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F.A.Q.

Yes, it is not the same for all martial arts. Someone who chose Muay Thai can use different type of gloves from someone who chose boxing or kick boxing. 

For example, on muay thai someone may have to grab the opponent and use hands or legs so the gloves should be flexible so that the hands will be able to slightly open.

Someone who does kickboxing at a gym will probably find useful to choose thick gloves with extra foam up front in order to hit the bag, train with other athletes and minimise the possibility of a hand injury at the same time.

A professional boxer will probably use lighter gloves that fit better at the fists. At professional competitions like Golden Gloves, the gloves being used are very light as the boxer aims to do the maximum damage possible with a punch. This will also help keeping hands high and shut for a longer period, in order to be protected. 

You should invest in a quality pair of gloves, espescially if you want to deal with any of the following: boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA (mixed martial arts), karate, tae kwon do, jiu jitsu, judo, Krav Maga.

The first step to get the right gloves is always asking your boxing coach. Do not rush to a random sports equipment store and buy the gloves that seem nicer to you or are cheaper than the others. Usually they are not the ideal gloves for you and they will probably be ruined quite soon. You might have to invest some more money at the beginning in order to but a better pair of gloves but is worth it.

Keep in mind that the gloves aim to embrace the hands and protect you and your opponent (if any). If you buy your gloves from a random sports equipment store, you may feel that you saved money but probably things will not be that way.

When choosing your gloves you have to examine what type of activity you will be doing. 

If you choose a martial art, where you should be able to use your hands, you will need light and versatile gloves. If you only want to train with a bag, you will need gloves with extra padding, espescially in the front of the gloves, for extra protection. If you want to get up on the ring for a professional or amateur competition, you will need a heavier pair of gloves. If you want to get up on the ring only for training (sparring), you will need a lighter pair of gloves. Finally, if you want to train by using a regular or a double-end speed ball (or something similar) you can do so by using bag gloves or a pair of regular boxing gloves.

The size of the gloves and the weight of the gloves are not the same thing. In many cases, classification by size does not correspond to the weight of the gloves, although this does not always apply.

The weight of the gloves is important for many reasons. You will choose the weight of the gloves according to the way they will be used. You will choose the size of the gloves depending on the best fit.

Usually the sizing of the gloves is: small, medium, large. Although some manufacturers state the following:

8 oz - ideal for professional athletes

10 oz - ideal for professional athletes

12 oz - ideal for women and/or athletes with small/slim hands - for training

14 oz - ideal for the regular/usual type of athlete - for training

16 oz - ideal for all types of athletes - for training

18 οz - ideal for heavyweight division athletes - for sparring

20 oz - ideal for heavyweight division athletes - for sparring

To sum up, is it possible to have a 12 oz pair of gloves in small, medium or large size? The answer is yes, but not in every case. This is up to the manufacturer of the gloves.

There is a possibility for the following option:

small - 12 oz

medium - 14 oz

large - 16 oz

Professional boxers that compete on the ring usually choose 8ox or 10 oz gloves. Taking into account that there is a big variety of sizes and types of athletes, different glove sizes will be required. 

In that case, there might be a 10 oz glove in small, medium, large or extra large.

Common sense might say that the bigger the glove, the bigger the weight. In many cases that is true. Although, professional boxing gloves are created in order to have the same weight, no matter what their size is.

When choosing the size of the gloves, you want your hands to be comfortable. If there is too much free space in the glove then there is a possibility for a hand injury.

There are 2 important things that you have to bear in mind when choosing the size of the gloves:

-The gloves will get loose - like a pair of shoes. The more they are being used, the more they will adjust to your hand in order to be comfortable. That wayy the gloves may not be that comfortable when they are brand new. You might think of buying another pair as they are not as comfy as you had imagined.

-Make sure that there is enough space for the handwraps. Do not buy boxing gloves without having handwraps. It is very important that your hands are properly tied so you will not be happy if you buy your new gloves and then realise that they do not fit properly.

You will realise that some gloves are more popular than the others. This does not mean that the gloves are better for you just because they are populr because of an athlete. Some gloves are weighted on the front end of the glove and others on the back end.

In general, leather gloves are of higher quality and more durable compared to PU gloves. Although, nowadays it is possible and usual to find quality PU boxing gloves. As expected, leather gloves are more expensive than the PU ones. Many people falsely connect PU gloves with cheap gloves. PU gloves are mostly used in kickboxing whereas the leather gloves are used for almost every other sport. When it comes to boxing gloves, you get what you pay!

Simple: the difference is in the closure.

All gloves used to be lace up. Nowadays, in many cases the gloves will be velcro (or hook and loop). This method was developed in the last few years as velcro gloves are easier to be put on before the start of the training. If you train by yourself, it will be difficult to put the gloves on without having anyone around. This also applies to the lace gloves that cannot be tied properly without assistance, even though you can have a tighter and safer fit using lace gloves.

Most athletes prefer buying velcro gloves for training. Although, lace up gloves are still popular and are used professionally, where the coach can assist the athlete to put them on before getting to the ring.

Nowadays they are not! That is an advance made in the last few years. There are gloves espescially designed for women, having in mind that women tend to have smaller hands, womens boxing gloves are smaller and tighter.

It is difficult to find womens boxing gloves in all sizes and weights but that is probably going to change as boxing is getting very popular for women.

Kids boxing gloves are also available. These gloves have special measurements to fit the smaller hands of children.

Deodorant: The usual mistake that people do after using their gloves is put them straight into their bag and close the zipper. That is an issue, as the gloves are usually sweaty and wet after the training. If they are not dried properly, they might get infected by a fungus that creates a bad smell. The next time you remove them from your bag you can have a taste of some. 

The best wat to take care of your gloves is to let them dry after each use. You can do that either by hanging them in open space with air or by getting a glove deodorant. That way is being very famous so it is easy to find one nowadays. The only thing that you have to do is to spray inside the gloves after each use. The deodorant can take away the fungus causing the smell and extend the life cycle of your gloves.

The answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no.

If you only use your gloves for trainng, then you can choose any color you want. There are gloves in pink, white, black, red, yellow and many more colours.

In the amateur level, the color of the glove is important because the red and the blue colour are used to indicate the different corners. DIfferent colours also help the referees on counting the points. In amateur boxing, you will mostly see blue and red gloves with a white area near the arthrosis, which helps the referees/judges to indicate which hits are on target and get a point. 

In professional boxing, the colour of the gloves is usually chosen from the event planner.

Basic factor for buying shinguards is, just like the boxing gloves, how experienced is the athlete and what are his/her needs. 

An amateur can choose a simple set of shinguards made of PU or cotton. It also has to do with the fit of each shinguard to the legs.

There are reinforced shinguards made of genuine or artificial leather, with padding, velcro closure in the ankles and extra protection towards the knees for total protection during the game or the training. 

There are cotton shinguards that is used like a sock, has velcro closure and is recommended for amateurs and kids.

There are different ways of tieing our hands. This does not apply to professional athletes, who need to undergo a process called taping and is done by experts who know exactly the sensitivities of the hands and the way that the athletes operate during the game or the training.

We are talking about amateur athletes, who start from the basic steps that they will follow before entering the ring or starting their training.

There are usually 3 spots that our hands must be tied. Wrists, combs and thumb. By tieing these 3 spots with the handwrap we must always check whether our hands are comfortable and not tight, or else the blood flow will be reduced and we will have to remove the handwrap and start over. When the process is completed, we must feel our hand tied ut at the same time free to perform any movement. 

The handwraps can be washed either in the washing machine or in a tub with cold water and soap.

A pair of boxing shoes offers the following advantages:

• keeping the ankles steady at all times

• protecting the foot from a possible injury by another athlete (broker finger, fracture etc)

• avoid a slip by stepping on the ring or tatami

• avoiding any infections from fungi that might be on the floor

First of all, put water in a coffeepot and when it is boiled, throw the mouthguard in and count until 10. Remove the mouthguard with a spoon, pour some cold water on it to avoid burn and put it in the maxilla. Gently press with your fingers from the outside and with your tongue from the inside, without biting it. In the end, you should open and close your mouth without the mouthguard falling down. If so, the process is completed.

A headguard is important for protecting from injuries and signs and mostly for absorbing the hits. A closed type headguard with extra protection in the area of the ears and the cheeks, to avoid accidents, is recommended.

A groin protector is important for the protection, mostly, of the genital area.

An ankle protector or a knee protector is important for protection from an injury and/or a swelling.

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