One of the most important training gear that must always be inside a Muay Thai fighter’s gym bag is a pair of Muay Thai gloves. In fact, it’s recommended to carry more than one pair, mainly one for sparring, another for drill work and some even go as far as to have a different set of gloves for fights.
In any case, there’s no denying that the Muay Thai gloves are an important part of Muay Thai training and is necessary for safe practice. After all, the two hands are the main weapons of every fighter and fighting without protective gloves is dangerous, for both the fighter’s knuckles and whoever the opponent may be.
It’s important to keep in mind that Muay Thai gloves are different from boxing gloves. They’re much longer at the wrist, which helps provide better support and protection for both the hands and wrists.
How To Choose
As one of the most important protective gear in training, Muay Thai gloves should be chosen with great care so as to ensure complete protection and comfort while training and during fights.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for the right pair of gloves.
- Muay Thai gloves are designed for various purposes. Do your research well beforehand and choose carefully.
- Case in point, sparring gloves are great for striking, blocking and clinching. Meanwhile, boxing sparring gloves are best for practicing boxing and striking.
- Ask for help from your trainer with choosing gloves. This is because the weight of the gloves you choose mainly depends on your fighting style, as well as your body structure. Unless you’re experienced enough, don’t attempt to buy a pair of gloves on your own or without advice.
- The different glove weights have their own purposes.
- 8 and 10 oz gloves are best for competitive boxers.
- 12 oz gloves are a good fit for women and those who have smaller than average hands.
- 14 oz gloves are for average sized people.
- 16 oz gloves are generally considered as the safe choice as they’re suitable for people of all sizes and frames.
- 18 oz and 20 oz gloves are best for heavy weights.
As mentioned earlier, it’s best for you to try to get to know the different glove sizes and weights so as to you can choose the right gloves for your build and body type.
- Avoid buying online, especially if it’s your first time. It’s best that you’re able to fit the glove first before buying so as to check if it fits snugly without leaving a lot of room for the hands to move around inside. But, be careful, the gloves shouldn’t be too tight either, as there should still be ample space for your hands to fit inside after wearing hand wraps.
Now that you know these tips for choosing the best Muay Thai gloves out there, you should be able to confidently shop for a pair of gloves and get on with your training soon.