Very often, in case of a physical attack, the only weapons you will ever have immediate access to are your hands. Unfortunately, not everyone is capable of producing sufficient strength to subdue an opponent or a threat. Hands, if not used properly, can be damaged or hurt during an attack. To reduce the likelihood that you could suffer from physical harm, why not consider the extra protection provided by SAP gloves? It can be a very useful addition to your arsenal. Here are ways on how to use a SAP glove efficiently for self-defense:
Know its advantages and limitations
SAP gloves are usually made of leather and are meant to protect and strengthen the hands. Most models have reinforced palms, which means that the palm area of the gloves are tougher to ensure maximum protection. This is often the type of design found in open fingered gloves, making up for the lack of relative power in the area of the knuckles.
For complete gloves, however, steel or lead fillings are often sewn into the knuckles to optimize punching power. For training, this extra material also serves to add extra weight during punching and shadow boxing.
A SAP glove is meant to ward off a blow or to provide more force to a punch. It is not bulletproof or knife proof.
Learn to box or punch
Many beginners treat SAP gloves as magic tools that would infuse them with power once worn. Actually, you will need some basic training in boxing, punching or self-defense in order to optimize the use of these gloves.
Try to learn the most important steps in basic self-defense before or after you’ve purchased these gloves. This will ensure that you can throw punches or ward off attacks in the most efficient means possible. You’ll soon learn the difference in the power of your punches once you wear them.
Practice with your SAP gloves
A quick punch or jab delivered to an opponent’s face can have considerable power if you wear a pair of SAP gloves. While it could merely stun him for a few seconds, it could do a lot of damage to him if you have SAP gloves on. The extra punching power could, for example, break his jaw or nose or knock him out.
For this reason, it’s important that you are able to estimate the amount of force you are capable of throwing if you’re wearing SAP gloves. This will ensure that no unnecessary force is used.
Check your locality if your SAP gloves are legal
Not every state allows a civilian to carry, use or wear SAP gloves for self-defense. Find out if you are allowed to purchase and use them where you live.