Fighting is dangerous, no matter the environment you’re doing it in the potential for severe damage and the possibility of fatal injuries are always prevalent. So if it’s so dangerous, why do it at all?
Because, we as humans always have a competitive drive, in almost every field in almost every aspect of life you will find two humans competing with each other to determine who is superior. This has lead to recreational sports that we use to exercise our desire to better our abilities and best our opponents. The entire purpose of some sports such as mixed martial arts which is a fairly practical fighting style that can and is applied in real life situations. As for practicing MMA, there are many things that one needs to consider before even starting with the sport.
Safety, it’s something we always strive to ensure, especially in dangerous sports such as MMA, boxing, coreeda and other fairly important martial arts that are used by law enforcement and the military. Ensuring that the fighters participate in a safe manner is the first and most important rule in MMA which is why you see in MMA Australia where they use the proper gloves shorts and the one thing you don’t get to see which is a groin protector, however, when it comes to training there is equipment that’s required to ensure that the trainee doesn’t get harmed.
Whenever you see people training for MMA they’ll usually have hand and leg protection as well as head protection. Without this equipment the sensitive parts of the participants are exposed to some fairly dangerous potential damage, namely they could break a limb or cause a severe concussion without the gear. There are regulations and rules in MMA Australia that require contestants to have bandaging and adhesive tape covering their hands, this is to ensure that the gloves stay on during the competition. Mouthguards, MMA specific shorts, groin guards and no shoes, all of this is to ensure that both contestants are properly protected while also being on an equal playing field.
All of the gear listed above needs to be durable enough to withstand more than a few dozen matches. Getting good gear when starting out is fairly important since it’ll let you be more flexible and better protected, meaning you’ll be relatively safe if you spar with someone who has been participating in the sport for a long time.