I have bought two different pairs of these over the years, one for myself and one for my son. Blitz is a recognised combat clothing and equipment brand, very well respected and gives you a feeling of reassurance that you have bought something of good quality.
My son used to do a lot of karate. This was partly because his friends were doing it, but also because he was keen on developing his self defence. We bought all of the usual kit, but his sensei also suggested some of these to give a more realistic session. They are designed to connect, whereas a lot of the theory and practice involves non-contact, sparring really. With these padded mitts you can make a light connection without it having a full impact, so it's quite good for training and it certainly gave him more confidence.
While he had a 'junior' pair of mitts, I bought myself a 'senior' pair. There's no difference, just the size. Even the price was the same at the time, around the £4 mark if I remember correctly. My reasons were more for using with a punchbag. I had been finding that without anything on my hands my wrists and knuckles were starting to hurt more often than they should, and it was affecting my day to day routines, so I bought these for some extra protection, knowing that they're designed for combat really, so that connection is specific to them.
When putting them on, it's a little strange. There are three holes, one for the thumb and then two for each pair of your fingers. Feels a bit weird to start with but you soon get used to it. I'm not sure why they're set up like this, but I suppose it does give you flexibility without making them loose on your hands. They take a while to mould themselves to your hands, the elasticity needing to be trained into fitting snugly, although they never felt loose apart from when they were getting a little old.
I've never had proper training, although I've briefly studied form, especially when using a punchbag, worrying that my hands and wrists were aching because I was doing it wrong. However, once I had started using these mitts, there was no more aching of that sort. In fact, I felt more confident and probably gave a bit more when training, and the aches were elsewhere because it felt as if I'd had a good workout. The whiteness of the gloves soon became a bit grubby and grimy, and as I wasn't particularly fussed about how they looked I never bothered to try and whiten them up so I couldn't comment on whether this would be easy to do. Our son certainly never really used them to the excess where they got grubby for what he was doing, and we made sure he didn't just chuck them on the floor or sit on them or use them unintentionally as a duster for the school gym when he was at training and wasn't using them for a particular exercise.
These are quality mitts. They soon fit your hand snugly, provide good protection and extra power. The confidence boost on its own is probably worth the cost, to be honest, and it certainly helped both of us in that respect. I'd certainly recommend this. Blitz is a recognised brand for a reason, and this is a high quality great value product of theirs.
Ive been boxing for over 4 years now, I teach others the basics and have competed in many tournaments competitor it is so essential to me to have access to equipment that is reliable and durable. I fight regularly throughout the year, and buying equipment can get so expensive and in this current economy constantly spending on new karate-wear just isn't much of an option!
There is allot around, especially in the martial arts fields that are Blitz branded but you find that although one manufacturer may specialise in a type of combat sport (Addidas for boxing) manufacturers are pretty much the same as the other. Blitz itself is a reliable brand, that has been around for some time so you know it should be a good buy.
The mitts themselves are of great quality, made up of very durable leather or PV (depending on how much you want to pay), leather is great but will split over a long period, PV will split very early but are cheaper. Splitting causes cuts on the opponant and is considered a faux-pas in the ring, you look to damage your opponant not by cheap gear, but by skill. These ones specifically are fabric based, OK for washing, but sweat and blood can degrade the material over time and I find that the knuckles get sand papered from the washing out of the more comfy fabric, leaving the tougher straindes behind...you find this with allot of boxing wraps too, but hey this only looks to toughern the knuckles up , so its all good. I think that Blitz like any good manufacturer looks to steadily and regularly improve its products range to make them more comfortable and effective, they now have sperate elasticated finger partings, making it more comfortable to use them, rather than the one big compartment they used to have. These mitts can be hand washed or machine washed...a rarity in sports manufacturers products such as mitts.
The mitts come in a variety of colours and sizes and in juniors for the kiddies. Any good combat sport enthusiast will tell you that white is the name of the game (I prefer black as it looks more bad-ass) , white is good because of all the psaring sessions, blood will stain the glove...nothing tells your opponant that you enjoy hitting people more then blood stained gloves...its not sadistic , its physcological, anything you can do to make the other guy doubt his ability to win is a bonus.
After 18 months the glove has expanded to fit my fist, the fabric is still relatively comfortable although it has lost that initial 'pillow' feel that you get with fabric gear, but this is totally typical and they still retain and look the shape and size they should be.
You can pick these bad boys up for little under a fiver on amazon
As a regular competitor it is so essential to me to have access to equipment that is reliable and durable. I fight regularly throughout the year, and buying equipment can get so expensive and in this current economy constantly spending on new karate-wear just isn't much of an option!
That's where Blitz comes in. As a karate competitor and coach, you can't blink without seeing something Blitz-branded and that says so much. The products are constantly visible in any competition, and indeed any dojo. Blitz itself is a reliable brand, offering a friendly and helpful service when it comes to ordering their products.
As for the mitts themselves, they are an impeccable product. I have always worn Blitz mitts since beginning my competitive career 12 years ago (I know, almost time to call it a day I reckon!!). They remain as reliable and durable as ever, with some small design improvements over the years that make them an even more successful and effective product.
They are durable enough to be put in the washing machine (over and over again) and obviously the fact that they are white is helpful on the mat, as they can help to highlight any blood from any competitors to referees and judges.
The fact that they are machine washable is fantastic, and yes, the blood does come out... which is a shame really, cos blood-covered mitts can be quite intimidating for your opponent! (They don't have to know it's your own blood from a blood-covered-stubbed toe!) ;-)
These are fabric mitts, not the plastic covered or foam-dipped thicker mitts, which are wipeable but can crack or split over time. These mitts do not face that problem due to their fabric covering.
If I remember rightly, these type of mitts used to have just one big gap for all of your fingers to fit into, but they now have an elasticated section sewn in with a stitch to separate the first two and last two fingers, meaning they fly off a lot less during bouts and encourage you to keep your fist closed (a good thing to those competitors who have a habit of leaving fingers open, and then end up with related injuries).
At the end of the day, they are there to improve the safety for you and your opponent, and the soft but firm foam that pads the mitts it durable and after three years with my current set of mitts, still feels as new as the day they came out of the packet.
The fact that they are available in a range of sizes is great. They even offer x-small, which is amazing for the smaller members of my team, and even those who don't compete love to wear them as it makes them feel very professional ,like the black belts!
I own these mitts, and every member of my team owns these mitts, as do most people on the competition circuit, which is the biggest endorsement you can get. So in the words of one of my tiny tigers "These are so cool!"
All in all, a perfect, essential product for karate-ka, competitors and coaches alike.
My son has been taking Karate lessons for some time now. Being home educated I feel he needs time away from us ( not that we're horrible but every child needs some time away from the parents), and also that he needs to learn to adapt to other peoples rules - in this case his Sensei or karate instructor. But I do feel karate is beneficial for most children. It's isn't all about clobbering your opponent, there is discipline as well. Karate is also an excellent form of exercise, and even in the miserable weather of winter I ma happy to see him involved in some activities to stay fit. I do consider karate, as it should be, an art form.
These mitts however - are for clobbering your opponent. I can't say I liked the idea at first. It looks a bit like something a boxer would wear, but my son does love sparring, and these gloves are not meant to pack a punch, they are meant to cushion a blow and prevent injury. They are also not meant to be used with full force blow. Karate is meant to be disciplined, and the idea is to score a point but not to inflict injury. While this offers a good bit of cushioning both for the hand of the wearer and for their opponent, they will not prevent injury if used with enough force.
This glove is made of material very much like an elastic bandage, which holds a thick soft pad in place. It has a strange shape. There is one large hole for the thumb and two thicker openings like the fingers of a glove with the tips cut off. Two fingers go in each of these "fingers". While this sounds like an awkward set up - I have very thin hands so was able to try these on, and it is very comfortable. My son loves wearing these and they are very easy for him to slip on and off, even when hot and sweaty. It only takes a few seconds to have both gloves on. I do think he would struggle if there were individual openings for each finger, and he were in a rush, so this design appears to be very functional.
These are white, and so eventually will show dirt. I wash them in a delicate cycle inside a pillow case which is knotted closed. I do not have a dryer, and these will take awhile to air dry, so it is best to wash them well before a class.
These are available in three sizes, extra small, junior, and senior. My son is 7 years old with rather long thin hands. He wears the junior set, which are also a reasonably good fit for my three year old. As an adult, these would fit me as well, but my hands are also long and thin. They would not suit my husband at all, but due to the soft stretchy material, they will suit a wide range of sizes, and would likely fit most children. I think these would be useful for other martial arts, and even for low key sparring with boxing, but I would recommend seeking your instructors advice before buying any equipment. For children who just want to play at boxing those, I must say these are much nicer to be clobbered with than a proper boxing glove.
I am quite happy with the Blitz brand, and would not hesitate to buy these again when they eventually need replaced, or when I need a set for my youngest. Blitz offers good quality equipment at a very low price when compared with other brands and this is something I think most parents will appreciate.