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I Bought The Best BJJ Shorts (15+ No Gi Shorts Reviewed)

In the market for the best bjj shorts? Well you’ve come to the right place.

I actually went out and bought the most popular no gi jiu jitsu shorts and trained in them over the last 4 weeks. (see pic above with me attempting to model them).

For further reference, currently, I actually only train No Gi Brazilian jiu jitsu (at a 10th planet gym) so I have a bit of experience with no gi bjj apparel.

Best No Gi BJJ Shorts – At a Glance

*Best Overall Shorts* – Elite

Best Runner UpSanabul

Best Value: XMartial

Best High End Shorts: Fuji

Best Choice for Women: XMartial

No gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training does not require the practitioners to wear the traditional gi uniform and allows them to train in tight fitting, comfortable, and breathable training attire usually a rash guard and  shorts usually made from a combination of polyster, spandex, and cotton. So if you train no gi bjj, jiu jitsu shorts are essentail.

Being comfortable in what you wear and not worrying about your clothing getting in the way of training is why bjj rash guards and bjj shorts exist.

Now, lets get into the best bjj shorts…

Finding the Best No Gi BJJ Shorts

Quickly buying the first pair of no gi shorts you see online may not be the best bet.

The fact is that some shorts are made better than others.

Some things to keep in mind when buying no gi bjj shorts are:

  • fit
  • durability
  • breathability
  • how secure they feel
  • material
  • pockets
  • sewed in under garment
  • color
  • brand

I wanted to help people by trying out the most popular bjj shorts on amazon and online.

So I bought the 6 most popular shorts below:

  1. Elite Sports Shorts
  2. Sanabul Essential Shorts
  3. ROAR Fight Shorts
  4. LAFROI Men’s Fightwear
  5. Hawk Sports Shorts
  6. Gold BJJ Shorts

On top of these shorts, I also compiled detailed and comprehensive reviews on other popular bjj shorts by scouring through reviews from google, reddit, amazon, and manufacturer sites. I wanted this post to be comprehensive, detailed, and unbiased.

If your favorit bjj shorts aren’t on this list or you think we should add a pair we are missing, please drop us a line at

Quick Note: certain BJJ schools or instructors may require you to buy their own no-gi BJJ shorts that they prefer, but if they don’t, this is the post for you.

Why you can trust this list

To be clear, I personally, went out and bought all of these shorts, trained in them for several weeks, and came up with these reviews.

(please see title image and below images of me attempting to model them)

These reviewes are based on my specific experiences with wearing each of these shorts during training over the past 4 weeks.

Additionally, over the course of a long weekend and 9+ hours of researching, I have come up with this list by combining my personal experiences with these shorts as well as scouring reviews on Reddit, Amazon, vendor sites, and BJJHQ as well as surveying the opinions from my 5 main training partners at my bjj gym on their favorite bjj shorts and brands to train in.

*Keep in mind that these reveiws represent my sole opinion of these shorts and are a reflection of my training preferences that I’ve developed over my last 5 years of bjj training.

The Best BJJ Shorts – Our Recommendations and Reviews

Elite Sports Shorts:
*These are my number one recommended nogi bjj shorts*

+ Great Value
+ Perfect Fit
+ Drawstring closure
+ Side slits
+ Lightweight
– May run a bit small

SIZES: Small- 3X-Large

Whereas some other no gi bjj shorts can feel cheaply made or flimsy (like a loose bathing suit you owned in your early teenage years), the fabric with these shorts feels thick, durable, well made, and have been great for my own no gi training.

These are the ones that have been my go to choice for training recently, and they’ve held up very well.

I’ve felt that these were made of solid material, had a great fit, and were definitely secure during training.

If you prefere more fitted shorts for training these are your best bet.

Made out of 100% ultra-soft microfiber fabric, the Elite Sports Men’s Jiu Jitsu shorts are guaranteed lightweight yet durable.

It has an elastic waistband paired up with the drawstring closure that can hold well even in intense training and workouts.

It also has side slits, freely giving you more range of movements while keeping you comfortable. 

Sanabul Essential Shorts:

+ Affordable
+ Hook and loop closure
+ Made with four-way stretch fabric
– Runs Larger
– May lack durability

SIZES: 30- 38

These sanabul no gi shirts are another solid option. They come in a variety of belt rank colors, has a reinforced waist liner with draw string and velcor, and are very lightweight.

In my opinion, these shorts are pretty solid too however they are a little longer and the material is on the thinner side.

Sanabul is a name that is known all over the globe, so it is undeniably a brand that many people trust.

This no-gi BJJ short is affordable while yet performing all of the features that are expected of it.

The fact that it is made of polyester ensures that it is stretchable, comfortable, and lightweight, making moving more freely and easily.

It has a velcro closure system and a drawstring waistband to stay fit and intact. 
This essential short is made to last with its reinforced stitching and seam protection.

ROAR Fight Shorts

+ Stretch micro fabric
+ Split out seams
 – A bit baggy
– Thinner material
– Uncomfortable waistband

SIZES: Small- X_Large

If you’re looking for some more artistic designs in your no gi training these shorts are for you.

My only issue with them is that the fabric of the shorts themselves feels a bit cheap. While I wore them over the last month of training, I feel like if I continued to wear them they might be prone to rips or tears.

These BJJ shorts are made from 100% Micro Fabric Stretch Panels.

It has a strap closure that can be adjusted and an internal drawstring to help minimize movements. There are various colors and designs to choose from! 

With multiple flex panels for optimum mobility, it will help you perform better and confidently without any restrictions. 

LAFROI Men’s Fightwear

+Strong velcro and drawstring closure
– Waist line runs higher on the hips
– Looser fit
– Thin material

SIZES: Small- X-Large

These LAFROI no gi bjj shirts seemed to do the job. I can’t say too much about them since they seemed like just an average pair of training shirts. The material felt a bit thin, but seemed to hold up and wash well.

These are a solid option is you are just looking for your average, durable training shorts.

The LAFROI shorts is made of 95% Polyester and 5% Elastane.

It includes a drawstring and a Velcro closure system so that the shorts stay firmly in your waist.

The tear-resistant microfiber fabric gives the product the best possible grip to move well and comfortably and achieve maximum performance. 

Hawk Sports Shorts

+ Reinforced seams with LYCRA stretch panels
+ Affordable
– Thin material
– Velcro appears to be coming loose already

SIZES: 30- 40

I trained in thes hawk no gi shorts over the past couple weeks. They seemed to do the job with a reinforced waisteline with a tone of velcro to keep the shorts tight as well as drawstring. The material seemed a bit thin, but I guess I just prefer a thicker material for bjj training.

The Hawk Sports Shorts are a versatile pair of shorts that will serve you well for all your BJJ activities, both on and off the mat.

It is made from 125gsm Ultra Light Micro Stretch fabric and has LYCRA stretch panels in the crotch, stretching in all ways, so you’re free to move comfortably.

The Velcro closure with an internal drawstring rope secures the shorts at your waist. Plus, a hidden pocket for a mouthguard.

And what’s great about it is that it has a five-year replacement warranty!

Gold BJJ Shorts

Gold BJJ Jiu Jitsu Shorts - IBJJF Approved No Gi Fight Short - for Grappling, MMA, Wrestling, Muay Thai & Boxing
+ Ultra-stretch fabric
+ Quick drying
– Tend to ride up quite a bit
– Waistband not tight (no velcro or drawsiting..)

SIZES: X-Small- 3X-Large

Out of all these no gi bjj shorts on the list I’ve owned and worn these the longest. The material is solid, however, I wish the wasitband was more reinforced and that they didn’t ride up as much. These shorts seem to be prone to easliy falling down when pulled or tugged on during training.

That said I can recommend these especially if you prefer looser training shorts.

These fighting shorts were created with Jiu-Jitsu in mind primarily. 

Still, it is versatile enough to be utilized in other combat sports, which is why it is one of the trusted brands.

These shorts are made with 100% polyester and ultra-stretch fabric.

A more robust and improved drawstring is stitched into the waistband to ensure they remain in place when tied.
Its excellent flexibility, fit and breathable build will let you roll and train at your best.

Other No Gi BJJ Shorts to Consider:

FUJI Baseline Grappling Shorts

+ Drawstring and velcro enclosure
+ Lightweight and stretchable
– May run small
– On the more expensive end
– Thinner material

I am big fan of Fuji products and apparell for bjj.

That being said, I wasn’t really blown away by these shorts. I prefer a thicker material and a more fitted pair of shorts for jiu jitsu training.

They do have both a velcro and drawstring attachment in the waist which helped them not move around or become loose.

However, with the cost in mind as welll as the overall fit and material, these just weren’t the ones for me, personally.

If you prefer thinner material, these may be a solid option for you.

Hayabusa Men’s Icon Fight Shorts

+ Drawstring enclosure and silicon waistband
+ Ultra stretch fabric
+ Machine washable
+ Very durable
– The most expensive shorts on this list*
– Polyester blend of material may feel like plastic or rubber
-Slits run a bit higher so may need to wear some form of undergarment underneath

There’s no doubt Hayabusa makes solid products, and their shorts are no exception.

These shorts are made for durability but at that cost the material may not be comfortable to some.

Also as of this writing these are the most expensive shorts on this list which may immediate sway some.

Amazon does offer a try before you buy option too.

Yes, these are durable but at that price point. I just felt that there are other great, more affordable options out there.

RDX MMA Shorts

+ Drawstring and elastic waistband
+ Inner pocket
+ Side slits
+ Very durable
– Thinner material

While RDX may not be as popular as other brands on this list, I really don’t have anything bad to say about these shorts.

They are at about the midway price point when it comes to no gi bjj shorts so they are a solid value.

For some the design may be too plain or they may find the material on the thinner side.

However, these are a no doubt a solid options for anyone looking for training shorts.

XMartial Lizard No Gi BJJ Shorts

+ Reinforced stitching
+ Mulitple flex panels
+ Side slits
+ Great value

XMartial is known for their standout designs and solid apparel.

For me personally, I prefer a more simple design, but when researching their shorts kept coming up. Their quality is also top notch.

It terms of cost and quality of materials, they’re an excellent buy.

If you are interested in an eye catching design and great value you really can’t go wrong with XMartial.

These Lizard shorts are no doubt well made. If you don’t mind spending a bit more for high quality shorts that will last these are a great pick.

Phalanx Diced Navy HPTX Shorts

+ Perfect fit (above the knee cut)
+ Lightweight
+ Side slits
– On the expensive end

Phalanx is very popular at my gym – in fact several of my trainining partners are actually sponsored by them.

Its easy to see why. They make quality, unique products and apparel for no gi jiu jitsu.

Their designs are top notch and unlike other designs you will see commonly on bjj gear.

These shorts are definitely on the more expensive end, but they have the quality to match.

If you’re a fan of the fit, style, and design, I can guarantee you won’t be dissapointed by their quality.

XMartial Boho Women’s BJJ/MMA Compression Shorts

This pair of compression shorts are my wife’s favorite from Xmartial. After taking years to talk her into trying out bjj she finally went for it (and of course bought way more bjj apparel than she could ever use).

These compression shorts have luckily stayed in her weekly rotation.

She said that she likes the seamless waistband and that they are snug but not too tight. She also said that they do run a bit bigger so you may have to size down if you are in between sizes.

93 Brand Stand Issue Shorts (2 Pack)

+ Very affordable (2pack*)
+ Omni direction stretch crotch panel
+ Reinforced side slits
– Regular length (personal preference here)

93brand is pretty legit.

I own several of their items including 2 rashguards, 2 shorts, and 1 gi (goose feather is the best!).

They are one of the brands I will consistely check for to see when they are on sale.

I can’t say anything bad about their shorts. They are well made and built with durability in mind.

My personal preference is a short length for training shorts but again don’t let this sway you if you prefere a knee lenght short.

RVCA Grappler Elastic Walkshorts

+ Slim fit
+ Simple design
+ Shorter lenght (presonal preference)
– Very expensive (when compared to other shorts on this list)

RVCA makes quality products – there’s no denying that.

These shorts are probably the most if not one of the most expense shorts on this list.

If you can get best the price tage and are looking for a simple pair of shorts for jiu jitsu with shorter length, these may be the ones for you.

The Jiujiteiro Pro No Gi Shorts

+ Quick drying
+ Simple design
+ Sweat-wicking
+ Shorter lenght (presonal preference)
– Also very expensive (when compared to other shorts on this list)

There are premium no gi bjj short from the jiujiteiro

They are known for their simple designs, high quality*, and durable bjj gear.

The price tag may stop you from looking further, but if you are looking for the ulitmate in comfort, breathability, and quality these may be an option for you.

Anthem Athletics Reignite MMA Shorts

These shorts from Anthem come in a simple design, fit true to size, and felt pretty comfortable to train in.

One thing I would note is that these do tend to flare out and are looser on the legs due to the side slits. These may be a pro or con depending on what you prefer.

These are slightly more expensive than Sanabul or Elite shorts but the fit and quality was pretty comparable.

Overall, these shorts were comfortable and stayed tight on the waist thanks to the draw string.

SOTF Training Fight Shorts

These shorts from SOTF are on the more affordable end.

They are pretty light and have side slits which probably add to the breathable feel when wearing them. However, they don’t have any inner pockets or anything if thats something you prefer in your training shorts.

One other thing to note is that they don’t have that stretchy material feel that you get with other shorts like those from Gold BJJ.

Plus the material is probably on the thinner side. So if you prefer an affordable, thinner, breathable pair of shorts (that may be prone to ripping) these might be a good option for you.

What are BJJ or Grappling Shorts?

So what are bjj or grappling shorts exactly?

BJJ  or Grappling shorts are an essential piece of gear for every practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, alongside a top that can be a shirt or a rashguard.

It is particularly true in No-Gi BJJ, where it is one of the required clothing.

Almost all BJJ shorts are made of soft fabrics and stretchable and long-lasting materials.

These features can protect you from skin irritations, enable you to move freely, and withstand standing and ground fights in heavy training or competitions.

Grappling shorts must not have an exterior pocket, a zipper, buttons, or any other accessory that can harm you or your opponent.

What features to look for in No Gi BJJ shorts

Before getting a pair of BJJ shorts, it is vital to know first the features that best fit you.

No Gi BJJ shorts come in many shapes, sizes, colors, designs, and builds.

Here are some features you might want to look for:

  • Sizing
  • Cut and Length
  • Durability
  • Velcro and Drawstring
  • Internal Pocket
  • Sublimated Designs
  • Four-way Stretch Fabrics

How to find your correct size

Sizing may be different for each brand.

Some have a different numbering system (in shorts, it is waist measurement in inches or centimeters), and others have a letter sizing. 

The size chart below is an estimate for converting BJJ short sizes from XS – 3-XL to waist measurements (in inches):

However, remember that not everyone will fit the sizes on this chart.

It is best to check and follow the brand’s or manufacturers’ charts and guides for more accurate sizing.

Cut and Length:

Most BJJ shorts have athletic cuts and are constructed from stretchable fabrics.

Usually, the length of the boxers or board shorts ends only a few centimeters above the knee.

BJJ shorts can include split outs on both sides, allowing you to move freely without any interference or resistance to your movements.


The friction during a grappling or ground fight match often results in the ripping or tearing of gears in BJJ, including the shorts. 

Therefore, the product’s durability is a feature that needs to be ensured and given importance. 

Make sure to see the fabric and other materials used in the shorts.

Having reinforced stitches and seams, especially in the crotch area, is a significant factor to consider in the durability of the shorts.

Velcro and Drawstring:

Another good feature in BJJ shorts is a Velcro and drawstring closure system.

Velcro or the hook and loop closure has easy open and close access. It is highly reliable in holding the shorts in place even during the most intense bjj training.

An internal drawstring is an additional yet significant attribute. It provides another way to tighten the waist and reduce the shorts’ shifting during training.

Internal Pocket:

An internal pocket is handy several reasons – especilly if you go to the gym without a separate bag to hold your cell phone or keys:

With this feature, you can easily keep your mouth guard or other essential things in a safe place, especially in between training.

Sublimated Designs:

BJJ shorts with sublimated design is a significant plus factor.

Yes, it is great to have durable and comfortable wear. 

But it is also nice to look good and stylish.

With sublimated designs, you also won’t have to worry about the print peeling off.

4-way stretch fabrics:

4-way stretch fabric refers to a particular stretchable material that can extend in all ways.

It will lessen the likeliness of rips or tears when the shorts are pulled on.

This fabric is also very comfortable and breathable and allows you to move freely, precisely what we need to execute BJJ techniques that can improve overall performance.

IBJJF Approved – What shorts should I wear to compete?

Shorts you should wear to compete

IBJJF, or the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, hosts many BJJ competitions worldwide, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship and the World No-Gi Championship.

A set of regulations manages these competitions. One of which is the No-Gi Jiu Jitsu uniform requirements.

Some things to keep in mind if you are purchasing shorts to compete in IBJJF events are:

*Color: Based on the IBJJF rules, the color of the board shorts used in competitions must be black, white, black and white, or the color of your belt ranking. 

*Lenght: The length of the shorts should extend beyond the middle of the thigh but not further than the knee

*Extras: They should not contain buttons, zippers, accessories, visible drawstrings, pockets, or plastic/metal

(Compression shorts worn below the board shorts are permitted to be worn.)

Other Related Questions for No Gi BJJ Shorts:

What shorts to wear for no gi?

For no gi bjj training it is recommended to wear tighter fitting and secure shorts that are breathable and won’t get in the way of training.

Depending on your Brazilian jiu jitsu gym, they may require you to wear specific no gi attire for their no gi class so its always good to call them first.

If they do not have any requirements truly any tigher fitting shorts that won’t easily fall off or ride up will do.

If you are planning on sticking around and training bjj, we strongly recommend investing in a solid pair of no gi bjj shorts.

We recommend either Elite or Sanabul bjj shorts for beginners as these are affordable and offer great value.

What shorts are best for BJJ?

The best shorts for bjj are ones that can be secured on your waist, won’t ride up, and ulitmately, won’t get in the way of training.

You really don’t want to train in loose basketball shorts or larger board shorts. You want your shorts to fit snug and secure.

Shorts made specifically for bjj training are always going to be best.

How tight should no-gi bjj shorts be?

No-gi BJJ shorts should not be that tight, but also shouldn’t be so loose that they are slipping off you or are baggy.

It must be just enough for a comfortable and breathable fit. It could give you the mobility to move and grapple around the mat.

How long or short should no-gi bjj shorts be?

For a better and broader range of movements when wearing a BJJ short, the advised length should go past the mid-thigh but should not extend any more than below the knee.

Can you wear regular board shorts for bjj

Yes, you can wear regular shorts for regular BJJ training or sparring.

However, when competing, one must abide by the IBJJF rules, which were briefly listed above. It prevents possible harm brought by its features that are not for BJJ and keeps you and your opponent safe during the competition.

Should you wear compression shorts underneath your no-gi shorts?

Yes, you can. But you should wear whatever underwear or undergarments that you find comfortable to train in.

Additionally, it is beneficial to wear compression shorts. It promotes better blood circulation and provides additional comfort because of its fit.

Are gi pants allowed in no-gi training?

Yes, you can usually wear gi pants with no gi training as long as you are not wearing your gi jacket and just a rashguard for a top.

However, I would check specifically with your own gym.

Is no GI BJJ worth it?

Yes! no gi bjj is worth it.

While there seems to be a divide between gi bjj and no gi bjj, those who train both styles of Brazilian jiu jitsu will likely see the benefit in both.

At this point, I only train no gi bjj since its my personal preference, but I have trained both gi and no gi for quite a long time.

For more info – check out our full post on gi vs no gi bjj.

Who is the best BJJ no gi in the world?

The best bjj no gi practitioner in the world currently is, undoubtedly, Gordon Ryan.

Some other standout mentions who are certainly in the running for the greatest no gi bjj fighters of all time are:

  • Marcelo Garcia
  • Roger Gracie
  • Andre Galvao
  • Royler Gracie

Best No Gi Bjj Shorts  – Conclusion

I hope you found this list helpful. If you’re looking for a pair of good NoGi shorts, any of the ones on this list should work well for you. 

Remember to always try them on before purchasing if possible, and be sure to read the reviews to get an idea of what others are saying about the fit and quality. 

As always, if you have any questions or need help finding something specific, feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to help. 

Also, don’t forget that we offer free discovery calls so that you can chat with one of our experts about your specific needs and see if our services are a good fit for you. 

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