One myth about mitts is that they are
used to develop power. This is really not the case as they are too thin
for that type of workout. This does not mean that you cannot hit the
focus mitts hard - you can - but endurance and power workouts are best
served on Thai pads or a heavy bag.
mitts, you are able to work distancing and timing. Boxing punches and
elbows in MMA are limited by their range. If you are too close for
certain punches, they will become jammed. If you are too far, they will
not reach their mark.
As such, working with a trainer holding the
mitts allows for effective training in this manner. The trainer is able
to move around which requires the partner to adjust distance and timing
in order to land an accurate hit. This, in turn, develops skills which
open the door for more effective sparring since effective skills are
And a more
advanced avenue of this type of training is the ability to develop
angles of attack. You cannot be an effective striker if you travel on a
straight line as this will lead to a knockout more than anything.
movement is too predictable and it leads to being easily pinpointed and
targeted for counterattacks. By moving around while training with the
mitts, the ability to develop movement based on angles can be enhances.
This lays the foundation for being a much harder target to hit.
ties into the next vital component which is the ability to develop
evasive movements and footwork. Again, using focus mitts is not all
about striking. Movement is critical to working with mitts since the
trainer does not approach the workout from a static stance. The key to
focus mitt training is to present a moving target that mimics an
opponent as the opponent would move in the ring.
MMA matches are
hardly static and that is why such movement is necessary. If not then
the ability to get the most out of the striking training session will be
And, of course, the mitts provide a
surface for the fighter to hit. By having the ability to hit a target,
all of the distancing and timing components to mitt training are tied
together with the striking. This aids in developing the needed skills to
Just be sure to
complement your training with mitts made by legitimate
boxing/kickboxing companies such as Twins, Everlast, Revgear, Ringside,
etc. The mitts made by reliable companies will ensure a safe and
effective training session.
KWON FOCUS MITTS
Kwon Champion MittsThey are manufactured with full contact training in mind with a curved design. This provides a natural alignment that protects your wrist and shoulders.
The Champion Focus Mitts are made by Kwon and are constructed of genuine leather which means they will last a long time and hold up to all you can dish out.
These Focus Mitts feature a new finger cover to protect your fingers.
They are closed fingered.
KWON Contender Focus Mitts
These mitts are similiar to the above, but they are open fingered.
Speed Focus Mitts
These mitts are lighter than the other two and are for speed training. They are made of pvc. The are only slightly curved, where the other two are contoured more too your hand.
They are sold in pairs and come in blue with black.
As with all Kwon products, you can be assured you are getting a quality product at a great price. KWON is not a well known brand in MMA, but they really are quality.
For a cheaper brand you can go wtih Tigerclaw but the quality is not as good.
You get what you pay for!