What BJJ Gear Do You Need?
The first thing to do when you want to start BJJ is, of course, to contact a club and find out the training times.
Once you’ve chosen a school and talked to the coach or someone on the mat about what they expect from you: it’s time to buy some equipment.
Here are some suggestions for the new guy’s first gear.
If you know what brands are good or bad, well… this is just our opinion.
First of all, let’s have a look at the “classical” BJJ Gi uniform.
You will find that most people in the grappling community agree that for beginners it’s better to start training in a white Gi, but also that other colors are perfectly OK.
This way, you will not have problems with opponents, teammates or coaches staining your Gi with their blood… for now!
you’ll also need a belt to mark your progress on the mat.
As a new student, the best option is to choose a white belt with a black edge.
It will then be easier for you to know whether or not you are ready for another stripe of color later on…
OK, let’s move on to the first essential BJJ gear: The protective equipment. Rashguards, shorts, and spats are the best way to protect your skin from mat burns.
Skin protection is particularly important during grappling, but also for no-gi training, so you can try stuff out without hurting yourself!
You will also need a mouthguard!
Even if you don’t plan on ever training MMA or self-defense, there is always the risk of someone smashing your teeth, so it’s better to be safe than sorry… and toothless.
This is the gear for experienced grapplers.
First thing, you will need a BJJ Gi, but there are quite a few choices when it comes to that.
For us, this mostly depends on your training environment and how you want to look at the club where you train. For example, in Europe, it’s pretty common to wear either blues, blacks, or browns during training, but in the USA people tend to get one blue and one white Gi.
There are many different brands that can be good for all of you: Atama, Koral, Gameness… but it’s also possible to get very cheap Gis from major manufacturers such as Adidas, Under Armour…
No matter the color, your first BJJ Gi should have at least 4 belts loops.
This is important because it will allow you to tie your belt on tightly and let it dry faster after washing the Gis.
Additional Bjj Equipment For Advanced
– Rashguards are the best way to protect your skin from mat burns. Skin protection is particularly important during grappling, but also for no-gi training, so you can try stuff out without hurting yourself!
– A BJJ Gi, which depends on your training environment and how
you want to look at the club where you train. For example, in Europe, it’s pretty common to wear either blues, blacks, or browns during training.
– No-gi shorts are generally of two types: board shorts and grappling shorts. Board shorts are more like boxing trunks made using strong fabric which is quite hard to grab, while grappling shorts are generally made using a lighter fabric and come with an elastic waistband. Both types of shorts have pros and cons: board shorts can protect you from mat burns and they also dry much faster than grappling shorts, but on the other hand you might find yourself in some kind of submission hold…
– At least two spats (grappling shorts) Note: Spats are much easier to grab than shorts and they do not protect your skin from mat burns. That’s why you should wear some kind of shorts underneath them
-Hand wraps – to protect your knuckles and fingers
With all this BJJ gear, you should be set for every training session!
The Best BJJ Gear Brands
The most popular BJJ brands are Atama, Koral, Gameness… but it’s also possible to get very cheap Gis from major manufacturers such as Adidas, Under Armour. As for rashguards, spats, and shorts, again the most popular brands are Atama and Koral.
As for mouthguards, Twins is a popular brand, but Everlast and Shock Doctor are also reliable brands. As for spats (shorts), there’s no particular brand that stands out. They can all be used for training or competition without any problem.