Finger health is very important in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where tight grips and accurate moves are very important. That’s where finger tape comes in. It gives the practitioner the support and security they need to avoid injuries that could keep them from training.
BJJ, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a type of martial art that focuses on fighting on the ground. BJJ comes from judo and traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu. It has become very famous because of its usefulness and effectiveness for self-defense and sports.
In this guide, we’ll talk about the risks of not protecting your fingers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the benefits of properly taping your fingers, and give you a step-by-step method to make sure your fingers stay strong during hard training sessions.
Being aware of the risks
BJJ finger accidents happen a lot
Finger injuries like sprains, fractures, and hyperextensions are common among BJJ practitioners because they grip and grapple so much during training and tournaments.
Possible long-term effects of not wearing finger protection
If you don’t protect your fingers, you could end up with chronic pain, less movement, or even long-term damage that could affect how well you do in BJJ overall.
How important is finger dexterity for good grappling?
Keeping your finger dexterity at its best is important for doing exact moves, transitions, and keeping a strong grip, all of which are necessary for good grappling.
Why finger taping is a good idea
Better grip power and control during competitions and training
When properly taped fingers, they make grips stronger, which helps BJJ practitioners control their opponents better in practice and in tournaments.
Stopping finger hyperextension and damage to the joints
Taping your fingers together protects them from overextension and joint injuries, so your fingers can handle the tough demands of BJJ without giving out.
Getting rid of finger breaks and sprains
Fingers that are taped add an extra layer of protection, making it less likely that you will hurt them and have to miss practice or a competition.
The Right Way to Tape Your Fingers
A step-by-step guide on how to tape your fingers for BJJ
1. Wash and dry your hands. Before you put the tape on, make sure your hands are clean and dry.
2. Begin with a strip that holds things in place. Wrap a piece of tape around the base of your finger to make an anchor that will stay in place.
3. Put tape around the joints. Keep going around each joint with the tape, making sure it fits snugly but not too tightly.
4. Hold the tape in place at the top. Wrap the tape around the top of the finger one last time, and keep it in place.
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Advice on how to keep the tape in place during hard workouts
If you need to, you might want to re-tape between rounds to make sure the tape stays in place during tough training. Also, keep an eye on the tape to see if it’s coming loose.
What Not to Do: Common Mistakes
over-taping, which can make it hard to move your fingers and stop blood flow
It’s important to provide support, but too much tape can make it hard to move your fingers and stop blood flow. Find the right mix to get support without giving up flexibility.
Not checking to make sure the support and orientation are right
Before hitting the mats, take a moment to make sure that the tape on your fingers is in the right place. This easy step can reduce the risk of getting hurt a lot.
Adding proper finger taping techniques to your BJJ practice is a small investment that will pay off big time. In addition to keeping you safe from harm, it also lets you keep improving your skills and getting the most out of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.