Wing Chun Sparring Gear


 

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Sparring is a necessity for training in modern wing chun. Sparring gear allows harder, more realistic training. It helps prevent damage to you and your training partners.

Sparring gear can be expensive but I have done my best to track down inexpensive sparring gear which meet the minimum standards for use in wing chun sparring. Items are listed in priority of acquisition so students can buy gear piece by piece as they can afford it. I do not have any affiliation with any of the companies or sites listed. I list the products because they are great value for the sparring gear in question. I will try to keep this list up to date. Prices are at the time of listing. If something changes or you find something better feel free to let me know on our contact page.

Should you wish to invest in more expensive, high quality sparring gear I recommend you read the requirements first. Next settle on a price range for your gear and read online reviews of various pieces of gear which fall within that price range. Higher quality gear comes with a higher price but a longer life.

Some pieces will be more expensive based on shipping and/or import fees so be sure to shop around and if possible buy multiple pieces of gear from one site.

Gloves should be 4oz fingerless MMA-style gloves. No boxing, muay thai, grappling, or bag gloves. UFC brand gloves are not recommended due to being very expensive and bad quality. When worn gloves should not have an sharp protrusions which could scratch training partners upon contact (ex: edges of velcro).


 

VALUE RECOMMENDATION

Male Female Price Company Why?
$25 Gorilla Fight Gear The cheapest pair of 4oz leather gloves thus far from a Canadian company with a great reputation for quality. Take Me There

Mouthguards must be sufficiently padded to absorb shock from being hit hard in the face, while rigid enough to protect the teeth. Cheap mouthguards are available but not recommended as they are meant for protection against occasional impact and teeth grinding. Most mouthguards are "boil and bite" and will work suitably. More expensive custom made mouthguards are also available online or through dental offices.

NOTE: Different mouthguards will be required for youth, smaller persons, or those with braces. Do your research and shop around.


VALUE RECOMMENDATION

 

Male Female Price Company Why?
$12 Shock Doctor Shock Doctor is the industry standard for mouth guards. This adult mouthguard is made of hard rubber on the outside and soft rubber on the inside to rigidly protect your teeth while cushioning against impact. Shock Doctor's warranty also carries limited insurance on your teeth. Just a nice extra that shows faith in their products. Take Me There

Headgear must have a protective plastic cage secured over the face area as well as being able to absorb some shock from strikes. Foam dipped headgear, headgear with metal cages, and headgear with clear plastic cages are unacceptable. Metal cages pose a hazard to sparring partners. Some clear plastic cages can be knocked into the upper lip or broken during sparring.

NOTE: Headgear should not be used without a mouth guard.


 

VALUE RECOMMENDATION

Male Female Price Company Why?
$35 Karate Mart This inexpensive vinyl headgear has a sturdy opaque plastic face cage and can be secured by velcro at the back. Similar products exist but generally at a higher price. Take Me There

MALE REQUIREMENTS

Cheap plastic cups will do for light sparring but can be broken leading to sharp edges near your valuables. More expensive plastic cups while better are still prone to breaking. My recommendation, while somewhat more expensive, is a steel cup.


 

VALUE RECOMMENDATION

Male Female Price Company Why?
$38 Ring to Cage Steel cups are the kind most trusted by combat athletes. While this may seem expensive compared to cheaper plastic cups keep in mind that this provides significantly more protection to an area worth spending a few extra $$$ to protect. Take Me There

 

FEMALE REQUIREMENTS While women are not required to wear a groin guard it is recommended. Getting kicked in the groin is painful for women as well and can be damaging. Women can wear a men's steel cup although it is not entirely comfortable. Female groin guards are few and far between and unfortunately often not well made. The one I have listed is well liked however and made by a reputable company.


 

VALUE RECOMMENDATION

Male Female Price Company Why?
$17 Revgear While female groin protectors are few and far between this one has great reviews and is made by a company with a great reputation. Take Me There

REQUIREMENTS Impacts to mammary tissue are a cancer concern so protection is required. Since women’s bodies and chest sizes vary, the contoured chest protectors may not provide sufficient protection. The best general requirement therefore is a semi-rigid, full body protector similar to those used in taekwondo and sanda.


 

VALUE RECOMMENDATION

Male Female Price Company Why?
$27 Karate Mart This type of chest protection is standard in taekwondo competitions and provides good chest protection at a great price. Take Me There

REQUIREMENTS Shin guards are required for hard contact kicking and kick-countering training. Cloth shin guards are not recommended as they do not provide enough protection. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable bashing your shin with a rolling pin for 10 minutes while wearing it, it’s not a good choice.


 

VALUE RECOMMENDATION

Male Female Price Company Why?
$33 Contender A value production of professional Muay Thai and MMA shin guards these have great reviews online. While definitely not of the same quality as higher priced shin guards these provide great shin protection for the money. Take Me There