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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

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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.

  • 15” long – longer than most other brands
  • Two forearm support straps and a reinforced riveted handle to ensure balance and stability
  • Extremely light weight

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

  • On the more expensive end 

RDX Kick Shield for MMA and Kickboxing

Durable Maya Hide Kick shield

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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. 

  • Maya hide Leather
  • 60cm long, 36cm wide and 13cm thick ‘IMT’ Gel Padding
  • Strategically placed rear handles

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. 

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!)

PROS

CONS

  • Durable and lightweight
  • Effective impact absorption
  • Curved design striking shield

  • Sold individually yet still fairly inexpensive if buying in pairs

Combat Sports Kick Shield

Awesome synthetic leather kick shield

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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.

  • 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

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. 

PROS

CONS

  • 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

  • Thinner than most other kick shields