GUARD THE BREADBASKET: Best Chest Protectors for Wing Chun Training 2020

The benefits of striking to the chest in our Wing Chun training as opposed to the face are numerous.  Some are more obvious than others, however, the one thing they all have in common is that they need a form of chest protection (such as the Hayabusa Pro-Training Body Protector, seen here) in order to be effectively applied.

Proper Wing Chun training involves contact. While that statement may come as no surprise, what is surprising is how little contact most Wing Chun people actually make during their training.  Also, when it comes to contact everybody becomes a headhunter when in reality shots to the chest offer the quickest and most effective path to training your Wing Chun punch and therefore the shortest method to unlocking Wing Chun’s devastating structural simplicity, efficiency and directness.  Choosing the best chest protector to hone your Wing Chun skills for self-defense and sparring is a necessity and a process that you should not take lightly.

Choosing The Right Chest Protector For Your Training Needs

When choosing a chest protector there are three main factors to address in order to ensure that the type of protector you get matches most closely to your training.  They are as follows:

  1. PURPOSE – What are you using this for? We have two main training chest guards that we use in our Wing Chun training: a padded guard used basically as a walking focus mitt for all manner of striking training, and a body protector used for full contact fighting, sparring and scenario work. Their sizes and uses are different yet equally vital to optimal and proper training.
  2. DENSITY & THICKNESS – What size chest protector will suit your training needs?  As a rule, body shields are much thicker than the sparring body protectors since the purpose is different for each.  The purpose of a body or training shield is to act as a wearable focus mitt that someone punches and kicks the same way they would kick a bag or a pad only in a mobile setting, whereas the actual body protector is tight-fitting, more dense (usually full leather or high-end synthetic) and contoured to the body, right down to the ribs this is done to maximize protection while minimizing intrusion into natural movement.  It behooves the Wing Chun practitioner serious about making their shit work in real life to employ both, since trying to spar with a body shield on doesn’t work – you will feel like the Michelin Tire Man and you can’t do anything – and absorbing full power and impact shots to be downright unpleasant.
  3. COST – What is your budget?  Obviously the chest protectors of the body shield type cost less than their sparring counterparts as the uses of each are different; the more padded body shield requires less contour and design. Both are essential for proper Wing Chun and self-defense training yet both serve different purposes and you cannot make one fulfill the role of the other. Both need to be employed at the right time and training to affect the best possible result.

Why Is a Chest Protector/Guard So Important?

Why are chest protectors or chest guards so important for proper and effective Wing Chun training?  Simple.

Training to punch the chest involves training very acute angles, which forms the whole basis for Wing Chun as a system of self-defense and close-quarter combat the first place.  If you can punch the chest unobstructed or can clear your opponent’s arms to hit their chest, you can punch the head.  Besides, try punching your training partner in the face repeatedly and see how long you keep you keep him as a partner. 

Chest protectors provide a perfect training solution to the problem of making contact. Just as people who are training to be police officers or soldiers are told to aim for “center mass” with their shots, we are training to hit “center mass” of our opponents with our Wing Chun punches. Punching the head is not realistic for sustainable training; punching the chest is.

Now in any self-defense scenario the head is the target but if you only train to hit the head by punching at the head, nothing good happens to your structure: you will reach, your angles will become skewed, your elbows will deviate more and more from the body and you will begin reaching as you chase after the head.

On the other hand when you train to hit “center mass” by aiming for the chest your elbows are tight, your  structure is compact and all of your Wing Chun mechanics are sound. You are not chasing after anything you; are deflecting it to your opponent’s center.  This is why the chest is such a valuable and worthwhile target for our training as Wing Chun practitioners.

Check out the following clip of a chi sau session between myself (on the right) and one of my instructors on this very topic, and pay attention to what he has to say.

Another noteworthy benefit to going after the body has to do with the surprise element.  Most people are expecting head shots in a fight.  Watch any 2 unskilled schmucks on YouTube start fighting at all and you will see mad head swinging with no real structure or technique.  Compare that shit-show with the famous fight between Mickey Ward and Arturo Sanchez, made famous by Mark Wahlberg’s portrayal of Ward in the film The Fighterseen below.

Ward was getting manhandled by Sanchez, and was to the point where the referee was seconds away from stopping the bout due to inactivity on Ward’s end, when Ward opened up with a liver shot that literally dropped Sanchez and stopped him in his tracks. That is the power of a good body shot.  Check out the real-life clip of that famous body blow here (forward to 1:28 if you want to see just the punch):

2 Main Reasons Why a Chest Protector Is Vital To Making Your Wing Chun Work

The two main reasons for integrating a good chest guard into your Wing Chun training equipment line are as follows:

  1. You need to make contact. If you do not make contact, everything is theory and nothing is practice.  Wing Chun trains to hit the center line and we need to be able to hit our opponent square in the chest while we train so that they have no choice but to absorb our hit full impact.   When training the chain punch, nothing compares, physically and psychologically, to actually hitting somebody with a chest protector on.  Someone can hold a mitt or a bag and you may get a feeling of resistance but in order to truly get a feel for another person you must truly hit another person. Both parties benefit from punching training wearing a chest guard.  If you are the puncher, you get the feeling of actually hitting another person; if you are the receiver you have the added benefit of stancework training to practice your rooting in the Wing Chun, either by staying in your yee jee kim yeung ma goat-gripping stance or by falling into a right or left stance as you absorb pressure if needed. 
  2. If you can punch the chest, you can punch the head.  The second main reason stems from angle cutting. Wing Chun is a system based on angles yet it seems, from all of the videos I have seen and tournaments I have attended, that most people who train Wing Chun as soon as sparring is introduced either fall into one of two camps: they either become kickboxers who abandon Wing Chun theory (and yes Wing Chun can be applied in a “sparring” setting -I have successfully done so both in several tournaments and sparring classes) or they become a chain punch headhunter whose Wing Chun structure goes right down the john as they put all of their eggs into the “I’m going to hit you in the face no matter what” basket… wrong, wrong and wrong.

Wing Chun is about angle cutting and minimizing your effort to affect maximum results. With chest protectors you aim to the chest to open up with full-power shots; if you can hit the chest unobstructed that you can hit the face, but if all you do is aim for the head it is easier to over-reach, over-extend, get your angles cut and get blasted with a shot.  If you hit to the opponent’s chest your structure is tight, compact and to the point.  This is why chest protectors are so valuable for all phases of Wing Chun training- technique, self defense and combat sports. 

Not only physically beneficial, training to hit the chest also trains the mind to seek openings and be assertive when seeking an opening without being over-aggressive and telegraphing one’s intentions.

For your convenience, I have subdivided chest protectors into two categories:

  • Training Body Shields
  • Full- Contact Sparring / Self-Defense Body Protectors 

This was done based on their respective uses and roles in a proper Wing Chun training regimen.  


The first category of chest protectors are Training Body Shields.  These are basically walking focus mitts designed for full-power training specific techniques, such as punches or kicks, either by themselves or in combination with other attacks while holding focus pads or mitts.

Mobility takes a backseat to protective padding in this category.  The person wearing this type of chest protector, while actually being the one hit,  gets to practice their Wing Chun rooting while absorbing attacks as well as employing the stepping drill as a subtle non-aggressive method of reading your training partner’s pressure.

Ringside Gel Super Body Protector

The Ringside Gel Super Body Protector uses what is called “gel shock technology” to disperse hits so that the impact is felt over a larger area and not merely in the area where the strike takes place. This is very important not only for punches but for kicks as well. Having absorbed more body shots than I can remember I all I can tell you is that they are not fun and will literally drop you in your tracks.

Absorbing strikes when you are hit & being forced backwards off balance takes some getting used to but let me assure you that is much better than absorbing each strike in exactly the area where the strike took place.  To that end, the cross straps work extremely well here in holding the bulkiness of the pad in place.

There have been other chest guards I have used that have more of a tank top strap which does not work so well in keeping the pad in place; the criss-cross strap in the back does well to hold the pad in place which translates to increased stability for you as you move around and absorb strikes.

The large patches on both the chest/stomach and rib areas serve as ideal targets for a training partner much the same way focus pads have the leather dot in the middle of each like a bullseye.  One feature I like is that the front of the gear dips down, offering protection to the lower stomach and upper bladder area which is especially important for two reasons: one, it aids in keeping the pad in place since anytime there is a downward protrusion it actually helps keep the pad laying where it should as opposed to a straight-across-the-waist cut, and secondly it helps guard the bladder and groin area from inadvertent torso shots from slippage downward from such strikes as front push kicks like those in Muay Thai or sidekicks.  ust a small detail that potentially can save you a lot of pain.

Ringside is a solid company turning out reputable gear and this is no exception. There is nothing by way of “wow” factor here with the Gel Super Body Protector but in terms of a solid, dependable piece of gear it fits the bill nicely.  

 Fairtex Trainers’ Shield Chest Protector

Fairtex turns out top notch gear and this is no exception: a handmade, reinforced stitching chest guard that works very well in absorbing upper body strikes. Having known some very heavy kickers, I would opt for other options in terms of absorbing kicks: this is one of those awkward sizes where is too big to be a sparring chest protector and although it is compact it is to lightly padded to absorb round kicks, push kicks or any other kick for that matter.

Its’ compact design will save you from waddling around like the Michelin Tire Man and thereby lead to more effective training.  It is a snug fit, definitely more contoured than some of the more straight padding pads out there and because it is Fairtex you know it is well made and built to last.

Personally I find this most useful for Wing Chun straight punching and not for kicks or knees. Its’ multi-foam core design ensures that the right amount of padding is balanced with its’ compact nature which leads for excellence in absorbing punches.  I’ve never felt quite 100% comfortable using these for kicks since, as I’ve stated before I know some heavy kickers and always would opt for padding over mobility when training drills with them.

If your primary function is hand strikes this would be an ideal fit for you.

 Contender Heavy Hitter Chest Shield

This is one of the ones I had just mentioned above as being type of gear I feel comfortable with absorbing a truly full power strikes both kicks and punches.

As you can see there is extra heavy padding throughout since the drills which use this type of chest protector do not require a high degree iof mobility, since if you are wearing one of these it’s because you are training the other person to hit you, which incidentally, will reinforce your Wing Chun structure as well as allow you to be able to absorb a full power strike without needing to go to the hospital from pissing blood or breaking a rib.

In addition to the extra heavy padding and extra reinforced sections around the ribs & chest,  the easy to release buckles are a noteworthy feature as they do not need you to have somebody else the buckles off of you the way a woman might need someone at to zip up the back of her dress. Being constructed of dense foam-and lots of it-means that you can absorb truly full power kicks and strikes.

Contender Fight Sports is one of those companies designed to provide maximum value for the dollar turning out quality equipment at a reasonable price. Are there better constructed and more durable pads out there? Sure. Is this a solid entry into this world? Absolutely.  It protects you as if you are a walking, talking punching bag, helping you grip into your stance and feel what it feels like to absorb full power strikes while in your Wing Chun stance, strengthening your root structure and base.

Delivering full-power strikes is only 50% of the equation; absorbing strikes with structural integrity is the other 50% .  This pad delivers both at a reasonable price-a bit lacking in the “wow ” factor as well, perhaps, but more than adequate to get the job done.

One of these will get your root and structure tightened up, pronto.

  Title Platinum Body Protector

This is one of my favorite pieces of equipment to use. What I especially enjoy about The Title Platinum Body Protector is the ratio of thickness and padding to density.

There’s a 3 in. layer of padding throughout this shield which helps disperse any strike I get more equally. The reinforced stitching is throughout, however, the extra extra thick padding on the ribs and the chest stomach area or what I feel truly sets this particular body shield  apart from others in the same category.

Unlike other shields and body protectors, which have minimal additional padding at best for the areas of the ribs and the chest/stomach, this body shield has extra reinforced padding on these key areas in addition to the three full inches of padding found throughout the pad. The beefy outer shell, made of PVC nylon, also keeps the cost down as a full leather version one of these would be extremely expensive and thereby unrealistic for the majority of practitioners.

The extra wide nylon straps are also very easy to click on and take off, allowing you to seamlessly switch between hitting and being hit.  This seemingly trivial feature asctually goes a ways in terms of minimizing downtime and maximizing efficiency of one’s training sessions.

Find out more about why this is one of my favorite pieces of equipment by taking one of these for a spin.

 Title Gel Body Protector

Where the Title Gel Body Protector excels is in the use of, well, gel. In addition to the 3 inches of multi-layer celular foam padding and durable, extra heavy and reinfoced stitched nylon outer covering which maximizes durability while keeping the weight down, this body shield uses a gel enforced lining for yet another player of padding and protection to your ribs this chest and stomach.

Just like the Title Platinum Body Protector listed above, the extra wide and easy to use straps for the back and shoulders click on and take off easily but this shield also employs that same gel padding on the shoulder straps.

Now this might not seem like a big deal but, believe me, after wearing a shield like this to take hits, switching out and working on your own strikes, switching back and absorbing more full-power strikes, and repeating this process over and over again for an hour or so your shoulders begin to get almost like a strap rug burn. This can be downright unpleasant later on after training if you have to wear anything over your shoulder such as a computer bag or even a suit jacket. Any gel padding is a good thing especially in high wear and tear areas like shoulder straps.

The same general design for this shield applies on the previous Title Platinum as well, which allows for extremely high absorbency.  Reduction in mobility is admittedly the trade-off for such padding, however as I’ve stated earlier mobility is not the case when wearing this pad; your function is to serve as a mitt holder / moving target for those seeking to functionalize their Wing Chun, full contact fighting (boxing, kickboxing or MMA) or self-defense skills.

The inner lining also employs moisture wicking technology to help release extra sweat and that hold it into the pad itself which, let me tell you, you will sweat plenty while wearing this so having a feature like that is well worth it.

If you want all of the features of a top-shelf body protector plus the added bit of comfort that comes from employing and gel technology this is the pad for you.


As the name of this category implies, Full-Contact Sparring/Self Defense Body Protectors are just that – body protection you use for full-contact combat sports training (such as boxing, kickboxing or MMA), Wing Chun technique training/gor sau sparring, or reality-based self defense drills and scenario training.  In all 3 categories, mobility and protection go hand-in-hand.

As the mission of this category of chest protector is different from the first, you will notice that on these chest protectors there is much less padding and the protectors themselves are much more contoured to the body, to the point of even appearing to have synthetic ribs patterns sewn in.

When seeking out the ideal body protector for fighting and full-contact sparring, there must be a balance between adequate coverage and unhindered mobility.  This balance or ratio is going to vary for each individual based on personal preference and the demands of the particular application for your training. 

The following body protectors have met my criteria through years of personal experience to combine the best of both.  Again, a body protector is not the piece of equipment to wear while being the receiver of hits; it is a shield to offer maximum protection as you do battle, so use it accordingly.  Read, review, pick what feels best to you and start hitting.

 Title Classic Advanced Body Shield

You can always count on Title Boxing company to provide solid durable and long-lasting equipment at the best possible price.  The Title Classic Advanced Body Shield represents the perfect balance between functionality and coverage at just about the best price around.  As I’ve said before, are there better more high-quality pieces of equipment out there? Absolutely. Will you find one at a better price?  Unlikely.

The two hook-and-loop straps across the back keep it in place and extra sturdy, which unlike the moving focus-mitt type body shields of the first category, is pretty much a non-negotiable in the full-contact fighting world.  I particularly like how the shoulder straps  on this body protector, unlike the chest protectors listed above whose function was solely to be sort of a moving punching bag, are also padded all the way up and around.

For self defense drills or kickboxing training, you will occasionally take high round kicks, axe kicks, elbows or other strikes that will find their way to your collarbones.  Having that additional coverage to your shoulder and clavicle area cannot be understated.

The shell of the body is highly compact and dense, and the contoured design gives you excellent coverage to the chest, stomach, lower belly, and kidney areas while not hindering your motion to punch or kick.  The lining also employs a moisture wicking technology so that much the same way as the shin guards covered in a previous review deflect extra sweat and ensure that moisture is not contained within the pad itself.

Anytime you wear high density foam protective gear, you will sweat – a lot.  When you sweat, if you do not adequately take care of your equipment it will contain itself in there and cause odor and bacteria issues. The moisture wicking lining helps minimize this.  Overall an excellent entry-level piece of protective gear for you.

 Wesing Wushu Sanda Chest Protector

The Wesing Wushu Pro Martial Arts Chest Protector this is the official approved Chinese Wushu Association chest protector for formal International competition. That carries some serious weight in full-contact circles.

The leather is high-quality, the stitching is reinforced and the solid inner foam lining provide shock absorption that is top notch. After all it was anything but the best it would not be approved for international full-contact competition.

Although it is not well known in the western area this brand is like the Everlast of Chinese full-contact martial arts competition. One thing I do know is that those Wushu athletes do not mess around and if this is the approved gear for their competitions who am I to argue?  Check out the following clip to see just how high the caliber of competition is that uses this gear exclusively:

One thing I find particularly noteworthy on this chest year is the fact that from the armpit area to the waist is slightly contoured down in a very subtle “V”-shape; this undoubtedly leads to a more snug, tapered and contoured fit which only benefits us as Wing Chun folks applying our art to the full-contact training.  While sparring or working at any kind of self-defense or Wing Chun full contact drill, the more your elbows are out the more your structure suffers. The cut of this chest protector ensures that your structure can be as tight as possible.

 Fighting Sports Tri-Tech Pro Body Protector

The Fighting Sports Tri-Tech Pro Body Protector clearly takes the concept of maximal protection while not sacrificing mobility to another level-that becomes apparent the first time you put this on.

For starters, the shoulders are padded all the way up, much like the Title Classic Advanced Body Shield listed previously, which protects the clavicle and collarbone areas from strikes such as axe kicks, punches and even any incidental elbows that ,may occur in the spontaneity and sloppiness of reality-based self defense scenario.

The molded rib inserts also guard the rib cage-especially the floating rib area- due to the layering of foam that is over 2 inches thick and is composed of three different types- for a layered, dense and complete level of protection.  There is an air chamber in the front which also adds another level of protection while not sacrificing space, and the straps in the back can be cinched quite tight but not too tight to keep the protector snug to your body, and allowing for freedom of movement while not having to sacrifice protection.

As always with high-level equipment the inner lining includes the “moisture wicking” anti -perspiration technology so that, provided you are airing out your equipment the right way and taking care of it, the sweat will dry quickly and you will be able to use daily and not worry about odor and bacteria setting in.

This is one of the best chest protectors I have ever used. Fighting Sports makes very high quality equipment and their chest protector is one of my favorite pieces they make along with their groin and hip guard, which we will get into later (that is a topic for another day and a funny story…)

If you are serious about making your skills functional, effective and practical pick one of these bad boys up right now-the sooner you get it, the sooner you can take your training to the next level.

 Venum Elite Body Shield

For starters, what makes the Venum Elite Body Shield such a unique and effective piece of equipment starts with its’ design: a contour that is about as cylindrical as a can, which translates to a very snug yet not suffocating fit. 

Although the shoulders are not padded (a feature I enjoy on the Fighting Sports Tri-Tech and Title Classic body guards listed above) the body made from Skintex leather, not synthetic materials, which is both extra durable and extra tough yet will break in like a well-worn baseball glove.  The foam is triple density which ensures that combined with its tight leather construction you are maximizing the protection to mobility ratio.

One thing that is noteworthy is that with the extra padding around the flank sides of this guard you get basically 180 degree protection around your rib cage back to the kidney area, a feature that is lacking to as great a degree on several other pieces of equipment. 

The reinforced stitching around the shoulders melds seamlessly into heavy duty nylon straps to create a nice & tight yet non-restrictive system to keep it suspended on your shoulders.  The lining is soft polyester to both aid in sweat and moisture wicking while making it soft and easy to wear for long periods of time. 

As always with Venum products, they are handmade in Thailand and the quality is beyond reproach.  This is one high quality and durable piece of equipment and while I must confess I do like padding on the shoulder straps, the adjustable body protection and overall superior craftsmanship make this a fantastic product.  

If you are serious about taking your full contact sports or self-defense game at to the next level, you need to be able to both spar and train hard. High quality equipment such as this helps traverse the gap between form and functionality; from training it to reality.

There’s just no other way to get there and this chest protector will help you get there quicker than most.  

 Hayabusa Pro-Training Elevate Body Protector

Hayabusa, in terms of full contact sports, is clearly in a league of its own and nowhere is this more evident than in their Pro-Training Elevate Body Protector.  You can tell just by looking that this is a unique piece of equipment, much different from the standard design of even the top quality chest protectors seen in this review up to now. 

For starters, look at the coverage: this chest protector literally covers everything except the armpit area, leading to superior coverage for all vital areas of the body.

The straps which are all fully adjustable, ensuring that you can literally tailor your fit to your ideal feel.  Unlike the other chest protectors which use both straps on the shoulder and straps across the back, the Elevate uses a hanging posterior strap (that looks more more like a gym shoe tongue hanging down your back over your spine) and clips in the back with two fully adjustable horizontal straps, which are easily accessible by reaching behind you. 

This ensures that not only can you take it off quickly and easily but you can adjust it without having to shift anything else.  Much the same way Taekwondo uses a v-neck pullover for its’ uniform to eliminate the shifting of the traditional top so too does the Elevate use the bulletproof vest-style pullover and clip in the back.

The curvature employed by the Elevate is the best out there. Not only does it cover your chest and ribs, it wraps around to cover the kidney areas as well and the back strap positioned vertically down the center of the back is also padded to guard the spine as well leading to true 180 degree coverage.  This will allow you to train realistically in all ways, especially self-defense scenarios in addition to defending against more standard kickboxing and MMA attacks.

One of the most unique features of this equipment is the front line of the guard itself. There is a reinforced front line to guard against front frontal attacks such as push kicks, knees and punching. This makes it an ideal choice for us as Wing Chun folks because the area most prone to hitting from any type of Wing Chun self defense or sparring drill is that which is most padded.

In addition to the reinforced front bar, the 45 degree angle downward stitching of the pads reinforces that frontal line design insofar as attacks can be deflected it to the front where there is the most padding.  Incidentally, absorbing strikes full frontal is perhaps one of the best methods of reinforcing structure, not only for combat sports such as MMA and kickboxing but also for self defense drills as well.

Anyone serious about functionally and practicality in their ability to use their Wing Chun for either combat sports such as kickboxing and MMA or, more importantly, to truly develop their skills for no-bullshit, reality-based self-defense scenario training had best look into investing in this product.

If this type of training is to be a lifetime practice for you it behooves you that your gear match the same dedication. 

Recap / Review

As stated in the beginning of this review, the right kind of Wing Chun training is predicated on contact. While the right headgear provides an adequate level of protection for such contact, you cannot train realistically in the volume and intensity you need to truly functionalize your skills if you only train against protective headgear, no matter how thick, heavily padded or supportive that headgear is.

Heavy chest contact is therefore essential to proper effective and functional Wing Chun training for self-defense and full contact fighting/sparring, and proper chest guards and chest protectors provide that the only true measure of full contact training that can be done repeatedly and without risk of injury to either partner.

Choosing the right chest guard boils down to properly and honestly answering three questions:

  • What are you using this for-technique training or full contact sparring & self-defense drills?
  • What size and thickness will best suit your training needs?
  • What is your budget?

Once you know the answer to these questions, you can then begin to frame out your ideal product. 

We have divided our categories of chest protectors into two main categories:

  • Training Body Shields and
  • Full Contact Sparring /Self-Defense Body Protectors. 

For ideal training, you should have one of each category since their respective uses and missions are different and each fulfills aspects of training that the other cannot. You cannot expect a sparring body protector to provide the same level of adequate coverage as a body shield; conversely you cannot expect to spar efficiently and effectively and in the proper structure with a body shield that you would with a body protector for sparring. 

When sparring, for example, if you wear a Training Shield you will discover in short order that your structure will be all jacked up, your elbows will be out and any semblance of proper form and function will go right down the john.  You need to make sure that the proper level of thickness is not only adequate for the purpose you are training for also that it will satisfy your needs.

The third factor in arriving at a balanced decision when choosing gear such as this is price.  As stated earlier, the price gap between chest protectors is admittedly a bit less than gloves and even shin guards since there are less pure “budget options” available, but this is only because any chest guard out of the range listed above does not provide the proper or even minimum level of coverage that we need as serious students of Wing Chun for self-defense and combat training. Those listed are the best value for product. 

There are several other less expensive chest protectors on the market but they are almost without exception glorified dipped foam-type light-contact point karate gear which, for purposes of our needs, I would rather tape phone books to my body then use that stuff in full-contact training (and if you don’t believe me, go right ahead and be my guest-just be prepared be prepared to piss blood for a week the first time you catch a full power shot).

2 Rules of Thumb

As if this guide wasn’t succinct enough, I have boiled down your choosing methodology to 2 key takeaway “rules of thumb” to guide you.  You’re welcome.

  • When seeking out the right chest protector from the first list, you need to make sure there is a minimum of 3 inch padding that is dense and to withstand full power shots. I have chosen only the ones I know for a fact through personal experience can do the job.
  • As for the chest protectors in the second category, seeing as how you will be sparring and engaging in self-defense scenario training, pure shock absorbency alone is not the paramount concern of a piece of equipment like this; what is most important is how it conforms to your body as well as the ratio of protection to mobility.  

Those listed above are the ones whose craftsmanship,design, structure, mobility and protection all balance at the highest level.

Final Thoughts

Great pains – and I do mean pains – have been taken to ensure that only the best products in terms of craftsmanship, usability and value were added to this list. Often times you may find that by starting with a lower-priced product it will satisfy your needs to a point and eventually you will feel the need to progress open price and in coverage.

This is part of the natural progression of training and makes intellectual sense however I must say that with training gear for your own safety and for maximal training effectiveness, always strive to get the  best quality equipment you can afford.  Believe me, it will repay you ten times over.

Remember, this is an investment: investment in your training, an investment in your passion and aninvestment in your future should you ever have to use your skills.  You have the drive.  Now make sure you have the right tools to take your training to the next level.  Use this list as a reference, get the right gear and get to it.

Wing Chun only works if YOU do.


Train Smart, Stay Safe

Sifu Bobby



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