Thursday, May 06, 2010

Hand wraps for muay thai, boxing, and way.

Everyone has their own way to put on hand wraps. Hell, most fighters have their own favorite type of hand wrap, it all depends on the style they practice. I used to train with boxers who swore by old school gauze hand wraps. There are Mexican hand wraps, standard boxing hand wraps, and muay thai hand wraps (which are longer than the typical Everlast wraps you'd find at Sports Authority). Muay thai hand wraps usually come in lengths of 180 inches, where are western boxing wraps come 107 - 110 inches in length.

A lot of people use hand wraps to protect the knuckles, I prefer to use my hand wraps as wrist protection. Since I train for street combat, my emphasis is on wrist protection, as I'll most likely never wear boxing gloves for a night out on the town.

There isn't really any one single "silver bullet" method, but there are some best practices in regards to protection. Here are some things to consider when it comes to wrapping your hands:

  1. Keep the wrap tight, but not so tight to where you're cutting off circulation to your hands.
  2. Make sure you maintain good wrist coverage. Wrist injuries have longer lasting effects than knuckle injuries.
  3. Listen to your instructor, but it's alright to try different methods of wrapping.
  4. MMA gloves do not provide better wrist protection than well wrapped hands. If you're going to do more than a couple rounds of striking on the heavy bag, wrap up!
  5. Hand wraps, like boxing gloves are for protecting you during training, and there's a huge difference between striking wrapped up and striking bare knuckled.
  6. If/when you ever get into a fight out there in the real world, remember this: if you throw punches, don't aim for the face - it's the best way to break your hand. Hard weapon to soft tissue.
In the video below I goof up. I think I said that I use 107 inch wraps. WRONG! I use muay thai wraps in order to get extra wrist protection. Whoops-a-daisy.

Here's another way to wrap up, however, I do not in any way approve of those lame, seriously lame shorts.


  1. which soft targets would u suggest to strike in a street fight ?

    1. If you aim a few inches below the chin, you're odds of landing a punch go way up (as the head is a small, fast moving target). Targets depend on the context you're fighting in. For the street, I suggest the upper chest, throat area, ribs, his right side (liver), and kidneys. Remember, the pecs are high concentration areas for nerves - meaning they are much more sensetive than you think.

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  3. Those shorts are not lame they're Twins Special No Fear. They are made for Muay Thai.

    1. Shorts made for muay thai you say?

    2. I'll take a pair of good old fashion, comfortable Twins shorts without all the macho design stuff any day. But that's my personal opinion.

  4. I was just curious, is there a certain length muay Thai wraps should be or one they shouldn't exceed?