Body guards for full contact martial arts, boxing and self defence training are well designed to protect the vital areas of your body by being able to absorb high impact so there is really no need to suffer injury whilst training effectively for full contact combat.
There are two main types of body guards used for martial arts. There are the body guards you wear for protection when sparring and then there are the body guards that coaches like to use to provide an extra target usually whilst also holding focus pad mitts with boxing or holding kick pads with martial arts and self defence training.
With any type of body guard there is always a compromise that has to be made between the amount of protection provided and the amount of mobility you are allowed to move around freely.
If you are wearing a body guard for sparring then you need the body guard to be more lightweight, comfortable and less restrictive so it does not slow you down but still provides enough padding to protect you from heavy punch and kicks. The best body guards for sparring and competition are the Taekwondo style reversible colour chest and body guards and the karate style WKF Parafly inner chest guards.
When needing a body guard to provide an extra target whilst holding kick pads or focus mitts then the body guard needs to have extra thick heavy duty padding to take full contact blows. For boxing you may only need a belly pad type coaching target to cover the main target areas. If you need the body guard to provide a target for kicks and knees as well as punches then the body guard needs to cover a bigger area and include protection for your abdomen, stomach, ribs, kidneys and chest.
Whether you need a body guard for protection whilst sparring or to use as protection and as a target for coaching purposes then Universal Self Defence has the right body guard for you!