If it were free I'd wear it. I mean I do have tapout ****. But it was all gifted to me by wife, family or friends. But even at that. The short sleeve rash guard fell apart after 2 months. The gloves didn't last half that. The shorts developed a hole in the crotch (maybe I should wash my nutz once in a while). TapouT is for MMA what Harley is for motor cycles. You are paying more for a name than you are anything else. As for if they train or not. I could give a **** less. All I do know is that they have been there for guys. And so long as they are willing to put it out thee and sponsor up and comers then I am all for what the do. Just not what they sell.