Everyone who decides to get into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu must follow the rules and have the proper equipment. This is for the safety of the fighter and of those he or she will be competing against during practice and competition.
But what do you need for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? For starters, you will need to get yourself a Gi which is the official uniform that is worn by everyone.
The correct uniform has sleeves that are not more than a fist distance up the arm from the waist so that your opponent will be able to grab you which is one way for the opponent to score a point.
Since it is prone to wear and tear, you have to buy a new one every so often. This should also be kept clean at all times and among the different colors around, try getting blue or something darker which for obvious reasons is better than white.
The only way to improve in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is to spar against your opponent. So you don’t inflict any major damage, you should wear gloves and feet protectors.
You can find these online and in your neighborhood sporting goods store. These are available in both open and closed palm designs. This has to be checked by the instructor and if used in competition by the official to make sure it follows the standard of at least half inch of medium to soft foam.
A general rule for any equipment worn for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu especially the gloves is that it must never contain anything metal or plastic. You might think these are harmless but when it hits someone, it could cause a cut, scratch or something more serious.
No one wants a broke jaw so get yourself a mouth guard. Accidents do happen in the ring and one other part to protect especially for the men is the groin so wear a cap.
For the women, don’t forget to put on a sports bra so if the Gi, gets loose, you don’t show your breasts to everyone there.
Although this is optional except for fighters under 16 years of age, you can wear a helmet to protect your ears, eyes and forehead in the event of a frontal strike.
If you are not sparring, go and hit the heavy and throw some punches. This should weight at least a hundred pounds and measure 6 feet in height.
Aside from what you should wear during practice, a few other things you can buy to help improve your skill are a notebook and some videos. By taking down some notes and watching how other people do it, you can try and execute them during your next sparring.
All your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu equipment must be kept clean and in good condition at all times. It may cost a hundred dollars but this should last a good year or two before you have to replace it with another one.
Becoming a good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter will take a lot of hard work and having the right equipment around is not enough to do that. You have to devote your time and effort to developing your skill because your opponent will be doing the same thing. Who wants it more will determine who wins or losing during competition.