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Jiu Jitsu Equipment The proper equipment in Jiu Jitsu must be worn at all times for the safety of the fighter and those he or she will compete against. This is the reason that this is inspected by the judges before a match is about to begin. But what equipment do you need to have in order to compete in Jiu Jitsu? The good news is that you don’t need a lot of stuff. Just make sure that you have everything that is needed. First, you must have a Gi which is a traditional martial arts uniform with sleeves no more than a fist distance up the arm from the waist. This will give you and your opponent the opportunity to grab hold of the other since grappling is one way of scoring a point. If there is blood or there is a tear, this has to be replaced immediately otherwise the fighter forfeits the match. For those who want to spar, you will need gloves and feet protectors so you do not inflict any serious harm on your sparring partner. If you want to do full contact sparring, you will need some proper boxing gloves. These are available in both open and closed palm designs. In order for this to be certified, it must have at least a half inch of medium to soft foam. To prevent broken jaws, you should also use a mouth guard because accidents do happen and you might get hit pretty hard in the facial area especially in the mouth. The same goes for men who might get hit in the groin. Fortunately, you can buy a groin protector. Although a sports bra isn’t very thick, this is something women should have so they don’t feel any discomfort in combat and embarrassment should all the grappling make one side of the Gi come off. You may also use a heavy bag to practice your punches. Ideally, this should weigh a hundred pounds and measures 6 feet in height so that when you are not sparring, you are able to practice other techniques. Helmets are only mandatory for fighters under the age of 16 but anyone who wants to use it will be allowed to so. After all, the padding to the head will protect your ears, eyes and forehead in the event of a frontal strike. Although Jiu Jitsu is best practiced numerous times and in the ring, you can learn a few tricks which you can use by watching videos on how others do it. You can buy the DVD or watch this through the web especially when you don’t have to pay a thing. Most Jiu Jitsu equipment is sold separately but there are some retailers that sell these in sets which consists of a sparing mitt, shin guards and boots. These are available in different sizes and designs so you are sure to find something you like. All Jiu Jitsu equipment must not contain anything metal or plastic especially when this is what you are going to use against your opponent. Keep in mind that although this is a contact sport, you are not there to inflict any serious injury. Becoming a good Jiu Jitsu fighter is not easy and you will have to practice real hard so you can win during the tournament. If you need other things to help improve your skills, ask your instructor about it so he or she can point you in the right direction.