The other day I was teaching and a student asked me what is the IRT uniform? IRT uniform I thought to myself. There is not one IRT uniform. Nope, not one at all. No we practice in street clothes, bud’s (battle dress uniforms), shorts and a t-shirt, heavyweight karate uniform, karate uniform pants and t-shirt, or whatever you have on at that moment. Me, personally my favorite is practicing in a bathing suit or board shorts either in the pool or outside of it. Then I go for a swim afterwards. 😉 In Instinctive Response Training you can wear whatever you want to training. Really…. Sure when in a Training Hall we might wear a martial arts heavyweight uniform most of the time. They last a long time and they are durable. However, when someone starts I just let them train in whatever they want to for a long time. They usually buy a uniform within a year because of the durability factor. Plus the coat allows you to practice a lot of chokes that are applicable to do on someone wearing a coat during fall or winter. Still a practitioner can wear whatever they want to in training. Whatever works for them! Personally, when outside teaching I like to wear shorts or bdu’s (military style pants) and a t-shirt. That would have to be my favorite. Still I also enjoy wearing jeans as well! When on mats a heavyweight martial arts uniform works nicely and does not have any zippers, etc. that can tear up the mats. (jeans, athletic pants some times do) When up in the mountains you will usually find me wearing winter clothes and gloves. Training in gloves really helps with your technique because some times it is hard to grab with them on. When it comes to colors I prefer dark or black because they hide stains whether grass or blood better than lighter colors. Oh and if you wear flip flops a lot then you better train in them or train to get them off fast! That just brings you to one more point train in shoes and train without them because you never know if you will be in bare feet or in shoes when a violent encounter occurs. Imagine someone breaking into your house in the middle of the night. I imagine that you do not wear shoes to bed. 😉 Bottom line the important thing to do is train and have some variety in what you wear. The training in the end is what is important not what you wear! If you train hard then you will get better. The clothes in martial training do not make the man or woman! 🙂
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