If you’re committed to your boxing training, your punching bag will take a beating with both sweat and impact. All fitness equipment requires proper care and maintenance especially boxing equipment. In this article you’ll learn ways to ways to properly care for and clean your heavy bag, what to clean it with, how to prevent damage, and when to replace it.
When you follow these few simple steps to care and clean for your punching bag, you can extend the life and use of it for years to come. Don’t let a smelly bag with holes be the reason for skipping that kickboxing workout.
How To Clean Your Punching Bag
Cleaning your punching bag is the most important step you can take to care for this piece of boxing equipment.
During your boxing training, your punching bag will inevitably come into contact with a lot of sweat and will become an environment hospitable to bacteria and fungi.
You can easily prevent this by doing the following at the end of every workout:
- Wipe your punching bag with a slightly damp cloth
- Once a week – use a little bit of disinfectant on it
- The bag has significantly softened on the top half
- If it has too many holes in it to tape
- The taping has mimed the shape of the bag
- Regardless of your perfect cleaning schedule – it becomes infested with mold
- You stored it in bad conditions and it now smells badly
- It’s not worth the trouble (or it’s too expensive) to completely repair the bag and it’s better to go for a new one
Don’t use alcohol or bleach-based disinfectants!
Chemicals found in alcohol and bleach-based disinfectants will dissolve and degrade the surface of the punching bag. It’s better to use a milder disinfectant that will still eliminate any bacteria on the bag but will not damage the bag’s surface. A mild dishwashing detergent is often a good choice.
If you have a leather heavy bag, you should treat the bag with a leather conditioner once every 1 or 2 months. This will prevent drying out and easy breakage of the surface.
If you have a punching bag with a vinyl surface, you should keep it out of direct sunlight. The heat can melt or harden the material and make it more susceptible to breaking apart when hit. For example, it wouldn’t be a good idea to keep a vinyl punching bag outside.
In general, canvas punching bags are difficult to keep clean. The canvas surface is also known to wear down boxing gloves faster than other surfaces. Some people recommend taping canvas bags to create a vinyl-like surface, but even that is not an ideal solution.
Hanging Punching Bag vs. Free-Standing Punching Bag Care
How To Take Care of a Hanging Punching Bag
First and foremost, it’s key to ensure proper installation of your hanging punching bag prior to use. Next, for the safety of the person using the bag AND those around them, it’s a good idea to check the bag for any damage before you hang it.
For example, a heavy bag hanging from your ceiling is likely going to have some metal parts for attaching. Be sure to check those (as well as any other connecting elements) for damage and/or rust to prevent your bag from accidentally falling on someone or something. If required by the manufacturer, oil the necessary parts with machine oil.
If you are instead using a frame or stand to hang your punching bag, ensure it is well-built and secure.
How To Take Care of a Free-Standing Punching Bag
A free-standing bag doesn’t require any additional maintenance whatsoever. Even if you’ve filled the base with water, as long as it wasn’t contaminated with bacteria, you shouldn’t even need to change that.
(In case you missed it, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your free-standing punching bag properly.)
Taping holes up
Usually, not something that will occur soon after getting the bag, but if you use it for a long time, it will likely start to show signs of wear and tear. If a tear in the fabric appears on your bag, but there is no significant damage, you can prolong the life of your punching bag with duct tape. Try to tape over the bag a few times so the tape doesn’t fall off.
Preventing damage due to environmental factors
A big part of maintaining any equipment is limiting exposure to the elements and making sure the place where it’s stored and used meets certain conditions.
Keep away from heat source(s)
Your punching bag should be at least 6-7 feet away from a heat source at all times. No matter the material your bag is made of, constant heat is going to erode it.
Keep out of humid environments
Punching bags shouldn’t be kept in environments with over 65% humidity. At 70% formation of mold begins and since humidity is rarely a constant – it’s a good idea to be 10 or at least 5% under that limit.
Protect from outside elements
Training outside is great because of the fresh air. But keeping your punching bag outside isn’t the best idea. Direct sunlight, heat, and rain can damage your bag as we mentioned above.
So, if you train outside, make sure to do so somewhere dry, with limited or no direct sunlight. Remember, after your workout is done – make sure your bag is clean & dry before you put it back into storage.
When is it time to get a new bag?
A high-quality punching bag should last for years. Investing in durable boxing equipment is key when starting your boxing training. That being said, all boxing equipment will wear out in time.
Here are a few potential reasons to call it quits and grab a new bag:
If you are in the market for a new punching bag, check out the FightCamp guide on how to choose the best free-standing punching bag and what all the punching bag options are.
If you follow the guidelines in this article, you will significantly prolong the life of your punching bag. Keep your bag clean, dry, safely installed and protected from the elements, and your punching bag will last!
Plus, if you need tips for how to take care of your other boxing equipment, you can read up on how to care for your boxing hand wraps and gloves here. For more content like this make sure to keep an eye for new posts on FightCamp’s blog and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
The Author: Nikolay Tsenkov is a dad, husband, entrepreneur, and boxing aficionado. He started training late, when he was 26 years old. One of his biggest regrets in life is that he never competed. For several years he has trained alongside national and European champions and professional boxers. He is an avid student of boxing, but enjoys all sorts of martial arts.
Hand wraps are essential for MMA fighters and boxers. The wraps ensure that your sweaty hands do not come in contact with the gloves and spoil them.
If the boxing gloves come in contact with sweat, they will retain the odor, and it will be challenging to get rid of it no matter how hard you try.
In addition, sweat can cause bacteria and fungi to increase in the boxing gloves, making you more susceptible to infections.
These hand wraps also have another function. They provide support to the wrist and hands during punching and training. You will be grateful for this when you train for extended periods on a bag.
Due to repeated usage, hand wraps tend to get sweaty and smelly, and the last thing you need is to keep using them like that.
If you are new to boxing or MMA, you may wonder if you are some tips and suggestions to help you take care of your hand wraps and wash hand wraps so that they smell and feel good and do not lose their shape and elasticity.
How to Wash Boxing Wraps
The good news is that there is no learning curve when you want to learn how to wash boxing hand wraps.
You can wash them like you wash your clothes, and you can easily use the laundry detergent that you use every day for washing your clothes.
The only thing to keep in mind is that if your wraps are brightly colored, wash them on their own. On the other hand, if they are neutral in color, you can wash the wraps with other items.
Here are a few tips on how to wash boxing wraps:
When you use boxing wraps, they will get sweaty and wet after each use. As a result, some people do not like reusing them. So, if you are keen to learn how to clean boxing wraps after each use, you can easily do it without putting them into a washing machine.
You can quickly rinse the hand wraps under running water to get rid of the sweat and grime that may have built up after your training. You do not need to use soap but if you do, use any regular hand washing soap.
Would you please make sure you thoroughly rinse out the soap residue not to irritate your skin when you use the boxing wraps again?
After rinsing out the wraps, allow them to air-dry. Next, unravel the wraps and hang them neatly on a hanger or spread them out on a towel.
If you are using a towel, you will have to turn the wraps every few hours to ensure they completely dry.
Washing Hand Wraps in a Washing Machine:
Can you wash boxing wraps in a washing machine? The answer is a resounding yes. Here are a couple of ways that you can easily wash your boxing wraps in your washing machine.
1. Tie the Wraps into a Loose Knot
When you put the boxing wraps into your washing machine, one issue is that the wraps will become a tangled mess. In addition, it will take you time and effort to unknot the wraps.
To prevent this from occurring:
- Take each wrap and fold it in half.
- Fold it again.
- Tie both the wraps together at the center with the help of a loose knot. This will keep the wraps from getting entangled.
2. Remember to Seal the Velcro
If you leave the Velcro open, it could tear. So, to ensure that you do not damage the Velcro when you wash the hand wraps in the machine, it is best to close the Velcro of each wrap so that it is protected when you are washing it.
3. Place the Hand Wraps in a Pillowcase
Washing hand wraps in a pillowcase is a good idea if you do not want to tie a knot; it prevents the wraps from tangling. Be sure to tie the open end of the pillowcase to stop the wraps from coming out during the washing and rinsing cycles.
While this is an excellent alternative to a hand wrap wash bag, like the Revgear hand wrap wash bag, the problem is that the laundry detergent will not penetrate the pillowcase as much as you would like. Hence, using a pillowcase to wash your boxing wraps may not offer the results you envisaged.
4. Wash in a Mesh Laundry Bag
The best way to wash wrist wraps without tangling them and ensuring that they get thoroughly cleaned is to use a mesh laundry bag.
You can even get a dedicated hand wrap wash bag that is designed for this purpose. Meister Wrap Bag for Washing Hand Wraps with Drawstring and Sanabul Handwrap Zippered Washing Bag are sensible choices.
Seal the Velcro and place the wraps into the mesh bags. Next, run the washing machine on a delicate cycle using cold water. Once the machine finishes washing and rinsing, remove the mesh bag and take out the boxing wraps. Let them air-dry by hanging them on your shower rod, laying them flat on a towel, or hanging them on a hanger. It will take three to four hours for the wraps to dry.
Point to Note:
Remember never to use the dryer to dry the hand wraps after washing them. The heat from the dryer will damage the wraps. Also, drying them in the dryer will cause the boxing wraps to get entangled.
It is best to dry them on a hanger. Pull one end of the wrap across the inside of the hanger. Make sure that it is in the middle so that the hanger is balanced correctly. Ensure that the boxing wraps are not creased or crushed. Use your fingers to straighten out the creases. That will ensure that the wraps dry out evenly, and you can quickly wrap them around your hands and wrist.
The Bottom Line
Now you know how to wash wrist wraps. As you see, it is straightforward to maintain clean and odor-free wraps. So go ahead and use these tips, and you will never have to worry about smelly wraps or contract a bacterial or fungal infection from them.
One of the most overlooked aspects in boxing gyms is keeping gear clean and safe. Preventing the spread of diseases and germs is stressed at Boxing at the Depot. We want to provide a safe and clean environment to train in. These are the following methods we use and encourage you to use when cleaning your gear.
- Spray the outside and inside with an antimicrobial disinfectant such as Lysol then wipe clean with a rag or paper towel. Let it dry.
- Use a separate damp rag or paper towel you’ve run under water to wipe off the gloves to prevent skin irritation.
- Air dry with the gloves open to prevent mildew and odor. If your gloves begin to smell you can spray the inside with Febreeze. It’s important not to leave your gloves trapped inside a gym bag. Let them air out regularly.
- Machine wash. It’s important to use a wash bag or else your wraps will wrap around the middle of the washing machine. The wraps may become tangled, unusable, and damage the washing machine. Machine washing also tends to shorten the lifespan of your wraps also so you may prefer to:
- Hand wash in a sink with dish washing soap. Or let them sit and soak in soapy water for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Dry in the dryer (once again a wash bag is recommended for this as the wraps will become tangled and unusable without one) or air dry by hanging the wraps on an elevated surface.
Head Gear and No Foul Protectors
- Spray the outside and inside with an antimicrobial disinfectant such as Lysol then wipe clean with a rag or paper towel. Let it dry.
- Use a separate damp rag or paper towel you’ve run under water to wipe off to prevent skin irritation and disinfectant from running into your eyes.
- Air dry to prevent mildew and odor. Once again it’s important not to leave your equipment trapped inside a gym bag and let it air out regularly.
By following these simple steps you can prevent the spread of diseases and germs and keep your equipment smelling fresh.
How to Clean your Gi
Always wash your Gi on cold and allow to air dry. Washing at higher temperatures can cause excessive shrinking. Make sure you don’t put too many other dirty clothes in with it when you wash it since you don’t want to restrict the movement of your Gi in the wash so it gets cleaned properly. Afterall, the 3 essential parts of the cleaning process are agitation, water, and soap. Also, always remember to turn you Gi inside out before putting it in the wash to help fight the bacteria buildup after those sweaty workouts.
Be sure to plan ahead and allow yourself plenty of time to allow your Gi to be completely air dried before your next trip to the gym. Working out in a damp Gi breeds bacteria and over time when combined with sweat causes funky smells to appear. If you ever run into a funky smell from forgetting to wash it soon after a workout a great solution is to use a mixture of 5% white vinegar diluted with water. Many fighters have said this as a tried a true way to get rid of these smells and remove stains while not damaging the Gi fibers. You can put white vinegar into the bleach area of your washing machine and will need between ¼ to 1 cup of it depending on the size of the load. Never use bleach on your Gi. This is one sure fire way to damage your Gi and you will not be impressed with the results.
Another great way to get rid of blood, sweat and other stains is with Oxyclean. Plenty of fighters can attest to the great job Oxyclean stain remover does while avoiding any damage to the Gi material. If you live somewhere warm and sunny its best to allow your Gi to dry in the sun, especially if you haven’t been washing it as soon as you are done with a workout since the sun naturally kills bacteria buildup.
Still can’t get rid of a funky smell? Well, while this solution can come at a cost of shrinking your Gi, you may need to try washing it on hot and include the ¼ to 1 cup of white vinegar and this should do the trick. If you typically use each Gi several times a week and make sure it is fully dried before your next workout, our Gis should last you at least 3-4 years or more.
On a side note, some fighters as well as other athletes have complained about developing a certain ammonia smell during their workouts that they just can’t seem to get rid of. Sometimes it has nothing to do with their gear and is a smell produced by their body. Some athletes have said they are concerned that maybe they are breaking down protein when this happens. Here is a link to an interesting article about this that explains how this is commonly caused by a chemical reaction caused by ones diet.http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ammonia.htm
Some guys say they don’t want to wash their belts for a variety of reasons but take my advice and always wash your belt. Even if you’re concerned about it in the wash for any reason, you can at least use a solution of 5% white vinegar to keep it clean by hand.
● Plan ahead for the next time you hit the gym so your Gi will have plenty of time to air dry. (Using the dryer if you run out of time puts unnecessary wear on your Gi and nothing sucks more than brining a cold damp Gi to the gym.)
● Use the fighter recommended mixture of 5% white vinegar diluted with water or Oxyclean stain remover to remove blood and sweat while avoiding any damage to the Gi fibers.
● Try to remember to wash your Gi within the first 24 hours (or sooner) after returning home from a workout to limit bacteria growth and prevent stains from setting in.
● Turn your Gi inside out before putting it in the washer to avoid bacteria growth from blood and sweat.
● Don’t even think of putting bleach on any stains on your Gi. Bleach damages the Gi material and you will not be impressed with the results.
● Don’t leave your sweaty Gi in your Gi bag after returning home from a workout.
● Don’t just leave your dirty Gi balled up in a pile of your other dirty clothes waiting to be washed. Give your Gi priority of getting washed.
● Don’t stuff your washer with a full load of other dirty clothes when washing your Gi. It needs room for agitation in the washer to come completely clean from your last fight.
● Lastly, and this probably goes without saying, don’t use the same Gi for 2 different workouts in the same day. If you hit the gym in the morning, switch to a different Gi for the afternoon or evening for the second trip.
Your shin guards are of paramount importance in Muay Thai sparring. Even if you are a banana tree-kicking badass, you can’t shy away from wearing shin guards since they protect your sparring partners as much as they protect you. But like most everything, you can’t avoid the inevitable: there is a limited lifespan to your Muay Thai gear and they will all need to be replaced at some point in time. However, with proper and regular care, you can defer their expiry, maintain a reasonable level of sanitation, thus preventing any premature gear demise.
How to Clean Your Shin Guards
(Note: In this article, we will focus on the maintenance of standard, velcro system, foam-padded, standup shin guards.)
The open design of shin guards actually makes them really easy to clean without resorting to any kind of extreme measures. This is unlike boxing gloves where the enclosure limits ventilation and accessibility for cleaning. Here are some basic (common-sense) tips on keeping your shin guards clean and fresh:
Clean Right After Training
Make this a habit: as soon as your training ends, use a towel to give the exterior shell a wipe as sweat can cause stains on the leather. For sanitizing purpose, use disinfectant wipes to give the entire shin guard a good wipe down all over. There are hair dryers at our gym’s shower room and I usually use a hair dryer -set at high cool- to blow the interior for a couple of minutes. Alternatively, you can use a dry absorbent hand towel and give the interior a wipe to briefly absorb the moisture.
These simple actions can go a long way in keeping your shin guards clean and smelling fresh. And remember to keep your gear separate from your damp workout clothes by keeping clothes in a laundry bag.
Do Not Leave Your Shin Guards in Your Bag Overnight
When you get home, you should take them out of your gym bag to air. If you leave them in the bag overnight, and you keep doing this after each training, your shin guards can start to stink in record time. Airing you gear allows the moisture to dissipate and prevents odors from accumulating.
There are many folks at my gym who train during lunch time, after which, they head back to work with a bag full of moist clothes and semi-moist gear. This is potentially a recipe for foul smelling disaster. Thankfully, there are some gym bags that are constructed such that they allow for more ventilation. These bags are made partially or entirely out of mesh material and are very breathable. Mesh will allow your damp gear to air and dry out so it works best if you can’t avoid leaving gear in your bag after training.
Keep Your Shin Guards Dry
Remember, odor-causing bacteria thrives on moist environment. This is why you should keep your shin guards in a reasonably dry state. There are a few ways to do this:
- You can stuff some newspapers on the inside of your shin guards and leave them for about 2 hours to absorb any residual moisture.
- Store the shin guards with cedar wood sachets as they absorb moisture and unpleasant odors while leaving a fresh scent.
- You can also use the hairdryer again to blow it into the back of the shin guards for about 5 minutes. Remember to set to high cool as excess heat may damage the shin guards.
- A popular recommendation is putting equipment out in the sun for about 30 minutes after training. This is a very common practice in many Thai gyms.
Thereafter, keep them in a dry, cool environment away from direct sunlight whenever not in use.
Can You Wash Shin Guards in Washing Machine?
This question gets asked very often. Excessive moisture can wreck the leather fibres, causing them to distort, wrinkle and flake. This is the reason shin guards disintegrate more easily in hot and humid climate, as they soak up more perspiration and atmospheric moisture. So obviously, throwing your gear in washing machine isn’t an ideal solution. Plus given their rigidity, the shin guards are bound to get some knocks and scrapes in the washing machine even on a gentle wash cycle. Don’t even think about tumble dry. The heat will only hasten the disintegration.
Having said that, if you are intent on soaking your shin guards in water to rid of any stubborn stench, the challenge is amplified with drying. Your shin guards will get loaded with plenty of moisture that it can take a while for them to dry completely, especially if you dry them indoors. This can easily lead to bacteria breeding and causing musty smell. So unless the weather is all warm and sunny, washing is best avoided.
Prevention is the best cure. It takes that consistent bit of regular but minimal effort to keep your shin guards healthy and smelling fresh clean. Just a little bit of wiping, plenty of airing, and it’s all good. With proper care, you are ensured at least a couple of years’ worth of usage with your shin guards. If you have time to be lean, you have time to clean.
Boxing gloves are an essential piece of martial arts gear for anyone who participates in martial arts or combat sports like boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and even some MMA training. Without boxing gloves, we can’t train or compete at all. Without a good pair in good condition, we’re probably not going to be able to train or compete at our best.
Taking care of your martial arts gear is also an important part of taking care of yourself as a martial artist. In addition to assisting your performance, a well maintained pair of boxing gloves can also contribute to your wellbeing as a fighter. When you properly clean and maintain your gloves, you won’t just fight better, you will also stay healthier — and smell better while doing so.
Here are six steps that you can take to keep you and your boxing gloves in the best shape possible for as long as possible.
1. Wear handwraps
Handwraps protect the small bones and connective tissue in your hands and wrists from the impact of your strikes. But they also protect the inside of your gloves from you. Wearing a pair of handwraps under your boxing gloves helps to soak up the excess sweat that can build up during training, which prevents the lining of your gloves from becoming too soggy. This will also make the next step a little easier.
2. Unpack and dry
Remove your boxing gloves from your gear bag and allow them dry in an a temperate and open space away from any direct heat sources ASAP. Giving your gloves some breathing room will cut down on the bacterial buildup that can happen in a damp and stuffy environment like a gym bag. Letting them air dry away from heat like radiators and dryers will prevent leather gloves from drying out and cracking.
If air drying alone isn’t enough for the inside of your boxing gloves, you can also stuff them with odor absorbers, small bags of cedar chips or baking soda, or even crumpled up balls of newspaper. This will soak up excess sweat, keeping the lining dryer and fresher.
3. Spot check
Before you clean your boxing gloves, it’s a good idea to give them a thorough look over. Take note of any spots or stains that might need a little extra attention during the cleaning process, and any fraying or tearing that you’ll need to address afterward. Catching small damage and taking care of it as early as possible can significantly increase the lifespan of your boxing gloves.
There are a number of different approaches for cleaning boxing gloves. Which one you choose will depend on your personal choices, how much time you have, what cleaning supplies you have on hand, and your gloves. How you clean you gloves is up to you, as long as you make sure that you always clean them carefully and thoroughly.
In a pinch, you can wipe down the inside and outside of your gloves with bacterial wipes and leave to dry. For a more thorough antibacterial approach, you can place your gloves in a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for at least 24 hours. This will take care of any bacteria and smell building up without damaging the gloves. Just make sure your boxing gloves are 100% dry before you try this method!
It is also possible to wash your boxing gloves without damaging them, as long as you use a gentle cleaning solution and don’t get carried away with scrubbing. Mix a small amount of dish soap in a bucket of water. Then place the gloves in the bucket and gently swirl them around. Once they’re thoroughly washed, remove the boxing gloves from the mixture, shake or gently squeeze off any excess water, and air dry.
And don’t forget to wash those handwraps while you’re at it. Handwraps can either be machine washed in cold water (placing them in a garment bag will prevent tangling in the wash and prolong their life) or hand washed in the sink with dish soap or mild detergent.
For more information on proper gear care, check out our blog post “How To Clean and Care for Your Martial Arts Gear.”
If you noticed any fraying or tearing during your spot check, now is the time to take care of it. If you know how to sew, you can probably tackle fraying or small stitching issues yourself, or hand them over to a friend or family member who does. For bigger concerns, it’s a good idea to invest in a professional’s care. If you can’t find a sports repair shop near you, try a shoe repair store. Most will have extensive experience with leather goods of all kinds, including boxing gloves, and they will take great care of your gear.
Once your boxing gloves are cleaned, dried, and fixed, they’re ready to be stored in a safe place, or packed back into the gear bag for your next training session. For added odor busting, try keeping a pair of dryer sheets in your gloves between classes. This won’t combat any bacterial buildup, but it does smell nice!
Whether this is for your home-gym or if you’re at TBC, knowing how to properly clean and sanitize gym equipment is crucial. Even if you’re the only one using your home-gym, it’s important to still know how to sanitize your equipment regularly. There are germs that are lurking on your resistance bands, weights, cardio equipment, yoga mat, handwraps, etc. Don’t be fooled – you must do both, clean AND sanitize.
Grab a disinfecting spray and a microfiber cloth to get started.
1.Make sure to unplug any machines that are connected to a power source.
2.Dampen a microfiber cloth with your disinfecting spray.
3.Wipe down the equipment in its entirety, repeating if needed.
4.Use a separate microfiber cloth to dry the equipment.
Be mindful of the types of cleaning products that you are using. Make sure that each product has at least 70% alcohol to kill germs, it is still in proper code, and that you do not mix any two random solutions together. One solution may be a fantastic cleaning tool, but mixed with another solution can be counterproductive and actually more harmful to the effectiveness of your cleaning process. Make sure to clean and disinfect places you wouldn’t usually think of, like your hamper.
Because we hold dumbbells and kettlebells for extended periods of time in the palms of our hands, it is extra important to clean every inch. Heavily dampen a microfiber cloth with disinfecting spray or use disinfecting wipes to get the entire surface of the weight. Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then grab another microfiber cloth to dry.
Depending on if you have fabric or rubber/latex resistance bands, your cleaning routine for them will look a little different. If you have fabric resistance bands, throw them into the washing machine on a cold water and gentle setting. When they’re done washing, lay them out to air dry.
If you have rubber or latex resistance bands, rinse the bands in hot water and pat dry. Then, wipe down the band with disinfecting spray and let the solution set for a few minutes. Rinse again in hot water and dry with a cloth.
All of our staff is trained on how to properly clean the gym, but you can help enhance the experience for yourself and the rest of the TBC fam when we re-open. Please wash your hands after entering the gym and before using any equipment. We will have ample sanitization stations that we ask you to use to wipe down your equipment before and after use. We want to make sure that our gym etiquette really includes looking after each other and doing our part to make TBC better. Please bring your own towel to help prevent the spread of sweat and germs. This will help us to clean and then disinfect all of our equipment for the safest use.
This article was co-authored by David Engel. David Engel is a Muay Thai Instructor and Self Defense Trainer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 15 years of martial arts instruction and training experience, David runs California Martial Athletics with co-owner Joe Chernay. He has created and maintained martial arts programs at Rise Combat Sports in San Francisco and Round 5 Martial Arts Academy in San Leandro, with a mission to provide students with a level of comfort and competency that manifests both within and outside the martial arts context. Notable accomplishments of David include being the youngest apprentice instructor of the Thai Boxing Association of America under Ajarn Chai Sirisute, being a registered cornerman for amateur and pro competitors under the IKF (International Kickboxing Federation), and being a top-ranked amateur competitor (127-130 lb weight class) in California between 2013 and 2015.
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Boxing gloves are wonderful for protecting a fighter’s hands and an opponent’s face from superficial injuries during a fight, but the gloves can get very stinky because of bacteria and sweat. Cleaning your gloves regularly and maintaining them properly won’t just keep them clean and odor-free, but it will also help them last longer. When it comes to keeping boxing gloves clean, the most important aspect is making sure they dry out after every use, otherwise the bacteria inside the gloves will be allowed to grow and flourish.