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So Is It Okay for Men to Wear Spats with No Shorts in BJJ?

While there are no established rules on wearing spats with no shorts in Brazilian jiu jitsu, many bjj practitioners feel that it is too revealing for men, and it may be frowned upon by certain practitioners.


Key Takeaways

  • Many feel that wearing spats without shorts are too revealing for men
  • However, if you are comfortable only wearing spats then you should feel free to do so
  • Lastly, if you choose to wear spats without shorts it is strongly recommended wear underwear or compression shorts underneath them
  • In terms of competition, IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) does not allow men to wear spats for either gi or no gi – only boardshorts are allowed for no gi events.

BJJ Attire Standards for Men

In general for Brazilian jiu jitsu training, men usually wear the below:

For Gi Training:

  • Required:
    • Gi jacket with gi pants
    • Undergarments
  • Optional:
    • Rash guard (recommended)
    • Spats

For No Gi Training:

  • Required:
    • Rash guard or tight fitting shirt
    • Board shorts or fight shorts
    • Undergarments
  • Optional:
    • Spats

Additionally, it should be mentioned that certain gyms have a dress code. BJJ gyms like Atos or Gracie Barra require specific attire. Whereas, other gyms, like mine, 10th Planet San Diego, doesn’t have any specific requirements as long as training attire doesn’t have any hard parts or things that can get in the way of training or injury training partners.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Wearing Spats Alone

Comfort and Mobility

Comfort: Some training partners may be uncomfortable training with someone who is only wearing spats

  • Mobility: The elasticity of spats permits free range of motion, which is essential in a sport requiring dynamic flexibility.

Cultural Acceptance

Community Norms: In some BJJ communities, wearing spats without shorts is a departure from the norm and might be viewed unfavorably.

  • Dress Codes: As we mentioned, certain gyms enforce dress codes that may require shorts over spats, or other apparel guidelines while others leave it to the practitioner’s preference.

Guidelines from BJJ Schools and Tournaments

School Dress Codes

Many BJJ schools enforce their specific dress codes to maintain a standard of training attire. Some schools allow the wearing of spats without shorts for men, provided they are worn under a Gi or paired with a rash guard.

However, it is not uncommon for some schools to require specific gis, rashguards, shorts, or spats common for uniformity. It is essential to consult the school’s policy, as some may mandate shorts that are primarily black, white, or include the practitioner’s belt rank color.

Tournament Rules and Regulations

Tournament regulations often have more detailed attire requirements than local BJJ schools. For instance, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) specifies that for No-Gi competitions, male athletes should wear board shorts or trunks, and are not allowed to wear spats.

The shorts should not have pockets or exposed drawstrings for safety reasons and they must be black, white, black and white, and/or the color of the belt rank.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the appropriate attire for men in BJJ training?

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, men typically wear a gi for traditional training. For no-gi, the attire consists of a rash guard paired with shorts.

Can men train in BJJ wearing just spats without shorts on top?

Men can train in just spats without shorts in some gyms; however, some practitioners feel that it may be too revealing for men.

How do spats differ from compression shorts in terms of usage in BJJ?

Spats are full-length, tight compression pants, intended to be worn under gi pants or shorts, whereas compression shorts are shorter and fit like traditional bike or athletic shorts. Both offer compression but cover different lengths of the leg.

Are there any benefits to wearing spats during BJJ practice?

Wearing spats during BJJ practice offers benefits like muscle support, reduced friction burns from the mat, and minimization of skin contact, reducing the risk of bacterial infections.