Even the best black belts get gi burns. The neck is the usual place to find them. A good cross choke always seems to leave me a beauty or two. They don’t cause a lot of pain, just discomfort. Especially because they aren’t confined to the neck. Lets just say you never know where you might end up with one after a intense roll. I have posted a story in BJJ Freak Injuries about my instructor getting one under his eye lid. You know how some times a paper cut can hurt worse then a deep cut? That is how gi burns bother me. I had to find a way to speed there healing. Especially the ones where clothing might rub, like the collar of your shirt. I experimented around, with different burns and over the counter creams. I had a ample supply of gi burns and tried a number of remedies for them over time. When all was said and done I found that Hydrocortisone worked the best for me. In most cases, when used the night before, I would wake up to find most of the redness gone and no discomfort when it was brushed or something came in contact with it. It has become my Gi-Burn-Be-Gone. I hope it helps you too.
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I’m covered in bruises from Jiu-Jitsu. They go from my ankles to my shoulders. I have bruises on my bruises. At first I thought it was just my poor BJJ technique. But over time I notices bruises on my wrists. How could that be poor technique? I found out aspirin was the culprit. I am talking aspirin for my niacin therapy. It helps stop the flushing. I was taking 325mg (one regular pill) each night. Aspirin helps stop clotting. That is why I was getting such huge and nasty bruises. I’ve stopped taking it this week. Tonight is the first night without it. It should be interesting if I bruise. A friend has told me it might be a blood disorder and I should get tested if I keep bruising after dropping the aspirin. He had a similar case in his school or dojo.
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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.