Daily Archives: June 25, 2014

The One Thing They Don’t Tell You About BJJ

…Is all the laundry you’ll be doing.

You step into your local academy- a friendly instructor takes you through an intro session, or you take your first beginner class, and some higher rank takes you through what you should do and expect: you bow on and off the mat, shake hands with your partner, drill this, locker room is there, you’ll progress, lose weight, become (slightly) more athletic and agile, feel amazing….

What they don’t tell you is “you may want to buy a membership from Costco just for detergent and dryer sheets, ’cause you’re gonna use a lot. Like, a lot.” 

It’s actually true of all sports and heavy involvement with any physical activity, but you have been, or will be doing a heck of a lot of laundry to maintain your hygiene. There is a brief mention of always wearing a clean gi, but it’s a deceptively simple sentence.

“Oh, keep your gi clean,” you say to yourself, “easy enough!”

And it is easy in the beginning, when you are only training a couple of times a week.

Until you train everyday, or sometimes twice a day. In the summer. And maybe you’re a girl, and so you have to wear a sports bra. And I really hope everyone, guy or girl is wearing a bottom set of underwear (don’t laugh, that’s not always the case- why do you think IBJJF mentions athletes wearing underwear in their rule book?)

And we’re not even talking about no-gi and all the other accessories you may have to wear: rashguards, board shorts, assorted braces….the list goes on and on. The good news is your training partners greatly appreciate your efforts to keep yourself clean and smelling fresh. So, you have that going for you.

So, if you get bit by the BJJ bug, and become heavily involved and train all the time, prepare yourself- you’re going to be doing a lot of laundry.




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