Focus Mitts are great to work on your distancing and timing. A partner or trainer will hold the mitt while you practice and you can focus on your developing skills rather than worrying if you will hurt someone. There are a myriad of types, sizes and qualities when it comes to mitts so it is worth shopping around before deciding which one is for you.
Shields are a vital addition to your training session. They are a cross between a heavy bag and focus mitt and will help you with endurance and conditioning. They allow you to work on your kicks, punches and strikes and to train with an opponent but protect you both and are completely mobile.
Shields are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are body shields, kick shields, arm and forearm shields and strike shields. The Thai Pad or Shield is a staple for Muay Thai training. Shields are available in square, round or oblong, come in sizes of small to very large and are made straight as well as curved. There are lightweight shields as well as those that are more dense. Choose according to personal preference and according to the purpose you need one for.
Whether you are in the market for one or all of the targets and shields, you can read more about them and check out my reviews on many that I have available.