Keeping It Clean: Hygiene in BJJ
In Jiu Jitsu, we come across many people on a daily basis. In our trainings, we partner up to drill and spar. When we partner up, we expect our partners to be diligent and clean. With so many nasty diseases such as ringworm, impetigo and staph, it is important to maintain a high level of hygiene so you can stay healthy and train. Here are some tips that you might find helpful to keep clean while in Jiu Jitsu training.
5) Wash Your Gi
This should be self explanatory, but people need this constant reminder. After you train…wash your gi! Your gi will be soaked in sweat and if not cleaned can be a breeding ground for bacteria or fungus that can give you a skin disease. If you don’t train gi, the same goes for your rash guard and shorts.
4) Wash The Mats
The mats in Jiu Jitsu are where we gain our knowledge and strength. It could also be the place where we can pick up bacteria. After class is over, it is imperative to clean the mats. Get a clean mop and make a sanitizing solution then thoroughly clean the mats. We not only protect ourselves, but our training partners too.
3) Clips The Claws
A huge pet peeve for most people that train BJJ are people that do not cut their fingernails. It is a matter of both hygiene and safety. Nothing is more annoying than getting cut open by someone’s fingernail because they were too lazy to cut them before class. Bust out the clippers and cut those things down.
After training, the first thing you should do is to take a shower. It will not only make your body feel better but it will prevent you from bringing any kind of gross bacteria or fungus into your bed.
1) Roll Clean Soap
For those of us who spend our free time on the mats, there is a little something extra that we can use to make sure our skin stays healthy. Many companies make anti-bacterial soaps. These soaps are specially made for grapplers. They are made to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. There are many different kinds, but a pack of three are usually around $15. These soaps are definitely worth the price!
Check out the link below to see some great options on Roll Clean Soaps.