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Old 03-03-2008, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to bjj and muay thai and i have no clue what i am looking in equipment. i know i need 16 oz. gloves but i don't know what i should look for as far as quality goes. I have a mouth piece for ice hockey that is supposed to protect from concussion but i'm not sure if it is fit for fighting.
I was also told that i will probably want to buy some shin guards as well... again im clueless. I'm having doubts about their worth. necessity?
i'm wondering if i would need to look at MMA style gloves but i can't see their worth in training.
I am looking for Good but somewhat reasonably priced gear. I'm seventeen and my current job doesn't pay much so i need something that will last and keep me from injury but wont cost me a limb.

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Old 03-04-2008, 04:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A good idea would be to get leather gloves. These can be pretty expensive though but they're usually alot better than vinyl gloves. But that does not mean you can't find a pair of decent vinyl gloves around somewhere. I would go for those on a tight budget. Also make sure you get ones with a velcro fastener instead of lace up. They quicker to take on and off and if you've ever tried fastening lace up boxing gloves by yourself, you'll have certainly noticed it's pretty much impossible. Get good quality hand wraps too. Don't use your sparring gloves for bag work or visa versa. You'll just mess them up. For bag work, get bag gloves.

I would recommend leather shin guards with padding for the instep. Never use them for bag work. You'll definately be needing them.

Unless you're planning on training in an MMA class, forget the MMA gloves. You won't need them for muay thai.

Oh and considering the sort of impacts ice hockey players take, I would imagine their mouth pieces would be good enough for sparring. Also definately get a groin guard.

Have fun.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thank you very much that was exactly what i was lookin for.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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look at its a great website and resonable prices too. also about the mouth guard if you can breath out your mouth when its in your mouth(while clinching your teeth) then its ok.
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