Muay Thai headgear: 5 tips on how to buy the best head guard

Why would you need a Muay Thai headgear? Let me explain this to you. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who enjoy the pain and those who don't like it so much and would like to avoid it if unnecessary.

If you belong to the second group, you should most likely buy a headgear. It will protect your face from all sorts of elbow cuts and absorb the force of head kicks and punches to the face.

Muay Thai is not so damaging to your head as Boxing is. That said, when you spar with full power you will have to wear it to avoid unnecessary head injures.

A guide to Muay Thai kickboxing headgear (head guard)

How to choose a proper Muay Thai headgear?

I would like to share my experience with you and help you to make a good choice with your next purchase.
My intention is not pointing you towards a specific brand but rather explaining what a proper Muay Thai head guard should be like. And what to look for when buying one. So here it is:

  • You should buy a headgear which is designed specifically for Muay Thai. Any other head guard will not provide the full protection against strikes typical for Thai Kickboxing.
    Proper headgear will offer protection against elbow strikes and head kicks delivered with a shin bone. Muay Thai headgear is designed specifically for that purpose.
  • Need to have a proper size that fits tight on your head. Under no circumstances, it should change a position during a fight and obscure your vision. It should have adjustable belts, so it won't fall down under an impact of kicks and punches.

  • Padding should be thick enough to absorb the impact of kicks and punches but not too thick cause it may obscure your vision.
    This one is more of a personal preference. It really boils down to what level of protection you are willing to accept at the expense of your field of vision.

    If you are willing to spend more money you will get a lighter head guard. They are built of quality materials and multilayer padding that will offer a better level of protection than cheaper and bulkier ones.
  • It should be as light as possible yet still offer good head protection. This one is very important.
    The longer you spar the heavier it feels on your head. Every extra ounce feels like a pound after one hour of sparring.

    As I mentioned before, lighter weight doesn't have to come at the expense of the protection level it offers. You will just have to invest in a premium leather Muay Thai headgear with quality padding to have both.

  • Just like with boxing gloves and Thai pads you should pay attention to durability and the quality of stitching. I highly advise you to buy triple-stitched leather Muay Thai head guard. It will serve you longer and it will save money in the long run.

Quality Muay Thai headgear will protect your head from all possible trauma caused by elbow strikes, punches, and head kicks.

However, if you are planning to become a pro or semi-pro fighter, you should do a full power sparring without a headgear from time to time.

This will condition your body to get used to being punched and kicked. It will also help you to adjust your defensive skills to protect yourself effectively at all-time in a real fight.

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