14 ounce boxing Gloves are standard for both sparring and mitt work. Larger men might consider 16oz gloves while teens and women might be more comfortable with a 12oz pair.
We stock a wide variety of sizes and styles of Sparring Gloves, ask at the front desk for help. If you find something online that catches your eye, please ask one of the coaches BEFORE buying. Sparring gloves vary wildly in quality, and not all gloves offer the same protection/durability. Buyer beware, if you get $25 sparring gloves from Big 5 they WILL fall apart almost immediately. Good sparring gloves will usually cost between $80-$130, and if properly cared for will last for years. Qualtiy glove brands are: Fairtex, Ringside, Windy, and Twins
Heavy, Muay Thai style Shin Guards are essential for proper stand up sparring. Good shin guards should be stiff, and protect from just below the knee down to right above the toes. Larger tends to be better in regards to shin guards, with smaller models providing insufficient protection. Velcro style straps are preferable to metal buckles.
A good set of Shin Guards ranges between $70-$120. Once again the academy has multiple models to choose from.
Full Faced Headgear is preferable to traditional “open faced” head gear for sparring. Classic open faced headgear used in boxing gyms is antiquated and inferior to more modern, closed face models. Students learn proper technique quicker, and sparring can be done at greater intensities more often with closed faced protection (in addition, everyone’s nose ends up facing the same direction as it started out in!). Open faced head gear is only nessissary in the weeks leading up into a competitive match. Advanced students may wear open faced headgear during class, at their own discretion, only after they are OK’d to do so by a Lavin Mixed Martial Arts instructor.
A hand wrap is a strip of semi elastic cloth used by boxers to protect the hand and wrist against injuries induced by punching. It is wrapped securely around the wrist, the palm, and the base of the thumb, where it serves to both maintain the alignment of the joints, and to compress and lend strength to the soft tissues of the hand during the impact of a punch.
This is one of the few times where you don’t want to purchase 100% cotton, hand wraps need to be made of a semi elastic material, and must be at least 180″ each (aka “Mexican Style”). Do not purchase a gel “Quick Wrap” as these merely add more padding to the front of the knuckles, and in no way help maintain alignment.
The use of knee pads is essential for both wrestling from the standing position and mat work. Even on soft mats, the knees were not meant to take the beating that grappling dishes out. If you’ve never had knee problems before, Great! But pre-hab is better than rehab, wear your knee pads and never develop a chronic problem.
Basic wrestling knee pads are a neoprene sleeve with extra padding in front of the knee cap. This style of knee pad offers maximum mobility without being overly bulky. Some people find that the extra padding provided by Volley ball style knee pads work better for them. Volley ball knee pads tend to be a bit more clumsy, but also offer extra protection for the sides of the knees. Regardless of whatever style of knee pad you choose, it is essential to wash your knee pads and air dry them after each use. Buying two pairs of knee pads so you can rotate them will keep you smelling fresh and your training partners happy.
Quality Knee pads are produced by: Asics, Matman, Adidas, Rhino, and Brute.