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Martial Arts Hand and Wrist Protection

Muay Thai Hand Wraps

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By Bill Petros

 

Wrist Protection for all martial Artist

From the United World Muay Thai Association

United World Muay Thai Association Chief of Staff Bill Petros

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Hand Wraps

 

Introduction

We all use hand wraps in the world of Muay Thai, well, most of us anyway. 

But for you fighters new to Muay Thai, it might not be for the reasons you think! I have been teaching now for over a decade, and I have seen many wrist injuries as a student and as a instructor. 

We need hand wraps for ( Wrist Protection ). That is really the only reason you need them! However, some may disagree. 

I know what are you thinking? I don't need to protect my wrist; I'm just fine! Maybe so, for now. But, after more than a decade of training and now more than a decade of teaching, can you guess how many times you would hit the bags or focus mitts or your brother in arms ( training companions )? (When Sparring, of course). It's Hundreds of Thousands of times that I would guess. 

That damage from the impacts on your wrist will take its toll! Whether wearing 4/5 Ounce gloves or 12/16 Once gloves, you should always wear Hand Wraps; it is a must! 

Now let's talk about cleaning and washing your Wraps. Oh, the dreaded machine; Many pro fighters that I had trained with over the years would never wash them; A superstitious bunch to be sure! 

But I understand, it's kind of like washing out the coffee pot; to some, it's sacred. If your machine has one, use the   "GENTLE CYCLE ONLY," like a handwashing cycle if your washer has one. 

If you throw them in with your jeans, on heavy wash, it's over, especially with the elastic wraps or Simi stretchy cotton wraps; I personally never use them! I Only use the non-stretch with at least 160-200" inches. Steer clear of the 120-inch wraps; they are not long enough for adequate protection. 

Use them for a month or so washing them a few time then, I would throw them out. 

Maybe I never kept them long enough to complain about them falling apart! usually they will withstand a few gentle cycle washes. 

So it is up to you what route you go, what flavor of wraps you prefer. All this being said, we decided to do some hand wrap testing, to see how well they each would stand up. 

We took the six best-selling wraps and used them, with no gloves, wraps on the bag. Typically this is not the way Hand Wraps are meant to be used, but I know everyone does it; I'm guilty as well... 

If you are a heavyweight fighter and you have an hour-long session on a heavy bag, with just Hand Wraps, those Wraps are going to take some abuse. 

The 6 Top Selling Wraps we tested are: 

1. Fairtex 

2. Amber Sports 

3. Sanabul 

4. Meister 

5. Pro Impact 180 

6. Everlast Regular and Everlast Pro Series 

The criteria for the test was: 

On Amazon, they had to have a min of 2,000 purchases and 2% or less in 1-star reviews. ( Amber Sports is the exception ) to this rule. I have used their Wraps for decades, so I had to list them too. 

The two longest-lasting Hand Wraps are Fairtex in the high price range -- $20 US per pair and Amber Sports in the mid price range. ; Amber price is $10-15 US dollars, is a good sound choice in a medium price Hand Wrap. 

Another mid-tier wrap solution is Pro Impact Wrap; And Meister Hand Wraps, at approximately $10 US Dollars per pair, they are a good choice in the price range. 

Fairtex sports equipment will always be one of our favorites here at the UWMTA and in the world of Muay Thai. They are high quality and made in the country that invented our favorite Martial Art. 

Fairtex wraps typically range from $20-30 US Dollars in the States. However, in Thailand, they are considerably less expensive. 

And for the budget-minded, there are Everlast Hand Wraps; they are an ok budget solution to start. 

You spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on training and equipment; And sometimes Wraps are at the end of that budget they are a ok alternative, typically ranging from around $20 dollars US for three pairs or about $7-8 dollars US for a single pair. 

There is also Everlast Pro 180 inch Wraps and they are approximately $15-18 Dollars in the US per pair; It is their Mid-High range Wrap. 

Another economical choice is Sanabul; they are around $20 Dollars in the US for three pairs And last for some time; They stood up very well for a $6-7 Dollar US hand Wrap. 

Keep in mind The UWMTA is not affiliated with these companies in any way. We have included Amazon links here just in case you would like to check out any of these brands mentioned. 

 

We encourage you to find the Hand Wraps that work best for you! 

If you see some excellent Hand Wraps or any products you feel we should let our members know about; please email us at - gotgear@uwmta.org 

 

Acceptable Risk Crossing The Street

 

Image: Fairtex Hand Wraps

 

Acceptable Risk Crossing The Street In Unsafe Way

Figure 2: Sanabul Muay Thai Hand Wraps

 

 

My conclusion:

Thank you for reading:

Note:

These are all functional hand wraps, shop around and find what works best for you. All hand wraps will evenually fall apart, tear or create holes. We recommend changing them out about once a month.

 

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