Hand mitts – white cotton elasticated gloves to provide the minimum of padding for your knuckles.
Hand mitts are mandatory protective equipment for anyone wanting to take part in kumite. JKA-style mitts are simple cotton gloves, with padding over the knuckles, rather than the large gloves you might associate with boxing. This is because for people taking part in JKA style competitions, these are just rehearsals for real-life self-defence situations and we need to practice hitting targets – and big padded gloves will mean you miss if you need to use punching techniques for real!
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