This is the list of basic sparring gear required, and links to the preferred vendors for each product.

Karate Gi – Light weight, but strong with six rows of stitching on both the pant hem and sleeves. Cut for maximum movement through the chest, shoulders and legs. Pants have an elastic waist band with drawstring for perfect fit. Set includes pants, jacket and a white belt.
Punches (gloves – either white or red and blue both) – These gloves feature a vinyl construction with an open finger design, giving you more control and hand flexibility. They feature an easy to use hook-and-loop closure for an easy self adjustment during your sparring and training sessions.
Shin/instep gear – This shin instep guard is sold in pairs and it absorbs shocks and prevents any harmful injury during practice. Reinforced vinyl for durability. Each shin instep guard comes with two 1.5 inch wide elastic straps with a hook and loop closure.
Face shield – This piece will help protect the face and nose. All without the “fogging” problems that occur with most other types of shields. Fits both the MTI Swift head guard and the Winners Zone head guard.
Head gear (white preferred) – Designed to allow maximum ventilation without losing protection on top, sides and back of head. Made of high quality 3/4″ thick dipped foam. MTI Swift sparring gear comes in 10 colors.
Mouthpieces – Mouthpieces are an essential part of any sparring set. Choose from multi colored single mouth guards to double mouth guards for adults and kids.

Cup and supporter – A necessary piece of protection when training and sparring. The hard plastic cup can be removed for cleaning. Available in youth and men’s sizes. Comes with an elastic waistband.


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Karate is an easy to understand sport. While there is a huge number of techniques, any new practitioner or follower can now enjoy the greatness of this sport  by knowing its basic and common rules.

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