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No Gi Gear
So many people ask me what gear they need when they start no gi training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to gear. Unlike gi’s which are simple in design and color, the gear needed for no gi training is of vast choices, which comes down to preference and personality. Many people show their personality in what they wear on the mats. Here is some essential gear you need when you hang the gi up, and go without it.
First, you need a rash guard. A good rash guard is absolutely needed for no gi training. A solid rash guard will be of high quality design. Made of a spandex material, it should hug your body close, taking sweat off of your body and keeping the body compressed. Seams on the armpits, wrists and arms should be close stitched. When it comes to design, a rash guard can be as simple as a solid color, to different designs from superheroes, video games or movies. Here is a great example, with a Street Fighter inspired rash guard.
Next, get yourself a durable pair of spats. Spats are rash guards for your lower half. Spats cover the area of your hips down to your ankles. A pair of spats has the same effect of a rash guard. Takes away sweat and keeps you compressed. Also, like a rash guard, spats give you friction, which is a great bonus when attacking for submissions and chokes. Spats also come in a variety of designs and colors. Here is a cool design, that are called impassable spats.
Last, but certainly not least, get yourself a good pair of shorts. A good pair of shorts for no gi BJJ training need to be tough, flexible and washable. There are a lot of shorts out there, but not all shorts are created equal. Shorts need to have a nice, strong velcro waistband so that they don’t come off during training. They also have to be tough. They shouldn’t be tearing, when going from position to position. Here are a great pair of fight shorts that also have a fantastic warranty. https://bjjfanatics.com/product/shorts/ibjjf-legal-black-competition-shorts-from-impassable/
Your no gi gear deserves the same respect that your gi has. You need to take care of all of your gear, by washing it, drying it and keeping it in good condition. It also is advisable to get a couple pairs of each. That way, if you train no gi more than once a week, you will have everything you need to kick some butt on the mats!