I have wanted to add some training to my curriculum that will allow for harder contact by the students, and I would like to get some feedback on one sticking point I am having.
I am sure that some people might hesitate in endorsing particular brands, and I have no issue with that, so I am going to keep it general.
What are your general oppinions on the trade-off of using the bulletman type suits vs. high quality sparring gear? Specifically, is the fact that the head on the suits that allow for all out contact is so large that the student is missing a real target a factor at all? Also, is there an reason to feel that the quality sparring gear, while not really allowing full contact, is a better approach in that the student is seeing the actual sized and shaped target and striking and getting a more realistic feedback through the reaction of the partner (head moving a certain way when struck, etc.)?
I have experienced some pretty hard contact with sparring gear, but have no experience with the bulletman type equipment and would just like to know a little more about the pros and cons of each from the board here. Thank you!