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Basic starter guide to BJJ finger tapes

by liang weini 16 Aug 2023

Introduction:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a physically demanding martial art that puts a lot of strain on the fingers. To protect your fingers and improve your grip strength, BJJ finger tape is an essential tool. In this article, we will

1)explore the key differences between normal finger tape and BJJ finger tape, the types of finger tapes available

2)the proper technique for wrapping your fingers

3)how many BJJ finger tapes you need to prepare for training.

1. What's Difference Between BJJ Finger Tape and Normal Tapes?

When it comes to protecting your fingers during BJJ training, regular finger tape is not sufficient. BJJ finger tape is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of BJJ practitioners. Unlike regular tape, BJJ finger tape is narrower, usually around 0.3 inches or 8-9mm, making it suitable for wrapping around the fingers without the need for cutting. This narrower width ensures a secure fit and optimal support for your fingers.

It is crucial to use the correct size of BJJ finger tape to maximize its effectiveness and prevent discomfort. There are two basic types of BJJ tapes available: 1.5-inch tape and 0.3-inch tape.

The 1.5-inch tape has a larger width and needs to be cut to fit around the finger joints, while the 0.3-inch tape is narrower and ideal for covering the fingers without the need for cutting.

BJJ tape Brazilian Jiu Jitsu finger tape 0.3 inch and 1.5 inches

2. How To Properly Wrap Your Fingers?

To wrap your fingers using BJJ finger tape, follow these steps:

a. Start by tearing off a strip of BJJ finger tape, approximately the length of your finger.

b. Begin wrapping the tape around the base of your finger, just above the knuckle, ensuring a snug fit. Be careful not to wrap the tape too tightly, as it may restrict blood circulation.

c. Continue wrapping the tape diagonally around your finger, overlapping each new layer by about half of the tape's width. This technique provides optimal support and stability.

d. Once you reach the tip of your finger, secure the end of the tape by folding it over or using a small piece of tape to prevent it from unraveling.

Remember, the goal is to provide stability without restricting blood flow or causing discomfort. Practice the wrapping technique to find the right balance of support and comfort for your fingers.

Here's a video of three basic methods of finger taping.

 

 

3. What's The Frequency of Using BJJ Finger Tape and Quantity Needed?

The frequency of using BJJ finger tape depends on your training intensity and individual needs. Some practitioners may use it for every training session, while others may reserve it for when they experience discomfort or have existing injuries. It is essential to listen to your body and use finger tape as needed.

As for the quantity needed, it is advisable to have multiple rolls of BJJ finger tape on hand. A single roll should be sufficient for approximately 10 uses, depending on the length and width of the tape. Having at least two rolls available ensures you won't run out during your practice sessions.

 

Conclusion:

BJJ finger taping is an essential tool for protecting your fingers during intense grappling and BJJ training. By understanding the differences between normal finger tape and BJJ finger tape, mastering the proper technique for wrapping your fingers, and using the tape consistently during your training sessions, you can significantly reduce the risk of finger injuries and continue to progress in your BJJ journey with confidence.

Remember, the health and safety of your fingers are paramount, so don't hesitate to seek advice from your coaches and healthcare professionals if you experience persistent discomfort or injuries. 

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