We've tried out our fair share of guides on how to wrap hands for MMA and Boxing training over the years.
Whether you're doing hard heavy bag training or light sparring, wrapping your hands is a no brainer. It helps prevent injuries and joint problems with your hands in later life.
More about the benefits later. Lets jump straight into the first guide, its from expertboxing.com but is equally suitable for MMA training. It offers great wrist support and fits nicely into an MMA glove.
Video and screenshots courtesy of expertboxing.com
I think this is the best video on the subject, it shows how to wrap hands for MMA training using the method we prefer. It is also from the 1st person POV making it very easy to follow:
Next, wrap three times around the wrist. Avoid going too far up the forearm or the wraps will become loose once you start to train.
This is optional, some people prefer to leave the thumb un-wrapped. Personally I like to wrap it, I've tweaked my thumb numerous times when punching through someones guard.
When you wrap around the knuckles, keep your fingers splayed slightly apart to leave space for when you clench your fist. Otherwise your wrap will be too tight around your hand.
If you don't have wraps with velcro fastenings, then some simple tape around the wrist will do to finish the wrap.
If you're looking for a simpler method to wrap your hands for MA that still offers great protection, check out this video by Duane Ludwig:
Video courtesy of BangMuayThai.com
You can use either of the above wraps under MMA gloves. Some boxing hand wrap methods involve creating an extra pad across the knuckles. This isnt suitable for MMA training as the pad gets in the way of the single fingered design of most MMA gloves.
If you intend to wrap your hands whenever using MMA gloves (and you definitely should!). Make sure you include an allowance for the thickness of your hand wraps when choosing MMA gloves. You can read our guide on this subject here.
Boxers and MMA fighters wrap their hands to prevent injury. Hand wraps provide the following benefits: