How to Make Martial Arts Kick Pads

by Roger DelVenado

Kick pads are essential for martial arts training. They allow you practice and perfect not only your kicking, but punching and elbow striking techniques as well. Commercially available models can be costly. In just a few minutes and with a few simple materials, the determined do-it-yourselfer can whip up a simple, but effective martial arts kick pad for practice.

Items you will need

  • 2, 24-by-36-by-2-inch closed-cell polyethylene foam
  • 1, 24-by-36-by-2- inch open cell poly foam
  • 5 rolls duct tape
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Step 1

Stack the three sheets of foam so the two sheets of closed-cell foam are sandwiching the single piece of open-cell foam. Align all corners and edges.

Step 2

Wrap a strip of duct tape around the stack of pads. Begin taping at middle of the "top" (i.e. in the middle of one of the 24-inch sides), and wrap the tape down the length of the stack looping back around the opposite side of the stack to adhere the duct tape back upon itself at the starting point. Wrap a strip of duct tape perpendicular to this first piece across the middle of the stack so a duct tape cross holds it all together.

Step 3

Wrap the entire stack of foam with duct tape. Begin by adding three or four new wraps to the middle section and then wrapping three or four wraps lengthwise. Do not make the wraps particularly tight as you don't want the tension of the tape to bend in the edges of your pad. Firm, but not tight, wraps are the key. Alternate every few wraps between vertical and horizontal wrapping.

Step 4

Wrap the entire stack of foam with duct tape a second time when the initial layer of alternating horizontal and vertical wrapping is complete. For this second layer, wrap only vertical wraps.

Step 5

Add a third layer of duct tape wrapping. This layer should only be wrapped horizontally around the pads.

Step 6

One-third down from the top front of the pad, start another single wrap by pressing the tape firmly in the middle. Secure it down the front all the way around the edge. On the back side, make the wrap loose and do not press the tape against the pad to create a loop or bow with about 4 to 5 inches of clearance remains. Press the tape firmly on the top edge of the pad down the other side to complete the wrap across the front where it began.

Step 7

One-third up from the bottom front of the pad, start another single wrap by pressing the tape firmly in the middle. Secure it up the front all the way around the edge. On the back side, make the wrap loose and do not press the tape against the pad to create a loop or bow with about 4 to 5 inches of clearance remains. Press the tape firmly on the bottom edge of the pad up the other side to complete the wrap across the front where it began.

Step 8

Fold in the pieces of tape forming the back loop of each handle so that the tape adheres to itself making a thin, dense ribbon of tape across the back of the pad. Then wrap multiple wraps of duct tape along the lengths of each handle. Do this until each handle is about 1.5 inches in diameter.

Step 9

Add a few vertical wraps of duct tape near the edge of each handle to secure the holding power.

Step 10

Make a series of X-shaped wraps around the entire pad. Start at one of the top corners, cross down the front of the and up the back passing the duct tape under and through the handles. Do this a few more times to reinforce the tape, then repeat at the other corner to .

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