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Review of Sparring Equipment for Contact Karate P7 - Hand Pads

Updated on December 5, 2012

CMAF belt rankings, as with most other arts, has beginner students wearing White belts. Age and gender have no bearing. The next rank is Yellow belt which is followed by Orange belt.

Sparring is not allowed as a class exercise until the rank of Orange Belt unless the student has had previous training in another art where sparring was a standard and the student has attained an equivalent rank to a Cha Yun-do Orange belt. All introductory sparring drills are "no contact" drills, most of which are executed on various pads used as teaching aids.

When the student joins the sparring ranks, his first approved hand pads are 12 to 16 ounce boxing gloves. There are a number of reasons for this.

Almost invariably, adult students work with their hand in some fashion these days. The protection afforded by these gloves not only protects the hands, it may protect the livelihood of some.

As for younger students, these have certain "fighting" characteristics, one of which is a propensity for head-hunting, flailing and hitting hard. The boxing gloves eliminate many of the negative aspects of beginner students.

But, by and large, the main value of the boxing glove is protection of all beginner students, both adult and child, attacker or defender. Until such time as the student understands concepts, controls attitudes and executes with a certain higher level of ability, they are at risk to inadvertently hurting themselves and others. CMAF believes these boxing gloves eliminate a major portion of these negatives.

The following are the primary reasons we use gloves. And we do acknowledge boxing gloves do not lend themselves to grappling or incapacitating locking movements. We will look at that also in this section.

Of primary importance is the padding. The gloves are a bit bulbous from the padding. With few exceptions, it is hard to unintentionally strike an opponent with anything but padding. This softens the blow on the defender while protecting the hand of the attacker.

Boxing gloves are contoured by design. This means the fingers are not only protected by the padding, but they are unable to straighten out which the leading cause for finger breaks and dislocations, especially with novice students.

Next, the thumb of the glove is, again by design, tied down to eliminate unintentional eye gouging as well as the above breaks and dislocations.

Next, though not of great importance, they present a certain added stability to the wrist as well as some padding for protecting the forearm when blocking incoming techniques.

Students may were fist/wrist wraps, but they are not required.

CMAF does not require forearm pads though students are allowed to wear them. The recommended ones are the same as the recommended shin as they are the same.

As to the positives for training and learning;

- the gloves weigh approximately one pound each. There is a certain amount of muscular workout just wearing them.

- the weight slows down the punches allowing the beginners lack of timing and reaction to improve without too much "hurt."

- slows down the head hunting flailers whose main target is the opposing persons helmet.

- last, in order to execute quicker, hand placement must be adjusted after each punch. The added weight slows down wind ups and such, forcing the student to learn proper defense posture. This also affords better protection for the head.

For the above reasons, and more, CMAF requires all students to use boxing gloves when they move into the ranks of sparring students.

Once the student reaches a level of ability that is controlled, both in positioning and execution, they are allowed to wear the lighter weight "traditional gloves (shown below the boxing glove) which lend themselves to various other actions and techniques such as used in Sanda, MMA, etc.


NOTE: All written training information presented by Dr. Randolph A. Young and the Christian Martial Arts Fellowship is for informational purposes and is not presented as a training program. All training and use of martial arts techniques should be learned and developed only under the direction and supervision of a qualified instructor.

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