If you're just starting out and confused about what to bring to the gym for your first Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ), and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training session, worry not. You've come to the right place. We understand that embarking on a new adventure is daunting, so we're here to help you out!
SIDENOTE: If you've already been training for a while and still confused about what to wear for training.. what have you been doing all this time?? Step up your game, man. Don't be that guy :P
Below, we've broken down the essential attire and training gear required for training. We included pictures in case you're the type who doesn't like to read (we're considerate like that) ;)
Team Highlight Reel encourages you to have your own gear for safety and hygiene purposes. We DO NOT HAVE loaner gear (nil, nada, zero. Absolutely none.) because those things are cesspools. We don't want none of that stank and bacteria to be passed around! We want you to train in a safe and clean environment, and you could help prevent the spread of diseases by bringing your own gear.
More importantly, when you don't bring your own gear, how do you train? You increase the risk of injury to yourself AND to your training partners. That's almost villainous, to say the least! Talk about a double whammy :P
Think of it this way: making the habit of bringing and wearing the proper gear at the gym is a sign of respect to your training partners. You get to train, your training partners get to train as well. It's a win-win. Whereas if you didn't bring the proper gear.. well.. #byefelicia
This striking martial art is also called "the art of eight limbs" for a reason - it utilises punches, kicks, elbows, and knees. To protect yourself and your training partners from injury, boxing gloves and shin guards are AN ABSOLUTE MUST in training. Hand wraps are to your discretion. They're added protection for your knuckles and wrist.
Standard gym attire applies, as long as you can kick and punch in them.
Question: What kind of gloves do I need?
The boxing kind. Most preferably the thick 16 oz ones. Lace-up or velcro, up to you. Note that it's easier to put on/take off the velcro type.
But why the thick ones? They're so bulky and heavy :-/
You're in the gym to train and spar, not fight fight. We don't want your training partners to go home with a busted lip or a black eye because you used light boxing gloves. Remember that your training partners are the most important people at the gym and they sacrifice their time and energy for your training.
What kind of shin guards would you recommend?
Leather shin guards or stretch cotton shin guards are both okay for Muay Thai. If you're thinking of joining MMA classes too, opt for the stretch cotton ones because they're convenient for ground work.
I didn't bring my shin guards today. Is it okay if I just don't kick?
No. You're ruining the class for your training partners. Go home, think about your life choices and train another day. Or you can choose to buy the inexpensive ones we offer at the gym. You don't have to use our house brand gear, but we have them for sale just in case you need them.
MMA - Mixed Martial Arts
Ooooh Mixed Martial Arts. M-M-A. Mysterious and intimidating to some, exciting for others. What exactly is it? To over-simplify things, MMA is what it says on the tin - it's a mixed martial arts sport. It combines both striking and grappling, and has techniques specifically tailored for cage fighting.
MMA has specific open-fingered gloves, unlike boxing gloves. This is so you can strike with your fists, but also be able to use your fingers for grappling. We recommend you use MMA sparring gloves (the thickly-padded, fat kind) and stretch cotton shin guards (the ones that go on your legs like a sock, as opposed to the leather strap-on ones).
Question: I already have MMA gloves and shin guards, but they're not the ones you recommended. Is it okay if I use them in training?
Short answer - no. We made these recommendations because we know from experience that these are the best ones to use for training. Again, you're training, not fighting. Thickly-padded MMA gloves will spare your partner, and stretch cotton shin guards are more convenient for grappling. Thickly-padded fat MMA gloves and stretch cotton shin guards only for MMA - no exceptions.
Plus, the leather shin guards stain our mats and it makes our Cleaning Auntie cry. Do you ever think about that? No. You only think about yourself.
Why do you say no zips, no buttons, no pockets for the attire?
MMA is a full-contact combat sport, meaning there's a lot of person-to-person contact between you and your training partners. Imagine going down a slide and suddenly there's a cheese grater there. Ouch. And we say no pockets because we don't want toes and fingers getting caught in clothing. Same reason we say trim your nails and don't wear jewelry. It's not just for you, but for your training partners' safety as well. Play hard, but play safe.
BJJ No Gi - Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (No Gi)
Jiujitsu? Is that like Karate?
No, not at all. There is no striking in jiujitsu. It's a grappling sport, also called "the gentle art", filled with mounts, chokes, joint locks, unicorns and butterflies.
There's 2 types of BJJ classes at Team Highlight Reel - the traditional gi class where you wear the uniform kimono and belt, and this one called "no gi" because you do it without a gi (hence "no" gi) :P
In BJJ no gi, like MMA, wear clothing that do not have zippers, buttons, and pockets. Rash guards are optimal, as they lessen the risk of catching fingers and toes, or smothering your training partners with loose, sweaty cotton shirts..
You'll be quite literally rolling around, being folded in your own clothes, so wear clothing that's not too loose yet stretches well. It would be embarrassing to pull a muscle because your pants were too tight. Imagine explaining that.
Also, please take note that for hygienic purposes, whether you actually have or suspect you might have a skin infection, for the love of all that is good, PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR. Keep that contained. Spread love, not skin infections, ya nasty :-/
BJJ - Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Traditionally, BJJ/jiujitsu/Brazilian jiu-jitsu is done in uniform called a "gi", pronounced with a hard G (as in go, game, great) and rhymes with tea, me, and Mississippi.
The gi is composed of kimono top and trousers, plus a belt that corresponds to your level in BJJ. They're like pyjamas, but for badasses. They're made from thick, durable cloth and should be washed after every use. AFTER. EVERY. USE. Don't sweat in them, leave them to dry, and wear them again for the next training. Play nice. Don't be disgusting.
Question: Can I join the gi class if I don't have a gi?
Repeat that question to yourself. And again. Do you hear how silly that sounds? It's a gi class. If you don't have a gi, join the no gi class.
What belt do I buy for myself?
White belt (for beginners). The belt goes twice around the waist with some slack for the knot in the front so keep that in mind when purchasing your belt. If you're not a white belt in jiujitsu and you still had to ask this - dude. Step it up a little.
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We carry a line of house brand gears at Team Highlight Reel available at the front desk: 16 oz boxing gloves, stretch cotton shin guards, MMA sparring gloves, even gi. You don't need to wear our brand, but these are all available at dirt cheap prices at the gym in case you need them.
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Still confused about proper gym attire for Muay Thai, MMA, and BJJ after all those pictures and words? Call us at +65.6513.0305 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you :)
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Team Highlight Reel
5A Craig Rd, Singapore 089665
Team Highlight Reel, located at 5A Craig Road, Singapore, is a boutique gym that specialises in BJJ (Brazilian Jiujitsu), Boxing, and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) training.
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