Hi again MAP, I've noticed a lot of the other guys in class have their own shin pads, and I was about to go ahead and buy some when I realised...Is it a good thing for a beginner to actually spend money on these after just a few months? I've bought gloves, a gum shield and hand wraps simply to avoid having a tooth smashed out when I accidentally drop guard, or having permanently swollen knuckles, but should a beginner be using good quality shin pads right off the bat? Are the generally thinner/lower quality ones provided by the gym going to be better during the initial stages for shin conditioning? My shins don't bruise like they did a few months ago, but they're presumably a long, long way from being actually conditioned. I know generally the consensus is that better equipment is often a good thing, but thought that maybe that doesn't apply to a beginner, here.