PTK practice will go on a three-week hiatus starting this coming Monday, Oct. 29.
The Brea Congregational United Church has asked us to postpone training because it will host a homeless rehabilitation program in its hall, where we practice every Monday. The church is part of the Interfaith Shelter Network, which houses up to 12 people who are actively striving to find full-time employment and low-incoming housing. If you’re interested in cooking and serving meals as part of the program, please let me know and I can get you in touch with the right people.
After the program wraps, we’ll be observing Veterans Day the following Monday, so our first practice back will be Monday, Nov. 19. Please mark your calendars, set your alarms, and tell your friends to join us. The more the merrier!
For up-to-date information on our training schedule, you can always refer to our calendar here.
Let’s talk about gear that you might not automatically associate with Kali: boxing gloves.
Pangamot (empty-hand striking) is a key aspect of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali and required to rank up. We’ll occasionally mix in boxing drills along with our core knife and stick techniques. We’ll be punching focus mitts and elbowing Thai pads. Therefore, I recommend every student have some type of hand protection. The following is a look at the four main types:
Boxing gloves come in several sizes and weights. These are the best for overall hand protection. The cons are that they’re usually the most expensive and don’t simulate empty-hand striking distances because of the added inches to every punch. Still, they’re a great invest for long-term training, especially if you do or plan to train in other systems (kickboxing, Krav Maga, etc.).
Great knuckle, wrist, and finger protection
Easy to use (if you get the hook-and-loop straps) and to store
Good long-term investment; applicable in many martial arts
As seen in the UFC, mixed martial arts (MMA) gloves offer maximum knuckle protection with minimal amount of bulk. They do come in a variety of sizes, weights, and quality, but all of them are fingerless and come with integrated hook-and-loop wrist wraps.
Good knuckle protection
Fingerless design lets you trap/grab
Easy to use, take off, and store
A bit more pricey than the above options ($30 to $100)
Incorrect usage can cause finger sprains due to fingerless design
These can be quite pricey just like boxing gloves, so you want to make sure they not only fit you but are right for you and your preferences. If you’re going to buy online, look for sites that’ll let you return or exchange. Here are some to consider:
Relatively new to the world of striking, this type of hand protection combines hand wraps, bag gloves, and gel padding. These fingerless slip-on gloves give you the knuckle protection and wrist support of wraps but the convenience of bag gloves. Some varieties are meant to be worn inside 16-ounce boxing gloves as a substitute for traditional fabric hand wraps.
Easy to use, take off, and store (unlike fabric hand wraps)
Usually affordable ($20 to $70)
Fingerless design lets you trap/grab
Limited knuckle protection
Incorrect usage can cause finger sprains
Questionable long-term durability
I’ve never personally used gel hand wraps (only the traditional fabric hand wraps), so I can’t personally endorse them, but I have heard good things about them from students and friends. If you’re leaning toward this form of hand protection, research the following selections (listed here based on strong reviews):
This type of hand protection is usually a slip-on glove with a thin layer of padding for the knuckles (about 1 inch of foam) and a plastic bar to wrap your fingers around to form a consistent fist. Premium versions are made of leather and have a hook-and-loop wrist wrap to support the wrist during punching.
Usually affordable ($15 to $70)
Decent knuckle protection
Slim to simulate realistic distance when punching
Easy to pack
Without wraps, no wrist support
Limited knuckle padding
Least versatile for overall martial arts training
These can be purchased at most sporting goods stores like Big 5, and sometimes even at discount shops like TJ Maxx or Ross Dress for Less. However, the quality can vary quite a bit. Consider the following: