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Old 08-14-2007, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm new to mma, been training for about 4 months now, and i'm tired of laying kicks into my heavybag and paying the price the next day. right now, i'm using cheapo $10 slip on shin/instep guards with thin foam padding in the front/top of foot. i'm not looking to spend $50+ on a set of guards but i was looking at a pair of top contender Top Contender Professional Shin/Instep Guards at Ringside.com and a pair of title guards Vinyl Shin/Instep Guards from Title MMA.

has anyone used either of these and what did/didn't you like about them. i wish i could go to a store and pick up some off of the shelf but there's not a martial arts supplier near me that has anything better than the crap i'm currently using in stock.

thanks for any advice you can give.
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Old 08-14-2007, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually only use shinguards when sparring, not when kicking the heavybag.
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Old 08-14-2007, 02:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i have the top contender once but i dont use them when doing the heavybag not the thai pads only for sparing maybe try kicking the bag with your shins not your foot
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Old 08-14-2007, 04:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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it's my shins that are taking a pounding. how do the top contenders stay on? do they move around a lot?
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i like them they have a strap on the bottom and two straps for the legs they shift sometimes but not very much but only when I don’t kick right i like them bc i don’t have to slide my leg into them and when i take them off they aren’t a bitch to take off. i recommend you don’t use them let your shin bone get stronger with the constant punishment so when you actually kick someone and get blocked it wont hurt as much.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree, don't use them at all on the bag. If you're kicking a punchbag, then it will obviously hurt more cause usually they're heavier and filled with more stuff.

I find that kicking a proper banana bag is a lot better for my kicks
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another thing u can try to condition them even for heavy bag work is getting an extremely hard bar of soap and rubbing ur shin with it in the shower... after my first no shin pad sparring session i couldnt walk for a couple of days... did this for a couple of weeks before my first fight and no pain
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Your shins should only hurt for a short amount of time, the body will toughen up afterwards.

When I was training in Thailand, they got us to rub bamboo on our shins for 5 - 10 minutes per day. Absolute torture now I think of it.
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i wouldnt recomend using shinguards when doing bag work. Shin guards are more for sparring so you dont hurt partners or yourself.Your shins will eventually get used to it.
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