Some Common Types Of Martial Arts Supplies

By: Jerry Glynn

When you begin your study of martial arts, you will discover that there are a wide variety of martial arts supplies that novices and professionals alike use on a regular basis. The main type of gear includes weapons, dojo mats, breaking boards, uniforms, targets, protective equipment, and related supplies.

Weapons are a broad category, particularly when it comes to weapons related to or used in martial arts. One of the most traditional types of weapons is the Japanese bow, or Yumi, a term that includes both the longbow and the short bow. The Yumi is traditionally made out of laminated bamboo and is asymmetrically shaped. The string of the Yumi is traditionally made of hemp, but most modern day bows have synthetically made strings. Historians hypothesize that the unique shape of the Yumi allowed it to be used more easily by fighters on horseback.

Dojo mats are standard martial arts supplies for any karate studio. Their cushioned surface is designed to reduce the impact of a fall during practice or a match, and ultimately, reduce the likelihood and severity of injuries. The main types of mats include standard, and grappling and take down mats, which are designed to absorb more impact than regular mats.

Breaking boards are used in breaking demonstrations, in which martial artists use a part of their body, usually their hands or feet, to break objects like boards, bricks, and occasionally blocks of ice. Wooden breaking boards are the most common item, and are available in several different sizes. There are even very small boards designed for use by very young children.

Uniforms are another essential part of any martial arts students supply list. The uniform, or gi, is usually white, but comes in other colors as well. There are uniform variations between martial arts styles, but all uniforms are designed to be lightweight, flexible, and durable. Your instructor will be able to help you choose the best type of uniform for you, depending on your discipline.

Martial arts supplies come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Some are designed specifically for use within a certain discipline or field, while other types, like dojo mats, are designed to be used by all students of martial arts. When you are shopping for your supplies, be sure to purchase the correct types. Again, your instructor will be able to help you with this and provide suggestions as to styles and brands.

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