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Equipment for training

Choosing the accessories you need mainly depends on your choice of which path you want to take. A kumite competitor needs a lot more equipment than a kata competitor and a karateka who only takes his belt exams without participating in competitions needs almost none of the things that we introduce in this section.

Fist guards

They are a mandatory accessory for all Kumite competitions and serve to protect both fighters, as a fist can break just like a rib.

  • Although the rules stipulate that the techniques should be slowed down in front of the body, the fist guards are indispensable for the health of karateka, as the fight occasionally leads to hits.
  • One competitor wears red and the other blue karate fist protectors for clear identification.

Shin guards

The karate shin guards are used to protect against hits with the shin, because this bone is extremely resistant. It would damage everything that gets into its path and the risk of injury when performing a block against foot techniques would be very high without protection for both fighters.

  • There are versions made of pure material, mostly cotton, which look more like a bandage, as well as versions with leather-like plastic fibers (vinyl).
  • The shin guards are also worn in red and blue to match the fist guards.

Foot protectors

Karate foot guards serve to protect the opponent from too hard hits and also protect your own feet, because a swinging block can very quickly damage the metatarsal bone.

  • The karate foot protectors are available in a variant made entirely of fabric, vinyl and also with leather.
  • Here, too, red and blue karate foot protectors are used.

Punch pad

Different variants of punch pads are indispensable for training powerful punching techniques. They are available for one hand, for the entire upper body, to hang freely or for wall mounting. You don’t necessarily need all the variants, you can choose the right one for your training program.

  • For example, if you want to try out different punch combinations, two single-handed pads are ideal.
  • For steps, however, the large, two-handed pads are better suited.


A karate mouthguard is not anchored as an obligation in all regulations, but it makes perfect sense. Especially if you already have misalignments in your jaw or teeth, you should get a suitable mouthguard so that it does not get worse.

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