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April 28, 2020

Rattan Jo Staff

RATTAN JO STAFF

Bo and Jo staffs are the perfect introductory weapon, and have traditionally been used in Japanese Martial Arts.

The Jo staff are often used for striking, blocking and sweeping opponents.


Before you go out and purchase a staff, you need to understand the differences between a Bo staff and a Jo staff. 

Within the martial arts environment the staff is a weapon and can fall into two categories: the Bo or the Jo.

The Bo is generally a longer design whereas the Jo is a shorter version.


If you are looking for a high quality Jo Staff, we suggest looking for one that is crafted from Natural Rattan with an Untapered Design. However, if you can’t find any stockists of rattan jo staffs, then the foam padded jo staffs are also really good – check out the product we love below

[info]Due to being produced by a natural product, the color and uniformity of any rattan Jo staff can vary. [/info]

Competition Jo Staff

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

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Price

Rating4.0

Durability

Rating4.5

These competition Rattan Jo staffs are exceptionally durable and well made

Material: Rattan

Shape: Straight – Generally 25-28mm in diameter

 

They also come in the following sizes

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  • 3ft – 100cm
  • 4ft – 127cm
  • 5ft – 152cm
  • 6ft – 183cm
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  • Exceptionally durable
  • Multiple sizes
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April 14, 2020

Adidas Martial Arts Uniforms

ADIDAS Martial Arts Uniforms

Adidas Martial Arts Uniforms

Adidas – an iconic brand that has been manufacturing quality GIs and martial arts uniforms for karate, boxing, jiu jitsu, judo and many more!

 

ADICHAMP II Taekwando Uniform by Adidas®

One of the most popular V-neck uniforms in Tae Kwon Do, this uniform is high quality and still maintains it’s flexibility and durability with its smart appearance to meet the needs of all people:

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Grand Master Uniform w/ 3 Stripes

The Adidas “Grand Master” is an exclusive top quality uniform officially approved by the World Taekwondo Federation.

Designed for black belts, experts, masters and grand masters of the world!

Manufactured from dobby fabric of fantastic embossed design. 

Stitched nine times in the cuffs and hem of pants as well as six times in the collar to maintain strength and durability. Belt is not included

Adidas Super Master TKD Uniform

The Super Master uniform, designed in accordance with the adidas sport philosophy, is especially for the Tae Kwon Do Master. This uniform uses advanced adidas technology and is made from jacquard fabric which provides a luxurious look and feel. Featuring adidas lettering embroidered on sleeve, elastic waistband with an additional drawstring, three black stripes on shoulder and leg and a Grand Master patch on sleeve. Belt sold seperately.


Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Fighter TKD Uniform

Brand new from Adidas! Top of the line TKD Uniform.

World’s lightest TKD uniform specially designed for competition fighters. Features 100% polyester performance enhancing fabric, which absorbs and dries perspiration faster to keep you cool and dry. . .

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

 

Adidas US STAR Karate GI

Medium weight Karate uniform by Adidas; 55% cotton/45% polyester Elastic waist with drawstring pants adidas stripes on the shoulders of the jacket. Available in white with black stripes or black with white stripes.

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Master Karate Uniform

Approved by WKF for international tournament use. 55/45 cotton polyester; Pants w/ full-length gusset for full kicking. Embroidered adidas logo on back, chest, and patch on left shoulder.

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Elite Karate Uniform

12 oz. heavy weight; traditional drawstring waist pants; NO stripes on the shoulders of the jacket. 

Available in White.

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Club Judo Uniform, White & Blue

Entry level Judo Gi by adidas.adidas stripes on the shoulders of the jacket

Also available in Blue.

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Champion Judo Uniform White

Pre-shrunk double weave; 24 oz. reinforcements through out. 

Also available in Blue

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

Adidas Champion Judo Uniform Blue

Pre-shrunk double weave; 24 oz. reinforcements through out. 

Also available in White

 

Especially for grade-holder, experts.

April 8, 2020

Vision martial arts olympic revolution uniform

Vision Martial Arts Olympic Revolution Uniform

Vision USA has been an official sponsor and partner of USA Taekwondo for some time now, and has gone on to become the exclusive developer and provider of all USA Taekwondo uniforms.

 

Vision USA is the first Martial Arts company to introduce the breathable technology for Sparring Uniforms when they released the Vision Revolution Uniform in 2004. This has since set the standard for all Sparring Uniforms and today it is the most popular type of uniform in the market.

Vision Olympic Revolution TKD Uniform

Made of high quality 55% cotton, 45% polyester blend material, this uniform provides comfort and durability at a minimal cost.  


Deluxe Uniforms feature ribbed and corded cotton/polyester fabric that is crisp and maintains a more firm shape.

White V Neck Uniforms for White Belts to High Purple Belts.
Black V Neck Uniforms for Red Belts to Black Belt.
Red Black V Neck Uniforms for Black Belt and up.

[info]Vision USA has now become the exclusive US Distributor for the World Taekwondo recognized brand – TUSAH. [/info]

 

TUSAH Taekwondo Premium Fighter Uniform

The Tusah Premium Collection uses the highest quality fabric and materials, and with Tusah being inspired by breathable fabrics in others sports, they have incorporated those materials to construct this Premium Fighter Uniform. 

 

The Premium Uniform is WTF Approved for competition, made from an ultra lightweight breathable fabric and is available in Black or White V-neck. 

April 8, 2020

Best Martial Arts Kick Shields

Best Martial Arts Kick Shields

Best kick shields for MMA

Martial arts is a serious business. It requires a lot of discipline, respect and the opportunity to practice with force. Unfortunately the latter isn’t always appropriate when people are involved. The last thing anybody wants to do is cause an injury, especially if it’s somebody you are training with.

 

But there is a fundamental need to test your full physical power; otherwise your skills won’t evolve. This is where equipment plays a vital role. The right equipment allows students to really put some meaning behind their punches and kicks.

 

To help you make the best decision, here is a list of the best martial arts kick shields, along with the reasons why you should consider using them.

Fairtex Curved Thai Pads

MMA and Muay Thai Pads

Editor
4.4/5
Users
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Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating5.0

We are in no doubt that the Fairtex Curved Pads are some of the best kick shields in the market. Where most bags are mainly focused towards simply absorbing as much damage as possible, these come with comfort and durability  as well.

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  • 15” long – longer than most other brands
  • Two forearm support straps and a reinforced riveted handle to ensure balance and stability
  • Extremely light weight
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The Fairtex curved pads are soft and flexible from the moment you start using them and they are made with cow hide leather, which is a little more durable than the buffalo alternative. The curved shape of the design is specifically for the comfort of the holder and the light weight of the pads is astounding considering the protection they offer.

 

The pads have an amazing ability to absorb kicks, they are suitable for experienced and novice fighters, they are easy to use and they are very strong. What else would you expect from a leading developer in the field?

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  • Longer than most pads
  • Standard weight even with the extra padding
  • Extremely durable
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RDX Kick Shield for MMA and Kickboxing

Durable Maya Hide Kick shield

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating4.5

Made from durable Maya hide leather, this RDX Kick Shield is one of the best quality kick shields on the market today. Its also pretty large for a kick shield, measuring 60cm long, 36cm wide and 13cm thick and featuring a unique curved shape that increases the shock absorption and dispersal surface area. 

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  • Maya hide Leather
  • 60cm long, 36cm wide and 13cm thick ‘IMT’ Gel Padding
  • Strategically placed rear handles
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The RDX Kick shields feature Sponge X padding, which is the outer layer padding of the kick shield. Basically this padding is engineered with an infused shock dispersion sheet, so that when you are practicing your kicking, the force is equally distributed across the surface. What this really means is that the for the holder of the kick shield, the impact of the strike does not travel through to the kick shild holder’s body. As a trainer or parent – we give this shock absorption layer the massive thumbs up!

 

A further benefit of the RDX kick shields provides maximum durability, and the inner DenZo-Tron sheet is basically a high-density foam that provides maximum impact absorption. With both the inner padding and the outer Sponge X padding, any blows to the kick shield are absorbed effectively and your training partner is saved! 

 

What we really love about the RDX kick shields are the placement of the handles. With other kick shields the handle placement does not really allow for holding the kick shield effectively, but the RDX kick shields feature strategically placed rear handles that basically allow your trainer to hold the kick shield in a myriad of positions and allows for comfort for the holder and also multiple creative kicking positions for you. 

[warning] Note that RDX kick shields are normally SOLD INDIVIDUALLY – but most pics might suggest that there are 2 kick shields (but just be aware that your are normally just buying a single one!)[/warning]

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  • Durable and lightweight
  • Effective impact absorption
  • Curved design striking shield
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  • Sold individually yet still fairly inexpensive if buying in pairs
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Combat Sports Kick Shield

Awesome synthetic leather kick shield

Editor
4.2/5
Users
4.6/5

Quality

Price

Rating5.0

Protection

Rating4.0

If you are looking for a good quality synthetic leather kick shield at a good price, then the Combat Sports kick shield is a top option. Featuring a pre-curved design, and a thick inner shell along with multiple handles, this is an easy to hold and lightweight kick shield.

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  • Durable synthetic leather
  • Excellent for your straight line attacks
  • Lightweight kick shield weighing onl 3.5 lbs. and measuring 14″ wide x 24″ tall x 4.5″ thick
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There is no doubt that at only 4.5″ thick, its certainly thinner than most other Kick Shields. But if you are after a lightweight kick shield that your kids can practice their kicking on, you can’t beat the Combat Sports kick shield for price or quality. 

 

The kick shield is definitely on the harder side, and doesn’t absorb as much of the impact as other higher priced kick shields but once again, for the price it really offers a great price to quality ratio, probably better used as a kick shield suitable for children. 

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  • Lightweight yet durable synthetic leather
  • Perfect for straight line attacks and round-house kicks
  • Comes complete with 3 rear and 2 side nylon webbed foam padded handles
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  • Thinner than most other kick shields
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April 7, 2020

Best punching mitts for MMA

BEST PUNCHING MITTS FOR MMA

mma punching mitt reviews

Punching mitts are an essential piece of equipment when training for MMA, Karate or just regular boxing practice.

They allow you to still use your full force when striking but won’t injure your training partner in the process. Most of them have really good padding which reduces the stress put on the wrist when striking and they are also very inexpensive too. 

 

So let’s take a look at a handful of what we feel are some of the best punching mitts for MMA and other Martial Arts as well

Cheerwing PU Leather MMA Mitt

High quality yet cheap mitts for MMA training

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

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Price

Rating5.0

Protection

Rating4.5

This is a great mitt which can be used for both punching and kicking. It is very popular for people training for MMA, Karate, kick boxing and Muay Thai.

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  • Made of high-quality durable PU leather material
  • High potency foam padding
  • Ergonomic Curved Punching Mitts
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These punching mitts are made from a very high quality PU leather material so will withstand hours of impact. They have an ergonomic design with thick foam padding which helps to protect the wrist of your training partner. Due to their pre-curved concave design, the punching mitts offer you a superior striking surface.

 

What really impressed us about these punching mitts was the quality of manufacture. Even though they are fairly inexpensive as compared to other mitts, they do not feel cheap. They are certainly made from quality synthetic materials and are hand stitched on sides which ensures a proper stitching. For the price, these really can’t be beat.

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  • Hand sewn edges
  • Durable ultra-lightweight PU leather that is easy to clean
  • Fairly inexpensive compared to other punching mitts on the market
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  • Can feel lightweight
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Sanabul Essential Curved MMA Punching Mitts

Standard black punching mitts

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Design

Rating4.5

These mitts by Sanabul Essential have a hand shaped mould so they naturally fit the hand for better comfort and protection. They are very lightweight which means they are easier to use and reduce fatigue. 

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  • Hand moulded to fit the natural curvature of your hands
  • Made with Performance Engineered Leather 
  • Santec Ultra Light Foam
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They are made from high quality leather which means they will last a long time and also very easy to clean after use. The back of the mitts have a mesh material allowing the hand to breathe and to reduce sweating. However what we really like about the Sanabul punching mitts is that they are fit for both small or big hands. The mitts include a half ball palm grip as well as a hook and loop strap to ensure a really snug fit. In fact after numerous training sessions, never once did we hear any of our review team complain about losing grip, and trust me, they all had some really intense training sessions. 

[info] As with all punchng mitts, make sure they air out properly after use if they get sweaty otherwise you might have them get a rancid smell for their next use[/info]

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  • Fits nicely for both small and large sized hands
  • Designed to hold up for expert strikers
  • Extremely light  – mitts together only weigh about 1 lb
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  • Pretty plain coloring in all Black
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RDX MMA focus mitts

Quality Maya Hide punching mitts

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Rating5.0

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating5.0

The RDX Hook & Jab Pads are ideal not just for boxing but for MMA and kick boxing too. They are constructed from both Cow hide and Maya hide leather, which means they are super durable and will withstand a lot of training sessions.

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  • EVA-LUTION FOAM, Shell-Shock gel and Tri-Slab padding
  • RDX EZ-Grip Technology
  • Durable Maya Hide leather
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RDX is known to manufacture some of the best punching mitts on the market, and these particular ones are advertised as being the most shock absorbing mitts you can buy. Wearing them is also comfortable as you can get a very good grip due to the domed palm pad and it also has a breathable inner lining. RDX mitts feature the exclusive Ez-Grip Technology, which basically creates traction within the pad for a better grip and you can certainly feel that extra grip. 

 

What we really love about these RDX punching mitts is their durability and protection factor (and that’s why they get a 5 STAR rating from us!). They are constructed from quality Maya Hide, ensuring that the focus pads are tough and durable. They also provide some of the best protection on the market, and will easily withstand some of the heaviest hitters in the Dojo. The key to the protection is the RDX Tri-Slab padding, coupled with EVA-LUTION FOAM and  Shell-Shock gel, basically ensuring any force is dissipated through the inner gels. 

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  • Super durable and will last months
  • Exceptional quality and protection
  • Awesome quality for the price you pay
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April 6, 2020

Best mouth guard for Jiu Jitsu

Best Mouth Guard for Jiu Jitsu

Mouth Guards for MMA

Jiu Jitsu is a really great sport for so many different reasons. It is a great way to learn how to defend yourself, to get fit and get some exercise, to meet new people, and so much more. However, you do need to be safe when it comes to Jiu Jitsu, especially when it comes to your teeth. Look, there’s no question that Jiu Jitsu and other Mixed Martial Arts can be a little dangerous, which is why we have provided you with our choice of the best mouth guards for Jiu Jitsu (and other martial arts as well) so you can keep your teeth and smile intact.

 

What We Think Is The Best Mouth Guard For Jiu Jitsu

 

Let’s first take a closer look at our top pick. It is one of our personal favorites and it could be yours too, so let’s take a look right now.

Venum Challenger Mouth Guard

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When it comes to mouth guards for Jiu Jitsu, we personally think that the Venum Challenger Mouth Guard is one of the best options on the market today.

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  • Specially Engineered Design
  • High Density Rubber
  • Ne XT fit gel frame for  better adjustment and comfort
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Maybe it is just because of its really cool name, or maybe because it actually works to keep your teeth safe, or maybe for both of those reasons. At any rate, the Venum Challenger Mouth Guard is highly regarded and has been called the best in its class by many athletes.

 

First of all, it features a specially engineered design to allow you to breathe easily. Some mouth guards make it really hard to breathe, which is of course not ideal. However, this is not a problem this mouth guard suffers from. On a side note, we do like the fact that the Venum Challenger Mouth Guard comes with a protective case, which is convenient for carrying it around and for keeping it clean.

 

Without a doubt, the best aspect of the Venum Mouth Guard is that it is made with fairly thick high density rubber. It has a lot of shock absorption power to ensure that your teeth stay in one piece even if somebody hits you with that big right hand. If there is one thing that this mouth guard does very well, it is protecting your teeth.

 

The Venum Challenger is fully adjustable, at least in the beginning. It comes blank, but with some hot water and patience, you can mold it to fit your mouth perfectly. Simply soak it in boiling water, let it cool for a second, shove it in your mouth, and bite down on it. After the mouth guard has cooled down, it will be molded to your mouth and fit your teeth perfectly. If you want optimal oral protection, this is the way to go.

 

Do keep in mind that this mouth guard is not made to be worn with braces. Also, be sure to let it cool down a little bit before molding because you might bite right through it. Finally, it may start to disintegrate after a couple months of use.

[success]The Venum Challenger is great for MMA, martial arts and all contact sports.[/success]

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  • Easy to wash
  • Easy fit – boil in water and mould to teeth
  • Storage case included
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What Makes A Good Mouth Guard?

 

There are certain aspects of every mouth guard which can make it good or bad. Let’s take a look at the different things which make a good mouth guard. This is important for your safety, so pay attention.

 

Comfort

Simply put, if the mouth guard you are wearing is not comfortable, you might take it out after a while, which will of course pose a problem. Being comfortable is an important feature for any mouth guard.

 

The Fit

The Mouth Guard you get needs to fit right. Wearing a mouth guard that is too small will result in it always coming off and being uncomfortable, and the same goes for one that is too big. At any rate, a mouth guard that does not fit right will not offer you with adequate protection. You should look for one that comes blank and can be molded to fit your teeth specifically.

 

The Outline

The mouth guard should not only protect your front teeth. The mouth guard should go all the way back to your molars and it should also cover most of your gums. Your front teeth are not the only things susceptible to that big right hook.

 

Thickness

Of course, the whole point of a mouth guard is to provide a layer of padding and shock absorption between your teeth and someone’s fist or foot. When it comes to Jiu Jitsu, a mouth guard that is 1/8 of an inch in thickness is recommended. Wearing one that is too thin will do you no good at all.

 

Other Options We Also Like

 

In case you are not a huge fan of the mouth guard for Jiu Jitsu that we picked as the number one choice, here we have some other options that we feel are good options too. So, let’s take a closer look at these as well.

SISU Mouth Guard

Best mouth guard for Juniors

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

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Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating4.5

One of the things that really stands out about this particular mouth guard is the fact that it is very thin, yet still very effective. The SISU Mouth Guard is only 1.6 mm thick, which is more than twice as thin as similar options. However, the materials used here are specially made just for this purpose.

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  • Extremely thin
  • Rounded edges for custom fit
  • Warrantied dental protection for ages 11 and up
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Just because this thing is thin does not mean that it is not as strong as some of the other options out there. Being so thin is convenient because it makes it much easier, more convenient, and more comfortable to have in your mouth for a prolonged period of time. The technology used here is called Diffusix, and it is specially designed to disperse impact as much as possible, which is exactly what you need for Jiu Jitsu.

 

The SISU Mouth Guard is quite comfortable thanks to the rounded edges. It has a large profile, so it does cover all of your important teeth and gums, but the rounded edges still ensure that it does not dig into your gums and cause pain. This is a custom fit mouth guard, which means that you have to do the whole boiling water and molding thing, which some find to be a pain in the butt. However, we think this is ideal because there is no better way of creating a perfect fit.

 

Finally, the SISU Mouth Guard is made with little holes in it in order to ensure that you don’t run out of air. The little holes to affect the integrity and strength of it a little bit, but on the other hand, they allow you to get an adequate amount of oxygen so you can keep training and sparring. All in all, you can even talk and drink with this thing in your mouth, so we do think that it is a really nice option to go with.

[warning] Note: White is not an allowable mouth guard color for some sports – even though you are able to buy it in White! Make sure you choose an allowable color mouth guard for your particular sport[/warning]

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  • 30% thinner than conventional sports mouth guards
  • Easy to talk, breathe and drink without removing the guard
  • Diffusix technology scientifically distributes impact forces
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Sanabul Single Boil Mouth Guard

Multi colored mouth guard for Jiu Jitsu

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating5.0

Protection

Rating4.5

While the colors which this mouth guard comes in are truly horrendous, like a neon light show in your mouth, at least it actually works to keep your teeth safe and sound

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  • Customizable fit
  • Adult and Youth sizes available
  • Boil and bite design
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As is the case with most modern mouth guards, this one can be molded to perfectly fit your teeth and mouth. Simply boil this thing, let it cool for a minute, and then put it in your mouth, biting down on it quite firmly to mold it to your teeth. It really does not get much easier than that.

 

This is a single mouth guard for your top teeth, so it does not protect the bottom, but this is no different from the other models we have looked at so far. It is a fairly thick mouth guard, so it will definitely protect your teeth very well.

 

It has great shock absorption so your teeth should be perfectly safe. That being said, you need to get the right size because this thing is fairly thick, so it might be uncomfortable if you get one that is too big. We do also like how the Sanabul Single Boil Mouth Guard is designed to allow you to breathe, talk, and drink water with ease, things which many mouth guards unfortunately no not account for.

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  • High quality Single mouthguard
  • Designed to provide unobstructed air flow
  • Inexpensive
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Redline Sportswear Custom Fit Mouthguard

Best mouth guard for shock absorption

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating5.0

Yet another great option to go with, the Redline Sportswear Custom Fit Mouth Guard will offer you maximum protection for your teeth. This particular mouth guard features a dual layer of protection for a maximum amount of shock absorption and dispersion.

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  • 100% FDA approved BPA free
  • ONE SIZE FITS ALL
  • Strategically placed Gel Shock Pads
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This thing uses some pretty advanced technology to make sure that your teeth stay in one piece.

 

Yes, this mouth guard is fairly thick and chunky, so it does take some getting used to, but the level of protection it offers is awesome. What is also pretty cool is that the underside of this mouth guard features some added protection to make sure that your molars and front teeth stay safe and sound even when that big hit connects with your face.

 

This dual gel layered mouth guard is a custom fit model. This means that the Redline Sportswear Custom Fit Mouth Guard needs to be boiled and molded before wearing. However, as you have probably figured out by now, this is not a hard thing to do. We also like how this thing is FDA approved and free of any harmful chemicals that you don’t want in your body. It even comes with a hygienic carrying case to keep it safe and clean.

[warning] Note that there are a number of counterfeit Redline Products on the market – PLEASE BE SURE to make your purchase from Scosh Enterprises to ensure you are buying legitimate Redline Sportswear products.[/warning]

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  • Super easy to shape to teeth
  • FDA approved materials
  • Hygienic carry case included
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Oral Mart Sports Mouth Guard

Best mouth guard for kids

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating5.0

Protection

Rating4.5

If you like mouth guards with cool designs on them, you will definitely like the Oral Mart range of Sports Mouth Guards. Featuring designs such as the US Flag, Vampire Fangs, and 8 other cool colors they might just make your opponent freak out and provide you with an easy win. Ok, so that probably won’t happen, but at least it looks neat, plus of course it protects your teeth too.

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  • Dual-layer sports mouth guards
  • BPA Free! Latex Free! Phthalate Free!
  • Super Easy 5 Step molding process
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Like all other mouth guards we have reviewed here, this particular one is also a boil and bite version. It is made with all safe materials (BPA Free! Latex Free! Phthalate Free!), so you don’t need to worry about poisoning yourself.

 

Simply boil the mouth guard, let it cool, and then bite down onto it to mold it to your teeth. This helps provide you with a perfect fit to protect all of the most vital parts.

 

This is a fairly thick mouth guard, which does mean that it is good for absorbing those big hits. Just make sure that it fits in your mouth and is comfy, because it is quite chunky. That being said, even if the Oral Mart Mouth Guard is not the most comfortable, at least it does a good job in terms of protection. Also, it comes with its own complimentary carrying case, which is always nice.

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  • Mouth Guards come in two Sizes: Youth (Age 10 & Below) and Adult (Age 11 & Up).
  • Ventilated Case included
  • Really easy to mold
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  • Not For Use with Braces / Retainers
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Do I Really Need A Mouth Guard?

 

To be totally honest, yes, you do need a mouth guard for Jiu Jitsu. 

This question is kind of annoying because it is like asking DO I REALLY NEED TEETH?

 

Jiu Jitsu is a pretty dangerous sport and martial art. People who don’t wear mouth guards while practicing it are at a big risk of losing some pearly whites. There is a lot of grappling and striking involved with this martial art, both of which can lead to the loss of teeth.

 

If you like eating food and talking without a speech impediment, we would definitely recommend wearing a mouth guard when practicing Jiu Jitsu.

Of course, if you are just doing simple training on your own, it is probably not necessary. However, if you are sparring or training intensely with a partner, you definitely want to protect your teeth at all times. Do you like having teeth?

 

Conclusion

 

We would of course recommend our own tip pick as the best option for Jiu Jitsu, However, this is somewhat a matter of personal preference and the other 4 options are all fine too. Just keep in mind that teeth are important and they are pricey to replace, so protect them well!

April 4, 2020

Best Cup For Jiu Jitsu & MMA

Best Cup For Jiu Jitsu & MMA

Best Groin Cup

Jiu Jitsu is a really fun, rewarding, and educational type of martial art no doubt. One big piece of education this martial art teaches people is that all parts of the body are susceptible to pain and damage. For men, this is no truer than for the groin area. Well, that’s why we’re here today, to help you find the best cup for Jiu Jitsu

What We Think Is The Best Cup For Jiu Jitsu/MMA

We’ve taken a look at a number of Jiu Jitsu and MMA cups and what we personally think is the best option at the moment, the Diamond MMA Groin Protector, but there are some other strong contenders as well, so let’s take a closer look at those right now.

Diamond MMA Groin Protector

Best compression jock and cup system

Editor
4.8/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating4.5

When it comes to groin protection, we personally think that the Diamond MMA Groin Protector is the best option to go with. First off, in terms of the cup itself, it is made of special co-molded elastomer and is finished with a polycarbonate core.

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  • Patent Pending Design
  • Combined compression jock and cup system
  • Designed by award winning designers and Stanford University engineers
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The Diamond MMA Groin protector design and materials used might all sound really technical, which it is, but all you really need to know here is that these materials are about as strong as can be for this kind of thing. If someone does punch or kick you down there, you probably won’t feel a thing.

 

We do appreciate how this groin protector was designed and built by scientific and sports professionals. They know what they are doing and they have designed this thing to keep your nether regions as safe as can be. With or without sponsorships, the Diamond MMA Protector is a trusted groin protection unit by sports professionals and pro fighters across the world.

 

The cup also features a special patent pending design with soft and padded edges. This, combined with a special shape, helps to protect sensitive groin muscles and nerves. In other words, this thing won’t jam into your groin and legs, it won’t chafe, and it won’t cause bruising around the outer groin either. Comfort is definitely a big selling factor here.

 

What is really neat about this particular groin protector is that it comes with a 2 in 1 jock strap and compression short. The 4 strap jock system holds the Diamond MMA Protector in place without question, with virtually no lateral or vertical movement. It is specially designed for both comfort and security. At the same time, the compression shorts help to keep everything in place even better. The military grade elastics and spandex here definitely do their job.

[info]There is no doubt that we really rate this Diamond MMA compression jock and cup system, but if you are just after a cup, then you can also just get the Diamond High Performance MMA cup ![/info]

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  • Will not chafe
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Protects sensitive nerves and muscles
  • Very hard and tough cup
  • Great 4 strap jock system for security
  • Compression shorts for added security
  • Specially designed cup for maximum protection
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  • Straps on the shorts are not the most durable
  • Needs to be handled delicately when washing
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What Makes A Good Groin Cup?

 

There are really only a couple of things that you need to look out for before you go out and buy a groin cup. To be fair, these things are pretty crude and they definitely are not advanced, so there isn’t much to look out for. That being said, just because they are crude doesn’t mean they don’t work. A kick or punch to the groin never feels nice, so a bit of protection is always good.

 

When it comes to a groin cup, the number one most important thing to look for is the material covering your private area. It should be made of really hard plastic or even out of steel. You don’t want this thing caving in when someone hits it hard. Moreover, you want to make sure that it is big enough to fit your manhood.

 

Another thing to look out for when buying a cup is the edge of the cup. You need it to have some kind of padding or smooth edge so it doesn’t chafe and cut into your skin while you practice Jiu Jitsu. These are more or less the only things you need to look out for. Some cups do come with ventilation to keep you a little cooler, but this is not totally necessary. Protection is the number one concern here.

 

Other Groin Cups Reviewed

 

In case you are not a huge fan of the Diamond MMA Groin Protector, you can always take a look at these other Groin Cup options, all of which will also do the job.

Shock Doctor Compression Shorts with Bio-Flex Cup

Compression Shorts and Cup Combo

Editor
4.2/5
Users
4.1/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating4.5

Another good option to keep in mind, this is a combination of a groin cup and compression shorts. In other words, you get both protection and security with this thing. The cup itself is made out of some extremely tough materials, so it is not about to cave in on your manhood.

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  • Combo Groin Cup and Compression Shorts
  • X-Pocket Cup Retention system
  • Compression shorts with comfort fit waistband
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It has been specially designed for maximum protection. At the same time, it features rounded and padded edges to make sure that it does not dig into your legs or groin while you are in action.

 

Furthermore, the cup itself features a double layer of mesh with some special ventilation slits. In other words, not only will your manhood be safe, but it won’t get too hot and sweaty either. What is also neat is that the included compression shorts are made of elastic 4-way stretch materials that are also moisture wicking.

 

When it comes to staying cool and dry, the Shock Doctor Compression Shorts with Bio-Flex Cup is a really good way to go.

 

The compression shorts also feature a comfort fit waistband for some extra comfort and security. To keep the cup in place, the compression shorts feature a fairly tight and specially designed groin cup holder.

 

The X-Pocket Cup Retention system does its job by keeping the cup exactly where it needs to be. That being said, for some people it tends to shift upwards a little bit.

[info]Shock Doctor make a number of good groin cups, and if you aren’t fond of the Comprssion shorts combo, you could try the Shock Doctor Jock strap and cup combo[/info]

 

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CONS

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  • Cool and comfortable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Fairly tight and secure fit
  • Very strong cup materials
  • Vented cup for ventilation
  • Compression shorts provide a tight fit
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  • Cup tends to shift up when squatting
  • Compression shorts could be a little more durable
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NuttyBuddy Cup with Compression Short

Best Groin Cup for Youth MMA

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating4.5

We know this might sound odd as an opening point, but we do like how these things are made in the USA. Simply put, outsourcing production just doesn’t result in the same quality as when something like the NuttyBuddy Cup with Compression Shorts is made in a high standard country like the USA

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  • Anatomically correct cup
  • Reduces impact force by up to 2000%
  • Made in USA
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There is no doubt that the NuttyBuddy Cup with Compression Short is currently one of the most popular options for a Groin Cup for youth out there at this time.

 

Perhaps the most impressive part here is the anatomically correct cup. This cup is designed to fit pretty much any person and any body type, which is more than can be said for most other options. It is designed to protect the vital areas, to be comfortable, and to stay in place. The 100% polycarbonate construction of this cup reduces impact force by up to 2000%, which means that your Johnson will be kept safe and sound even if someone connects with that big kick.

 

We do like the anatomical design because it won’t cut into your thighs or groin. This thing is made for both comfort and protection. When wearing the NuttyBuddy Cup, there shouldn’t be much cup movement at all, which is mostly thanks to the compression shorts that come with it. The shorts feature special straps to keep the cup in place, plus the spandex compression feature helps with this too. The cup pocket, the straps, and the compression aspect all work to ensure security.

[info]Battle Sports Science, creator of the NuttyBuddy cup also have a standard NuttyBuddy Groin Cup if you don’t want the compression shorts[/info]

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  • Interior straps to stop movement
  • High level of compression for increased security
  • Very tough build with huge shock absorption capabilities
  • Made in the USA – high quality standards
  • High level of security and minimal movement
  • Anatomically correct cup to fit most people
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  • Shorts are not the most durable
  • Cup pocket straps tend to stretch and rip fairly quickly
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Lo Bloo professional athletic cup

2 in 1 jock strap and groin cup

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Protection

Rating4.5

Unlike the other options we have looked at so far, the Lo Bloo professional athletic cup is a 2 in 1 jock strap and groin cup, but does not include any compression shorts. This by no means implies that this is a bad product, just a little different from what we have looked at up to this point

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  • Strong enough to withstand 4 tons of pressure
  • Removable gel liners around the edges
  • Ergonomic and anatomically correct design
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First off, when it comes to protection, this cup is strong enough to withstand 4 tons of pressure, which is about as good as it gets when it comes to solid groin protection.

 

In terms of comfort, the cup comes with removable gel liners around the edges. This helps to stop the cup from digging into your groin and thighs. At the same time, the cup also comes with special ventilation slits. In other words, you won’t get too hot or sweaty while doing Jiu Jitsu, plus the cup won’t chafe or dig into your legs either. When it comes to comfort, the Lo Bloo professional athletic cup is a good way to go.

 

The Lo Bloo professional athletic cup also fits well thanks to the ergonomic and anatomically correct design. At the same time, the strap is very easy to adjust. This thing comes with adjustable leg loops and an adjustable hip strap. Both are made to be highly adjustable and quite comfortable to ensure a good, tight, safe, and comfy fit. The leg loops might dig into your legs a bit, but this does have to do with finding the right fit.

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  • Extremely strong
  • Removable padding to prevent chafing and digging in
  • Holes for good ventilation
  • Fully adjustable jock strap for a secure fit
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Easy to use
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  • Leg loops might be a little uncomfortable for some people
  • Leg elastics are a little hard to deal with
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RDX MMA Abdo Guard Groin Cup

Steel Groin Cup for MMA and Muay Thai

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Rating4.0

Price

Rating4.5

Protection

Rating5.0

This final option is another nice groin cup and jock strap combination to keep in mind. This thing is quite simple, but also very effective. The cup itself is made out of steel.

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  • Cup made from steel
  • Simple design
  • Jock Strap and Cup combo
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When it comes to impact protection, you will be hard pressed to find something better than steel. It can definitely protect against most blows with ease.

 

The cup does have a coated layer and coated edges for some comfort. The RDX Groin Cup is designed to prevent digging into your groin and thighs, plus to prevent chaffing too. It is not the most comfortable cup and jock strap in the world, but way more comfortable than many other options you can get your hands on today.

 

The hip straps and leg loops are very elastic to ensure that they provide you with secure and tight fit. They can be easily adjusted to fit your size. Well, making adjustments is not that easy, but definitely doable, especially with a bit of practice. Like we said, the RDX MMA Groin Cup is very simple, but it does work just fine.

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CONS

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  • Good fit
  • Comfortable
  • Steel cup for awesome protection
  • Padded edges for comfort
  • Jock keeps the cup firmly in place
  • Good ventilation
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Compression Shorts VS Jock Straps

 

Groin cups are usually worn with either jock straps or compression shorts. Jock straps used to be the best way to wear them, but compression shorts have made quite a few advancements. Jock straps tend to be better for really mobile, active, and faced paced contact sports like American football, rugby, and other such things.

 

On the other hand, compression shorts are best used for less mobile sports such as martial arts. Compression shorts are really nice because they tend to be made of really soft, lightweight, and flexible materials that also work to wick away sweat and prevent rashes.

 

Compression shorts are also usually considered to the best way to keep a cup in place. Jock straps do work, but not as well as compression shorts. However, do keep in mind that compression shorts are usually more expensive than jock straps.

 

Tips For Keeping A Cup In Place

 

Like we said, cups are best kept in place by compression shorts. They offer a lot of compression from the outside and will cause the cup to fit securely in place. Wearing an extra layer over the compression shorts can help too. One of the best things that you can do to ensure that your cup stays in place is to get the right size. A groin cup that is either too large or too small will not work very well at all.

 

Conclusion

 

When it comes to the best cup option for Jiu Jitsu and MMA, we would personally recommend the Diamond MMA Groin Cup. However, all of the other options are great in their own right, so you can always take a look at those too. At any rate, make sure to protect your manhood when doing martial arts!

April 2, 2020

Best Rebreakable Boards for Martial Arts Training

Best Rebreakable Boards for Martial Arts Training

Best Rebreakable Boards

One of the most popular activities within most martial arts is board breaking. It can take many years of conditioning and training in order to successfully break a board. Also, it is used among most instructors as a test for students where they must successfully break specific boards at increasing difficulty in order to advance to a higher belt rank.

 

However, as you can probably see, breaking these kinds of boards can easily become quite costly over time and as a result, the rebreakable board was introduced. These, as their name would imply, can be broken and put back together which means that they can be used over and over. So, in this article, we will be reviewing the top 3 rebreakable martial arts boards so you can choose the best one for you and your needs.

AK Rebreakable Board for Martial Arts Training

RED Rebreakable Board for JUNIORS

Editor
4.4/5
Users
4.3/5

Quality

Price

Rating4.0

Durability

Rating4.5

This board has a unique rubber pad that covers both sides and also has grips for the holder. It is made out of a high impact plastic that is specially molded which allows it to be broken over and over. 

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  • Rubber pad covers both sides
  • Easy to put back together 
  • Product comes in different thickness for each level of training/practice.
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This is a RED LEVEL product which is 1 inch thick and is used for junior level martial arts. The best thing about it is that it has a unique pad which allows you to practice more while reducing pain levels. What we like about these boards is they feel like they are manufactured of good quality material and are quite challenging to break, as they should be! The foam padding was found to be of great quality and the built in handles made handling much easier.
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  • Excellent product for practicing to break boards in Martial Arts Training
  • This board is a very good step up from either yellow or blue rebreakable boards
  • High impact molded plastic allows board to be broken over and over again
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Rebreakable Board By Tiger Claw

Red and Blue and Black Rebreakable Boards

Editor
4.7/5
Users
4/5

Quality

Rating4.0

Price

Rating4.0

Durability

Rating4.5

If you are looking for a solid quality and value for money rebreakable board, then take a look at these boards from Tiger Claw. They come in red, blue and black, are all reusable, extremely durable and also pretty cost effective  

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  • Boards are 9″ x 12″
  • Boards have a protective foam pad lining on both sides
  • Available in Black, Red and Blue
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Tiger Claw rebreakable boards are color coded to provide various levels of strength. The blue one is suitable for beginners, the red for intermediate and the black is the most difficult or heavy duty board.

[info] What we love about the Tiger Claw rebreakable boards are the handles – they are really nice to hold the board. The padding does sometimes come off the board after prolonged use so just be aware of that!   [/info]

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CONS

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  • Great handles
  • Sold in Blue, Red and Black for varying difficulty levels
  • Perfect for practicing before a match or belt test
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  • At first it can be hard to break, but with each break it gets easier and easier
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Pro Force Rebreakable boards

Best Quality Rebreakable Board

Editor
4.9/5
Users
4.6/5

Quality

Rating5.0

Price

Rating4.5

Design

Rating4.5

Pro Force manufacture quality rebreakable boards in varying difficulty levels – Yellow, Red, Blue and Black

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  • High Impact Moulded Plastic
  • Front and back has a foam pad to keep knuckles from breaking skin
  • Comes in Yellow, Red, Blue and Black boards for different difficult levels
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As with all rebreakable boards, the more times that you break the board, the easier it ultimately gets to break it. However, the durability and quality of the Pro Force rebreakable boards ensures that you can use the boards for some time before weaknesses start to develop in the board, so as a training tool it will definitely last for some time before needing to be be replaced. What we really like about the Pro Force boards is that it is so easy to re-assemble. Just slide together and start training (breaking if you can!)

 

The colors represent different levels of difficult, and also thickness of the boards:

Yellow – 4/16″ thick (entry level board for beginners)

Blue – 5/16″ thick (slightly more difficult to break)

Red – 6/16″ thick (perfect for more advanced breaking)

Black – 10/16″ (definitely for more advanced breaking and more challenging then the rest)

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CONS

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  • Very easy to put back together once you finally break them
  • Has a great “break” sound to it which is quite satisfying
  • Padded on both sides
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  • Some customers experienced difficult putting it back together – but this could be more so due to user error
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