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Old 05-12-2008, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm starting to buy clothing and gear for training.

I am going to be taking kick boxing, bjj, mma, muay thai, and grappling classes.

I know for the bjj class I need a gi.
But for the other classes I'm not sure what to get.

For clothing is yoga clothes alright for training?
I have pants, capris and tank tops that I bought for my yoga and pilates classes.

If there not alright for training what other kinds of clothing should I look for?

Also what kind of gear would me and my bf need to get since we are training together?
And approx how much do you think the gear will cost as we are on a budget..lol
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, to get a good idea of what you need I would suggest looking in this thread here first:

The Must Have List for MMA Training Gear

A lot of the items are universal for both striking and grappling (mouthgaurd, groin gaurd, etc) so you can "kill two birds with one stone" so to speak. While the capris, tank tops, and what not may be fine for yoga class they aren't made to stay in place or stand up to the stress and tear that drilling, and sparring (especially grappling) can create. So you might want to consider that.

To begin looking, I would try both Ringside and Combat Sports International first. Both are great outlets with a wide variety of equipment (including training equipment for females). I have had nothing but good experiences buying from them.

Good luck.
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Thanks Onganju
I'll check out that thread.

As for the sites, I'm checking out the womens apparel on booth sites and they dont have much.
Mostly shirts..I have some shirts like those
On one of the sites they have 1 pair of pants, that seem exaclty like my yoga pants.
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can always give us a try Krystyna.

http://www.toezup.com/

We have some women's clothing and we have gear like rash gurds for rolling and fight shorts. Can't beat 29.95 for a pair of good fight shorts. Carina Damm wears our white hoodies before her fights. Bad picture but it's all I could find real quick.

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I wouldn't look under the "Apparel Section" on either site. I would look under "Women's Gear" like here. Under apparel you are most likely to find just casual wear.

Off the top of my head, a good sports bra (with possible turtle shell protection if you intend to spar) would work wonders under a durable t-shirt. Anything less would probably not do well for you from a safety stand point (and may attract a lot of unwanted attention). Some aerobic/bike style shorts or pants under some board shorts or sweats would probably work (well with sweats that may be excessive, but You get the point). If you are really serious about the grappling, you might look into getting a hold of a wrestling singlet.

If you cannot find gear made specifically for women, another thing you can try (especially for gloves, head gear and the like) is to contact supplier to checkthe sizing for any of their Junior equipment. That usually works out for gloves or what not.

In either case, I highly suggest not getting the highest tagged items right off the bat. Don't be concerned about being "too cheap" when you first start out. I've seen it happen too many times that people start out with their full line-up of ultra-expensive gear just to see them stop training after a month, get their gear wrecked or stolen, or simply misplacing their gear. If you find that this is something you are definitely serious about after 6 months or so, do the upgrade on equipment then.

Good luck.
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You don't have to overspend, by any means. Get some cheap board shorts and I'm sure you have some sports tshirts you can wear. They will be a lot better than yoga tank tops and whatnot.

Mouthguard - yes, 16oz gloves - yes, shin guards and head gear (if you're doing full contact sparring)- yes, gi - yes. That's pretty much all you need. I'm not sure about the groin guarding with girls. Does it hurt a lot for a chick to get hit in the moo moo? I have no idea. If it hurts getting hit there or having an elbow jabbing in there during submissions, get a vag cap aswell. Oh, and good titty support if you have big boobs.
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You might want to also check out www.cagecombatsports.com, they have some womans gear and stuff.
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turtle shells are a good idea, however u have to buy the bra that comes with it, i'd recommend one to wash and one to wear. big small or medium, whatever you have it hurts either way when they get kicked or elbowed.
Did anyone say middleweight or heavyweight gi, b/c the lightweight ones tear too easily.

compression shorts r prolly a good idea b.c they tend not to go anywhere if you're moving around a lot.


I wrote down all these websites, since they seem to be exceptiona. Most women's mma wear is not meant for training but for wearing after u get out of the tanning salon or something.
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