Karate Equipment 33

Karate Equipment 33

Martial arts classes are becoming increasingly popular in​ all age groups due to​ the​ dangers of​ the​ world today .​
It's good to​ know you can protect yourself from an​ attacker .​
Karate is​ practiced as​ a​ method of​ self-control, discipline, and​ self defense .​
When a​ new student enters the​ school, called a​ dojo, the​ student is​ given a​ white outfit called a​ Gui pronounced g-ee) and​ an​ Obie, a​ White belt .​
The color of​ the​ belt denotes the​ student's level of​ expertise, with white meaning beginner .​
The new student sets out to​ pursue the​ long journey to​ black belt status .​
Kids from ages 4 to​ 100 are welcome in​ the​ dojo.
Although much of​ the​ karate equipment is​ provided by the​ dojo, there are some items you'll need to​ purchase .​
Let's first take a​ look at​ the​ karate equipment and​ clothing items you need to​ buy.
The Gui is​ usually purchased through the​ dojo.
Gloves are essential for​ karate training .​
They protect your hand from rope burns, skin abrasions, and​ sweat slips .​
Invest in​ a​ pair that is​ durable and​ made of​ breathable material .​
They're similar to​ bicycle riders or​ gymnast's gloves, with no fingers and​ an​ exposed knuckle area.
Mitts are used for​ kicks and​ punches, so it's important that they be durable, with thick dense padding of​ at​ least three inches .​
As you progress in​ your training, you'll need sticks, which are available in​ plain plastic, bamboo, PVC, or​ metal .​
Some come in​ sets of​ two of​ equal length and​ are used singly and​ together .​
The other type is​ a​ single stick, anywhere from four to​ eight feet long.
Plastic sticks don't last long, so if​ you plan to​ be using your karate equipment for​ a​ long time, invest in​ bamboo or​ metal sticks .​
Bamboo sticks will last for​ many years, if​ treated well .​
If they do start to​ break or​ peel, you can get a​ few more miles out of​ them by tightly wrapping the​ damaged area with duct tape .​
Gymnastics powder should be used to​ avoid sweat slips when using bamboo sticks (nanchucks).
Other karate equipment, provided by the​ dojo includes special floor mats which are thick and​ cushioned to​ protect the​ students in​ falls, rolls and​ other training procedures.
Kicking bags are used in​ routines and​ for​ kicking and​ punching exercises .​
They're suspended from the​ ceiling and​ weigh anywhere from 50 to​ 150 pounds .​
One type is​ soft and​ spongy, best for​ younger children .​
The other type of​ bag is​ filled with sand, quite heavy and​ are only suitable for​ advanced students.

Punching bags are just smaller versions of​ kicking bags, about the​ size of​ a​ volley ball .​
They're used by boxers to​ train, as​ well .​
Some dojos sell all of​ the​ karate equipment above .​
There are also karate equipment shops .​
When purchasing your equipment, quality and​ durability is​ most important .​
With a​ good instructor and​ equipment, your karate training will be an​ enjoyable journey to​ your black belt.

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