The best rash guards for BJJ and MMA
In this article I am going to cover some of the best and most popular rash guards for BJJ and MMA.
Over the last 10 years there has been an explosion of popularity in Nogi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This is also known in some circles as submission grappling/wrestling. Probably due to some gyms blending elements of Judo and Catch Wrestling for the benefit of a more well rounded curriculum for MMA fighters.
If you train at a BJJ gym you will almost certainly need a rash guard to be able to take part in nogi classes. It is also good practice to wear a rash guard underneath your gi during the more traditional Jiu Jitsu classes. In most BJJ competitions a rash guard usually forms part of the uniform requirements for nogi. Some competitions also require the athletes to wear a rash guard underneath the gi.
I will go into more detail on the reasons for wearing a rash guard for BJJ and MMA towards the end of the article. If you prefer, you can scroll straight to the bottom of the page. to review the mini guide.
With the introduction out of the way here are some of the best rash guards for BJJ and MMA with my reasons for choosing them.
Tatami Shadow Collection Short Sleeve Rash Guard
Best rash guard for: Minimalist style
The Tatami Shadow Short Sleeve rash guard has an attractive 3d block print with a shadow effect. I am a fan of short sleeved rash guards and this minimalist design appeals to the sensible side of my personality.
It is made from a polyester-spandex fabric blend and sits quite tightly to ensure a comfortable fit and aid movement across the mat. It also has an elasticated bottom so it will hold its shape on your body more effectively. Click on the image or link to take you to the best price.
Tip: Go one size up if you want a slightly looser fit for this one.
Progress BJJ White Label 2.0 Short Sleeve Rash Guard
Best for: Comfort
I own three Progress rash guards, two of which are no longer in production. The reason I like their rash guards is because of the quality of materials combined with the cut, which makes the fit second to none. They actually achieve the enviable feat of being the first sports clothing manufacturer to make me look muscular!
The White Label 2.0 has an understated sublimated design (The process for using heat to apply the dyes to the fabric which makes it possible to produce a high level of detail). They look really stylish in matching shorts too. In my experience the Progress BJJ rash guards all have identical measurements so if you find one which fits perfectly you can order any of them with confidence. Click on the image or link to take you to the best price.
Keep an eye on Progress BJJ, a well established brand in the UK but a relative newcomer to the global scene.
Cody Lundin – Frank Castle – BJJ Compression Shirt
Best for: Value
I will start this by saying that I am not really a fan of wearing superhero rash guards. I just think that they should be worn by guys and girls who have superhero-like physiques. However, one exception is Frank Castle from The Punisher TV series. Not least because he is a ‘real’ person without CGI enhancement, but also because the actual styling of the shirt is aesthetically pleasing in a punk/goth kind of way.
Did I mention the price? You can usually pick one of these up for under £20 which is excellent value for a BJJ rashguard. Especially considering Venum sell an ‘official’ version in collaboration with Marvel for about £60. This represents great value for a cheap rash guard for BJJ or MMA training. Click on the image or link to take you to the best price.
Tatami ‘Thinker Monkey’ Long Sleeve Rash Guard
Best for: Art / Style
The artwork on this rash guard is by renowned artist Chris Burns, who is also a black belt under Jason Roebig, president of the Jiu Jitsu Federation of Australia. It depicts the “Thinking Monkey” sat over his latest victim peering thoughtfully at the skull he is holding. This artwork looks exceptionally well executed, and looks even better in the flesh.
Tip: This rash guard has a more forgiving than usual so you can confidently order your usual T-shirt size and not worry about squeezing into it. Click on the image or link to take you to the best price.
Venum Nogi 2.0 Long Sleeve Rash Guard
Best for: Premium feel
Venum products are amongst the finest quality in terms of look, quality and style. The Nogi 2.0 is IBJJF rank approved and made with a Dry Tech fabric which keeps you fresh even during a particularly sweaty session. The seams are reinforced and there is a thick rubber band at the waist to keep it in place during even the toughest rolls. Click on the image or link to take you to the best price.
Tip: This is a fitted cut, meaning it will be tight. So definitely order a size up. Currently this is on offer under Amazon Prime Wardrobe, which means that you can order several sizes and return those which don’t fit. Pretty handy!
So there you have some recommendations which I hope will help you choose the right rash guard for BJJ or MMA. There are plenty of other options too, I will be keeping this page updated with any other deals I find along the way. If you have subscribed to my Newsletter you will receive notification of any updates.
Mini guide to choosing rash guards for BJJ and MMA
There are a few benefits which should help make it easier to decide on wearing a rash guard instead of a t-shirt or vest.
Protect skin against mat burn. Less friction across the mats mean more likelihood of avoiding the inconvenience of mat burn.
Moisture control. Most rash guards are polyester or a blend of polyester, spandex, etc. This means that they control moisture, and keep your hands dry so you can engage with better grips.
Compression effect on the muscles which is beneficial when it comes to preventing muscle sprain/strain.
Good hygiene practice. Nobody wants your nipple in their mouth (at least not on the mats!). Additionally wearing a rash guard for BJJ and MMA reduced the amount of skin on skin contact. Reduced risk of bacteria and germ transmission should be a good thing for anyone.
Some extra advice based on experience is to check product description for a size chart. But also check consumer reviews for clues on the type of fit. You can also message the manufacturer via their website or social media account and they will always be happy to help find the right size. This positive customer experience forms part of my decision making process when choosing clothing and equipment for BJJ and MMA.
Thank you for reading!
I hope you enjoyed my review of some of the best rash guards available for BJJ and MMA. If you liked it please also check out my review for the Shock Doctor Gel Max mouthguard and a beginners guide to buying a BJJ gi. Also please feel free to contact me using the form on the Contact Me page.