Pads

Padded targets worn by a partner and used to practice striking include:

Focus Mitts: Small, glove-like pads for punching. Give the hands DR 2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage) and Bad Grip 3. $50, 2 lbs. (pair).

Shield: A large, handheld target for kicking and kneeing. Provides DR 3 vs. crushing (DR 2 vs. other damage). $50, 2 lbs.

Heavy Pads: Larger mitts for punching and kicking. Give the hands DR 5 vs. crushing (DR 3 vs. other damage) and Bad Grip 3. $75, 5 lbs. (pair).

Body Pads: Groin and stomach protection that allows kicks and knees to the body. Give the torso DR 4 vs. crushing (DR 2 vs. other damage). $60, 8 lbs.

Armor

Martial artists, especially practitioners of armed styles, often wear armor. Historical warriors should use the armor on pp. B282-286. The following items are specialized equipment for competition or training. Some safety gear costs more than "real" armor that provides higher DR. This is because it's built to safeguard both participants, not simply to protect one from deliberate harm!

Breastplate, Sparring: Upper-body protection for contact sparring. Foam gives the torso (including vitals) DR 1 vs. crushing damage, only from the front. $40, 2.5 lbs.

Leather - required for women's MMA matches - increases DR to 2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage). $60, 4 lbs.

Cup: A plastic guard that gives the groin DR 2 vs. crushing (DR

1 vs. other damage), only from the front. Also grants +2 to knockdown rolls for groin hits. $20, neg. wt.

Foot Guards, Sparring: Foam guards for the top of the foot. DR

2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage); only applies on a roll of 13 on 1d if the bottom of the foot could also be hit. Also gives -2 to kicking damage. $30, 0.5 lb. (pair).

Helmet, Sparring: Used by boxers and karateka. A foam mask gives the skull and face DR 1 vs. crushing. $40, 1 lb.

A leather-covered padded helmet increases DR to 2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage). $60, 3 lbs.

If using Harsh Realism for Unarmed Fighters (p. 124), either helmet prevents self-inflicted damage from striking the skull.

Kendo Do: A fiberglass, lacquered-bamboo, or plastic cuirass that gives the torso (including vitals) DR 3, only from the front, on a roll of 1-5 on 1d. $100, 4 lbs.

Kendo Kote: Padded, open-palmed gloves with wrist protection. Give the hands DR 2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage). Also protect the arm on a roll of 1 on 1d. Give Bad Grip 1 (p. B123). $65, 1 lb (pair).

Kendo Men: A steel-grilled helmet with neck protection. Gives the face and neck DR 3, and the skull DR 1, only from the front. $150, 5 lbs.

Kendo Tare: A belt of armor that protects the hips and groin from the front. The center guard is usually decorated with the kendoka's name. Gives the groin DR 1, only from the front. $120, 2 lbs.

Mask, Fencing: A metal-grilled mask, used for sport fencing with the épée, foil, or saber. Gives the skull, eyes, and face DR 2. $50, 3 lbs. Add $50 if insulated for electric scoring.

Mouthguard: A form-fitted plastic mouthpiece worn to protect the jaw and teeth. Gives +1 to knockdown rolls for face or jaw hits, but makes speech difficult (treat as Disturbing Voice, p. B132). $20, neg. wt.

Police Training Suit: A padded training suit with a metal-masked helmet. Bulky and restrictive (-3 DX, -1 Move), it gives the skull and face DR 5; the torso and groin DR 3 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage); and the arms, legs, hands, and feet DR 2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage). A basic suit without hand or head protection is $500, 7 lbs.; a full suit is $2,000, 15 lbs.

Shin Pads: Padded leather-, vinyl-, or cloth-covered pads that protect the knee, shin, and top of the foot, giving the legs and feet DR 2 vs. crushing (DR 1 vs. other damage), only from the front, on a roll of 1-3 on 1d. Also gives the wearer -2 damage with shin kicks. $40, 2 lbs. (pair).

Rigid plastic pads raise DR to 2 and don't affect shin kick damage. $20, 3 lbs.

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