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All-important Equipment for Martial Arts

By Jared Lil Subscribe to RSS | May 26th 2012 | Views:
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No matter what style of martial arts you're participating in, you'll need some type of gear to enhance and complement your ability to train effectively and efficiently. Keep in mind that the more the martial arts gear costs does not mean it is automatically the best piece of equipment for you.

Take safety into consideration when choosing equipment, the proper martial arts tools play a major role in preventing injury's to yourself or your partner. Do a little bit of research and don't base your decision solely on equipment costs.

There are many different martial arts disciplines that require a whole array of equipment. Let us go ahead an look at the pieces of gear that the majority of martial arts styles have in common. In the end, it is a matter of getting the correct equipment that is required for the kind of training and drilling you are going to be doing.

Essential Gear:

Mouth Shield

This will provide protection to your teeth and gum line. Investing in a mouth piece will stop you from loosing a tooth or having one go through your lip. Stick with a mouth piece that will fit snug to both the top and bottom rows of teeth. The mold should be tight enough to make it a little difficult to take off.

Protective Cup

A needed item for men that should be chosen for the specific sport they are playing. Martial artist want to get a tucked-under contoured cup to render the best protection from stray punches and kicks.

Uniform

Many traditional disciplines have the students wear a Kimono (GI) with a belt for ranking. Other uniform alternatives are plain shorts and an academy rash guard or T shirt. Most styles require no footwear or the use of shoes that are made to be worn on a soft mat surface. All uniforms should be kept clean and free of rips and tears.

Striking Gloves

Gloves come in the average sizes and are as small as 4 oz. for MMA, and all the way up to 20 oz. in boxing. You want to have a glove that fits tight and doesn't allow your hand to move around. When picking the glove, make sure to invest in hand wraps to help support the wrists and prevent injury when you start to hit harder.

Shin Pads

Leg padding focuses on the shin area where most of the contact is made with a kick. Pads have different thicknesses and some will cover the top of the foot as well as the front of the leg. Shin pads use straps or a sleeve to hold the padding in place.

These are the essential pieces of equipment needed in the daily routine of a martial arts practitioner. They enable the novice and experienced individual to perform their training in a safe and effective environment.

There are plenty of places to get equipment such as sporting good stores or online, but the academy your involved with will definitely supply what you need. Choose martial arts gear that is appropriate for the style of training and gives the best level of protection. Make training fun with the right choice in gear.

Jared Lil - About Author:
Mass Bay Boston BJJ offers the Boston BJJ student the essential tools to excel in Boston Martial Arts.

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