Muay Thai Shin Guards

Muay Thai Shin Guards

Whether it’s Grappling, Muay Thai or Kick Boxing- they are all forms of MMA. The next time you clash shins with an opponent, is when you will reconsider your MMA shin guard purchase. Imagine cracking 2 baseball bats together- that’s the equivalent force behind 2 people swing their legs at the same time.

There are several things to consider before you run off and but the least expensive pair of shin guards. I have learned the quality of a MMA shin guard though my 25 years of Taekwondo training.

The main thing to look for in a shin guard is the “Spine” that goes down the front of the guard. It needs to be re-enforced. With my Taekwondo background, this is a feature that is very important. All of the MMA shin guards I have seen do not have this feature.

Perceived value:

I have found that people buy the most expensive things because they think they are better in quality. As someone that sees all types of MMA gear, I have found this to be untrue. A perfect example is Hayabusa and Combat Sports. The padding and overall design are almost exactly the same. I think it is all in the marketing that allows Hayabusa to charge more.

Please don’t take this the wrong- I think they are both very good brands:

How the shin guards are strapped onto the legs is another important thing to consider. If they will be used for grappling and muay thai, you will want the sock type. The reason for the sock type fit is so they don’t get spun around or even fall off when you’re on the ground.

So, before you buy those cheap shin guards- think about how yours shins are going to feel after your first shin-to-shin full contact. Remember to look for a re-enforced spine down the front of the guard. If you are looking for quality, a higher price does not always mean they will protect any better. Consider the use- are you going to be rolling on the ground or are you just doing stand up.

One more thing to consider is the weight of the shin guard. Obviously the cloth type are going to weigh the least. There are some really heavy duty shin guards made of leather. These also have some very uncomfortable straps too. I would avoid these.

MMA Shin Guards.

Richard Vega has over 25 years experience in the Martial Arts.

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