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How to Make the Bullet Man Self Defense Training Suit

Updated July 19, 2017

The Bullet Man self defence training suit is a protective suit martial arts trainers use to simulate realistic fighting situations. "Martial Art Edge" reports that the U.S. based F.A.S.T. (Fear Adrenaline Stress Training) training system designed the Bullet Man suit to allow F.A.S.T. participants to experience full scale contact with minimal injury during training sessions. The suits feature an American football helmet encased in foam, a heavy chest protector and a groin guard. Participants usually wear boxing gloves, mouth guards, rib protectors, elbow pads and knee pads for added protection. Official Bullet Man suits are custom-made and sold to people participating in F.A.S.T. training sessions. If you wish to perform full contact training and cannot purchase an official Bullet Man suit, making your own is crucial for sufficient protection.

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  1. Mold the foam around the helmet. Use a marker to make guidelines to help you later cut the foam.

  2. Cut the foam along your measurement guidelines. Make sure you use scissors strong enough to cut through the foam cleanly.

  3. Tape the foam around the helmet with duct tape. Wrap the tape around the helmet from front to back and up to down. Make sure you do not block your vision with the duct tape.

  4. Secure your groin guard in place. The guard should fit firmly to your lower abdomen.

  5. Secure your motocross neck support on your shoulders and around your neck. This support will minimise whiplash during your training sessions.

  6. Put on your knee and elbow pads.

  7. Put on your chest protector. String the protector securely to your torso to ensure it does not come loose during training.

  8. Put in your mouth guard. Do this before you put on your helmet and boxing gloves for convenience.

  9. Put on your helmet. Use the chin strap to secure the helmet in place.

  10. Lace your boxing gloves. You may need help with the second glove because your other hand will be unavailable to you.

  11. Tip

    Use shin guards and forearm protectors if your training sessions are long. Re-tape your foam after each training session because it may come loose due to the intense contact.


    Training too hard, too long and too often may still result in injuries and concussions. Even with the suit, use caution when planning your training sessions. This equipment is expensive, but serious injuries are more detrimental to your overall health and bank account. Higher quality equipment tends to be more durable and requires less repair; make the investment to promote your health and high quality training.

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Things You'll Need

  • Football helmet
  • Scissors
  • Foam
  • Permanent marker
  • Duct tape
  • Motocross neck support
  • Martial arts chest/torso guard
  • Boxing groin guard
  • 454gr. boxing gloves
  • Mouth guard
  • Elbow pads
  • Knee pads

About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Jacob Burney has been writing professionally since 2005. He has written articles for "Broncos GameDay" magazine and the 2007 "South Pacific Games." He has also written several approved grant proposals. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bucknell University with minors in philosophy and religion.

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