In the past few years “compression wear” (a rash guard falls into this category) for athletes has been heavily researched. To avoid a bunch of statistics and charts, I can tell you that results show that the best BJJ rash guards out there are pretty damn awesome and provide many different benefits for athletes and fighters alike.
This has spurred companies and BJJ schools to constantly design newer, better and flashier rash guards for BJJ each year.
For this reason, I’ve compiled a list for you featuring only the very best BJJ rash guards you can find in 2022. I don’t want you to get lost in the avalanche of new products.
Before I present the recommendations, let’s discuss why you would want to wear a rash guard in the first place when you have a perfectly good bjj gi.
Why You Should Wear A BJJ Rash Guard
The rash guard is typically worn under your gi, and helps with the following:
Apart from looking really cool rash guards and other compression wear are engineered to strategically compress your muscles, which in turn helps prevent injury and speed up muscle recovery.
They are made to “hug” areas of your upper body with softer tissue which are more likely to be worn and torn during intense workout sessions and sparring.
Studies show that a rash guard can greatly speed up recovery after a hard rolling session.
Rash guards are made with fabrics that absorb more sweat. With just a Gi you will find yourself re-tying it every round or so. You’ll sweat more, then touch yourself, and transfer that moisture to your hands.
Wet hands are not good for maintaining a good grip. A rash guard will help keep things dry.
Prevents Rashes (Duh!) & Burning
This is obvious but preventing mat burns and rashes is the biggest purpose of any good rash guard.
Whether you are rolling with or without a Gi it is very common to get burns from the friction that is created during an intense roll.
Gis are built to be strong and durable, and the stitching can often cause too much friction. They also tend to come loose and open, letting your opponent manipulate you during a roll.
Then you have your bare back on the mat, and can’t avoid the pain.
On the other hand, many BJJ practitioners say that a rash guard protects their chest hair from burns.
So, if you want to be safer from friction and more comfortable, wear a rash guard.
Bacteria & Hygiene
I’m sure your dojo is great and the mats are sparkling clean.
But it goes without saying that even the cleanest mat has been trampled on quite a bit and humans tend to transfer bacteria.
When you are gripping your opponent and Gis open up, you will inevitably make contact with their chest, legs, and back.
A rash guard can help keep that bacteria at bay.
Those are all the reasons why rash guards are awesome and why you should invest in one. If all of the above wasn’t enough, most rash guards look really cool.
Some say a rash guard makes you feel restricted, but that’s about it for negatives, and I think the benefits greatly out-weigh this “downfall”.
Now on to our list of the best BJJ rash guards for BJJ in 2022.
These are the best BJJ/MMA rash guards:
1. Pressure Grappling Premium Rash Guard
Pressure Grappling is one of the newer brands to hit the market in the past decade, but it is absolutely one of the best. Pressure Grappling is a Colorado based company that offers premium Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gear like rash guards, spats, Gis, and T-shirts.
Their Men’s Long Sleeve with Lockdown Band is one of the best No Gi rash guards I’ve ever owned. I have the ‘Kraken’ design, which is covered with octopus tentacles (great for the octopus guard players), but they offer ten different graphic designs for this model.
The Pressure Grappling Long Sleeve features flat lock stitching and 4 way stretch, but the real star is the silicone lockdown band that keeps the rash guard from riding up your back during a roll. The sizes run a bit small, so I suggest going one size up for the average build.
This is easily my favorite rash guard, I can’t recommend them enough!
- A good choice for beginners or professional grapplers.
- Great designs.
- Lockdown band keeps rash guard in place.
- Very durable.
- Made by grapplers for grapplers.
- Sizes run small sometimes.
2. Hayabusa Metaru Rash Guard
Hayabusa is a well respected brand that has been in the martial arts game for a long time. They produce some of the finest sparring gear, gloves, and grappling gear in the industry.
The Metaru lives up to the Hayabusa Standard, and delivers on quality.
The graphic is plain and less flashy than some other brands, and is available in 4 different colors. Hayabusa regularly puts out some of the best rash guards for mma and grappling, I highly recommend their products.
- High quality material.
- Silicon waistband to keep the rash guard in place.
- Very durable and sleek fabric.
- Great for beginners or professional combat athletes.
- Designed specifically for combat sports training.
- Higher price point.
- Sizes run small.
3. Sanabul Essentials Compression Rash Guard
Sanabul is another brand with a deep connection to the martial arts world. They design sparring gear, gloves, Gis, and rash guards that are decent quality for a great price.
The Sanabul Essentials collection is a great start for people just getting into martial arts, or for longtime grapplers looking for one of the best Jiu Jitsu rash guard, so to add to the collection without breaking the bank. The Sanabul Rash Guard gets the job done and gives you your best bang for your buck; you really can’t go wrong with Sanabul.
- Great value, good for beginners or professionals.
- Available in belt rank color options.
- Good fit.
- Designed specifically for BJJ and MMA training.
- Basic designs.
4. Anthem Athletics HELO-X Rash Guard
Anthem Athletics is a relative newcomer to the world of combat sports, but they are beginning to make a name for themselves in the industry. Anthem Athletics produces Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gear, Muay Thai Gear, and No-Gi grappling wear.
The Helo-X is available in 18 different design styles with corresponding belt ranked colors. Anthem Athletics is an up and coming brand that puts out great product at a great price, making it one of the best no Gi rash guard options for beginners or longtime practitioners.
- Great Price Point.
- Good Fit, Good fabric.
- Ranked Colors, some IBJJF approved.
- Designed specifically for BJJ and other combat sports.
- Limited design options.
5. Gold BJJ Jiu Jitsu Camo Rash Guard
Gold BJJ is another newcomer to the grappling industry, but is a company that is run by grapplers, for grapplers. Their Camo Rash Guard features flatlock stitching, and mesh underarms which is something unique with this rash guard.
Keep an eye on Gold BJJ to keep putting out some of the best Jiu Jitsu rash guards as they rise in the ranks of the combat clothing industry. Highly recommend.
- Great quality fabric.
- Good fit.
- Good price point.
- Good for beginners or professionals.
- Designed by grapplers for grapplers.
- Limited designs.
6. Raven Fightwear Anubis Rash Guard
Raven Fightwear has been around for a little while, and they manufacture some of the coolest rash guards for BJJ in the business. The Anubis design is great, but there is a plethora of outstanding designs from Raven, featuring various Mythological Gods, Samurai, Vikings, and the like.
The Raven Fightwear rash guard features four way stretch as well as a rubber lining hem that keeps the rash guard in place during training. The price is higher than some of the other rash guards out there, but all art comes at a price.
- Quality Fabric.
- Beautiful and detailed artwork with high quality designs.
- Great for showing off.
- Designed specifically for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and MMA.
- Higher price tag.
7. Hawk Sports Long Sleeve Rash Guard
Hawk Sports is a wide ranging sports gear and apparel company that is making its’ way into the world of combat sports, and subsequently the rash guard market. This rash guard is marketed as more of an all around rash guard for hiking, biking, and other recreational outdoor activities, in addition to gym workouts and grappling.
The fabric has reinforced seams and four way stretch panels giving you great mobility and vented underarms to help you cool down. What really stands out about this BJJ rash guard is the price; it’s easily one of the cheapest rash guards out there for your money.
Not my favorite.
- Great value for the price.
- Good for beginners.
- Lower quality fabric than other rash guards.
- Sizes run smaller.
- Warmer than most rash guards.
- Limited designs.
- Not designed specifically for grappling.
8. TSLA Compression Baselayer Rash Guard
TSLA is a sportswear company that offers running shoes t-shirts, and other athletic gear. I’m not quite sure if the Tesla sportswear gear has any relation to the electric car company of the same name, but their designs are just as sleek. The fabric brings to mind Under Armour and other similar brands.
TSLA’s designs are fairly basic, but they offer 33 different colors and varieties! Reviews claim the sizing could be better, and are also somewhat warmer than other rash guards. The TSLA Long Sleeve may not be the best rash guard for BJJ, but it is still a decent starter rash guard for beginners.
- Large selection of colors.
- Quality material.
- Four way stretch, moisture wicking.
- Thicker material than normal rash guard.
- Not designed specifically for grappling.
- Limited designs.
9. HUGE Sports Men’s Splice Rash Guard
HUGE Sports is a company that specializes in competitive swimwear and surfwear. Their Splice rash guard falls into the category of rash guard, but maybe not the best rash guard for MMA or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Splice rash guard comes in over 30 unique designs with various sleeve patterns and several styles of camo. The fabric is two-way stretch and moisture wicking, built primarily for outdoor activities.
The Splice rash guard was not designed specifically for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but all of the elements of the typical rash guard are there. For the price, HUGE sports is right in the sweet spot for beginners or those looking to add another low price rash guard into the mix.
- Quality design from a reputable swimwear company.
- Large selection of designs and styles.
- Good cost to quality ratio.
- Decent option for beginners.
- Not designed specifically for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or combat sports.
- Thicker than normal rash guard.
10. Elite Sports Standard Rash Guard
Elite Sports is another up and coming combat sports gear company that puts out quality products at a reasonable price. They offer everything from gym bags to boxing and Muay Thai gloves and sparring gear, and of course grappling gear, from Gis to rash guards to spats.
Their rash guards are right in the sweet spot as far as price and overall value. The rash guards feature Flat Lock stitching, and the fabric is antimicrobial and antifungal treated. Another great feature is the anti-slip bands at the hem of the shirt, to keep the rash guard from riding up during training. Designs are limited, but the ranked colors.
Elite Sports is growing quickly, I suggest grabbing some of their products now before their brand expands and prices possibly rise. The Elite Sports rash guard easily sits among the best BJJ rash guards in the industry.
- High quality fabric, anti-slip waist band.
- Ranked color options.
- Great value for price.
- Designed for combat sports.
- Limited designs, less fashionable.
So there you have it, those are my picks for the best BJJ rash guards this year.
As I always recommend, be a smart shopper and research all your favorites before choosing and ordering.
If you want a rash guard that isn’t on the list make sure the quality is on point, the design won’t peel, and that it’s meant to be used in BJJ.
Take it easy!