Revolution BJJ Gym Hygiene

 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an amazing martial art, and its informality is one of the things that separate BJJ from other styles.  This informality is one of the most attractive features of the art, but there are still certain matters of etiquette that are of utmost importance.  Here are some basic rules of hygiene, one of the most important aspects of etiquette to be followed:

 Wash your gi/uniform after EVERY class

                 Be sure to wash your gi (and no-gi attire) immediately after every class!  Sweaty clothing is a breeding ground for the bacteria that produce noxious odor.  A dirty gi will be noticed by your instructor, and you will be sent home without being allowed to train.  People will also make fun of you on the internet.  Seriously.

 

Shower after EVERY class

                 Shower after every class.  This is easily one of the most important items on this checklist.  Shower after every class.

 Come to class clean and wearing deodorant

                 Shower sometime prior to class on the same day you train.  Wear deodorant and reapply as necessary.

Clean no-gi clothing is a must!

Change between EVERY class

 Training thrice a day?  You need at least three sets of clean clothing/uniforms.

 No tank tops

                 Your training partners should be protected from your armpits by at least one layer of fabric.

 Always wear shoes off the mats

                 Bare feet belong on the mats or in your shoes.  Nowhere else.   The ground/floor is covered in dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants.  Wear your shoes right up to the edge of the mat.

 Cut your fingernails/toenails

                 Keep fingernails/toenails to 1/4”.  Longer nails can cause injury to your training partners and bacteria and debris may collect beneath them.

Stay home if you’re sick

                 We love our training partners.  We don’t love your flu virus or your skin infection.  Please stay home and we’ll be so happy to see you when you get back.

Bandage any cuts or breaks in your skin

 Breaks in the skin make you susceptible to infection and bleeding on the mats or your training partners creates an unsafe environment for everyone.  This includes warts, scrapes, and minor cuts.

If you suspect that you have a skin infection, don’t train!

 Instead, have the area in question checked out by a dermatologist immediately.  It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the gym safe, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.  And tell your instructor about any skin issues you’re having!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please contact us here.