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Old 10-26-2010, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wrestling shoes, yay or nay?

There are a lot of people who participate in mma that train in wrestling shoes. I have trained with some people who do and I have noticed a lot of pro's doing it in different videos. This never really made much sense to me because you cant wear them in an actual match for the most part and it seems like it would be a disadvantage because you would get used to grappeling with them on and it would give you a much different feel when you got into a cage or ring and no longer had them to rely on. Ive never worn them, so this is just a theory on my part. Thoughts?
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't see no use of wearing wrestling shoes in training when your perfectly fine. Like you said, grappling would be definitely different. It's okay to wear them when you have injured your toe or sth like that though. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wrestling shoes in training save you a lot of mangled toenails and broken toes.

edit: and for slackasses like me they saved my training partners a lot of cuts from toenails
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yay because ive lost tons of pinkey toe-nails

but in a match nay

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Grappling with shoes would make leglocks harder to escape from.
or as i like to call them the "pop crack wheelchair"
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There are a lot of people who participate in mma that train in wrestling shoes. I have trained with some people who do and I have noticed a lot of pro's doing it in different videos. This never really made much sense to me because you cant wear them in an actual match for the most part and it seems like it would be a disadvantage because you would get used to grappeling with them on and it would give you a much different feel when you got into a cage or ring and no longer had them to rely on. Ive never worn them, so this is just a theory on my part. Thoughts?
I've used them before for grappling training. I used to have issues with a dislocated pinky toe, and the shoes basically solved my problems while it healed, and didn't cost me any training time.

Drilling with them does help to prevent injuries and so I understand using them for that purpose, but I do think that they take away from MMA training. Apart from the fact that kicking with them is irresponsible and that it's probably good to get used to gripping the canvas barefoot, it makes for an unrealistic view of how footlocks work in grappling.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wearing wrestling shoes is like wearing headgear its good to do while training to prevent injury. At least this is how i look at it. If a little bit of leather and rubber is going to prevent you from doing a technique you should be trainning harder.
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I never saw a use other than to prevent burnage on certain types of mats. Sounds like other guys have gotten other foot injuries though, so maybe good for that too. I just wouldn't make competition the first time you go hard without them.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm assuming you mean for MMA training, and as has been mentioned, they're very helpful if you're prone to toe dislocation and foot burns (I know when taking shots I burn mine, and it sucks). It makes it much easier to get caught in heel hooks, ankle locks, knee bars etc and I'm not sure what the rule about kicking is at your gym whilst wearing wrestling boots. I don't think it matters if you wear them every now and then or while recovering from a foot injury, however when prepping for a fight make sure you're used to the bare foot feeling.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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wear them in training, its good for protection. it prevents injuries in training so you can compete. burnt skin from rubbing friction, dislocated toes, cut toenails, lot of good reasons to wear them
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