Martial arts involve a wide variety of punches, kicks, knees, and elbows, so targets and shields play a critical role in effective training. Although both targets and shields are handheld items, they have very different applications in martial arts training. You may find that investing in both is worth your while.
Types of Targets
Targets provide a visible object where you can direct your strikes. Many targets are handheld or strap onto the body; however, some types are stationary, so you can practice without a sparring partner.
Types of Shields
When it comes to training, shields are similar to targets in that they provide safe points of impact for strikes. However, they also serve a protective purpose for the holder; shields protect the holder from the strikes of their partners. Shields are also useful for sword and staff-based martial arts, as they keep the hard surfaces of these weapons from bruising the skin. AWMA carries several types of shields.
Training with Targets and Shields
Although it is possible to practice new techniques without targets or shields, these training accessories help reduce the likelihood of injury and add to the peace of mind of all practitioners. AWMA offers a wide range of high-quality protective products to add to your training equipment collection.