MMA Training Equipments: A Complete List and Their Usage
One of the most common questions among enthusiastic MMA fighters that are just starting out is, “What do I need to train?”
Those who have been fighting for a while will most likely comment on how easy it is for training gear to accumulate fast.
It is true that like any other sport, mixed martial arts requires special equipment. Most of it goes towards protecting you. And while most gyms that specialize in MMA training have in house equipment, there is nothing wrong with purchasing your own gear.
This post identifies all of the MMA training equipment you need to get started and their usage.
There is that guy in every gym that trains without a cup. However, it is important one invest in a quality groin guard for obvious reasons.
Getting hit low, though never malicious, is a common occurrence in MMA fighting. Think of a scenario where one fighter aims for an inside leg kick but misjudges the height. The knee will probably go through the guard pass or step in during a clinch.
Whatever happens, you can be sure that it will hurt.
There are a few things to think about when shopping for a new groin guard. You can opt for the old school jock strap. While it is efficient, it has a tendency to dig into the groin muscles if worn by someone with huge legs. It may also shift during training, which is pretty uncomfortable.
Many athletes prefer compression shorts with a pocket for a cup. They are pricier than traditional jock straps but worth the extra price as they offer increased stability and comfort.
The ideal groin guard should be a comfortable and stable fit. The cup itself should be made from a durable material and ideal for both striking and ground games.
As the name suggests, a rash guard helps with abrasions and rashes that occur during MMA fighting. Hygiene in mixed martial arts is often overlooked but the good news is that wearing a rash guard will protect you from infections.
A good rash guard should be well made with quality stitching and material. Additionally, it should have a comfortable fit.
Kickboxing and Muay Thai are a significant facet of any well rounded MMA training. Someone who has training for a while will tell you that kicks in MMA can be very dangerous. This is where shin guards come in.
They protect your shins, from the toes to just below the knees. Shin guards are a necessary tool when sparring, during drills and pad work. You can opt for the compression sleeve type or models with an open back and Velcro straps for a secure fit.
MMA is a complex sport that requires fighters to adapt different positions. That said, you need fight shorts that give you plenty of flexibility and not restrict movement. Many MMA brands offer shorts designed with comfort, practicality and style in mind. They are very durable and often incorporate multiple fastening systems for a comfortable fit.
Because specialty MMA shorts can be expensive, it is okay to invest in board shorts. Just make sure that provide good flexibility in the upper leg and groin areas.
It goes without saying that a mouth guard is something you should never be without. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a dislocated jaw or chipped teeth. The main purpose of wearing a mouth guard is to keep your jaw locked in place.
If it is hanging loose and gets knocked, you may end up with a nasty injury to the joint or get knocked out. Get your dentist to custom make a moth guard, and this may cost you up to $100. Don’t forget to get a mouth guard case too as it will keep your mouth guard clean.
A huge part of your training will be dominated by stand up and that’s where boxing gloves come in. Unless there is grappling involved, you should always wear 16 ounce gloves when sparring. These provide protection for your hands and wrists not to mention those of your sparring partner.
Go for leather gloves as they last longer than other materials. Look for a pair that allows for a comfortable fit and provides sufficient impact protection. You will probably be using them for a few years so make sure to choose the best.
The support on the hands and wrists by gloves doesn’t always suffice. This is where hand wraps. Wrapping your hands and wrists adds multiple layers of support, which goes a long way towards preventing unnecessary damage to the fragile bones.
Hand wrapping is an art form and considering there are many ways to get the job done, it is always a good idea to look into different styles and identify what works best for you. The standard length of hand wraps is 180”. Be sure to avoid the stiff wraps and go for something that offers some elasticity.
These differ from boxing gloves in that they don’t offer a lot of protection when striking. As such, it is best to stick with boxing gloves during training sessions. MMA gloves are best suited for experienced fighters with many months of training under their belt.
Look for gloves made from leather and designed with durability in mind. They should have a comfortable fit and provide ample protection while allowing for movement required in MMA.
A quality head guard is a must for anyone who plans on sparring. This is the one gear that every gym will not allow you to fight without.
While it will not prevent you from getting knocked down, a head guard goes a long way towards minimizing superficial cuts and bruises to the face. It also helps reduce brain trauma and risk of concussion.
There are other non-essential equipment that will prove useful as part of your mixed martial arts training gear. They include athletic tape for small cuts as well as taping up joints and wrists, towel, notepad and pen to track your progress, knee/elbow pads and glove dogs.