Krav Maga is essentially a sports training routine, mixed with practicing many fighting maneuvers in the core and because it is a complete contact sport, you need protective clothing so that you or your sparring partner cannot hurt. Practitioners, especially the newcomers, will most likely make mistakes and probably several times during the training and hurt themselves in the process.
For this reason, the most important parts of your body need adequate protection, while you anticipate the mistakes you make during training. Krav Maga uses almost all your body parts that perform the movements in a smooth perfect precision and where the exact amount of pressure and force behind your attacks is applied.
Strikes will include fists, palms and elbows to hit the opponent and often when your skin comes into contact with hard or semi-hard surfaces, especially those areas where the muscle tissues cover fewer bones in your body, injuries will occur. Strikes will also cause an impact injury, while take downs and throws can cause minor abrasions if the friction is exerted too much on the skin.
These are just a few of the scenarios that can occur during the training. Now you will not see this in these Hollywood movies that Krav Maga use for training.
Sports and other martial arts also use protective equipment
Gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, archery, football, basketball, baseball, cycling, BMX, karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, taekwondo and many others use protective clothing during training and even during a competition or competition. Krav Maga, who has borrowed more than 50% of the techniques from most of these martial arts and sports, should also follow the basic routines in training, and in fact it does.
Basic gears such as boxing gloves, MMA gloves, headgear, cotton hand wraps, etc. are important when training in Krav Maga, other martial arts and in different sports. You do not train to get injured, you train to get better and the only time that injuries are acceptable, is during competitions where the consideration is the gold, silver and bronze medals or some trophies.
Important Krav Maga equipment that you must have
Although you will not be asked to spar with your classmates or the instructor in your first few weeks at a Krav Maga school, you will be asked to give a few basic punches and kicks to the punching bag, the body-shield and the uppercut shield. .
But even blunt gears with soft cushions can still have a devastating effect on your limbs, and if you hit the punching bag or the body shield or the dummy; every time the kinetic energy is released at the moment of contact, which over time and in repeated movement is enough to tear your skin apart.
basic athletic clothing in Krav Maga First you have to wear basic sportswear like shorts and a t-shirt, a tank top or long pants like sweatpants or yoga pants. This type of clothing helps your body achieve full freedom of movement.
In addition to the tank top or the t-shirt you are going to wear, you may also have to wear a rash guard. It is very stretchy clothing with long or short sleeves and works like a spandex.
Rash guards protect your skin against abrasions as we discussed earlier and you can wear it comfortably, even if you sweat through it during training.
Mouthpiece – A mouth guard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, bows, lips and gums.
MMA gloves – Unlike boxing gloves that are fully padded, MMA gloves are smaller, fit tightly around the hands and have openings on each finger to allow the MMA hunter to wrestle with his opponent. They also have only a meager 4 – 6 oz lining and are designed to protect the wearer somewhat.
Headgear – Boxing headgear can be used in Krav Maga, but some KM headgear has impact-resistant reinforced acrylic plastic face protectors designed to neutralize the force delivered by a punch or a kick in the head.
The groin protector – also known as jockstrap, the groin protector / protector has a latex beaker that protects the male genitals against impact forces that can cause serious health problems for the person on the receiving side of a punch, kick, elbow or knee attack (although it can be more coincidental are deliberate).
Shin guards – The tibia runs between your knee joint and your tarsus, and because the tibia has little muscle and tissue coverage, it is a fragile part of the body. By wearing shin guards or shin guards, you ensure that you do not get injured during training, because accidental attacks often occur with KM students.
Pads – Bent mitts and pads are ideal for strikes and stairs with a partner. This KM equipment improves your speed and strength behind your hits, making you a more efficient hunter.
Shoes – Shoes are very important because they help you train well and where necessary provide protection for your foot. Try to stay away from flat tread shoes, because they make you vulnerable to injuries, especially if you have to make a lot of turns and turns with your feet. Look for shoes with good ankle support and toe protection, as these functions help prevent injuries such as sprains during training (also read our complete article on Krav Maga shoes)
Dummies – Dummies are great tools to perform strikes, holds and throws. They are safe, because they are made of latex and you can not harm yourself or anyone, while you are getting better in your KM skills.
Fake Weapons – The only time it is good to use real weapons when practicing weapons is disarming tactics during real combat situations, because it is never a good idea to use a real knife or gun during training. Always keep an eye on safety and be extraordinarily skilled in training with fake weapons before you even consider using it. Even masters would not think of using real weapons for training, so why would you do that?