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What do I need to start my first Jiu Jitsu class?

Jumping into the world of Jiu Jitsu can be full of so many unknowns. At the very least, wondering what gear you might need and should be wearing shouldn’t be one of them. There are a few core pieces every Jiu Jitsu athlete needs from the get-go.

1-A gi. A gi consists of a top and pants. They come in various colors and weights. Lightweight gis, like the Hayabusa Lightweight Jiu Jitsu Gi, are excellent if you would like a thinner option, get hot easily, or if youplan to compete. If none of those apply to you, regular weight gis will work perfectly, as well.

2-A rashguard. Rashguards help keep you from getting rashes from your gi rubbing on your skin, as well as from the mats. They also help keep you cleaner as they keep hair, dirt, and other gunk directly off your skin. Long sleeve rashguards, like Fairtex RG6 Ninlapat, give you a bit more protection, but they are of course a bit hotter than their short sleeve counterpart.

3-Spats. You’ll want to wear spats of some sort under your gi pants. Long spats, like the Hayabusa Geo Jiu Jitsu spats are an excellent option if you want full protection on your legs. Spandex shorts are your other option, but if you plan to do any no-gi Jiu Jitsu, long spats are often preferred to protect your legs from mat burns.

4-A mouthguard. While you can often get away without a mouth guard while drilling, wearing one during your live rolls gives you a good layer of protection in the event of an accidental knee or elbow to the mouth.

5-Defense soap/Arm Bar Soap. It’s good practice to shower after Jiu Jitsu. After all, it’s not just your sweat on your body, but others’ too. Defense soap offers protection against a variety of bacterias that can be passed around on the mats.

Once you have all the appropriate gear, you are ready to hit the Jiu Jitsu mats!

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