BJJ Uniform care
Whether its your first Gi or your 5th you need to know how to make it last and how to keep it clean and fresh so you don't turn into "that guy"
The BJJ Gi is made of a thick cotton fabric that is sturdy enough to withstand the rough training and grappling sessions that are part of BJJ. Keeping your Gi clean and properly maintained is essential to maintain good hygiene and make the most out of your investment.
Here are some helpful tips on how to take care of your new BJJ Gi:
Wash your Gi immediately after every training. This will prevent your Gi from retaining any funky smells or bacteria. Use cold water and a good detergent that counteracts or eliminates bad odors. Avoid using hot water as it can weaken the fabric faster over time.
It is best to hang dry your Gi instead of using a dryer, turn it inside out. Drying in a dryer can soften the material and weaken the threads, resulting in shrinkage. If air drying, make sure to hang the Gi in a well-ventilated area, and avoid hanging it in direct sunlight. This can dry out the fibers and reduce the durability of the Gi.
Don't keep your Gi in your car ever. Your gi will retain any smell that lingers in your car. Although your nose may not be able to smell it, your teammates probably can.
It is highly recommended that you have multiple Gis, especially if you train more than one day a week. This ensures that you have a clean Gi to wear every day, and it prolongs the life of each Gi by reducing wear and tear.
It is also important to use good detergents that eliminate bad odors. You can even wash with a little bit of vinegar as well, as this helps get rid of any bad smells. Avoid using bleach, as this can ruin the Gi, and use fabric softener in moderate doses. Any softener will do as long as it doesn't have bleach in it.
Coloured gis such as blue and black may fade over time, which is natural and shows that you've been training hard. To reduce fading, you can fill your washer with cold water and add 1/2 a cup of white vinegar before the first wash. Let it soak for 20-30 minutes and then start the washing cycle.
We sell Gi's at the club but if you're looking for something a bit special I recommend these sites:
Auckland Martial Arts Supplies: These guys sell our standard BJJ gigs and they are the very best budget Gi available in NZ. They're quick at shipping your orders.
Zenjo Martial Arts Gear: These guys have some great Gi's at good prices check here before looking overseas. Super efficient systems in place for ordering and shipping and returns. Based out of Auckland.
Storm Kimonos: Another good Auckland option. Don't pay full price though.. Wait for a sale..
Taking care of your BJJ Gi will not only make it last longer, but it also shows respect for your coach and training partners. Remember, keeping yourself and your Gi clean is the most considerate thing you can do for your teammates. So, be mindful, take care of your personal hygiene, and see you on the mats!
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