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Lab Rats Training β€œGear”

As it’s come up a couple of times, figured I’d put some info about gear here. There’s info on what to bring, why/what for, and where to get it. Disclaimer: we’re not affiliated with any of these companies, we just like ’em. Also, they of course don’t guarantee safety and neither do we- each individual is responsible for themselves.

Not all are immediately necessary, but they’re worth considering. Not imperative, but first day? Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting… messed up, boxing or MMA gloves, water… maybe a mouth guard. After a while, it becomes really impolite to always use someone else’s gear- it’s also kinda nasty.

Long-term you will almost definitely need most of this stuff. What to use, how to use it, alternatives for use, materials, maintenance and more simply come over time, and talking/use amongst us. As such, is a truncated list.

What: Boxing or MMA gloves. Why/what for: These are to protect both your hands, and other’s body parts when doing empty-hand training. That’s true too for focus mitt drills- we sometimes work with palm strikes, but we use gloves even with the mitts. Long and hard enough work over time unnecessarily damages hands and wrists. Gloves provide cushion. MMA vs. boxing gloves: while the latter gives more coverage (and are generally more padded), MMA gloves are more suited for different ranges of fighting (clinch, ground). 14-16oz (or equivalents for MMA gloves) are best. Some folk get small 4-8oz MMA gloves, but your partners will generally get sick of being hit with them. They’re more suited for “bag gloves” than for our purposes. Where: Any martial arts supply will generally have these. We get most of our stuff from Pro Boxing in Pasadena- they’re at Lake/Villa on Lake. 510 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101. (626) 793-3945. http://www.proboxinge….

What: Mouthpiece/mouth guard. Why/what for: So that when working with more contact (or accidents), not just with punching, your teeth will be protected. There are “singles” (that just cover your top row of teeth, but serve to protect upper and lower), and “doubles”. Difference? Personal preference. Where: Any martial arts supply will generally have these. We get most of our stuff from Pro Boxing in Pasadena- they’re at Lake/Villa on Lake. 510 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101. (626) 793-3945. http://www.proboxinge….

What: Groin protection. Why/what for: Males and females both have these, but different types. There’s two styles- under clothes and over them. Where: Any martial arts supply will generally have these. We get most of our stuff from Pro Boxing in Pasadena- they’re at Lake/Villa on Lake. 510 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101. (626) 793-3945. http://www.proboxinge….

What: The aforementioned “focus mitts”. Why/what for: Focus mitts are for (sometimes) full speed/power strikes, warming up, target acquisition, and more… without using your partners for such. πŸ™‚ Where: Like gloves, any martial arts supply will generally have these. We get most of our stuff from Pro Boxing in Pasadena- they’re at Lake/Villa on Lake. 510 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101. (626) 793-3945. http://www.proboxinge….

What: Sticks! (we really like sticks) Why/what for: Because you can’t carry a sword around with you, and sticks, or stick-like tools, can be found everywhere. Oh yeah- for training. These are used for drills, sparring at all ranges of combat. They can even be used as guides for footwork drills and more. These are personal taste too. As a rule, they’re 28-32″ long, 1″- 1 1/2″ in diameter for drilling, 1/2″-1″ for live sparring. Where: Don’t be scared of the site link/name, Kombat Instruments Limited (KIL)- the proprietor Nick “Pappy Dog” Papadakis is really efficient, a good dude, and really takes care of us: http://bloodsport.com….

What: Lacrosse or hockey gloves. Most of us prefer lacrosse gloves because of the articulation. Why/what for: Because getting hit on the hands with a stick really hurts. These are also useful because when we have trained for a while, we also do full-contact stick sparring, and we can punch one another with these gloves in the context of stick fighting with these gloves. Where: Cheapest? Probably eBay. You may want to try other sporting goods stores. You’re on your own with this one, because they can be expensive.

What: Training knives! (we really like knives too) Knife-appropriate sparring gloves can also be obtained from here- would encourage those too. Why/what for: Because (some) knives can be carried legally, and training with them is appropriate to improvise with other tools. These are used for drills, sparring at all ranges of combat. These are personal taste too, but we encourage NON METAL (we call aluminum ones “bone chippers” for a reason…), “tactical folder” size tools. As a rule, they’re 8″ish long, including the handle. We use smaller ones because most carryable knives are this size, and they’re the size we’re most likely to encounter. Where: Also from Kombat Intstruments Limited: http://bloodsport.com….

What: Shin/instep guards. Why/what for: Protection during training with kicks, and more. Where: Any martial arts supply will generally have these. We get most of our stuff from Pro Boxing in Pasadena- they’re at Lake/Villa on Lake. 510 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101. (626) 793-3945. http://www.proboxinge….

What: Wrist/forearm guards. Why/what for: For stick and/or knife sparring. Some folk don’t like getting hit on the wrist or forearm. Imagine that. Where: These can be obtained from the wife of the late Punong Guro (instructor and creator) of Lameco Escrima at his website: http://www.lamecoeskr….

What: Helmets. Why/what for: For stick and/or knife sparring. Some of us like to go full contact, and more speed/power when sparring with sticks and/or knives. What to get is complicated though- some doesn’t provide enough coverage/protection, some too much, some are too bulky for our purposes, some are simply not safe enough. Be really careful when getting this. Some of us use thick padded helmets with steel face cages. Some of us just use fencing masks. Beware that the former may not cover all of one’s head- be careful of what you look for. Where: Helmets of different types are best researched on Amazon or eBay. You can get fencing masks, including custom ones that are really cool, also from Pappy Dog at KIL: http://bloodsport.com….

What: Optional gear, long term: Muay Thai pads, kick shields. Why/what for: The former are larger focus mitt style pads, used in part for kicks, as well as elbows, knees, and etc. Where: Any martial arts supply will generally have these. We get most of our stuff from Pro Boxing in Pasadena- they’re at Lake/Villa on Lake. 510 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 91101. (626) 793-3945. http://www.proboxinge….

What: Optional bag to put your gear in- the “Ranger Field Bag”. Why/what for: I get asked about my gear bag all the time. Warning: obtained from a website where there’s real crazy stuff. The bag though is big enough for everything, waterproof-ish, durable, even has a special place for sticks. πŸ™‚ Where: Again, warning- these guys are weird: http://www.cheapertha….


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