So you started training Jiu Jitsu? Good decision! This is a truly amazing sport and has changed many lives including my own! BJJ is a long road to start walking down and there isn’t really any final destination that you can reach, but there are so many amazing opportunities on this road and you’ll meet a lot of great people along the way!
If your just starting out there are several things you will need to get in order to make the most of your training. You might not have any idea what you should get but that’s why I’m writing this post! This is for anyone who’s just starting out in Jiu Jitsu and wants advice on what they need to get, what brands are any good, etc. Well fret no more because im here to give you all the answers you came for, and probably a few answers you didn’t ask for too…
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi’s
So first off your going to need a gi. This is the uniform that you wear while your training. there are a lot of different brands of Jiu Jitsu gi’s, some better than others. I own five gi’s, I think… I’m starting to lose track. All of my gi’s are different brands so I have a good gauge of what brands are good quality or not, and what’s worth getting when you start training.
So just to be up front I have never had a Fuji gi. I have rolled with lots of people wearing one though and I am listing it here because it is a good starter gi. Fuji gi’s are decent quality but they are at a very good price. When your just starting out the low price point of a Fuji gi is a great option to get yourself into the sport! If you want to order your own Fuji gi click the link here!
The last gi I purchased was a Hayabusa. They have great quality and are at a reasonable price! After rolling in my Hyabusa gi I can definitely say that I would give a strong recommendation for this brand for anyone looking for their first gi! It has a great fit, the material is comfortable and it doesn’t restrict my movement. If you want to check this gi out for yourself follow the link here!
Kingz is my favorite gi brand by far! Anyone who asks me anything about gi’s gets more than they bargained for when I over enthusiastically tell them about how good Kingz gi’s are! The first gi I ever got was a Kingz V2 Ripstop and it is by far my favorite. I’m getting the Kingz Balistico 2.0 in the next couple months and I seriously can’t wait! Kingz makes the highest quality gi’s that look and feel amazing! If I was to recommend any one gi to somebody it would of course be a Kingz! Follow the link here if you are interested!
Also when you get your gi check to see if it comes with a free white belt. Some do but most don’t. If your gi doesn’t come with one click the link here to get one. The belt you get isn’t a big decision, basically just what brand you want on the belt.
When your just staring out one of the things you will need is a rashguard. A rashguard puts a barrier between you and your opponent helping to prevent the spread of skin diseases like ringworm. It’s also nice to not have your training partners hairy chest in your face while your rolling with them, just saying. So what rashguard you like is going to be a personal preference that you have to develop for yourself. I can give a few suggestions for where to start though. So when it comes to rashguards there are a couple different things to keep in mind, the fit and if it is short sleeve or long sleeve.
First lets talk about the fit. Some rashguards have a much tighter fit then others. I personally prefer a bit of a looser fit but I do have a couple tighter products. If you want a tighter fit I would suggest a Venum Rashguard, That’s what I have, it fits comfortably and doesn’t restrict me which is the most important thing to look for. Like I said I personally like a looser fit but this is still a great choice. Some looser fitting brands that I am a big fan of are Fusion Fight Gear and Raven Fightwear. If you are a big nerd like I am your going to love Fusion Fight Gear Designs! They make rashguards with licensed designs from pop culture brands such as DC, Marvel, Evil Dead, Terminator, etc. I have a set of the Joker Killing Joke rashguard and spats and they are my favorite from my collection. I might have too much Jiu Jitsu gear… don’t judge me.
The next thing to consider is whether you want a long sleeve or short sleeve rashguard. I prefer a long sleeve, don’t ask me why because I don’t know. I guess it’s just because it’s what I started out with or maybe it’s because I wore a long sleeve compression shirt when I played hockey, who knows. One of my buddy’s is the opposite. He wont wear anything except a short sleeve rashguard. He finds a long sleeve gets caught up in his fingers when he’s grabbing his own sleeve for an Ezekiel choke. This ones up to you to decide, my recommendation is long sleeve but lucky for you most brands make some variation of both options.
So when your just starting out your going to learn most things from the instructor you are training under. Anything that you want to learn you should just ask your instructor, they will most likely have the answer and they will be able to walk you through the steps in person. This is much more useful when starting out than anything you can find online. That being said there are a lot of usefull resources online that can help you supplement what your instructor teaches you.
10th Planet Mastering the System
One resource that I have been using a lot lately is the 10th Planet Mastering the System videos. This isn’t even an affiliate but I’m still going to recommend them because I think the product is so useful. I’m not going to say how much the subscription is just in case the price changes in the future but trust me when I say its far cheaper than what the resource is worth. Not only do you get access to a huge archive of 10th Planet material you also have access to a forum where you can ask questions that will be answered by people on the forum such as Ben Eddie and the great Eddie Bravo himself. I seriously can’t recommend this enough to people!
Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro is probably the first Jiu Jitsu book most people get, it was the first one I got anyway. I have seen a lot of people come to class to show people the book they got just to have almost everyone there say “Yeah I already have it.” But this is a sign that it’s a useful resource! This book breaks down tons of techniques and concepts that will help accelerate your game. The details in this book have definitely helped me improve many aspects of my game, from a small tweak on how to finish an armbar to foot placement while performing a sweep this book is an invaluable resource for anyone starting out in BJJ!
There are lots of other things that you will want to pick up if you keep training such as Fight Shorts, Mouth guards, Training DVD’s, Spats, Finger tape, etc. For now these are the things you will need to get started on your Jiu Jitsu journey! Have fun and good luck, just remember that to get good you need to stick with it and be consistent!
Please share this article with anyone who is just starting out and wants to know what to get, it will help a lot! Thanks for reading!