As all fighters know, hygiene is an important part of practicing martial arts. If you’re new to MMA or to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you should take some time to learn good hygiene practices. Here are some hygiene tips for your martial arts practice:

Keep Your Gi Clean

When you’re practicing BJJ and other martial arts, it’s important to keep your uniform clean. Your gi is in direct contact with the mats that people’s feet touch and track dirt on. You also sweat (and occasionally bleed) in your gi, so don’t skip washing and drying it. You’ll often be wearing other gear as well. Don’t forget to wash everything after every training session.

You can use white vinegar to clean your gi by adding it to your washing machine. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic, meaning that it will slow the growth of microorganisms, which will help prevent infection. 

 Keep Your Nails Trimmed and Hands Sanitized

Your hands can be carriers of all kinds of bacteria, so be sure to sanitize them directly before your training begins. It’s also a good practice to keep your fingernails and toenails trimmed at all times. Short nails are less likely to cut you and your training partners. If you do get a cut or notice an open wound, be sure to cover it immediately.

Other Good Practices

As you probably know, taking a hot shower after every training session is a must. It’s also a good idea to shower beforehand whenever possible. Be sure to use an antiseptic soap when you shower. Rinsing off isn’t enough to prevent ringworm. And don’t forget to brush your teeth and put on deodorant before training, so that you don’t smell while on the mats. 

If you sweat during training, you should try to wipe off the mats as much as possible. Disinfect the mats and use paper towels rather than your personal towel. 

If you have any signs of ringworm, make sure to tell your school. You’ll have to sit out training until you’re healed. Address it quickly and try not to worry about it. You’ll be back on the mats in no time.