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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Fecteau

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: What to Wear While Training

Besides the traditional uniform of the gi, what should I, or my child be wearing while training at the gym or in class? This question is a frequent one for new students to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or even new students to a specific gym/club as many facilities can employ specific rules and regulations.

Traditional Gi
Traditional Gi


It’s always keen to check with your training facility as to what their "dos and don’ts" are before your first class. None-the-less, here is a basic guideline to follow.


When training, some gyms require a gi (traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uniform) to to be worn at all times, and others do not. Some gyms even have their students wear them occasionally.

It’s always best to ask the specifics of the gym you or your child are training at.

If the gym requires a gi to be purchased, many times the gym themselves will sell them or lend one to you for the day or you can just simply ask the facility where they recommend purchase from.

If the gym allows training to be performed in exercise clothing. Here are some do’s and don’ts of what to wear.

BJJ Workout Clothes


*Protective gear (cup, knee brace, ear guards, mouth guard, shin guards, etc.)


*Compression Gear

*Board Shorts

*Spandex Shorts/Pants

*Athletic Tape (if needed)

*Wrestling Shoes (if club or gym allows)

Baggy Workout Pants: DONT


*Baggy Clothing

*Clothing with Extra Pockets, Belt Loops or Loose Fabric

*Sneakers or Shoes


Items on this “don’t” list are extremely important to adhere by as they can pose quite a danger to not only yourself, but your training partner as well.

When sparing or grappling with another student, toes and fingers can get caught and twisted in the loose fabric and could potentially cause serious damage.


Basic hygiene is very important in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu due to the close contact with peers through grappling, training and competition.

Clip Fingernails to train BJJ

Hair out of face for workout

Take Piercings Out to Train BJJ

Finger and toe nails should be trimmed, hair should be in a ponytail, bun or braid and out of the face and lastly, all piercings should be taken out.

All of these hygienic rules are for the safety of yourself as a student as well as your opponent.

As mentioned before, feel free to call the club you will be training at and ask about their dress code. This will save you time, money, and stress. Get your gym bag packed, because you are ready to be on your way to your first lesson!

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