Equipment

For anybody with an interest in sparring or using the more practical side of Tai Chi Chuan this list provides some of the more useful items.

Gloves are massively useful, as too are head guards. Gumshields are an absolute must. Anything beyond that is a bonus.

Gum Shield – buy this first, you really don’t want to lose your teeth.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mouthguard-Martial-Football-Baseball-Cricket/dp/B009PKY2PA/ref=sr_1_3?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1394791154&sr=1-3&keywords=gum+shield

Bag Gloves – used for training focus and power.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Open-Finger-Gloves-Colour/dp/B003JQRQ6I/ref=sr_1_169?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791425&sr=8-169&keywords=t-sport

16oz Boxing Gloves – useful for training power and stamina.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cimac-T-Sport-Leather-Boxing-Gloves/dp/B004GUFG8Q/ref=sr_1_3?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1394791031&sr=1-3&keywords=T-Sport+16oz+leather

Inner Gloves – useful for padding out boxing gloves.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Padded-Inner-Glove-Kickboxing/dp/B00HWX3VI6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791458&sr=8-9&keywords=t-sport

Hand wraps – useful for supporting wrists and hands in boxing gloves.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Hand-Wraps-Colour-Black/dp/B003JQPKN4/ref=sr_1_66?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1394790985&sr=1-66&keywords=T-Sport

Focus Mitt – useful for training focus and power.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Professional-Focus-Mitts-Colour/dp/B003JQTVUW/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1394790770&sr=8-8&keywords=tsport+focus+pads

Strike Pad – used for building striking power and stamina.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-T-SPORT-Vinyl-Strike-Pad/dp/B00385P1SU/ref=sr_1_113?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791369&sr=8-113&keywords=t-sport

Free Fighting Head Guard – used for free fighting and sword fighting.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-SPORT-Free-Fighting-Guard-Senior/dp/B00385SURE/ref=sr_1_44?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1394790951&sr=1-44&keywords=T-Sport

Head Guard – used for light sparring and training self-defence techniques with more intent.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Martial-Karate-Taekwondo-Dipped/dp/B00BONYL52/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791128&sr=8-1&keywords=tsport+head+guard

Body Armour – used for heavy sparring and sword fighting.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Martial-Boxing-Reversible-Armour/dp/B00DVMI7DQ/ref=sr_1_50?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791314&sr=8-50&keywords=t-sport

MMA gloves – used for free fighting.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-MMA-Gloves-Black-MEDIUM/dp/B00DB2YQCM/ref=sr_1_79?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791328&sr=8-79&keywords=t-sport

Karate Mitts – used for light sparring.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-SPORT-Competition-Karate-Mitts-Senior/dp/B00385QZDK/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791565&sr=8-12&keywords=t-sport+karate+mitts

Kit Bag – used for holding stuff.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/T-Sport-Martial-Arts-Large-Holdall/dp/B00HWX2GGO/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1394791254&sr=8-16&keywords=t-sport