Best Gloves For MMA Training
With the large variety of training methods both available and indeed necessary for the Mixed Martial Arts fighter it stands to reason that although they enter the cage with only groin protection, mouth piece and MMA gloves , the amount of equipment they require for their training is substantially more than many of the other combat sports. In this Short article we take a look at which gloves some of the top teams and athletes around the world are using on a day to day basis. So we ask the question….What are the best gloves for MMA Training?
For the beginner, which gloves to use for MMA would seem like a simple question, MMA gloves of course! However there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Mixed Marial Arts does what it says on the tin using combinations of styles to blend into one competitve format. The striking phase typically involves elements of boxing, kick boxing and one of many of the Eastern Martial Arts such as Muay Thai or Karate. This means striking can also involve elements such as the clinch, manipulation of limbs and transitions between single and double collar clinch as well as switches to takedowns.
The Mixed Martial Artist needs competitence in every one of these ranges to be successful therefore he requires boxing skill, kick boxing skill (even in some cases allowing effective defence against a kickboxer) and a variety of offence and defence from close in situations in the clinch.
Once the fight hits the floor strikes are still legal in Mixed Martial Arts. Anyone with experience in a transition of skills from a base of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to MMA will tell you that strikes change everything on the floor. Being able to practice attack and defensive drills whilst in grounded positions is essential.
The Gloves typically used in Mixed Martial Arts are:
6oz-8oz MMA Gloves also known as MMA Sparring Gloves
10 – 12 oz Boxing Gloves for pads and bagwork.
14 – 16 oz Boxing Gloves for heavier sparring.
In the video you will hear from top coaches and athletes about how they chose their equipment in the different ranges for MMA Training. Methods and ideas about the best approach vary but everyone in the video certainly know their subject.