing gloves, which are definitely different than boxing gloves. For those of you who are new to the world of kickboxing or MMA, the gloves don’t have any fingers beyond the first knuckle, i.e.; fingerless gloves.

They have mesh panels in them, usually on the palms, although other locations are possible too. They are leather gloves, or sometimes, Maya Hide leather gloves. Maya Hide is a polyurethane imitation leather. Underneath, it has cotton, shredded leather, or polyester.

There is an emphasis on protecting your hands and the closures on these gloves are an adjustable hook and loop system. Once it is adjusted to your size, you’ll get the same fit every time, and it is very quick and easy to remove or put on.

There are various sizes and color options available to match your colors in the cage, basically making your gloves part of your uniform.

Kickboxing Isn’t Boxing

Although kickboxing certainly borrows a lot from regular boxing, the two sports are different nonetheless, so it only stands to reason that the gloves you use in them are different as well.

Boxing gloves are much larger and bulkier than kickboxing gloves. Because everything in boxing centers around throwing punches, there is much more padding in the glove to protect the knuckles and disperse the force of each punch so it isn’t concentrated in one place. The padding in boxing gloves tends to move around much more than in a kickboxing glove, so all the padding needs to be more substantial than in a kickboxing glove.

The wrist protection on a boxing glove is much larger than a kickboxing glove. Kickboxing requires flexibility in the wrist area for grappling and other moves that aren’t allowed in boxing. The wrist protection in a boxing glove is stiffer, more padded, and much tighter. This keeps your wrist much more stable in the ring.

Although both sports are physically aggressive sports with a lot of punches and hits being thrown, kickboxing allows a greater range of permissible actions than boxing so the gloves also have to allow a greater range of motion.

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