Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: What to Wear
So you're thinking it's time to finally try your hand at Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Maybe somebody at work has talked to you about the incredible benefits of training BJJ. Perhaps you saw some impressive moves on a movie or television show. You could just be a big UFC fan who has decided it's time to learn the things you see and watch.
Whatever it is that has led you to begin your Jiu-Jitsu Journey, good on you.
As you prepare to take your first class one thing you might ask yourself is;
What do I wear?
Choosing what to wear when going to train Brazilian jiu-jitsu can have a considerable impact on your training experience.
Let's dive into what makes sense to wear while going to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
● Rash Guard
Rash guards are an undergarment you wear on your upper body. You can wear it under your gi. These form-fitting shirts are useful for several reasons. They help you to keep your sweat and body hair to yourself. They help to minimize the amount of gi burn or rashes you might endure from training. The rash guard can also be worn when training no gi. You also see some practitioners wear their rashguard beneath a t-shirt while training for no gi.
The gi itself should require some guidance when selecting. Gi’s have a unique sizing procedure, so it is important to have some assistance from someone who is experienced, such as a higher belt or instructor, when selecting your gi. The gi allows for you to practice grips and throws without having to ruin your clothing. The BJJ gi also serves as additional weight while you train, increasing the training you experience. There are different gi sizes available for different body types for men, women, and children.
Spats are similar to rash guards in material and composition. These leggings are similar to yoga pants but are made of a different material. When it comes to no gi training, spats are often worn underneath a pair of shorts. Spats are also worn beneath gi pants. Spat perform a very similar function to rash guards in that they allow you to keep your sweat and body hair to yourself, minimize the amount of rashes or gi burn that occurs, and serves as an additional barrier against bacteria and germs from your training partners.
This item only applies if you are training in the gi. When you first begin training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a gi your initial instructor should provide you with your first white belt. Your coach or instructor will decide when it is time to promote you by adding stripes to your belt or even promoting you to the next level, which would be blue in this case. Your coach or a higher level belt should be more than willing to assist you in learning how to properly tie your belt on to your gi. More traditional schools will place a degree of importance in how well you tie the belt on your gi in BJJ class.
The majority of your training partners will strive to make sure that they do not physically harm you during your Jiu-Jitsu training sessions. That being said, it is important to be prepared for the possibility of accidents occurring. Considering the fact that grappling is a strenuous activity with limbs flying everywhere it is no surprise that people often accidentally get hit in the mouth. You can discuss with your coach or teammates as to how to acquire an ideal mouthguard for BJJ.
● Headgear/Ear Protection
If you are familiar at all with MMA or BJJ training then you have likely seen the results of years of grappling manifest as cauliflower ear. This occurs when an individual spend so much time training on the mats that their ears begin to swell up. Not everyone in the BJJ community is interested in maintaining this aesthetic appearance. You can prevent cauliflower ear from forming by wearing headgear or ear protection. You can discuss with your teammates or professors to determine which protective gear is best for your Jiu Jitsu Journey.
Now that we have covered a few of the items that you might want to be prepared to bring with you as you begin your Brazilian jiu-jitsu Journey it is also worth mentioning a few things NOT to wear.
- Facial piercings
- Nice Clothes
- Dirty or stinky gear
Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors and your teammates are fantastic resources. If you are unsure about any of your gear then all you have to do is ask your team if it is appropriate for training BJJ.
Most schools will often have a variety of t-shirts, patches, shorts, and other Jiu Jitsu gear for sale that also helps to support your BJJ School.
This might all seem a little daunting at first if your brand new to this particular martial art but it all becomes rather habitual once you get the hang of it.
See you on the mats!