Gifts For Jiu Jitsu Lovers This Holiday Season
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This holiday season get your Jiu Jitsu lover exactly what they want. Gift giving can be hard, especially if you don’t know the first thing about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Don’t worry, we can help you find some great gift ideas that will put a smile on the face of the BJJ practitioner in your life.
A New Gi is Always a Winner
The Jiu Jitsu gi is what we wear during practice and competition, and is our only chance to personalize. Generally speaking a well made gi (or sometimes called kimono) will last a very long time. However, sometimes the budget picks fade, wear and rip very quickly. If you sneak into the closet and see that your loved one’s gi is showing serious
signs of wear and tear, a new one is a great option.
Expect to pay $100 – $250 for a good, well made gi or kimono. There are budget options available, but beware, they tend to show wear quickly. Check out our BJJ GI buyers guide if you need some help with the specifics.
Rash Guard or Spats
Underneath the gi, some of us choose to wear a long and tight fitting synthetic base layer. This layer will prevent damage to the skin during training, and will extend the life of your gi. A rash guard on top, and spats on bottom are useful in creating a more hygienic training environment for yourself and others. Not to mention, it helps keep the stink out!
Cost here is much lower than a gi, expect to pay $50-$75 for a quality item.
Guaranteed, one thing we all love is to win. Most of us who are training jiu jitsu love the feeling of pulling of a new acquired technique in training. The feeling of “HOLY CRAP! It works!” is just the bee’s knees. There are ton’s of instructional video resources out there, but a few places you can’t go wrong.
BJJFanatics.com is the primary source for online instructional videos. Gift cards are not available, but if you want to be specific, you can’t go wrong with anything from Gordon Ryan, John Danaher or Marcelo Garcia. If you want to be precise in your choice, try and find out what your recipient struggles with. Just a simple “how’s jiu jitsu going?” can reveal a lot about a person’s game. Listen closely for positions they like to play and what they might be struggling with.
Memberships and Private Lessons
Jiu Jitsu is free, but memberships to a gym are not. Every month we shell out and a little bump here and there is always appreciated. The extra cash can go almost anywhere, but if it were me I would take the opportunity to schedule a private lesson with my favorite instructor at the academy. Alternatively, you can skip straight to the punchline by scheduling and paying for a private lesson ahead of time.
I can pretty much guarantee that anyone who has been training on a consistent basis has a litany of aches and pains. A sticky shoulder here, sore neck there – that kind of thing. Often, we are tougher than we are smart, and neglect these injuries using the excuse of cost and time commitment away from the mats. A massage or trip to the chiropractor is something simple that we could all use, I’m sure.
The holidays are a lot of fun, especially when you’ve picked out the perfect gift for your loved one or friend. I hope that our guide has been helpful, and you all have a wonderful holiday season!