Without it, you will:
1. Be prone to skin infections like a staph, MRSA, and ringworm.
2. Smell terrible.
3. Suck at Jiu-Jitsu (because no one will want to roll with you)
There are only a few basic steps you need to take to avoid these dangers. They are:
This one should be pretty obvious. We get sweaty during Jiu-Jitsu sessions, it happens. You will be covered with your and everybody else’s sweat. Showering immediately after is a no-brainer. Don’t EVER go home and just crash because your ‘so tired’ and you’ll just shower in the morning. Sleeping all night covered in other people’s sweat, grime and bacteria is disgusting. If you managed to drag your carcass home for the night ok then you can take ten more minutes to take a shower before you crash. One important note is to be sure and use a soap specifically made for grappling. Fight Soap is my preferred brand, though there are others. These soaps are specifically designed to help prevent skin infections common to grappling sports, and they usually make you smell awesome too! And something about Fight Soap makes you just feel indescribably CLEAN.
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2. WASH YOUR GEAR
Another obvious but extremely important one. Wash your gi after EACH AND EVERY training session. If you ever forget to wash your gi and you leave it in your bag for a whole day, you’ll never do it again. That moldy, rotten, nauseating smell will stick in your head always. And every time after that you see your gi still in it’s bag after training, you’ll smell it again and JUMP over to your bag and pull out your sweaty gi for the laundry. A good system is to have three or four gis that you rotate through and wash them all at once. Fight Soap also makes a Deodorizing gear spray that can help keep your gis smelling nice and clean. Nobody wants to roll with the guy that smells bad, and furthermore the bacteria that causes skin infections can live and grow in your gi, so that’s the most important reason to keep it clean!
3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Article Written By the AWESOME
CYRUS the VIRUS
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