Welcome back to our continuing series on how to get into MMA as a beginner. In our previous post, we highlighted the basic moves that you need to learn to begin to train in MMA. We also listed a few of the gear items that you will need to purchase before you step on to the mat. Don't miss out on this valuable information, read our previous post here.
One of the most essential pieces of protective equipment you can purchase before you begin your MMA training is an athletic cup or shield. Groin injuries are common in MMA, and a cup or shield can spare you the uncomfortable recovery or particularly nasty injuries that can occur in this area. If you are looking for a great athletic cup or shield, read our previous blog or talk with your coach or other students about what they recommend.
Another valuable piece of equipment for MMA fighters are shin guards. Many gyms require shin guards for their fighters before they are allowed to spar. These aren't the type of shin pads you associate with the soccer or football field. MMA shin guards are softer and cover the top of your foot as well as more skin on your leg than the shin guards that most people are familiar with. Learn how to fit your shin guards properly before purchasing a pair. A well-trained sporting good professional can help you get the correct fit.
Our previous post highlighted the benefits of wearing a rash guard in the gym. Shorts are the other necessary piece of MMA clothing that you need to invest in. Good compression shorts have a cup compartment to help hold your protective gear in place. They also allow for unhindered leg movement and flexibility. While it may be tempting to just wear your favorite old gym shorts to train in, these shorts and the material they are made of are typically not flexible enough to allow you full movement.
The last piece of equipment you need when it comes to training in MMA are gloves. You'll need multiple pairs, depending on the training activity. Traditional boxing gloves are often using during training time and bag work. These gloves offer more protection for your hands and can help keep you injury free. MMA gloves are necessary for sparring but are less than ideal for bag or pad work. Talk with your coaching staff about what weights are recommended in your gym.
Now that you have all your gear, you need to find a great gym to train in. If you're in the Raleigh area, look no further than Gracie Raleigh. Our highly trained team of coaches can help you build a strong foundation in the basics of MMA that will allow you to find success inside the ring. Get started today with a call or visit to our gym. Learn more about our unique approach to MMA training and sign up for your free classes.