The local gym is your best bet when it comes to buying equipment for your martial arts training, regardless of whether you plan on doing it at home or at a gym. Most of the time, they have a small store filled with all sorts of goodies you’ll need for practice.
A good reason why you should buy from the local gym is that your coach or teacher will have a few things to say about what things you’ll need. This way, you end up buying only the things that you need to train. More importantly, you buy things that you need for your instructor’s class. Plus, he’ll have a lot to say about the different brands because of his experience. He may even cut you a cheaper deal if he’s been an instructor long enough in the gym.
Unfortunately, the downside to this is that your local gym isn’t likely to feature as much equipment. It’s a smaller store, after all, much smaller. The price is also quite high given that they’re a small wholesaler and don’t really buy what they are selling in much bulk.
Local specialty stores, on the other hand, have much more equipment than your local shop. And, if you need your instructor’s advice, you might as well take him or her with you as you go shopping for the things you need.
In specialty stores, much of the martial arts equipment will be cheaper and it’s easier for you to ask for a new size, or a new pair if needed because most specialty stores have plenty of stocks in the brand room. Their salespersons aren’t too shabby as well, since most also have personal experience with martial arts.
The internet is also another possibility. There are lots of supplies you can find online if you want to have a wide variety of equipment to choose from, as well as the convenience of being able to shop from the comforts of your very home.
With low price and convenience as its advantage, there’s little reason why you shouldn’t shop online, right? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. For starters, you can’t try out the equipment you’re going to buy and not all offer free returns if in case you didn’t like what you were buying. You also won’t be getting advise from a real person, well, face to face advice that is.
This being said and done, be sure to consider these three places to shop for martial arts equipment first and decide what the best option is for you.
As for me, I’d recommend buying online. Though, if you’re really just starting out, try to buy from a specialized store first so you have a feel for the sizes of the stuff you need. This way, should you ever need to buy a new pair of shin guards, hand wraps, or boxing gloves or whatever, you can buy them online as you know the size already.
Still, it’s up to you.
What’s important is that you invest in quality stuff so that they don’t break easily and that they last long.