Kick-start your MMA career with these training gear

So you’ve decided. After those hours of watching Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on TV and those bucks for cage-side tickets to live bouts, you’re doing it yourself. You’re taking up mixed martial arts (MMA).

The MMA is often hailed as the “fastest-growing sport” in the world today. Bouts by the UFC, currently the largest MMA organization, draw millions in pay-per-view. All over the world, MMA gyms open their doors to those wanting to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Conor MacGregor and Lyoto Machida. Part of MMA’s allure is the diversity of its fighting styles: it incorporates techniques from across combat sports, including boxing, wrestling, karate, and muay thai. It stands to reason that most MMA athletes are former practitioners of these combat sports.

Not all who take up MMA fighting have plans of going professional, though. A lot of them remain amateur and practice MMA only as a form of exercise. If you’re thinking of doing amateur MMA yourself, let the contents of an MMA athlete’s gym bag show you what lies ahead for you:

1. Fight shorts First in your gym bag should be a pair of fight shorts, like this one from Hayabusa. Your fight shorts should have big enough leg room to allow you to do those leglocks and high kicks. It would also help that they’re made of absorbent fabric like nylon and polyester, so your sweat dries quickly.

Hayabusa-Chikara 3 Fight Shorts

Hayabusa | Chikara 3 Fight Shorts – $69.99
International shipping weight – 1.00 kg
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2. Compression shirt By being tight, a compression shirt like this one from Tapout improves blood circulation and lessens muscle soreness.

Tapout-Compression Crew

Tapout | Compression Crew – $21.00
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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3. Gi / Muay thai shorts  Many MMA athletes prefer to train in the uniform of the particular martial art they’re coming from. Should you wear a gi, choose one that is as comfortable as it is durable. Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Fuji sell gi made of comfortable fabrics like cotton. Muay thai shorts, such these from Fairtex, on the other hand, should have a secure waistband and roomy legs.

Gracio Jiu Jitsu-Pearl Weave Gi

Gracie Jiu Jitsu | Pearl Weave Gi – $148.99
International shipping weight – 4.00 kg
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Fuji-Performance Heavyweight Gi
Fuji | Performance Heavyweight Gi – $74.99
International shipping weight – 4.00 kg
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Fairtex-White Lace Muay Thai Shorts
Fairtex | White Lace Muay Thai Shorts – $59.95
International shipping weight – 1.00 kg
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4.Mouthguard This is an accessory no MMA athlete should go to the gym without. Not only does it protect your teeth from being knocked in, it also keeps your mouth safe from lacerations. Venum’s Challenger Mouthguard is made of soft gel frame that snugly fits the teeth.

Venum-Challenger Mouthguard

Venum | Challenger Mouthguard – $14.99
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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5. Hand wraps All those punchings and poundings can break your finger bones if you don’t use hand wraps. Wrapping your hand with these elastic bands of cotton or spandex  also keeps your wrists from getting sprained during a sparring. This hand wrap from Meister MMA is 180 inches long and comes with a Velcro strap.

Meister MMA-Semi-Elastic Hand Wraps

Meister MMA | Semi-Elastic Hand Wraps – $6.99
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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6. MMA gloves  Gloves, like this pair from Venum, are particularly designed to improve the quality of your punches: lighter gloves makes you a rapid puncher, while heavier ones train your endurance.

Venum-Undisputed 2 MMA Gloves

Venum | Undisputed 2.0 MMA Gloves – $78.99
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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7. Groin supporter Another protective gear you shouldn’t pack your gym bag without. Groin supporters usually come in a jockstrap style, such as this by Shock Doctor, but those in compression shorts style are available, too. Pick the one you’re more comfortable wearing.

Shock Doctor-Core Supporter with BioFlex Cup

Shock Doctor | Core Supporter with BioFlex Cup – $17.99
International shipping weight – 0.50 kg
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8.  Shin guards Your legs are among your most vulnerable body parts when you do MMA. Shin guards protect your legs by covering your shins, calves, and top of your feet. These shin guards from Bad Boy offer extra protection by reinforcing the foam padding in the shin area with a layer of shock-absorbing gel.

Bad Boy-Pro Series 2 MMA Shin Guards

Bad Boy | Pro Series 2.0 MMA Shin Guards – $29.99
International shipping weight – 2.00 kg
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As in any sport, these MMA training gear are more than body covering. They’re made with the athlete’s very specific needs in mind, including improved performance, safety, and comfort.

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