Hope September's going well for all of you; for me it's back to school and scouting to start up my club, so it's been pretty crazy for the past few weeks.
I have a question for you guys: what is a good piece of headgear that can take a moderate-heavy amount of impact but also comes priced reasonably? The boxing headgear I tried (2' foam with plastic face cage) ended up transferring all of the force into our heads, giving us some pretty mean jolts and headaches. Not only will I need this headgear for 'sparring," but mainly for force-on-force and scenario training to take palms, knifehands, elbows, knees, etc (not at FULL-full power though).
I'll say this though: I simply can't afford things like Blauer Tactical Systems High Gear or Red man helmets. I was told that hockey helmets with visors and foam work well, but given that my head is pretty big (there's no hat out there that fits me) I'll have to end up buying a brand new one at prohibitive cost.
I thought the Asian World of Martial Arts ProForce Thunder Combat headgear with face cage looked good (plus it came in my size; XXL). I was told that anything with a face cage is pretty good for high levels of impact. What are your suggestions?
Any suggestions for gloves? I won't use boxing gloves because of the reduction in force and increase in fist size, but I saw things like gel-tech handwraps that seemed promising.
Any help would be great. thanks a lot!