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A few gear recommendations for MMA training

Posted by Clark on

1One of the typical questions I get on a regular basis is related to the gear I use for MMA. Mind you, I have a heavy bag at home with the help of which I practice as much as possible and whenever I have the time. I have two separate pairs of gloves, one destined for my training at home and another intended for studio use. The simplest way to get the equipment you might require for your skill level is to go online and do some research on your own. You’ll see that while many MMA practitioners recommend rashguards, fight shorts, and many other pieces of clothing, this shouldn’t bother you as much as getting a good-quality, strong, and flexible cup.

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The gloves are extremely important, and even more so if you don’t intend to engage in competitions in the future. If you’re buying them for sparring, what you need is a 16oz pair. Of course, there are variations and manufacturers aren’t making it easy for MMA fans specifically because they tend to launch a lot of products and take a toll on your decision-making process. Leather is better than any other material. It will last longer over time and therefore, you’ll make a single investment. If you’re going to buy the cheapest MMA gear ever, you’ll probably have to replace it in a matter of just several months or even less, depending on how often you intend to train.

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There are several brands that are in the industry of manufacturing top-notch gloves, and some of the common ones you’ll come across include Century UFC and Hayabusa. The design of sparring and fight gloves is different, as most intended for actual combat have individual places for each finger. Sparring ones are generously padded and will spare your opponent’s face. That’s the whole point of practice, after all, because it will allow both you and your opponent to try out your skills and expertise in the future. The last thing you want to do is inflict harm on this particular individual.

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Another thing I found useful is to research heavy bags before actually going out and buying one. The weight matters, of course, but you’ll also have to look at the way that you’ll be installing the product. If there’s virtually no method for you to mount the bag on the ceiling, I personally recommend getting a Century BOB hitting bag. These things can be life-like, in a way, as I have a friend who uses one at home specifically because there was no way he was able to hang it up on the ceiling. These punching bags can be filled with a lot of things, ranging from sand, water, and all sorts of fillings. I honestly do not recommend sand unless you really have no other choice because it tends to clump in some area or the other, and you’ll be hitting rocks instead of a vaguely flexible surface.

Hope all this helps and that you’ll find the time spent on my blog as useful as ever.

Comics

The comic writer

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Welcome to my little blog. Let me tell you what this is all about in several words, so we can afterwards get to work for real. No, I am just kidding, this blog is just my personal endeavor that I intend to use in order to document my struggles as a comic artist. Actually, I am a comics artist just because I like drawing comics, but I am yet to become a published one, since so far, I have not gathered the courage to place my work in front of others. I am trying to become better and I hope that my work will not be in vain.

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As you might already suspect by now, I am not earning my living as a comics artists just yet. What I do is that I work for a newspaper where I am writing about sports news and various events. I love sports, maybe not as much as I love drawing, but I like a large variety of sports, and that is why I don’t find my job boring or annoying in any way.

Even so, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like to be published someday, and I hope that I will be able to show the people at my newspaper my work, so they can appreciate it and even criticize it. At the end of the road, I simply hope that I will manage to impress them and that they will decide to have my comics published. From there, I hope I will find the means to start a career in this field, and even earn my living as a comics artist.

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There are many things I am learning from covering sports news and I think that the fact that I already know people in the publishing business will help me on the long run. First of all, I have learned a lot about how important it is to know how to accept defeat. When writing about sports, it is not all about the winners. Those who are suffering a defeat need to show strength of character in order to go on, and continue their career as athletes. Although I spend all my free hours drawing behind a desk, I think I know a thing or two about winning and losing. So I am thankful for being able to learn some really interesting things while I work for the newspaper, and that my career as a comics artist will take off at some point.