The belts are known as one of the main hallmarks of BJJ. Regardless of the color, there is a special sense of pride of the person that ties their belt – the belt itself symbolizes much more than just a string to tie your gi with. And this means that taking proper care of your belt is important as it can help make your belt look good as you keep wearing it. And don’t worry, it’s not like you have to do something extraordinary to keep your belt neat and clean. Below you will find out more information about how to keep your belt in top shape.
Are you Supposed to wash Jiu Jitsu belt?
In short, yes. Washing your belt is not as important as washing your gi (which you should do after every training session), but it’s still important to do from time to time. And again, we’re not talking about anything extraordinary either. All you need to do is dip your belt in water and wash it thoroughly using a gentle cleaning solution – so as to not discolor it. But either way, signs of discoloration will appear as you keep on wearing your belt, it’s the natural effect of time. And if you have stripes on your belt, you have to be careful to not destroy them, after all, you worked hard to get those stripes!
One reason why some people are disinclined to wash their BJJ belts lies in tradition and myth. It’s often said that the belt actually contains all your skill in BJJ. So, if you wash it, then it means that you’re washing away your skill and that you’re disrespecting your belt. You’d be surprised to learn just how many practitioners take this as absolute truth and they fail to clean their belts accordingly. It’s unsanitary and this practice should stop.
How do you soften a Stiff martial arts uniform?
It’s not just about how your gi feels to you, as you wear it, or even in how it looks. If your gi is stiff and rough, it means that you can give your opponents hell as you grind it on their faces. We leave it up to you to determine whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. But either way, we feel that it’s quite unethical – so it’s one of the main reasons why you should try and soften your stiff martial arts uniform.
And there are several ways to do this, but one of the main ways is to actually wear it as often as possible when training. In time, the stiff fabric will loosen up inevitably due to wear and tear (and also due to sweat leaking into the fabric). So, this is the way to loosen up your martial arts uniform if you don’t want to be bothered by doing anything special.
Also, washing your martial arts uniform will make it even softer. You can use a softener solution to increase the effect even further and make your martial arts uniform very soft to the touch. In either case, it’s not required to take any excessive measures to soften up your martial arts uniform in any way.