Muay Thai is an excellent martial art form because it works both the mind and the body in unique ways. If your child is interested in starting their first class, please read this list to help them prepare with the best equipment.
Good Muay Thai clothing is designed to be comfortable to move in, yet snug to your body so that it doesn’t fall off. Typically, you should invest in at least three to five pairs of Muay Thai shorts, which can be purchased in martial arts and sporting equipment stores. Having this many makes it easier for your child to get ready for practice without waiting to clean a dirty pair.
These are pretty short, and they can wear either pulled up like fighters or at a more comfortable length, depending on your child. Athletic underwear and a cup is probably a good idea, too, to protect your child from injuries in the crotch. Hand wraps are also necessary, as this will make their hands more comfortable in their gloves.
Gloves are, then, the last piece of clothing you should invest in for your child. Typically, Muay Thai doesn’t use shirts because it gets in the way of movement and executing particular techniques. Some kids may perform well with a light shirt that protects them from blows, but it isn’t necessary.
Muay Thai requires a lot of practice and technique repetition, which makes it necessary purchase some sparring and heavy bags. Sparring bags help increase your child’s punching speed and makes them more skilled. These range from 14-18 ounces, though it is possible to get lighter kids-based sparring bags. Weight for these bags is usually around 12 ounces.
Heavy bags are designed to give your child a full-sized partner which they can practice their moves on. You can use an adult-sized bag, but be ready to stand behind the bag to give it extra support. Without you there stabilizing it, the bag might swing back and hit your child.
Hang bags from chains attached to your ceiling. Locate hanging beams by using a stud detector. Screw the hook directly into the ceiling here and the board above will keep the bag from falling. Now your child can spar and practice their moves in comfort at home.
Other Essential Items
Beyond the above-mentioned items, you’re going to have to invest in a variety of other equipment that doesn’t fall under a specific heading. For example, your child will need mouthguards to protect their teeth during practices and bouts. Invest in a custom mouth guard, like these, will fit your child’s teeth better. They might cost a bit more, but they are worth it.
Shin guards are also necessary as they will help avoid injuries to the leg. They also help absorb blows during practice spars and make it more manageable: ankle guards are also a good choice to offer extra leg support. A jump rope is also nice as an extra exercise item because it will challenge your child’s stamina and coordination.
Other protective items include Muay Thai gloves, headgear, elbow pads, knee pads, thigh pads, and pad holders that keep the practice pads in better shape. This makes it easier for your children to slip in and out of their gear without trouble. Your kid will be more than ready to take off their practice pads once they get home from practice.
Now your child is ready to practice Muay Thai at home and during their classes. They’ll appreciate your investment and will be excited to get started as soon as possible.