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So, you tried a few martial arts training sessions. You probablt borrowed the necessary apparel from some friend or from the training school. And despite the cuts and bruises, you have decided that fight life is what you want.
Now the time has come to buy your own apparel. What and how should you choose? Here are a few tips to start your shopping spree.
The most important piece of apparelin any martial art is the clothing.
Gi: You will most probably need a Gi, which is the traditional cotton uniform made from a kimono, pants and a belt. The Gi is usually white, while the belt starts from white and changes to other colors as your progress towards higher expertise levels.
Gi also come in blue, black or red. If you prefer one of these to white, you should better check with your mma school that other colors than white are allowed.
Gi for all ages by Athlon
Rash guard: this is a light, stretchy, tight fitting shirt, available in short or long sleeve. The rashguard protects you from mat burns, sweat and nail scratches during grappling. Made from dry fit materials, rashguards wick moisture away from the body and have antibacterial properties.
The martial art you have chosen may not require a Gi, in which case the rashguard becomes a main component of your attire. However, even if the Gi is mandatory, many schools require you to wear a rashguard underneath, for better protection from injuries and sweat.
There is a very wide varietyof rash guards, from monochromatic to colorful, short sleeved or long sleeved, to suit any style and preference.
Rash guards by Athlon
Other top: If you don’t feel like investing in a rash guard yet, you can of course use another top, provided that it covers you suitably. You should avoid tops that could expose your body to friction, injuries or to the eyes of your opponent, like sleeveless tops, crop tops, or wide / plunging necklines.
You might switch rather quickly to a rash guard, though. Most regular t-shirts soak sweat and cannot offer you any protection from moisture and sweat transfer to your hands, while they stretch and tear easily.
Pants or shorts: If you have chosen a Gi Martial Art, then you will be required to wear the Gi pants. You can use one even if it is not mandatory. Or you might prefer fight shorts or compression tights, made from light, strong, dry fit materials that protect you from sweat and moisture.
ΜΜΑ Fight Shorts by Athlon
ΜΜΑ spats by Athlon
Finally, you could start by wearing any pants or shorts you like, as long as they allow you to move freely and stay recurely on your waist. You don’t want your pants to fall off during grappling. You should therefore avoid loose waist pants or low waist pants and prefer a pair that ties on your waist securely.
Your protective gear
Martial Arts are all about falls, blows, chokes, takedown and other grappling that put your body and your resilience to test. For your own safety, most of them require you to wear some kind of protective gear, such as:
- Mouth guards
- Groin Protectors
- Inner gloves
- Head gear or ear protection
- knee and elbow pads or braces
Water and soap!
One of your opponents in martial arts is invisible: it is the bacteria that develop in sweat and moisture. Tatamis are used by many people in naked feet and sweaty bodies. You are bound to come to close contact with your opponent during training. This is the ideal environment for bacteria growth.
Water and soap are your best ally in this invisible fight. Wash your hands before and after training. Run a shower as soon as you can after training. Keep your clothing, your gear and even your sports bag clean, by washing and cleaning them after training.