Combat sports can get rough. If you want to stay in the game having the right protective gear can make all the difference. Shin guards are important for training and competing in a variety of martial arts including Muay Thai, kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. There are several styles of shin guards depending on what you need. Shin guards are designed to provide that protection. Shin guards protect both the wearer and their sparring partner. Muay Thai shin guards are usually strap style and made of leather or synthetic leather. Some shin guards also include instep of top of foot coverage to protect your foot and ankle when kicking. MMA shin guards tend to be more compact, lighter weight, and flexible.