MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) has become a hugely popular discipline. MMA is a mix of different styles – it’s a full-contact body sport that allows grappling and striking and uses a wide range of techniques from other combat sports. MMA is a physically rigorous sport and a really great way to get into shape. It’s also good for those who are interested in self-defense and for those looking to build mental toughness and strength.
Want to start training but you don’t know what type of equipment you need? Like any other sport, MMA also requires special equipment for protection and safety during training sessions. Here are the essential pieces of fighting equipment every mixed martial artist should gather before starting their MMA training.
Protective MMA Gloves
Every mixed martial artist needs to have MMA gloves because they are necessary for competitions. You should always wear your MMA gloves during grappling and sparring sessions so you can get accustomed to them. MMA gloves are usually lighter than boxing gloves and the fingers are opened to allow grappling techniques. When purchasing MMA gloves, look for gloves that aren’t too stiff and gloves with double-stitching. The gloves should be adequately padded and weigh around 6oz or 8oz (for sparring). Professional MMA artists often wear the standard 4oz gloves.
Hard sparring should always be accompanied by good headgear. The headgear is essential to protect your head against powerful strikes that may occur during your training sessions. Usually, the headgear covers only the top and sides of your head. However, for rough training, your head needs more protection – your cheeks and jaw also need to get coverage. Keep in mind that adjustable headgear might be the best option for you, because it allows you adapt to most circumstances. The headgear should be comfortable and adequately padded.
Boxing gloves are another essential item for MMA training. They are necessary for working on strikes, such as hooks, jabs, and uppercuts. When buying boxing gloves, keep in mind that only the 12oz or 16oz gloves are good for training your striking. Boxing gloves are needed to protect yourself and your sparring partner, so invest in a high-quality pair of leather gloves that will last you much longer.
A suitable mouthguard is crucial for MMA training and should not be compromised at any cost. The mouthguard will protect your teeth from severe damage that may occur during training. Probably the best option would be to get a custom-made mouthguard from your dentist, otherwise, you should spend more money and buy a high-quality mouthpiece that will be able to withstand powerful punches.
In order to protect your hands the best you can, you will need to wear handwraps under your gloves. They will protect your hands and wrists from silly breaks when you’re training or fighting. When purchasing handwraps, make sure that they are elastic and not stiff. Also, buy some wraps that are long enough – 180” should be fine for anyone.
The last piece of equipment you will need for MMA training is a high-quality protective cup. When training, there is a high probability that you’ll get hit in the crotch. We all know that groin kicks are terribly painful and that’s why you need a strong, comfortable and flexible cup that will protect you from any pain and damage.