Buying the right equipment for MMA beginners




Like any high school student, I have aspirations beyond finishing college and living in my own house independently from my parents. Oh, I’d also love to drive my own car someday, and have a high paying job. However, since those are just too far in the horizon as of now, let me just be content aspiring to become a professional MMA fighter. MMA fighters enjoy fame, prestige, a good name (which my father would surely love), and plenty of opportunities for training and changing the world one fight at a time. This blog serves to record my progress towards this end.



Buying the right equipment for MMA beginners


What do you have in your MMA gym bag? The perfect MMA gear setup includes quite a number of elements to ensure peak performance as well as protection and support. I really recommend starting your search from here.

These are what should be in your MMA training gear collection:


MMA apparel

MMA is well-represented in grappling shorts. Boasting a cool appearance blended with comfort, grappling shorts are one of the most evolved MMA gear on the market. They display your own personality as an MMA fighter. Basketball shorts won’t do since they are mostly made of cotton that tends to absorb and hold sweat. Imagine the icky feeling you will be imposing on your partner with sweaty shorts. You also don’t want to cause harm to your opponent with Velcro or laces that can cause scrapes and abrasion. Grappling shorts, on the other hand, come with more room in the legs, promoting better flexibility and mobility on the mat. You want comfort and fit.


Rash guards are not worn in MMA fights but they do protect the body against abrasion and rashes when rolling around the mat working on your ground play. A rash guard provides body insulation so you can shed water to help you get to the weight class you aspire for. It also shields you from mat burns, bruises and cuts.

Protective gear

Hand wraps are made both for support and protection. They protect your fists or knuckles, hands and wrists from injury or fracture, as well as wrist sprain or twisting if you accidentally make ill connection with your opponent, a sparring dummy or punching bag. While standard hand wraps come at 180 inches, those for strawweight or flyweight fighters come at 120 inches. Hand wraps in the 180-inch category allow double and triple wrapping for more support on the wrists and hands.

Since you are open to some heavy and dangerous kicks during training or fights, it’s essential to wear shin guards, which start below the kneecap and extend down past the ankle to cover the top of the foot. This delivers a fully-encased area covering the lower part of your body. Some premium shin guards wrap around toward the back of the calves while others simply protect the front section of your shin. You want quality shin guards since they provide a safer and better alternative to kicking bare legged.

A mouth guard not only prevents you from having your teeth damaged during a blow to the mouth but can also help mitigate the effects of concussion by absorbing some shock. It also helps guard against oral laceration, as when you bite down your tongue when a kick to the jaw is delivered by your opponent.

It pays to have a groin protector on in the event you get kicked in the pelvic region of your body. Bear in mind that MMA fighting involves ground game and sprawling so knee pads are necessary.

A good pair of knee pads protects the joints and the skin on your knees to prevent knee injury.


Training gear
Specialized MMA gloves are not necessary worn on a daily basis. On most occasions, you are better off with just hand wraps. That being said, when buying MMA gloves, consider the weight, typically between 4 and 5 ounces. For speed, lighter gloves are ideal. For endurance, heavy gloves fit the bill.



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Starting a blog

Hey! I’m Stan and I’ve been meaning to start a blog about my MMA training for a while. I became fascinated with this sport ever since I was in ninth grade, and now, in my last year of highschool, I finally have the time to extend my practice and seriously organize it. I think that of all combat sports, MMA is the most difficult to master, since it combines so many elements. In other martial arts and fighting styles, there is just a set (it can be a wide set, I admit) of moves, and I find that limiting. MMA lets you bring a great variety of moves and styles on the same ring, and you can thus express yourself better, and it also gives you many more ways to surprise your adversary.

The problem (there has to be a problem, right?) is that an MMA fighter has much more to learn, and the training is tougher. I heard many young people get discouraged in the first year and quit the sport, but my plan is to work on this methodically and constantly improve my level. For this, I need to keep a journal of some sort, in order to be able to track my performance as it betters. Many people like to do it on paper, but I’m not really that kind of person. It’s not that I lack the patience to pick up a pen and write, but I do appreciate the helping hand of a computer, especially if the result is the same. Plus, the blog is public, so everyone can read my posts and even comment and give their opinion.

So before I start posting, I should tell you about what I already know, and what I plan to do in the next couple of months. I’ve been taking judo classes for about three years, and I’m pretty good at it. But like I said, MMA is much more than one martial art. Judo does give me the advantage of beginning with what usually becomes of most MMA matches: fighting on the ground. I know how to throw down and pin even adversaries that are bigger and heavier than me, but my punches and kicks aren’t as strong as MMA requires. So I need to increase my strength before I go any further with mastering the arts.

To help me with that and make me less dependable on the gym, I finally got my parent’s approval to buy a heavy bag and put it in my bedroom. I bought a regular, hanging heavy bag from Everlast, and I got a speed bag for free in the package, so I’m all geared up now.

I’m going to measure the increasing force of my punches with a Impact Wrap, an awesome device I got from my sensei, who knows about my dream to become an MMA fighter.

After two months, if my heavy bag pays off, I plan to begin learning the basics of Muay Thai, and we’ll see where that gets me.

That’s it, for now. I’ll keep you posted from now on about the heavy bag training, and my judo training, and in two months, I’ll tell you all about Muay Thai.

I’ve decided to install a heavy punching bag in my home so I can prepare more often for MMA fights

MMA is incredible, and I’m very passionate about it. However, I sometimes don’t find enough time to go to the studio as frequently as I would like it to happen. That’s why I’ve decided to purchase a heavy bag so I can exercise and practice my skills on my own, in the comfort of my own home. Right off the bat, I told myself nothing could be easier than getting a punching bag. Unfortunately, I was wrong. There are so many models out there that I really didn’t find it easy to choose one. In the end, I had to pick an Everlast bag because I’m a great fan of this brand as it manufactures some of the highest quality equipment I’ve ever utilized.

Buying the heavy bag was one thing but installing it was a entirely different one. From what I gathered, there are two main methods of setting up the punching bag in your basement. Either you decide to hang it on a wall or the ceiling, or you buy a self-standing one that you can fill up with water or other types of fillings. I personally prefer water because it doesn’t sag like sand and I won’t be feeling like hitting rocks.

Of course natural leather is extraordinary, but few people have the money to buy a heavy bag made of this material. That’s why I eventually had to pick one made with artificial leather. This wasn’t necessarily a problem because I took the time to read some of the buyers’ reviews and didn’t find any complaints regarding the durability of the item.

I didn’t get a self-standing option, and so it was a bit of an adventure to hang the bag on my ceiling because I don’t have any experience in this field and I had to ask for the opinion and help of a friend. I’m not saying I’m not tech-savvy, I just don’t find it necessarily interesting to start fixing up things around my house, which is why I always pay a professional to do it. On the one hand, there’ll be no problem with the repairing per se, and on the other, I’ll be able to rest assured that I didn’t ruin anything.

My buddy Dan is one of the most inventive people I know. It didn’t take long for him to understand how the bag should have been set up. Once he did this, I started out my routine which I will detail some more in another post. I’m looking forward to implementing some changes in my lifestyle and hope you’ll find them interesting enough to read.

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