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How to Keep Yourself & Others Safe in Jiu-Jitsu

jiu jitsu training partner safety gracie barra scottsdale azBrazilian jiu-jitsu can look very intimidating. One may wonder why anyone would ever try such an aggressive sport. On the contrary, jiu-jitsu is also called “the gentle art” and is a relatively safe activity.

As with all sports, precautions should be made to reduce the risk of injury. Here are some ways you can keep you and your other jiu-jitsu practicioners safe during training.

Wear Protective Gear

Headgear and mouthpieces are the two most common types of protective gear jiu-jitsu practitioners wear. Headgear protects students’ ears from a condition called cauliflower ear, which wrestlers also wrestle with. The name comes from a fluid building up in ear tissue, creating a cauliflower-like appearance.

Some jiu-jitsu practitioners prefer wearing mouthpieces, but many also find it harder to breathe with one on. It is up to each student to choose whether he or she wants to wear protective gear, so it’s best to go with what makes you comfortable.

Keep Yourself Clean

Rolling around on a mat may sound a bit gross, especially when drills and training are involved. Schools must clean their mats regularly to prevent viruses and bacteria from spreading. In addition, students should practice good hygiene: cutting your nails, showering, and coming to class in a clean gi.

jiu jitsu training partner safety gracie barra scottsdale azBe a Safe Training Partner

Jiu-jitsu is not an individual sport. Everyone receives support, which is a awesome benefit to being apart of our team. Being a safe training partner is important not only to your own success, but for your teammates’, too.

Keeping your training partners safe means accommodating each other’s weight, age and skill level. Its okay to push each other, but it’s important to respect each other’s limits, as well. There are benefits to rolling slow and going with the flow.

Use Safe Jiu-Jitsu Techniques

Thanks to the Internet, there is a plethora of jiu-jitsu techniques available to practitioners. Some techniques you may find on YouTube involve more risk and if done incorrectly, can cause injury.

It’s always important to progress at your own skill level. For instance — learn the triangle before you try a flying triangle. All students must learn to stand before they can walk, and learn to walk before they can run. Jiu-jitsu can take time to learn, so be patient and don’t rush learning something cool online, unless it’s sensible for your skill and knowledge level.

Safety Takes Practice

Jiu-jitsu is a sport, and just like other sports, injuries do occur. Luckily, we can beat the odds by practicing these safety tips. When everyone puts safety first, we all win.

Learn More About Gracie Barra Scottsdale 

Gracie Barra Scottsdale is excited to bring Brazilian jiu-jitsu to Scottsdale, Arizona and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in trying Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra Scottsdale, we’re running a Pre-Registration Special for a $100 coupon off your uniform & first month of classes, valid for the only first 50 people who sign up! Learn more here.

~ Patrick J. Flores

writer patrick flores gracie barra brazilian jiu jitsu scottsdale azAbout the Author: Patrick’s love for martial arts began early on in life. He was greatly influenced by pop culture and the desire to mimic figures he saw on TV. This sparked his love affair with combat sports and the culture behind it. He obtained a BA in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and wrote his senior thesis on the development of Martial Arts within the United States. During this time, he practiced Karate, eventually receiving his black belt under Sensei Ray and Shawna Ginocchio in 2011. Soon after achieving his black belt in Karate, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Patrick is currently holding a purple belt under Professor Rafael Olivera and trains out of Gracie Barra Chino. In addition to training in jiu-jitsu, Patrick attends California State University Fullerton for his MBA. He hopes to one day use his experience, education, and passion for martial arts to develop a rewarding career.

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