What to Wear to Your First Jiu Jitsu Class

What to Wear to Your First Jiu Jitsu Class

If you're perplexed about what to wear to your first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, we've got you covered.

The Basics 

Instead of opting for your usual business casual attire, it's recommended by various martial arts experts to wear zip-free shorts and a comfortable tee.

Students will also be greeted with a Gi that their instructor hands off. Underneath, they can wear a rash guard, spats, or shorts.

You'll notice other students wearing either a GI or a No-GI during your first class. But, nine times out of ten, they'll choose the traditional GI.

Although they're available in various colors, most students wear either a white or blue one.

Other BJJ practitioners suggest wearing sportswear. This applies to gym or running clothes.

If your first class is GI training, you'll be given a washed and ready-to-go GI to wear on top of your shorts and t-shirt. Should it be a no-GI training class, wear your shorts and t-shirt.

Things to Avoid

1) Pockets:

Pockets aren't condoned because your training partner's toes or fingers can get caught in the pockets during training and induce injuries. Sometimes schools are lenient regarding pockets in your shorts, but other times they won't let you train.

2) Belts:

In short, belts are dangerous for the simple fact that they can harm your training partner.

3) Zips:

As mentioned above, zips are a big no in BJJ. Zips are strictly frowned upon because they can cause severe cuts or eye injuries. Most schools prohibit this, so ensure your shorts don't have zips.

GI Sizing

It's essential to check a GI size chart because they all don't fit the same. If you are unsure of what size to buy, look no further. Most brands provide a guide for the GI design you're buying.

Your GI sleeves and pant legs should be at most 5cm (2 in) from your wrist/ ankles.

The jacket that comes with it should cover your chest and stomach. At most, it should fit like a glove.

When it comes to your collar/lapel, it should overlap the other. Don't forget to see if the bottom of your Gi jacket reaches below your pants' waistline and covers your glutes/ butt muscles.

If a belt is tied around your waist, the bottom of your GI jacket should be lower than your belt line. You should also be able to lift your arms up.

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