Essential Gear February/March 2020


STRIVE CARDIO KICKBOXING GLOVES
These gloves from Century Martial Arts have some brand-new looks. Washer and dryer safe, they're comfortable and durable gloves that won't slow you down with constant care and maintenance — just pop them in the wash between workouts. Plus, the bold new designs are sublimated and resistant to cracking and fading, which ensures that the colors stay as strong as your haymaker. Keeping your gloves up is easy when they look this good.
PRICES VARY
CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

TORRENT BAGS
The latest in the long line of Century's revolutionary free-standing bags, the Torrent T1 and T2 bag system features a two-part stem design, which allows the bag to bend, flow and shift with each strike. Keep throwing punches instead of chasing the bag!
PRICES VARY
CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

PADDLE TARGETS
Century's new Custom Double Paddle Targets are the perfect tool for the versatile fighter. The angled, double-sided striking surface is ideal for quick changes in attacks, allowing for varied combinations with fluid movement — each blow landing with a satisfying snap. For a personal touch, get your artwork silkscreened on any of the bold color options.
PRICES VARY
CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

BALANCED HYDRATION
Balanced Hydration features more bioavailable forms of the electrolytes you need with zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. It's higher in potassium than sodium so you can promote hydration during the day long before you start training.
$30
VITAMINSHOPPE.COM

KI-AI HEADBANDS
These headbands are designed to help unify and focus your spirit and body every time you tie one on. Like the headbands that inspired and motivated Japan's samurai and ninja, these high-quality pieces will inspire and motivate you.
$11-$13
KI-AIENTERPRISES.COM

HAND WRAPS WITH INSTRUCTIONS
ArrowWay developed its Instructional Hand Wraps to guide newcomers along a safer path to the ring. Approximately 142 inches long, they feature step-by-step directions for wrapping your hands for maximum support.
$10
MEISTERELITE.COM

CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN
This new book by Mark Chen is subtitled Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art. The 232-pager provides a fascinating glimpse into China's martial past and the self-defense system one facet of it generated.
$19
BLUESNAKEBOOKS.COM

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