[article edited on May 2019]
The following dress code is required when training :
- plain white t-shirt
- black cotton martial arts pants
- colored belt corresponding to your rank
- clean indoor sneakers (used exclusively for training), or bare feet.
In order to train in the safest environment, the following protective equipment is mandatory to own and wear :
- a groin guard (men and women)
- a pair of shin pads for sparring and training
- a pair of boxing glove (not MMA gloves), weight 12 oz minimum for man 8 oz minimum for woman
For one’s own comfort, the use of the following protective wear is advised:
a protecting breast plate (for women)
kneepads (volleyball style), which are very useful during practice on the ground and during other specific exercises
Practical information about brands, prices and where to buy martial arts gear in Bangkok
Note: the information about prices and shops might have changed since the date I wrote this article. I’m not affiliated to any of the brands and stores listed below, I’m just sharing my personal and sincere advice with you. If you have any other recommandations, feel free to contact me so I can enrich this article.
Overview: what and where to buy
Boxing gloves and shin guards:
If you want quality, I recommend the brands Twins Special, Fairtex, Top King or Yokkao for gloves and shin guards.
They are good quality brands, the products will last for years! My Twins Special gloves and shin guards are almost 10 years old and are still in good conditions:
- Gloves should be around 1500 THB and
- shin guard around 1600 THB.
(If you target cheaper products, Decathlon store or Lazada are good alternatives.)
About groin guards:
Male groin guard. Price starting from 300 THB on Lazada. One top brand is Shock Doctor, (that’s the one I have), very good, but so far I haven’t found this brand in Thailand…
Unfortunately female groin protections are harder to find in Bangkok. I found some in FBT store at the last floor, as well as chest guard (National Stadium area). [Edit January 2019: now they have female groin guard at Action Zone shop, about 400 THB]
You can also find online on Lazzada.
Stores in Bangkok
You can find almost everything there for cheap price (groin guard for male, shin guards, boxing gloves). See locations.
Super Sports (stores in malls)
Find the stores locations here.
Seen in Central Chitlom 4th floor:
- Groin protector brand FTB (700 THB)
- Gloves brand FBT (2000 THB)
Shops close to National Stadium
Near BTS National Stadium
Shops at crossroad (Rama IV – Banthat Thong Road). One is Action Zone and another one next to it.
View on Google maps
Shop on Banthat Thong Road
See location on the map. It’s on the right side of the road when you walk South if you come from Sukhumvit road.
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