A Rash Guard, I wouldn’t do Jiu-Jitsu without it

What’s a rash guard? It is a shirt or leggings that are made of a spandex type of slick material.  They are used to reduce skin abrasion and bruises in grappling.  I started like most beginners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a.k.a. BJJ) with just a t-shirt and sweats.  I came home each time bruised like a Dalmatian.  I soon got my Gi, the traditional uniform in most martial arts.  As anyone who works with their hands knows a good pair of work gloves keeps you from getting blisters.  When it come to BJJ, a Gi is the equivalent of work gloves.  But I found I was still getting  some bruises.  I noticed that some of the others had shinny shirts.  That is how I found out about Rash Guards.  When you wear a rash guard it gives you added protection by decreasing the friction between you and what ever comes in contact with you.  With my new rash guard I stopped being bruised.  Yes, some of the bruising was due to inexperience in grappling but after I got the Gi and rash guard my bruises all but went away.  It also helps protect you again the dreaded ring worm that come from grappling the “unclean”.  A rash guard in my opinion is a must.

What brand of rash guard is best?  I stared with Under Armour.  Their Heat Gear line is what is sold all over the web in MMA, Mixed Martial Art, sites.  I use a compression long sleeve top.  I understand that a loser fitting shirt can be better as the compression tops tend to roll up in grappling.  I am waiting on a lose fitting long sleeve top from Sprawl to see if it works any better.  I also have ordered a pair of their shorts to see if their claims at being the best are true.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grappling and Submission

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the street fighters best weapon.  You can see all kinds of fights on Cable, YouTube.com, and other media.  It seems like no matter the skill level of the opponents they always end up on the ground grappling.  I decided to take up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for just that reason.  I have a few years under my belt of Kempo, Ki-Shi-Kan, Wa-Daru, and other various forms of Japanes martial arts.  But none of them compare to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ.  Every time I got in a fight my training failed me because I didn’t have Mixed Martial Art skills or MMA.  But with BJJ things are changing.  I’m going to try and blog my rise to black belt.  Let me start with the books that have really helped me get started.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)
Championship Techniques (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)
Jiu-Jitsu University

“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique” teach you the very basics and requirements for belts in the Gracie Academy.  This also applies to those affiliated with Gracie Academ like Pedro Sauer .  “Championship Techniques” teaches you more skills and includes drills you can do by yourself.  “Jiu-Jitsu University” teaches you how to survive as a white belt and then how to progress until black.  I’ve found them all very helpful and my study of them has helped excelerate my training.  Its given me a edge in classes.  In my next post I’ll discuss what every what belt should know about gear and conditioning so you won’t start off on a bad foot like I did.