The How, When, and Why Of Caring For Your Gi

When you start Jiu Jitsu training, you will quickly learn the importance of your Gi. It is a weapon to be used against your opponents (and sometimes you), it shows your style, it shows your commitment to the sport and Academy.

You will come to respect to respect your Gi and cherish it.

Like anything of importance to you, you need to look after it. That starts with washing it after EVERY single session. Apart from the health benefits and reduced risk of spreading germs, cleaning your Gi shows respect for yourself, your training partner, and your academy.

Let’s face it, rolling with someone that doesn’t have a clean Gi is an unpleasant experience. Don’t be that person!

Germaphobes may not like this, but every time you train, you’ll come in contact with germs. They’re on the mat, your partners carry them, and they’re always present on your skin.

While most of these germs are harmless (some are even essential to your health), there’s the odd one or two that can lead to infections.

As an Academy, we do everything we can to provide a clean, well-maintained facility. This is one of the reasons we have white mats, they instantly show any dirt or grime!

The mats are cleaned after every class and deep cleaned once every month, we insist you wear shoes when you step off the mats, and we have anti-bacterial wipes available for any accidents that may happen.

All this helps reduce the risk of you catching an infection, but we need you to do your part too. That starts with cleaning your Gi (any other training kit you used), and that doesn’t mean just spraying it with deodorant and letting it dry.

6 Simple Tips To Keeping Your Gi In Tip Top Shape.

Here’s a few simple tips to help keep your Gi clean and last longer.

#1. Wash your Gi as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the harder it’ll be to clean.

#2. Wash new Gis with White Vinegar. If you have a new coloured Gi (or White Gi with a lot of colour on it) wash it with white vinegar for the first few washes. The vinegar will help fix the colour and keep it looking fresher longer.

#3. Wash your coloured Gi’s separately from whites to avoid colours running.

#4. Soak your Gi in white vinegar soak if it smells even after you just washed. Soak it in white vinegar for a few hours or overnight then wash it with warm water and add 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup ba

#5. If your GI is too big, try hot washing it and hang drying first. If it’s still too big, consider using a tumble dryer on medium, just check it every 5 minutes, so it doesn’t shrink too much or warp the collar.

#6. Washing your Gi at 30 or 40 degrees is fine for the majority of the time. This will avoid shrinkage, and it’s better for the environment.

This great video cover’s a bunch of useful information about caring for your Gi

Let’s be honest; your teammates respect your training, your hard work and dedication, and your cleanliness more than the fancy Gi you own.

Should You Wash Your Belt?

Traditionally (and I’m talking hundreds of years ago), there was only one colour of belt, and that was white.

As this belt wasn’t washed, the longer you trained, the darker your belt became until it was black with countless hours of blood, sweat, and work. So the darker the belt, the more hours you’d put in on the mat and the better you were.

This lead to the myth that your skill was contained in your belt contained your skill, and if you washed your belt, you’d wash away your skill.

I have heard this story many times in my martial arts career, and whether it’s true or not I don’t know, but clearly, your skill is NOT contained in your belt.

After rigorous testing, I promise you won’t lose your Jiu Jitsu skill if you wash your belt. What you will lose are any nasty germs or bacteria you’ve collected while train.

So please wash your belt (and anything else you’ve trained in) as much as you wash your Gi.

When to get a new Gi

Like any piece of training equipment your, Gi has a life span. No matter how carefully you look after it, your Gi will eventually start to fray, tear, and will need replacing.

But how do you know when to replace a Gi?

A few small frays or tears are ok, and I know if they happen to your favourite Gi you’ll want to keep using it. However, if they get big enough to put a finger or toe through you need to get a new Gi.

Obviously, you don’t want your training partners (or your) digits getting caught up in your Gi. While you may get the submission, they may also get broken, which is no fun for anyone.

And look at it this way, when you old Gi finally dies, you can get the latest, fancy Gi on the market. So not only are you protecting your partners, you can look good doing it too.

For more information about training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Plymouth and to get your FREE Trial call 01752 262233 or visit https://bjjplymouth.co.uk/get-started/ today.

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