The 5 Most Annoying Types of Partners in BJJ

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If you are new to Jiu-Jitsu don’t be this guy.  If you train with this guy slip him a copy of this post in his gear bag.

1. The dirty partner

Almost everyone has faced someone like this, usually already starting at white belt. These are a combination of practitioners that; don’t wash their gis, don’t cut their nails, and/or walk all day in sandals and don’t wash their feet before they come on the mat. The combinations of characteristics just go on and on. Worst thing about them is that they may carry bacteria that can cause infections on the mat, especially if they cut anyone with their long and dirty nails…gross.

2. The smelly partner

Usually combined with the characteristics of the ‘dirty partner’, the ‘smelly partner’ is the guy who so rarely washes his gi that he has several nasty aromas emanating from his gi. They can range from body odor to that pungently sour gi collar smell. Some guys smell so bad that some people just wan to stop rolling and run away – a potent illegal weapon. It’s up to the instructors to spot these situations and remind their students that their gi must be washed before class.

3. The complainer

This is the guy that you see so many people mocking in youtube videos. He is the dude that tells you about all his injuries, no matter how minor or severe and anytime you get something even remotely advantageous, he starts to complain about his pain and you guys have to restart. Chances are, this guy is acting this way because he is afraid to lose and his ego just can’t take it. Theoretically, if these guys are too injured to roll, they should sit out, or not come to class until they have recovered. Rolling with guys like this could be a waste of time for both parties, so it’s better to avoid them altogether.

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