Stepping off the Mats: Top Ten

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You’ve just finished training. Class is done, or you’re waiting for session number 2! Puddles of sweat everywhere, your Gi is soaked, and the air… Well, let’s just say after a hard session it’s not flowers and rainbows! Everyone has their own routine they follow, and after writing the article regarding Gi and training apparel being CLEAN, I thought it would be interesting to see what those routines consist of. And so, here are the TopTen of what happens after people finish that class or two…

  1. * Bow off the mat! I can’t tell you how many people forget. Some schools aren’t as traditional, but bow off and on the mats!
  2. * Slip on the sandals and grab my water. Even if people don’t have sandals, man throw on your sneakers or socks or something!
  3. * Water! I make sure to drink a lot of water. Otherwise I tend to get horrible headaches.
  4. * I always change out of my training clothes ASAP! Aside from stinking, they’re soaking wet.
  5. * Wash my face and hands! I keep wipes in my locker… It’s just good hygiene.
  6. * We tend to stick around and review, but I grab a dry shirt at least… Wash my hands.
  7. * I just freshen up. If I’m not doing double sessions I’ll change and take my stuff home to wash.
  8. * Everything goes in the washer immediately once I get home! Laundry day? Every day is laundry day with jiu-jitsu!
  9. * I take notes, ask questions if I need anything clarified, and have someone go over technique I’m not clear on.
  10. * Thank everyone for their time & help! Especially professors and higher belts.
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