For newcomers to Mixed Martial Arts, finding the right gym and experienced trainers to train with is one of the most important thing that they can do to get in the combat sports the right way. Assuming that part is taken care of, the next thing beginners to MMA wants to find out is what gears they would need to get started. To safely participate in MMA, there are some basic gears that everyone should own and have in their gym bag.
We have compiled the most essential gears you need to have to get started to ensure safety and maximum performance.
MMA training involves punching motions to heavy bags and in sparring scenarios. Therefore, it is imperative to protect your hands by using the handwraps. The handwraps are designed to protect your wrist from musculoskeletal injuries like sprains and fracture. Not only that, they also protect your skins from ripping open while practicing MMA.
Here is a great instruction video on how to properly use handwraps:
Having a thick gloves will not only protect your hands, but your sparring partner as well. For any stand up boxing work, 16 ounce boxing gloves are recommended to provide protections for your hands. However, for general MMA training, 12 ounce gloves provide a better balance between the weight and impact. However, understand that the glove sizes are largely dependent on your training circumstances including your weight class and hand-size.
If you plan on sparring, headgears are mandatory in most MMA gyms, and for good reasons. Sure, the headgear makes you look like a complete dork and you may not like the compromised viewpoints out of it. However, they will protect your head and face from getting cut up and heavy damages that can take place when sparring. Cleveland Clinic conducted a research on the effectiveness of using padded headgears and gloves and the results favor the use of these gears to protect practitioners from head traumas like concussion.
There are two types of headgears you can get for MMA: MMA style headgear or boxing style headgear. Both will provide the protection you need so go with the type that you feel most comfortable in.
The nature of MMA means you will be handling some forces and impacts to your body, and your head. Mouthguards were traditionally used in boxing circles to protect the participants to range of injuries including concussion, dental and jaw related injuries. Other sports have taken notice from boxing and nowadays the atheletes who play Basketball and Football both have adopted the use of mouthguards. MMA fighters should wear a mouthguard to protect themselves from unnecessary injuries.
You can opt for a custom mouthguard as they tend to be more comfortable and fitting, but the downside is that they tend to be more expensive. Any mouthguard that fits you reasonably well that you can purchase at the stores would make a fine choice.
5. Shin Guards
If you plan on doing any sorts of Muay Thai or kickboxing style kicking, shinguards will protect your shins from bruising and even fractures. Muay Thai particularly puts heavy emphasis on using your shins to drive the force into your opponents. Having a thick-padded and well-designed shinguards will shield your shins from getting banged up.
So far, we’ve covered all the protective gears that are designed to protect your body when participating in the combat sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Many MMA advocates have adopted the use of rashguards as they provide excellent protections from all the ground work as well as them being effective in regulating the body temperature. Rashguards also tend to be more rip and tear resistant than traditional clothings when grappling.
Another advantage of using rashguards over say, cotton t-shirt, is because of their synthetic nature, they tend to help with disposing of the sweats over organic materials.
7. Grappling shorts
Want to get on the ground and start grappling, Jiu Jitsu style? Then your baggy basketball shorts just aren’t going to cut it. You need a proper pair of grappling shorts that are specifically designed to allow the wearers to roll around on the ground and grapple without the worry of them falling off. High quality grappling shorts will not only keep your shorts on your waist, but they will also protect you from burns from the mats as well.