Learning how to make kickboxing hand wraps isn't difficult if you understand the sport. In kickboxing, hand wraps exist for one reason and one reason only: they're there to protect the fighter's hands and wrists. So, when constructing your own kickboxing hand wraps, you need to keep this in mind. You want to supply enough protection to the weaker areas of your hands and wrists to keep them from breaking. A proper hand wrap will sufficiently cover up and support your palms, knuckles and wrists. There are many brands of pre-made hand wraps for kickboxing on the market today, and even with those wraps, you can see that the padding for the palms, knuckles and wrists is quite substantial. Keep this in mind as you put your kickboxing hand wraps together.
To make kickboxing hand wraps, you will need:
- Elastic bandages
- Adhesive tape for martial arts
- Use the elastic bandages. In kickboxing, hand wraps are all about the padding and support. We're going to use the elastic bandage for that support. Start out by wrapping your wrist with the bandage. Make sure you pad it nicely, but don't overdo it. Also, make sure you don't cut off circulation to your hands by wrapping too tightly.
- Once you've secured your wrist, slide the bandage from the underside of your wrist to your palm. Wrap your palm and the top of your hand similarly to how you padded your wrist. Don't forget to loop your thumb up under the wrap a few times as well. Work your way up to the knuckles. You want your wrap pattern to look crisscrossed, similar to a mummy's bandages. Remember to secure it well but not to wrap it too tight. You can tell it's wrapped too tight if your fingers start going cold. Once you've padded your palm to your liking, move down and make sure your wrapped knuckles and the upper parts of your fingers are done to your liking.
- Use adhesive tape. Wrap the tape in the exact fashion you wrapped your bandages. Just make sure you start your tape wrapping a little further up your arm. Extend the wrapping slightly further than your knuckles so the tape will hold.