Martial arts kick shields allow young students a safe way to develop their speed, power and techniques when kicking a real target. These shields come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they are all designed to withstand hard kicks.
We suggest that you start your shopping by checking out kick shields online, and you will see many different options available to you. However, you need to beware of the shields that are sold at ridiculously low prices. These were probably made in China and will not last long before you have to replace them. Others are overpriced for what they are. A good place to look for these shields is our recommendations in the chart below. Our editors have selected their top rated kick shields for the money and put them in the table below – each of these items can be bought online on Amazon. Read through the reviews and learn what people love and hate about the brand you are considering. Before shopping though, keep reading this article as we explain what to look for when selecting kick shields.
Top 10 Best Martial Arts Kick Shields for Kids in 2016editor rating based on quality and value
Tiger Claw Foam Kicking Shield
|(4.8 / 5)|
MECO One Karate Taekwondo Boxing Kick Punch Pad Shield
|(4.2 / 5)|
Combat Sports Curved Kick Shield
|(4.1 / 5)|
Tiger Claw Super Kicking Shield
|(4.7 / 5)|
Century Kid Kick Shield
|(4.5 / 5)|
Fairtex Curved Thai Kick Pads for Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA
|(4.8 / 5)|
Revgear Krav Maga Kick Shield
|(4.8 / 5)|
Goplus Sparring Kick Shield
|(4.6 / 5)|
MACHO KID KICKING SHIELD
|(4.5 / 5)|
RDX MMA Kick Strike Shield Curved Training Pad
|(4.6 / 5)|
Factors to Consider When Choosing Kick Shields
The first thing you should determine is the size and thickness your child might need. While a smaller shield might be easier for your child to hold, it won’t provide the same level of protection that a thicker pad would. The shock of the kick will travel up his arm every time his opponent kicks. At the end of the session, his arms will end up bruised or possibly broken, if the kick is hard enough. A quality pair of shields will buffer the force of every kick. So, choose a pad that will provide adequate protection.
The next decision is determining what size your child needs. Measure his height. Many brands offer between three to four sizes and adjustable straps. Check the dimensions of each size to see what will fit him the best.
You will see a slight variation of the shape of these shields, depending on the brand. Some are smaller in height, with the same thickness level. These shields are less forgiving if a fellow student kicks in the wrong spot.
Other shields are longer, which can make them unwieldy and bulky to hold for punches. Have your child hold a variety of shields to see which feels best for him. Larger shields provide more surface area, but are heavier to hold. Smaller shields are lighter, but they may offer less protection.
Straight vs Curved Shields
Another thing to consider is the curvature of the shield. Straight shields are typically more difficult to kick and take several months to break in. The process is similar to buying a new pair of shoes. They are uncomfortable for the first several months, but they eventually conform to your feet.
Curved shields provide comfortable kicks without the break-in factor. The curved design is preferable for many people because the shields offer comfort for both the holder and the kicker. The only downside is that the price is typically a bit more than the straight shields.
Cleaning and Maintenance
It is important that you dry your shields properly after each use. If the leather gets soaked and your child leaves it in his bag, it will stay moist. Over time, the leather will start to tear near the stitches.
Clean the shields by rubbing them with a natural cleaning product. This can be a sanitary spray that you may have on hand, or it can be a natural cleaning product. Give them a thorough wiping to remove any bacteria that may have been picked up at the gym. Always clean them after every session not only to prolong their use but to show respect for the kicker.
While a cheap pair of kicking shields might be tempting, it is better that you make your purchase based on quality. A quality pair of shields can last for years, with the proper care and maintenance. This allows you pass down the kicking shields to your child’s younger siblings, which saves money and prevents long-term damage to their arms.