Protecting yourself from injury is an important part of any contact sport and martial arts are no exception. Having a quality set of protective gear in good repair goes a long way towards keeping everyone safe. When sparring and training, body protectors and chest guards are a central piece of that protective kit. A chest guard or body protector usually covers the chest, stomach, and ribs, protecting them from strikes. Body protectors let you train harder without holding back. This is important when sparring and when drilling strikes. Some martial arts also require body protectors during tournaments.
Body shields are a little different than body protectors and chest guards. Rather than a piece of equipment that you wear, body shields are large, rectangular pads with several handles. Body shields can be used alone or along with a body protector. They are only used for drills and not in sparring. A body shield is used to catch incoming strikes and protects the holder from repeated hits. Body shields are usually large and allow for attacks from a variety of angles.
There are a lot of options out there when looking for a body protector or chest guard. When choosing a body protector or chest guard it's important to keep in mind the martial art you practice and what you will be using the protective gear for. Some body protectors are even made with a particular martial art in mind, such MMA belly protectors or Tae Kwon Do or Karate chest guards. If you'll be using your body protector in tournaments you'll also want to make sure it meets and requirements.
Depending on the design, there can be a lot of difference in protection, comfort, and mobility. If you're going to be doing a lot of striking drills a body protector with more coverage and heavier padding is a good idea. If you plan on doing more sparring light padding that allows for more movement is better. Also, keep in mind that body protectors fit differently depending on their design. If one chest guard doesn't work out another may fit more comfortably with just as much protection. Some body protectors are also reversible with different colors on each side to denote side or teams in tournaments.
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