Whether you have recently learned the art of Muay Thai – commonly known as kickboxing – or you have been a practitioner for quite some time, you have definitely noticed those hand wraps. There is even a possibility that you have wondered about their importance. Seriously, what are these hand wraps for? Why do Muay Thai enthusiasts wear them all the time?
If you have been wondering about them as well, then you have come to the right place. Here is everything you need to know about Muay Thai hand wraps, as well as how to put them on yourself.
Why Use Hand Wraps, Anyway?
Hand wraps are not just there for the sake of aesthetic appeal. In fact, they are more than meets the eye. Basically, a good pair of hand wraps can guarantee that your knuckles and wrists do not get damaged or injured. In other words, they serve as protection when you start punching.
Sure, you will be asked to wear gloves, but you should not wear the latter without wrapping your hands first. Why? That is because doing so would result in a sprain in your wrist. Your knuckles, on the other hand, could easily get bruised as well. And regardless of the two, you are going to receive some serious damage.
In the world of Muay Thai, properly protecting your hands is – and always will be – key. And it is something you should really consider when you train on a regular basis. Keep in mind that the impact you receive every time you punch can be devastating. You might not notice it at first, but sooner or later, it is going to take a toll on your hands.
While it is possible for you to neglect your hands – most especially when they are healthy – a single injury is all it takes for you to take a seat on the sidelines. Not just that, though. All those months you have endured in your training will be put to waste. And worse, you might not be allowed to go back to Muay Thai, especially if the damage is deemed quite serious.
With all things considered, it is safe to say that putting kickboxing hand wraps is important and a must. Now that you have learned about its essence in the sport of Muay Thai, it is time you learn about wrapping your hands.
How to Wrap Your Hands
It is easy to think that wrapping your hands is confusing, not to mention complicated. In reality, it is not – it is actually a pretty straightforward process. Besides, this part right here is going to help you conquer this feat.
So, without further ado, here is a step-by-step guide on how to wrap your hands in Muay Thai:
- Step 1: Start by placing the loop around your thumb. From there, you can begin wrapping around the back of it.
- Step 2: You can wrap either three or four times, but make sure the loop should be around your wrist.
- Step 3: As for the wrap around your thumb, it should be done twice. For every time your wrap around it, there should also be a single wrap around your wrist.
- Step 4: Wrap at least three times around your knuckles.
- Step 5: Wrap once in between each finger. Make sure to pay utmost attention to how you should go back across the top of your hand and wrist, which is something you need to do after going in between your fingers.
- Step 6: With the remaining wrap, you can make a few wraps in order to get additional support.
- Step 7: Secure the Velco strap.
There is no formula in becoming a master in wrapping your hands. However, it is imperative that you do it properly. Only then can you ensure that there is stability for your wrists, and protection for your knuckles. A single mistake in wrapping your hands can prove detrimental, so make sure you do it carefully and slowly. Do not rush it. And if you want, you can always ask your trainer for assistance. There is no harm in asking, anyway.
How To Know The Wrapping Is Done Correctly?
As long as you do it correctly, they should feel a bit snug and the wraps should not easily come loose. And once you start punching the heavy bag, your wrists will not buckle in every punch. Remember, though, there are common mistakes associated with hand wraps in the sport. Here are some of them below:
- Not wrapping tight enough
- Wraps are too tight
- Rolling the wraps with the wrong side down
- Wrapping without making a fist
- Unable to properly support your wrist due to inadequate loops
- Forgetting to put wraps around your thumb
- Using a cheap pair of wraps
Wrapping your hands the right way does not really make you a great Muay Thai fighter (of course). But if you want to ensure the health of your fingers and wrist as you practice, it is an important skill to learn. So, as much as possible, you should take it seriously and follow the steps mentioned above.