When sparring and training, body protectors and chest guards are a central piece of that protective kit. A chest guard or body protector usually covers the chest, stomach, and ribs, protecting them from strikes. Body protectors let you train harder without holding back. Most common are only used for drills and not in sparring. A body shield is used to catch incoming strikes and protects the holder from repeated hits. Body shields are usually large and allow for attacks from a variety of angles.