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Uniforms

GI Classes

  • Wear a rash guard or Tshirt under the gi top.
  • Mouthguards are required for individuals with braces on their teeth and recommended for everyone.
  • Wrestling headgear is optional.
  • Bring or wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off. 
  • Purchase a gi made specifically for Jiu Jitsu. 
  • Any color Jiu Jitsu gi is acceptable in class. Some tournaments require a white, blue, or black Gi. 

Purchasing Gis

There are a large number of gis available online. They are sold by height and weight. Some gi companies sell sizes for different body types (for example, kids, lanky/long, husky, and women’s). Make sure that you purchase a Jiu Jitsu gi. Gis made for other martial arts are not as thick and will not hold up in Jiu Jitsu training.

If you plan to compete, then buy a uniform that meets the IBJJF uniform requirements. They publish specific requirements about colors, patches, and styles.

You’ll buy your white belt and every color belt you earn will be awarded to you at the time of promotion. Be sure that the white belt you buy has a black bar on the end (like this one). This is where we will place your stripes when you earn them.

We suggest that you start with a “budget” Gi then buy more as desired. Sanabul and Elite sell good quality gis and you can find daily deals on all sorts of training gear at BJJHQ.com.

Washing Gi Uniforms

  • Wash your gi and belt after every class. You can add vinegar and baking soda to the wash to help keep it fresh.
  • Most Gis will shrink if you wash them in hot water and dry them in the dryer. If your gi feels too big, you might wash it in hot water then see how it feels after hanging dry before you put it in the dryer.
  • If your gi fits, then wash it in cold water and hang it to dry.
  • Wash your belt after every class in cold water and hang it to dry.
  • Wash protective gear like knee pads in cold water and hang dry.

 

Nogi Classes

  • Mouthguards are required for individuals with braces on their teeth and recommended for everyone.
  • Wrestling headgear is optional.
  • Shirt: Rash guard
  • Pants or Shorts: Compression pants or shorts or grappling shorts.
    No open pockets, exposed drawstrings, zippers or any form of plastic or metal.
  • Bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

We sell Grindhouse nogi gear for kids and adults. Ask us about special orders if you don't see your size in the Grindhouse online store.

Purchasing Nogi Uniforms

There are a large number of nogi uniforms available online. These items are sold using categories and sizes similar to clothing (kids, women, and men’s). Everyone must wear a shirt of elastic material (skin tight) long enough to cover the torso all the way to the waistband of the shorts.

No belt is worn in nogi. Belt rank can be indicated by your rash guard (search for “ranked rash guard'') and some tournaments require that your rashguard display your rank.

We suggest that you start with reasonably priced nogi gear then buy more as desired. Sanabul and Elite sell good quality, ranked uniforms and you can find daily deals on all sorts of training gear at BJJHQ.com.

Washing NoGi Uniforms

  • Wash your nogi uniform after every class.
  • You can add vinegar and baking soda to the wash to remove odors.
  • Nogi rash guards, spats, and shorts should be washed in cold water and hung dry.
  • Wash protective gear like knee pads and headgear in cold water and hang dry.