In the early days of its expansion, most BJJ gear brands were from Brazil, like Vulkan, or made in Brazil, such as Gameness, Storm (founded in 1995, one of the first BJJ brands outside of Brazil) and California-based Bad Boy (who made a name for themselves by sponsoring Rickson Gracie). The situation has since changed, with the global centre of Jiu Jitsu Gi production shifting to factories in Pakistan. Many countries (particularly the US) have established major brands of their own buying from those factories, such as Manto, Kingz and Fuji Sports. This also includes the UK, which can boast at least two major international BJJ brands: Tatami Fightwear and Scramble.
What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling?
There are two forms of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ Gi and No-Gi. Gi Jiu Jitsu is grappling while using the traditional Gi and is a form that allows you to grab the clothing of your opponent. However, No Gi is grappling without the traditional uniform and instead, practitioners would wear shorts or spats and a rash guard. In No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu you cannot grab your opponent’s clothing.
To become a complete BJJ fighter, it’s best for a person to train both forms. Training in a traditional Gi will make moves like escapes more difficult due to the added friction which means when transitioning from Gi to No-Gi training, you will gain many benefits as the same techniques will be less difficult.
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A high-quality and well-fitted Gi is essential for any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter. Find the style and design that suits you best and gain all the benefits from this piece of apparel whether you are training or competing. Training in a Gi will make moves like escapes more difficult due to the added friction which means when transitioning from Gi to No-Gi training, you will reap the benefits as the same techniques will be less of a challenge. Our Gis are also designed to comply with IBJJF Regulations for anyone wanting to compete.
With MMA becoming more popular, the practise of “No-Gi” Jiu Jitsu or submission wrestling has also increased. No-Gi grappling practitioners will wear Rash Guards as they are designed to wick moisture away from the body and help the athlete stay cool and dry. MMA or BJJ Rash Guards are also typically made with flatlock stitching to increase the garments’ strength and minimizes discomfort/chafing.
Wearing BJJ or MMA Rash Guards also prevent “mat burn”. Furthermore, wearing a Rash Guard will protect you from cuts, scrapes and rashes. Another benefit is that this piece of apparel will keep your body dry and muscles warm to make sure you perform at the best of your ability.
BJJ Shorts also known as fight shorts, Vale Tudo shorts or MMA shorts are essential for No-Gi grappling. These shorts are designed to enable the fighter to execute movements and techniques of BJJ. They are beneficial as they do not slide off easily which is very important due to the amount of grabs, pulls and holds they will experience throughout their sessions. They also give the fighter a lot of flexibility, whether they are on the ground or for kicking if they are practising MMA. The shorts also don’t have any metal objects that can cause damage to training partners or opponents like buttons and zippers.
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a common injury can be the swelling of joints, sprained fingers or knuckles or in worse scenarios, a full fracture due to constant pressure on our limbs. These types of injuries can be prevented by using BJJ finger tape. Using this piece of equipment is a simple and effective way of controlling the movement of your fingers that are damaged whilst still enabling you to have a strong grip, even if you are injury free.
Using tape on your fingers can make them more durable against twisting when practising techniques like grappling and can save you a lot of time in pain. Apart from using BJJ finger tape, it is advisable that you should take some rest and heal your injury if your condition is very serious.
Spats / Compression Tights:
Spats can be worn under your regular fight shorts and has a lot of benefits for fighters. This piece of apparel helps with manoeuvrability and keeps fighters dry. Our tights offers a precise and comfortable fit for an unrestricted natural feel. The compression from the Spats provides thermoregulation to draw moisture away from the skin to keep the body dry and at an optimal temperature during training. They are designed to offer the athlete unmatched durability, this product will also help keep the muscles warm which can help prevent injury and also allows the wearer optimum performance.
We aim to bring you the latest BJJ apparel to help you enjoy the sport as well as enhancing your performance. For big BJJ fanatics, we have a large selection of stylish T-Shirts, Tracksuits, Shorts, Jackets, Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Headwear from all the top clothing brands.
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