If you are just starting out in the sport of mixed martial arts, maybe you got your interest peeked by watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), or have just starting taking lessons and have already decided to start purchasing your mixed martial arts equipment. You have probably decided to start buying your MMA clothing and mixed martial arts equipment with either a pair of boxing gloves or a pair of MMA sparring gloves.
Most good mixed martial arts instructors will have already advised you that the most important article of mixed martial arts equipment is your gumguard. Your boxing gloves , your MMA sparring gloves, your kneepads, your thai pads and your groinguard although useful are nowhere near as important an article of mixed martial arts equipment as this. If your instructor has not advised you of this you may want to consider how safety concious your club really is.
When buying boxing gloves you should try to make sure you do not buy a pair that is too light; men should not buy 12oz boxing gloves for example. This is because if you buy boxing gloves that are too light not only do you risk hurting your sparring partner, but you will not be getting a proper work out. Cardiovascular exercise is important for MMA fighters and having a heavy pair of boxing will consequently help you become the ultimate fighter you can be.
Unlike MMA gloves, which do not vary much, boxing gloves are a type of mixed martial arts equipment that varies significantly in the style and colours available. This is something you might want to consider when buying boxing gloves. Brands such as Fairtex and Twins will offer you a large choice of boxing gloves and reputable stores such as FightstoreMMA will usually stock a wide variety of these manufacturers styles. Fightshorts have other advantages than just freedom of movement, which is why you see this type of MMA clothing worn in preference to the traditional Gi. In a MMA fight your opponent could catch hold of your Gi especially if fighting on the ground. This would make it harder for you to move. Fightshorts however are harder to hold onto than a Gi which is why this type of MMA clothing is prefered when sparring.
Alternatively, if you fancy buying from a brand featured on the Ultimate Fighting Championship you could try Tapout MMA gloves. You will often see these on the hands of UFC fighters because they have a sponsorship deal with the UFC. Although this is good marketing and some people prefer to wear endorsed fightwear, these articles of mixed martial arts equipment are of just as good quality when bought from brands such as Granite and Affliction as when bought from the Tapout brand.
After you have bought your boxing gloves and sparring gloves you may have decided to consider what you will wear on the mat when you are sparring. A lot of fighters prefer to wear specialist fightwear or mixed martial arts equipment to avoid injury.