Congratulations! Welcome to the exciting world of martial arts! Before you start with your training, there are a few things you will likely need:
Most MMA schools have very informal dress codes most of the time. However, in order to properly learn grappling concepts and techniques, it may be preferable to wear a uniform, called a "gi" in Judo/Jujitsu/Karate. It is very important that the gi fit properly. If the uniform is too small, it will be illegal to wear in tournaments and will not allow your partner to grip properly. If it is too large, you may trip over the pants during practice, it may slip under your foot and allow you to be swept easily, or the extra fabric may tangle you when sparring.
Here is a sizing chart that recommends the proper sized gi for you, based on your height and weight. If you don't fit one of these categories, please feel free to call the store and we can discuss the best size for you.
Books and Videos
No book or video can be substitute a proper teacher. However, there certainly are books and videos that can aid you in the understanding of the art you have chosen to study. They make a good companion to a teacher's instructions, and can give you better insight into the techniques, theories and philosophies of your art.
MMA is very popular right now, and classes may grow more rapidly than some schools can purchase training equipment. MMA fighters also tend to do a lot of training at home, in addition to the work put into class, so you may want to familiarize yourself with the different types of striking pads available (such as focus pads, Muay Thai pads, etc).