Boxers wear boxing gloves, MMA fighters wear MMA gloves, karate students wear karate gloves etc but why should you wear gloves?
Is the glove there to protect the training partner/opponent or yourself? The fact is although wearing weighted boxing gloves allows you to deliver a lot of force while protecting yourself, a bare knuckled punch delivers not only the most force but also created the most damage to the punchers knuckle.
The force comes from pure bone on bone and in turn that starts causing fractures in the fingers and to the knuckles, especially to the jaw or the skull. It is safer to hit the jaw with protection but in real life you are going to cause yourself a lot of damage as well as to your opponent. We believe in the motto 'hard to soft and soft to hard'. This means you hit the jaw (hard) with your palm (soft) for example and you hit the stomach (soft) with your fist (hard). If you practice martial arts for your own self protection get into the habit of hitting the face with your palm.
But we cannot always train softly especially if you want to make your training realistic. For some reason or another you get into a confrontation in Wetherspoons because you looked at him weirdly, what are the chances of;
A: he slaps you with his hand
B: he throws a punch to your face such as a haymaker or a cross punch
You would pick B. Especially after a few pints the alcohol would numb the attackers hand after the punch.
So if you want to train scenarios, wear mitts. If you are defending cross punches in training, you don't want to walk out of class with a very bruised face because someone accidently hit you too hard with bare hands. Don't always go for the cheapest glove you can that's on sale in Sports Direct or a poor glove on Amazon. The chances of them a: not offering sufficient protection b: not supporting your wrists properly and c: breaking or getting very smelly after a few weeks or months are pretty high. If you are dedicated to learning any martial arts, invest in the equipment and kit.
Invest in those £30 or £40 mitts if you have the money at the beginning, it will be worth it in the long run and you will experience the difference in quality. Buy your own decent focus mitts to train away from class. If you wish to support us you can buy from our shop for very competitive pricing with a large range of products constantly being updated. We also offer shipping to your door if you are not a member.
Why shouldn't you always wear boxing gloves when sparring?
Any martial artist could argue about this all day. Here is a study on why you shouldn't wear boxing gloves.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The reason why boxers wear gloves is to protect their hands so that they don’t break them when throwing punches. This was the initial purpose for gloves late in the 19th century back when boxing was more of a hobby and people needed their hands for blue collar work, according to ESPN’s Nigel Collins. However, this also incentivizes them to throw harder punches and go for more headshots, which puts fighters at a higher risk for irreparable brain damage. One Washington State University study found that people could generate 27.9 percent more movement when punching a heavy bag with boxing gloves than with their bare first.
That said, bare-knuckle boxers have to be more careful with their blows. As Mike Vazquez, the president of BackYard Brawls, told Complex in 2015, there are less punches to the head in his sport. This certainly lowers the risk of brain damage, as do the softer punches.
Last month, Canadian bare-knuckle boxer star Bobby Gunn also noted the slower pace and fewer overall punches thrown. He told Boxing Scene that if regular boxing is checkers, then bare-knuckle boxing is chess because fighters are more methodical and cautious in the ring.
Out of either possibility, which of the two is more appealing? Someone throwing a punch, breaking their hand, and losing a quick fight; or a 15-round boxing match where no damage is done to the hands but long-term brain damage occurs? A broken hand can be fixed in about a month but civilization has yet to reach the point where brain tissue can be regrown."
Reference - https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/bare-knuckle-boxing-is-safer-than-using-gloves-so-why-is-it-widely-illegal
Whether you are hitting pads, hitting a bag or training in class, use gloves. Your training buddy, joints, hands and knuckles will thank you in the long run!