Know How Your Headgear Stacks Up - 4 Rules For Finding The Right Gear

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Teachers won’t teach a sparring class without it. Parents demand it. Adolescents need it. Insurance companies require it. It minimizes injuries while elevating safety and performance. With new studies being released on the long-term effects of concussions, martial arts headgear is more important than ever for safety of all ages. While martial arts sparring gear may look the same, poor foam density and overall construction can greatly reduce the level of impact protection. Follow these 4 rules to ensure your most important martial arts tool, your brain, gets the protection it needs during training.


Rule #1: Foam Thickness and Density

Good gear should have a foam thickness of ¾ inch or thicker. Layered foam positioned at key strike zones can add another level of protection. Beware of textured foam that looks like an “egg-crate” and “waffle” design. Texturing has been shown to reduce the effective thickness of the foam and reduce protective qualities. Ask your school owner or manufacturer if their gear has been tested and what are the results.

Here's a closer look at two of Macho's most popular headgear designs:




Rule #2: Adequate Back-of-Head Coverage

Falling creates the most serious injuries. Whether you are a world champion or a beginner, you can lose your balance. Having adequate coverage to the back of your head is vital. The falling test is a great way head gear companies can ensure their products offer this protection. This test assesses the typical impact you would feel when falling on the back of your head. In 1997, Macho was the first manufacturer to use the drop anvil (or falling test) to test its gear against the competition. Make sure the head gear you use has been put through a similar testing process or you could be as risk.


Rule #3: Vision

Maximum peripheral vision is a safety and performance issue. When you choose your headgear, make sure nothing obstructs your view. You should have at least 105 degrees of unobstructed view.. Maximizing your peripheral vision will assist you in your sparring and help you move out of the way of an oncoming strike. It will create a more effective fighting experience


Rule #4: Ear Pressure Release

The Ear Pressure Release Test checks to make sure the headgear design enables air to flow around the ear to protect the eardrums from rupture. Macho Martial Arts introduced the patented ear-release canal design in 1984. This Macho innovation has now become an industry standard.




Your safety is our number one concern. Without the appropriate impact tests, high-level impact protection, and high-quality impact dispersing materials your martial arts training could be hindered. Take the time to do your research and in return increase the time you’ll be able to spend in a dojo.




Know How Your Headgear Stacks Up - 4 Rules For Finding The Right Gear

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Teachers won’t teach a sparring class without it. Parents demand it. Adolescents need it. Insurance companies require it. It minimizes injuries while elevating safety and performance. With new studies being released on the long-term effects of concussions, martial arts headgear is more important than ever for safety of all ages. While martial arts sparring gear may look the same, poor foam density and overall construction can greatly reduce the level of impact protection. Follow these 4 rules to ensure your most important martial arts tool, your brain, gets the protection it needs during training.


Rule #1: Foam Thickness and Density

Good gear should have a foam thickness of ¾ inch or thicker. Layered foam positioned at key strike zones can add another level of protection. Beware of textured foam that looks like an “egg-crate” and “waffle” design. Texturing has been shown to reduce the effective thickness of the foam and reduce protective qualities. Ask your school owner or manufacturer if their gear has been tested and what are the results.

Here's a closer look at two of Macho's most popular headgear designs:




Rule #2: Adequate Back-of-Head Coverage

Falling creates the most serious injuries. Whether you are a world champion or a beginner, you can lose your balance. Having adequate coverage to the back of your head is vital. The falling test is a great way head gear companies can ensure their products offer this protection. This test assesses the typical impact you would feel when falling on the back of your head. In 1997, Macho was the first manufacturer to use the drop anvil (or falling test) to test its gear against the competition. Make sure the head gear you use has been put through a similar testing process or you could be as risk.


Rule #3: Vision

Maximum peripheral vision is a safety and performance issue. When you choose your headgear, make sure nothing obstructs your view. You should have at least 105 degrees of unobstructed view.. Maximizing your peripheral vision will assist you in your sparring and help you move out of the way of an oncoming strike. It will create a more effective fighting experience


Rule #4: Ear Pressure Release

The Ear Pressure Release Test checks to make sure the headgear design enables air to flow around the ear to protect the eardrums from rupture. Macho Martial Arts introduced the patented ear-release canal design in 1984. This Macho innovation has now become an industry standard.




Your safety is our number one concern. Without the appropriate impact tests, high-level impact protection, and high-quality impact dispersing materials your martial arts training could be hindered. Take the time to do your research and in return increase the time you’ll be able to spend in a dojo.