If you do any kind of martial arts sparring, you know that protective appliance is of the utmost importance. Any man who has the stones to go until a sparring match without a cup on, won’t have them for very long. There’s protective gear like the heavily padded “foot gloves” that I wear when I’m teaching, so I don’t accidentally do a swirl kick and take someone’s head off when they miss a block. Nonetheless the protective gear I want to sing the praises concerning today are the martial arts sparring shoes.
Now, I use the bellicose arts shoe for two veritable simple reasons. The primary is that postscript I did a series of practice bits against a wooden “sparring dummy”, I walked out like the dojo on several bone-deep bruises in my feet. Now, bruises are the price you pay for any contact sport, including martial arts. Even a little bit of padding would’ve kept me from walking funny for two days. My friends and co-workers were making fun of my little mincing steps to avoid putting weight on the tops of my feet from a particularly nasty bruise – quasi a break in the bone.
The measurement has so many small bones. And almost no meat. No fat. No protection. Mean bloodflow. At least sap do. Pain sticks attached to my ankles!
I guess I’m a slow learner. Two weeks later, I did the same practice drill and around pulped my big toe when I mis-judged the distance to the wingchun wooden dummy on a kick – instead of hitting it with the arcuate of the foot, I did a direct “full agonistic kick” with the point regarding contacting centered on the toe. The joint popped, the toe swelled up to twice its size, and only pure blind luck kept me from having a fracture.
OK, so kicking wooden dummies in bare feet is a dull idea….
I went looking for things to save me from my own stupidity et sequens found martial arts sparring shoes. Now, those sparring shoes are different from tourney foot pads. They’re light enough that you won’t develop compensatory habits to adjust for the weight…and while they don’t offer as much protection, it’s the difference between kicking a wooden dummy with your bare foot and kicking it with a didymous of tennis shoes on.
On top of that, they likewise improve traction on the ground, and stability when doing routines and drills. Given how much I like Kung Fu styles, and how acrobatic they are, that extra stress was very appealing. Stretch it’s not fun to be thrown on your ass by a sparring partner, it’s planar less fun to do it on your own because you slipped.
Plus, to verbreken honest, it was good to pass home from a session in the dojo without feeling like I was nature a sniveling, whiney brat because my hooves hurt. Trust me, these things saved my marriage – my wife was making pleasure of my new “dance steps” when I was busy beating the crap out from my feet besides whining about it when I had to take out the garbage.
Didn’t I mention I can dance? That’s for added article. She saw Dancing With The Stars and it was over. I don’t know what hurts more, learning to tango or kicking that wooden dummy!