Buying Martial Arts Gear for Less
Martial arts is an excellent activity to do if you want to get in shape, and you’ll find that learning Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, or any other martial art will help you to become a better person in many ways. However, the problem with doing these martial arts is that they’ll cost you a pretty penny, especially if you study in a well-respected dojo (martial arts studio) in a big city.
So how can you keep your costs low?
Basically, you’ll have to pay the full amount that the instructor is asking for the monthly tuition. It will be well worth it, as the instruction is valuable and useful. However, where you can save money is on buying the martial arts gear you’ll use.
Here are some tips to help you save money on the gear:
- Never buy at tournaments — Your martial arts school may attend local, regional, or even national tournaments, and there you will find that there is a lot of martial arts gear for sale. However, the truth is that this gear will almost always be marked up, and you’ll end up paying more for it. It’s better to find out what you need to buy before you attend the competition, and avoid buying gear at tournaments whenever possible.
- Look for cheaper brands — While Tapout may be the official brand of MMA, that doesn’t mean they’re the best – and they’re certainly not the cheapest. You’ll find that Everlast is a great brand, and you can get great MMA gloves for as little as $20 or boxing gloves for under $25. You will find that there are cheaper brands like Title or Contender, and they sell gloves at around $10 to $15 – depending on the size of your hands. If you are going to buy gloves, don’t consider the top-quality gloves until you have been training for a year or three.
- Go to garage sales — I love garage sales, as they are a treasure trove of all kinds of goodies you would never find anywhere else. If you see a sign for garage sales, take the time to stop in and browse through it. You may be able to find martial arts gear – pads, gloves, wraps, sports supports, etc. – and they will usually be sold at a great price. You have to be comfortable with used gear, but you can find excellent gear in good shape at a great price.
- Search Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist — Amazon is a good place to find all kinds of gear, and you would do well to check their prices. They sell both new and used sports equipment, and you may be able to find just what you need at a great price. eBay is basically a massive online garage sale, and it is always a good idea to browse the selection of used and new stuff they have here. Search Craigslist for any sports gear for sale, and you may be able to get a full martial arts getup at a very low price.
- Go to Flea Markets –
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