Original Article: www.gbgardengrove.com
While addressing hygiene issues might stink, it’s a crucial part of safety in martial arts. Here are several guidelines to keep our academy sanitary and members healthy:
Wash all equipment after every class. This includes, but is not limited to your kimono, rash guard, shorts, and other protective gear. Besides the obvious benefit of eliminating odor, this can help prevent dangerous infections like staph. Make sure this becomes as natural to you as your martial arts techniques because this is the first and most important hygiene training rule!
- Ensure fingernails and toenails are trimmed short before each class.
- Shower and use deodorant before and after training. Jiu Jitsu hygiene products like Defense Soap are sold on the web and possible local MMA/BJJ stores like On The Mat in Huntington Beach and Budo Videos in Fountain Valley
- Brush your teeth and use mouthwash before training to eliminate bad breath.
- Experience, the more likely you are to acquire and keep high-quality training partners!
- Treat dandruff with products like Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo.
- Cover cuts and scratches before training.
- Never train if you are sick with common communicable sicknesses such as the cold or flu.
- Skin issues are a common but serious part of any martial art. It is especially important in grappling arts like BJJ to be able to recognize issues like staph and MRSA and consult your physician for further assistance.
- If you suspect a staph infection, get medical attention immediately. These fast-spreading illnesses can actually be fatal if ignored.
- If you suspect ringworm, consult a doctor right away. As with all grappling infections, wait to confirm it is completely gone, even after your symptoms appear to subside before resuming training.
- Wear compression shorts or Under Armour-style athletic underwear. Boxers and briefs are not only uncomfortable to train in, but they aren’t designed for this kind of activity.
- Take everything you brought to the gym with you home when you leave. Leaving these around causes odor and fosters bacteria growth.
- Put on footwear when you’re not on the mat. This is absolutely necessary if you have to use the restroom before, during or after any training session.
This simple guide is very effective, but is by no means a “master list”. If you want to go the extra mile in self-care, that’s great! You can never be too clean and your gym will definitely notice your effort.