MMA gloves


1.Presentation of MMA gloves

Using MMA gloves is not something that was always a part of mixed martial arts competition. As the sport has evolved since its general debut to popularity in 1993, all sorts of regulations have changed. As combat guidelines have changed to reflect the rising skill level of competitors, a number of rules have changed and been added.

The first organization to require the use of MMA gloves was Shooto, a major competition in Japan. The United States’ UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) competition soon followed suit, and the compulsory use of MMA gloves is now all but a global standard.

2. History of MMA gloves

Gloves have not always been a part of the sport. They started being worn as a way for fighters to protect their hands from injury when delivering a strong blow. And they’ve become standard requirements in part because of safety, and in part because they make fights more entertaining for the audience. How is that? When a fighter has more hand protection, he or she is more likely to use more techniques that use the fists. This adds variety and excitement to a fight. MMA gloves are now required in most major competitive fights, including Shooto (Japan) and UFC (United States).

3. Usage of MMA gloves

Gloves for MMA come in a variety of styles. There are strict guidelines as to the style, coverage, padding thickness, and weight of gloves required for regulated matches. The important thing you need to decide, when looking for a good pair of MMA gloves, is what type of glove you are in the market for:

* Fight/competition gloves meet the requirements for competitive combat, are generally lightweight, and feature little padding. When getting MMA fight gloves be sure to check the weights and get the gloves that are approved by your fight organization as certain weights are not legal for MMA competition. Four ounce gloves are usually the standard. Because these gloves have very little padding, do not use them to spar.

* Sparring Gloves are specifically designed and used for protection during practice bouts. A MMA fighter does not want to damage his hands, nor hurt his opponent during sparring and regular mixed martial arts gloves are not suitable for practice. Make sure when purchasing sparring gloves that they state clearly that the gloves are for sparring or else you can seriously injure anyone you practices with.

There are two types of sparring gloves on the market. The first kind looks like regular MMA gloves and have individual finger slots. The other kind of gloves has a large striking pad and finger loops. Both types offer more padding than regular MMA gloves and are sufficient for training.

* Bag gloves have the most padding, plus wrist support, to protect the hands and wrists of fighters practicing by striking a heavy punching bag. When needing to hit the heavy bag, sparring gloves are not suitable, nor are fighting gloves. A mixed martial arts fighter needs to have more padding and wrist support to handle the stronger forces when striking heavy bags and striking pads. A typical MMA bag glove has increased wrist support and denser pads. Other features might be a grip bar built into the glove. These gloves are not interchangeable with other types, so do not use them when fighting or sparring.

* Hybrid gloves that can work for a couple or all of the above categories, but if you are serious about becoming a MMA fighter then it is best to get individual MMA gloves of each type. This will help your gloves last longer and will help prevent injuries that can develop from using the wrong gloves.

4.Tips and advice

a) Gloves with double stitch are more durable and last longer.
b) Most of the gloves can't be washed, trying use the bandage, it can keep the inside of golves clean.

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