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  • #32300
    kmman
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    Whats everyone’s opinion on using gloves or wraps? Is there any benefit to NOT using them ie hand conditioning or reality that you will ot have gloves on if attacked?

    #77330
    stevetuna
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    If I’m doing a lot of mitt, pad or bag work, I’ll wear gloves. I don’t need a hand injury (had ’em before, they take a long time to heal). If I’m doing a drill in a class, I generally won’t wear gloves. If I have a student that can quickly put their gloves on for a drill, that’s fine with me. I can’t deal with a student who is taking several minutes putting gloves on / taking them off. It’s not fair to the other students.

    Edited to add: Wraps are great. They protect the hands, the wrists and the skin on the knuckles. The only problem with wraps is that inexperienced people will need to re-wrap throughout class.

    #77335
    peterako
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    I would definitely wrap the hands in order to prevent wrist injury. While I usually bring gloves to class, most of the time they are unnecessary as heel-palms can be substituted.

    #77341
    farhan
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    I used to not wear gloves or wraps. To me wearing anything of the sort meant, I was creating weaker wrists. But the more I started punching I the more I realized it was necessary.

    You would punch or use your wrist far more in an hour of class, couple of classes a week, than you would in a real life scenario. This regular abuse starts taking its toll on the joints. And like some one mentioned ‘Hand’ injuries take a while to heal.

    #77345
    smokelaw1
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    Take it from someone 8 weeks out off a hand injury…it stinks. I probably should have taken that time ooff, but instead I just guard the hand, don’t use it, and sit out of drills where it is required. Now I just use a boxing glove when I can, and am up to hitting at 60% or so.
    Saw the specialist the other day, and was told that part of the damage might never go away. Wrists take a beating doing this stuff, even wrapped, they will get stronger, but will be less likely to be injured in class.

    #77346
    farhan
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    smokelaw1, sorry to hear that, what was the actual damage?

    #77348
    kmcat
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    I like using a glove for extensive striking and holding pads.

    The glove I’ve found most useful is actually a thin weight lifting glove that has a stout wrist wrap.

    I found I did not have much patience for working with hand wraps. To time consuming and trying to maintain them and keep them clean was a hassle.

    As for fitness class, some think it goofy, but I like to use fingerless bicycling gloves. They have terry cloth on the back to wipe sweat and keep your hands from slipping off equipment, plus it is a bit cleaner for your hands.

    #77350
    coda-vex
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    quote KMCat:

    I like using a glove for extensive striking and holding pads.

    The glove I’ve found most useful is actually a thin weight lifting glove that has a stout wrist wrap.

    I found I did not have much patience for working with hand wraps. To time consuming and trying to maintain them and keep them clean was a hassle.

    Now there’s an idea thumbsup Call me inpatient, but while I like the feel and protection of the wraps, I’m with you wrapping sucks. One thing I did like is that with my heavy bag work I always rub my left first finger raw and I could compensate with the wraps.

    #77351
    rfc
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    Here’s my theory FWIW:

    Wraps work well for me. I use very little around my knuckles so it does not influence how my fingers close when making a grip. Most of the wrap goes around my wrists to support them a little. If we’re doing focus mitt work and if the partner does not hold them properly, I try to teach the partner the proper way to hold. If they can’t catch on I cut way back on the power or, slip on the 16 oz gloves over the wraps.

    In Heavy Bag class, I just wear wraps and put 50% power punches into the bag. Maybe for about 5-10 minutes here-or-there, I’ll go 80-100% just to get the feel of things. I stopped using 16oz gloves for heavy bag because A) the gloves do not not allow a natural street-fighting grip or wrist angle and B) the extreme wrist support and knuckle padding kept fooling me into thinking I was superman.

    When I punch into a tombstone or kick pad, I never go 100% power (learned the hard way after a bad sprain that took 3 months to heal). At best, I’ll do 50-60% power because, punching a dense tombstone when someone is well braced and planting it firmly in their chest, is not a realistic punching situation.

    #77352
    phlegmon27
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    I’m a big fan of wraps. Use search to find the other threads that tackle this debate.

    #77495
    ali-s
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    I almost never wear handwraps anymore. If I’m in a Level 1 class, I don’t use gloves. Level 2 and above, definitely – ditto for cardio.

    Of course, I have gnarly man knuckles now – but I save time on hand-wrapping! 🙂

    #77497
    phlegmon27
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    If you don’t want these:

    Wear these:

    :): :): :):

    #77498
    kmman
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    Not wearing gloves gave me immediate feedback in that the bruises showed I am striking with the wrong knuckles. I am talking about heavy bag not pads. Now Im using them, provided I can throw them on in time for the drill.

    On that note, does anyone use Dit Da Jow or any bruise liniments? I may post this separately.

    #77515
    clfmak
    Member

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    I use dit da jow, since I do a decent amount of traditional hitting-hard-stuff type training. I work on a wall bag, wooden dummy and a makiwara. Some people warn against injuring yourself, but I find you just have to listen to your body and act accordingly.

    #77639
    kirsten
    Moderator

    Re: Training with gloves or not

    Nothing more frustrating than somebody that refuses to wear wraps or gloves in my classes then bleeds all over everyone and my equipment. Its inconsiderate and nobody is buying the “I am really tough” thing when they are cleaning all the blood up and apologizing for creating a hazmat issue in class.

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