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Complementary Activities to Benefit Your Jiu Jitsu Practice

Some practitioners of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will be happy just attending their regular classes 1 - 2 nights a week and leaving it at that. While this is a completely valid way to take part in the sport, others will find that they reach a point where their progression slows and they’re just not reaching their goals or feeling satisfied.

Enthusiasts and dedicated athletes who train 4 - 6 times a week will master techniques sooner, see more progression and reach their goals quicker.

But what if your training hours are limited by the number of BJJ classes available at your gym, or you want to take things to the next level on top of a packed week of training?

To help you reach your long term BJJ goals we have put together a list of things you can do outside of class to improve your Jiu Jitsu.

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How to Find the Best BJJ Gym For You

How to Find the Best BJJ Gym For You

Depending on your demographic, however, the correct answer to “What’s the best BJJ gym for me?” may well differ from the best option for another day-one white belt – and we’re here to help! 

In order to make an informed decision, the best possible recourse is to visit multiple gyms in your area and ask questions of students, coaches, and owners at each academy – This will help you to get a sense of certain intangibles like the mat culture, and to sort out more logistical concerns like scheduling, class availability, and pricing.

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Picking a Rashguard: What to Look For

So, you’re a new jiu-jitsu white belt who’s acquired their first gi – only to venture over to the dark side: no-gi jiu-jitsu, referred to in some circles simply as “submission wrestling.”

Unlike gi jiu-jitsu, the no-gi scene generally necessitates a less expensive wardrobe. It consists of a rashguard – a staple adapted from surf gear which is a stretchy skintight athletic shirt with short or long sleeves depending on preference – and a pair of compression shorts or spats (sometimes referred to as grappling leggings or tights). Board shorts are optional. All in all, your first no-gi outfit will likely be more travel, budget, and laundry friendly than its gi counterpart.

That said, you’ll still want to make sure you’re shopping for quality gear. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when buying your first rashguard.

1. Do you intend to compete in a ruleset that requires a ranked rashguard?

The IBJJF – and some competitive grappling organisations that have followed the IBJJF’s lead – require athletes to wear a rashguard that displays the colour of their rank. Under IBJJF rules, at least ten percent of the garment must display the rank colour, with the remainder of the garment in black, white, or both. No other colours are permissible.

Rather than worry the day before your first competition over whether or not you own an IBJJF legal uniform rashguard – trust us, you’ll have plenty of other, much more important things to fret over! – save yourself time and stress by purchasing a ranked rashguard right out the gate.

The Hooks white belt ranked rashguard, for example, is a simple, affordable choice for the aspiring rookie competitor.


While most rashguards are considered to be unisex, there are some products designed specifically to accommodate a more feminine silhouette. For the ladies, try searching in the Women's rashguard collection to find short sleeve and long sleeve options in this more fitted style.

Which, in fact, brings us to our next point.


2. How much skin are you comfortable showing?

Some folks prefer long sleeves, others prefer short. There are benefits and drawbacks to both – long sleeves are often favored as an extra preventative measure against mat funk like ringworm and staph infections. After all, the less skin you show, the less skin you’re exposing to potential fungal nasties.

If you’re worried about mat funk – or just prefer the look of long sleeves – the Pantera Negra rashguard is a sleek, fashionable statement piece that will protect your skin.

 On the other hand, submission grappling is a sweaty, exhausting sport, and short sleeves can be a better option – especially in hot summer months – to prevent heat exhaustion. Lucky for short sleeve aficionados, that same Pantera Negra design is also available with short sleeves.


3. Do you want to keep it simple, or do you love showing off patterns and graphics?

Rashguards are a really fun way to show your personality on the mats – and rock an extra bit of style. Individual tastes, however, run the gamut. Some folks wear loud leopard prints and bright colors; others will opt for all black, like little mat ninjas.

 If you prefer a subtler look, the Hooks Core rashguard is always a classic, timeless piece in all black with white accents.

If you want something with a bit more pizzazz, we’ve still got your back – check out the bright colours and bold patterns of the Kureiji Kritters rashguard.

Whatever your style, rank or vibe is, there is a BJJ rashguard to suit your preferences within our extensive range, so get your gear on and give no-gi grappling a go! 

Is My Gi IBJJF Legal?

Is My Gi IBJJF Legal? - Just Jits

Still trying to figure out whether a gi is IBJJF Legal or not? In this article we dive into the IBJJF uniform requirements and discuss the main things you need to look for to determine whether a gi is IBJJF legal. 


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