What Gear Do I Need For My First Martial Arts Class?
Almost all martial arts schools begin their students with a white belt to symbolize that they are brand new to the system. The belt ranking system varies with the dojo you join, but white is the universal color for a beginner martial artist. Many martial arts uniforms include a white belt, which makes the process of choosing the correct belt a little bit easier.
The next thing you must consider purchasing when you begin a martial arts class is protective gear. In most dojos, beginner students are only allowed light physical contact and are not given permission to spar until they have earned a higher belt rank. Because of this, you will probably only need a groin protector and mouth guard in the beginning. As you begin sparring, more elaborate sparring gear will be required. Most schools prefer to use foam padded sparring gear, but many have adopted the use of vinyl or leather protective equipment. To guarantee that you purchase the correct gear, always ask your instructor what protective equipment is needed during sparring practice as well as tournaments.
The last item you may need when joining a new dojo is a pair of martial arts shoes. While it is still common to see students in bare feet in most dojos, martial art shoes are quickly increasing in popularity. Some instructors allow their students to wear inexpensive cotton or rubber sole Kung Fu shoes, but others expect their pupils to use a light weight pair of Karate shoes built to provide additional ankle support and shock resistance. Martial arts shoes can be expensive, so you will want to see what the other students in class are wearing before purchasing a pair.
As you advance in your chosen style, there are many other items you may wish to purchase including weapons, books, videos, and training equipment. If you ever need any help finding the correct martial arts equipment to use in your style, please contact us anytime.
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