How and Why Put Boxing Bandes?

How and Why Put Boxing Bandes?

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Before putting on their gloves and entering the ring, boxers wrap their hands in a thin strip which protects their muscles and tendons while offering additional support to wrist movements. At their ends, the boxing bands come with a velcro band allowing them to be tied.

  1. 1 Select a suitable band. There are many types of them and it is important to choose one that is perfectly suited to the size of your hand and the style of boxing for which you have opted. Take into consideration the following options when choosing to buy a tape.
    • Cotton bands are a good choice for regular training. They are supplied in both adult and junior sizes and come with a velcro at the end for the fastener.
    • The Mexican bands look like the cotton bands, but are made of an elastic fiber that makes it easier for them to adapt to the shape of the hand. They tend to wear out faster than cotton bands because the elastic degrades over time, but they can be a good option for training.
    • The undergants with gels do not wrap around the hand, but slip like gloves. They are more expensive than Mexican or classic bands. Practices to put on, they do not offer as much support to the wrists as a traditional bandage and therefore serious boxers rarely choose them.
    • The combat bands are made of gauze and adhesive material. Boxing regulations specify the exact quantity of these materials to be used, so as to ensure that each boxer has the same padding on the fists. Since these bands cannot be reused, they are not useful for daily training. The method of winding for combat also varies and must be done with a partner or trainer. You can see an example of a professional method here for more information.
  2. 2 Check the voltage. The tension of the strip must be adequate. The bands should be stretched to give sufficient stability to the hand and wrist, but too tight, they may cut blood circulation. It would be wise to train you several times in order to reach a correct tension.
  3. 3 Avoid folds. Both folds and bumps can make boxing uncomfortable and interfere with your focus, so they prevent the tape from protecting the fine frame of the hand and stabilizing your wrists.
  4. 4 Keep your wrists straight when you roll up the strips. If they are bent, then the bands will not be able to help stabilize them. The risk of injury will not be as high if you keep your wrists straight during the process.
  1. 1 Extend your hand. Your fingers should be as far apart from each other as possible, contract all muscles. Boxing tapes are made to support the hand when it is moving, so you should start by exposing the tape to any different movements you may use while boxing.
  2. 2 Insert your thumb into the hook at the end of the bandage, placed on the opposite side as the velcro. Be careful that the underside of the strip is placed against your hand, if you are wrong and roll up the strip upside down, you will find it difficult to attach it at the end. Most have a label or signature so that you can find common sense.
  3. 3 Wrap it around your wrist. Go around your wrist 3 or 4 times in a row, depending on the size of your hand and the level of stability you want to reach. The tape should be inside your wrist when you are done.
    • The strip must be flat and at each turn, cover perfectly.
    • If you need to add or decrease the length of the strip at the end, adjust the number of laps around your wrist.
  4. 4 Now wrap the tape around your hand. Start with the back of your hand, followed by the space just above your thumb and continue at the palm on the other side. Repeat this tour three times in a row, ending with the tape inside your hand near your thumb.
  5. 5 Wrap the strip around your thumb. Start by winding your wrist once more, ending near your thumb. Wrap your thumb from bottom to top, then from top to bottom. Finish by winding your thumb again.
  6. 6 Wrap your fingers. Start with the inside of your wrist, then roll up the tape as follows to secure the base of your fingers.
    • Wrap the strip from inside your wrist to the top of your hand, between the little finger and the ring finger.
    • Repeat, from inside your wrist to the top of your hand, this time between the ring finger and middle finger.
    • Again, wrap the strip from inside your wrist to the top of your hand, between the middle finger and the index finger. End inside your wrist.
  7. 7 Wrap your hand again. Start with the wrist, then make a diagonal from inside your wrist to the back of your hand. Continue by winding the strip at your palm and just above your thumb Start again until the entire length of the strip has been used, end with one last turn around your wrist.
  8. 8 Tape the bandage using the velcro. Bend your hand and send a few shots to make sure your movements are comfortable. If the tape is too loose or too tight, do it again.
  9. 9 Repeat with the other hand. It may be difficult for you the first time to wrap it using your non-dominant hand, but you will get used to it with a little training. If you need help, ask your coach or partner to do it for you.


  • For those with particularly small hands, it makes sense to get shorter bands rather than winding up a normal band too many times. This may stuff the gloves, making it more difficult to control them.
  • Keep the strips flat when you roll them up. You should also wash them regularly to prevent them from getting tougher and to limit the risk of irritation.


  • Don’t overcompress. Wraping your hands in a strip is supposed to support them at the same time as your wrists, without cutting off the bloodstream. If you feel that the strips are not comfortable inside the gloves or if your hands are numb, remove the strip and wind it again more loosely.

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This article was co-written by David Engel. David Engel is a Thai boxing (Thai muay) and self-defense instructor based in the San Francisco Bay area. With more than 15 years of experience in martial arts education and training, David directs California Martial Athletics with his co-owner Joe Chernay. He created and maintained martial arts programs at the Rise Combat Sports in San Francisco and at the Round 5 Martial Arts Academy in San Leandro. Its mission is to teach students to have the ease and skills that will serve them in their martial arts practice and beyond. David’s remarkable achievements include that he was the youngest student instructor of the Thai Boxing Association of America under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. In addition, he is a registered corner coach for amateur and professional participants in IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) competitions, and he was a leading competitor (weight category 57.1 kg to 58.9 kg) in California between 2013 and 2015. This article has been viewed 88,376 times.

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