When you're training Jiu Jitsu or MMA you're going to need a rash guard to protect your skin from the mats. If you don't wear a rash guard when grappling on the mats your skin will get burnt and it's very unpleasant. 

We've compiled a list of the top rash guards available and explain the features and benefits and the pros and cons of each rash guard. We'll help you find the right rash guard for you depending on your preferences and if you're competing in tournaments. Then you'll want an IBJJF approved rash guard. 

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image of Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard

Sanabul Essentials

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Gold BJJ Rash Guard

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Anthem Athletics HELO-X Rash Guard

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Hawk Sports Rash Guard

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Elite Sports Rash Guard

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Hayabusa Metaru Rash Guard




#1
image of Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard
5 of 5 Stars

These rash guards are made with high performance, anti-microbial fabric with fully sublimated graphics for durability. They have ventilated mesh underarms to increase airflow for maximum comfort.


  • Meets IBJJF regulations for No Gi BJJ competition
  • UV SPF 50 protection for outdoor use
  • Comes in long sleeve and short sleeve styles
  • Available in six colors: white, blue, purple, brown, red, and black
  • Available is sizes from Small to XX-Large
image of short sleeve Sanabul Essentials Rash Guard

Pros

  • Multi-purpose
  • IBJJF Approved
  • Color Options
  • Kids and Youth Sizes Available

Cons

  • Not the most durable so buy a few
#2
image of Gold BJJ Rash Guard
4.5 of 5 Stars


This rash guard is lightweight and made with moisture-wicking compression fabric with flatlock stitching and sublimated graphics for durability. It has breathable mesh underarms and long cut midriff for comfort. 

  • Ideal for taller frames
  • Comes in long sleeve and short sleeve styles
  • Available in two colors: white camo, black camo
  • Available in sizes from X-Small to XX-Large

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image of Gold BJJ black camo long sleeve Rash Guard
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Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Color options
  • Money back guarantee

Cons

  • Sizing can be tricky
#3
image of Anthem Athletics HELO-X Rash Guard
4.5 of 5 Stars


The HELO-X Rash Guard is made up of ultra light, moisture-wicking compression fabric with fuly sublimated graphics for durability.


It has multiple stretch panels with flatlock stretching for comfort and security. Some styles meet IBJJF regulations for competition. 

  • Comes in long sleeve and short sleeve styles 
  • 19 colors and designs to choose from
  • Available in sizes from Small to XX-Large
#4
image of Hawk Sports Rash Guard
4.5 of 5 Stars


Made with breathable, fast drying, antimicrobial treated compression fabric for durability. The micro-mesh panels allow airflow for comfort.


It has reinforced seams with overlock stitching for security and LYCRA stretch panels for 360 degree mobility.

  • UPF 50+ rating ultraviolet protection for outdoor use
  • Comes in long sleeve and short sleeve styles
  • Available in sizes from Small to XXX-Large
  • Fabric is machine washable

Pros

  • Multi-purpose
  • Low price
  • Excellent value
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Sizing can be tricky
  • Only comes in black
#5
image of Elite Sports Rash Guard
4.5 of 5 Stars


Made with a polyester-spandex blend compression fabric with antimicrobial and anti-fungal treatments and fully sublimated graphics for durability. 


It's non-chafing with a 4-way stretch panel for comfort. It has an anti-slip waistband with flatlock stitching for security. The honeycomb mesh underarm allows for airflow to increase performance.  

  • Comes in long sleeve and short sleeve styles 
  • Available in seven colors: red, black, blue, white, gray, purple, and brown
  • Available in sizes from X-Small to 4X-Large
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Pros

  • Multi-purpose
  • Very Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Many Color Options 

Cons

  • Letters may peel
#6
image of Hayabusa Metaru Rash Guard
4.5 of 5 Stars

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This rash guard is made of a polyester-elastane blend compression fabric with fully sublimated graphics. It also has a silicon hem, anti-slip inner waistband. It offers muscle support and full range of motion. 

  • Machine Washable
  • Comes in long sleeve and short sleeve styles 
  • Available in four colors: blue, green, red, and gray
  • Available in sizes from Small to X-Large
  • For regular fit, go one size up
image of Hayabusa Metaru Blue Rash Guard
image of Hayabusa Metaru Green Rash Guard
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image of Hayabusa Metaru Grey Rash Guard

Pros

  • Durable materials
  • Comfortable fit
  • Sleek design
  • Color options

Cons

  • Sizing can be tricky

What to Look for in Rash Guards

Material

Rash guards should be made of compression fabrics. Look for antimicrobial treatment to prevent odors. You also want to make sure they sublimate the graphics. 

IBJJF Approved

If you compete in no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments then you'll want to wear a rash guard that has already been approved by the IBJJF. The color depends on your rank. The shirt must be black, white, or black and white and with at least 10% of the rank color belt of the athlete. Shirts that are 100% the color of your rank are also permitted. 

Short or Long Sleeve

You can wear short or long sleeve shirts in no-gi competitions. It's just a matter of personal preference. Some people like the feeling of having long sleeves and vice versa. Keep in mind that if you have long sleeves it's easier for your opponent to get a grip on you. 

About the author 

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We are a team of brothers that fell in love with MMA around the time Strikeforce and the UFC merged. We spent a lot of time playing UFC Undisputed in between fight cards but we have done our research on the best MMA gear and we hope you find our information useful.