There are several pieces of training equipment that you'll find valuable when you commit to your practice. Here is a list of tools you should consider purchasing for safety and honing your skills in specific techniques.
We use focus mitts in nearly every class. They are essential for training accuracy in your punches and kicks. No JKD practitioner should be without a sturdy set of mitts. We recommend a flat surface instead of the curved surfaces more commonly used in boxing. Here are some examples...
You'll use boxing gloves to throw punches more realistically without knocking out your partner. Get 12-14oz gloves! If you're serious, it's important to get good quality equipment. Leather is suggested.
If you want to get an edge in your footwork, you need to be jumping rope! We will jump rope in class regularly. There are many styles of Jump ropes. Here are a couple of favorites! This is one piece of equipment that won't break the bank!
Head Gear (Sparring)
This is a required piece if you are sparring.
Mouth Guards (Sparring)
If you're going to spar, you need one of these. Keep in mind you'll want to be able to talk with it in, so an upper-jaw model is best.
Groin Protectors (Sparring)
Not much to say about this.. you must have it if you have something to protect. You want something that allows for kicking as well.
Additional fun toys!
With getting involved with JKD, like for most people, new toys will become almost an addiction. There are a lot of new and old innovations that will help with your training.