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    Question Chest Protector Recommendations

    Hello everyone. I am a second degree black belt in the Tracy's system of Kenpo. A few days ago while sparring I received a hard back kick to the chest and one of my ribs suffered a large crack and some cartilage separation. In my school the sparring is pretty rough but very instructional. We wear protective gear but not chest protectors. Needless to say, I am going to buy a chest protector because I don't want to go through this again.....painful.

    Can anybody recommend a good chest protector? I am looking at the "P2" from Century, but also at some top of the line stuff from the muay thai brands Fairtex and Windy (but they are twice as expensive as the P2 and I don't know how much better they actually are). Does anybody feel particularly good about any particular type of chest protector? Thanks for the input. Having never worn a chest protector I just don't know how much to spend and what to look for.

    I am pretty bummed about this injury. I was out of sparring for some time and had gotten back into it in the last 6 months and was making good progress. Oh well, I guess these things happen sometimes as I am sure some of you can attest to.

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    Sorry I can't help, hope you heal soon!

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    Default Re: Chest Protector Recommendations

    Yes I think it's hard to shop for chest guards. Most kenpo schools that I've seen, chest guards were the rare exception, not the rule like some TKD schools where it's part of the gear. They can feel very confining if you get the wrong one, or the wrong size. Also some people get a "superman" mode where they feel like they can take a few punches in the torso... not good for competition or the street.

    But with all that being said, there are two guards I would recommend, both by ProForce. They are lightweight, easy to put on and not too confining, and offer a decent amount of protection. One is the Proforce Thunder Bodyguard, the other is the ProForce Velocity EZ Guard. You can find them at the links below for a pretty good price.

    http://www.karatekorner.com/index.cf...ctID/10315.htm
    http://www.karatekorner.com/index.cf...ctID/11070.htm

    Sorry about your injury, hope this info helps.
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    Look for a brand called mawashi. These guards are designed for full contact. They are pricey, but so is going to the Doctor's office several times.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    Default Re: Chest Protector Recommendations

    I wear a "used" bullet-proof vest (kevlar with a steel trauma plate) whenever I train because I had to have surgery a few years ago. I got the used (outdated) bullet-proof vest from our department's fire investigation unit. (We are armed as investigators.) In the summer time the vest makes you sweat more... I know for sure that new bullet-proof vests are not inexpensive. (My current vest for work is lighter but doesn't have a trauma plate like the "used" one in my Kempo training...I much prefer the trauma plate protection for training.)

    Good luck...

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    Default Re: Chest Protector Recommendations

    I just did a search on yahoo and found that you can buy body armor on eBay that appears not as expensive as I would have thought (depends on the level of protection)...check out this link: http://snipurl.com/1td7e

    Read this article about buying body armor... http://snipurl.com/1td7h

    BTW I wear my vest under my gi...

    Good luck and heal fast...

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