How Do I Correctly Wrap My Hands For Mma
Many newbie fighters ask, “how do I correctly wrap my hands for MMA?” There are several different ways to wrap your hands. Below is one of the most common and trusted, guaranteed ways to provide maximum safety and comfort for your hands.
- Keep your hands flexed. To correctly wrap your hands for MMA, make sure your hands are flexed. If you keep your hands relaxed, once your wrap is in place you will cut off circulation to your hand when you clench to make a fist. By keeping your hands flexed, you ensure that the wrap will be snug without being tight enough to interrupt blood flow when you tighten your hands.
- Thumb in loop. Most wraps have loops on one end. This loop is meant to hook around your thumb. If you don’t have a wrap with a loop, or you’re using strips of cloth, wrap one end of your wrap around your thumb once or twice. This will secure the end of the wrap to your thumb and prevent it from slipping out.
- Knuckles. Once your wrap is secured to your thumb, coil your wrap around your knuckles. You won’t correctly wrap your hands unless you make sure to wrap in the direction of the back of your hand. Never start by wrapping across your palms. Wrap your knuckles three or four times.
- Wrist. After you’ve wrapped your knuckles three or four times, wrap across the back of your hand to your wrist. Wrap your wrist two or three times.
- Crisscross. Having wrapped your wrist two to three times, begin to crisscross between your wrist and knuckles. Remember to wrap across the back of your hand. Do not wrap each part more than once at a time. Depending on the length of your wrap, you can crisscross your wrist and knuckles anywhere between three to five times. You’re halfway to knowing how to correctly wrap your hands for MMA.
- Knuckles, part 2. After crisscrossing your wrist and knuckles, concentrate on your knuckles again. Wrap it two to three times. Don’t forget to wrap over the back of your hand.
- Wrist, part 2. When you’ve wrapped your knuckles again, cross the wrap over the back of your hand and finish by wrapping the remainder around your wrist.
- Velcro. Once you’ve wrapped your wrist, the last step is to fasten the Velcro. Do this so that the brand name is on top of your wrist.
- No Velcro? If your wrap doesn’t have a Velcro end, use the last wraparound to come across the back of your hand and between your thumb and forefinger. There should be enough layers of cloth that you can tuck the loose end into the layers. You won’t have to worry about it slipping out since it will receive extra protection when you make a fist.
When you correctly wrap your hands for MMA, you prevent against most injuries. You’re also increasing your chances of winning your fights by landing punches that don’t hurt as much. A single injury from an improperly-applied wrap can lead to the shock and force of your punches creating several more injuries down the road. And if you train in MMA to fight, that one injury can cost you your career.