Wearing shin, instep, foot and forearm guards will help you to avoid annoying injuries that stop you from training as often as you would like. Whether you wish to prevent an injury or to stop an existing injury from getting worse, wearing shin, instep, foot and forearm guards is always a good idea.
Also by insisting your sparring partner wears adequate protection you can both free spar much harder and for longer. It is definitely a win win situation when you and your sparring partner both wear the right protection which includes wearing good quality shin, instep, foot and forearm guards.
Depending on hard your sparring sessions are often decides how much protection you need. For light non contact sparring you only need the minimal amount of protection against the occasional accidental contact so the elasticised cotton forearm, shin and instep pads are all you generally need.
For fast and light to semi contact sparring the dipped foam protectors are quite good as they are light and easy to wear and they do not slow down your movements. Also ideal are the machine moulded PU protectors which are much like the dipped foam only they breath much better so you do not sweat as much. Both Morgan and Smai brands make the best PU shin and instep guards for fast semi contact competition sparring.
When your sparring is more intense with medium to heavy contact then you need the guards that are more designed for kickboxing and MMA. Top of the range are the Hayabusa shin and instep guards followed by Morgan and Smai brands are all top quality and well designed to take care of you during some very heavy intense sparring sessions.
Whether you need shin, instep, foot and forearm guards for non contact, semi-contact or full contact sparring the Universal Self Defence web store has the right protective sparring gear for you!