When your child or children begins studying martial arts, it is important to make sure that they have the right martial arts shoes. Protective gear for the feet is essential for proper safety, and most types are made of lightweight material that is designed to provide flexibility and traction.
Most sparring moves involve striking with the top of the foot, which is why sparring boots are made with foam like material to provide cushion for the feet and ankle joints, which the most commonly injured bones during martial arts exercise. Most of these shoes also extend over the top of the foot to provide ultimate protection. Children's feet are constantly growing, so it may be tempting to purchase lesser quality gear. This is one area where you should splurge, for the very reason. Growing feet need support, particularly developing tendons and bones.
Shoes that are too small can cause corns, calluses, and blisters, and can result in impact related injury, since they essentially restrict the movement of the feet. Combine this with the high impact nature of martial arts sparring moves, and it is easy to see why shoes that are too small are a major cause of sparring related injury. Conversely, shoes that are too big can result in blisters and injuries related to slipping and falling during a practice or match. This is not the time to purchase shoes for your children to grow into.
You can find martial arts shoes for children in a wide variety of colors and styles, the most common being black, dark blue, red, white, and pink. Depending on the skill level of your child and the preferences of the instructor, the choice of shoes may be more or less limited. If cost is a factor, you may want to consider purchasing a high quality used pair. Make sure to let your child or children try on the shoes before you purchase them, even if you are sure of their size, since sizing standards vary widely by manufacturer.
The most important thing to remember is that the right pair of shoes, like the other martial arts accessories are designed to protect your little one while they perfect their martial arts skills. Look for shoes that are well constructed, flexible, durable, and that fit your child well and your child will be ready to begin learning martial arts sparring moves, the safe way.
The author has been practicing karate for nearly 15 years, and he prefers to shop online for martial arts shoes