Do you think Focus mitts and Thai Pads are the same thing? That you can use them both the same? Thai pads and Focus mitts are two different types of padded targets. They are used for training purposes and help students and fighters with practicing skills and techniques. Instructors teach students at Double Dose Muay Thai how to hold both Focus mitts and Thai Pads with partners so they can better practice their techniques. If you do not know how to hold them properly you can get hurt by your partner if they do not gain control and stop themselves before landing a punch, kick, elbow or knee. You are first taught how to properly put on focus mitts and thai pads and showed how you can get hurt or break a finger if they are not held properly. Focus mitts are a lot smaller then thai pads and less heavier. They are shaped as an oval to cover your fingers and hands. They are put on like gloves in between your fingers and strapped on your hands. It is important not merely to hold them but to actively feed them into punches, to balance their force and prevent injury to both people. Focus mitts are meant only for punches and can be used for elbows. Thai pads are heavier and a lot wider they are shaped rectangular. The reason they are a lot bigger and heavier then focus mitts is because they are used for all techniques like punching, kicking, elbows and knees. They are strapped at your wrists and gripped by your hand. You would need to feed any movement given just like you would do with the punches on the focus mitts. Once you are students are taught how to put wear the thai pads and focus mitts you are taught where to place them when your opponent or partner is doing a certain technique. After you are taught those two things you put them together and practice techniques with your partner, practice makes perfect. It takes some time to learn how to properly hold pads and focus mitts for someone but it does gets easier.