Gear Review: Fuji Sports Freestyle Rashguard


You need a rashguard. I don’t care where you train, if you only train gi or no gi, you need a rashguard. Now, some of you out there might have a wrestling background, or perhaps something with looser standards and mores in regards to clothing. Someplace where the guys in the gym seem more than ready to take off their shirts to roll.

Actually, this review is ESPECIALLY for you.

As you can tell from the picture, the Fuji Freestyle rashguard is an IBJJF approved ranked rashguard, which is nice, since it’s one less thing to worry about and seems to be the route that many rashguards are starting to take.

Over the years, I’ve owned more than a few rashguards, so I have a checklist of my own when it comes to what I look for:


Reinforced stitching, like the stitching found in the Freestyle rashguard, is a must.

Early on in my grappling journey I went for cheap, something I could get at target or Walmart or for cheap at a sporting goods store. A lot of the time it was Under Armor or some version there in. The problem is that those rashguards aren’t made for grappling, they are made just to exist and be sold, functionality is rarely a concern.

So what you get, to paraphrase The Bard is “a guaranteed piece of sh-t”. Actually, it’s not guaranteed, I just really like Chris Farley and wanted to shoe horn a reference in here somewhere.

These are the rashguards you wash a few times then pull it out and there’s a tear in the sleeve if it’s not missing outright. Don’t sacrifice quality to save a few bucks when the investment will last you for years.

Anti-microbial fabric

I sweat. A lot. Like, a lot. I sweat like I’m guilty. I don’t know why, it’s just how I roll. That being said, regardless of how much you may sweat, you are going to be rolling around with other people, other people who sweat. As such, germs get spread and they like to hang around, if for no other reason than to stink up your gear, let alone spreading other nasty stuff.

Sorry for getting all science-talk there.

Having been rolling in this rashguard for the last few weeks I can tell you, this rashguard doesn’t stink. I’ve worn other brands, brands I won’t list hear that stink the moment you put them on, but the anti-microbial fabric used in this rashguard is doing it’s job.

Especially with my glands.


This never used to matter, then I bought a couple rashguards that didn’t fit very well. I mean the neck was really tight, which is perhaps the most annoying thing to me in a rashguard. And I’m not talking about being tight to the skin, like the Freestyle is, but actually constricting, more like’s it’s a turtle neck.

The Freestyle rashguard is form fitting, but made to fit comfortable without add constriction or the unwanted desire to adjust the neck or sleeves.

Speaking of the sleeves, I prefer a short sleeved rashguard, I always have, not sure why. Regardless, the problem with a lot of short sleeved rashguards is that the sleeves are often either too short and tight, or too long and loose, fitting more like a t-shirt.

The sleeves on the Freestyle go down about to the elbow and have a snug fit so they won’t roll or bunch up into the armpit.

Combining all these facets quickly made for my favorite rashguard. The only downside is that I only have one of them. Of course, that’s something I can easily remedy at:

Jessica Fresh- JJAD #22- 10/24/14


Jessica “Freshica” Fresh, former collegiate wrestler and up-and-coming straw weight fighter joins the podcast to talk about The Ultimate Fighter, getting started in MMA and stuff that happens in Iowa.

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White Belt Survival Strategy- JJAD #21- 10/15/14

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RFA 19 at Mystic Lake Casino Quick Results (10/11/14)

Did you f*** up and miss a bad ass night of figbts both live AND on AXS TV? Don’t worry, I’ll save you…but just this once…

Why don’t I have any description? because I type on a phone and am drunk on vodka and Kill Cliffs.

Jesse Wannamacher defeated Aruan Campa via submission due to strikes at 1:18 of the 2nd round

Chelsi Westdrop defeated Kelsey Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Bryan Mortensen defeated Chad Brito via submission due to triangle choke at 0:42 of the third round

Karter Holthusen defeated Adam Holzgrove via submission due to triangle choke at 1:30 of the 1st round

Blake Bilder defeated Sam Hernandez via submission due to omoplata (!) at 1:45 of the 1st round

Ty Bowling defeated Michael Bullen via unanimous decision (missed the scores)

Kyle Todd defeated John Maher via armbar at 1:26 of the 2nd round

Cassie Ridish defeated Rocky Magdaleno via submission due to rear naked chokes at 4:50 of the 1st round

Jake Ouradnik dfeated Mike Zimmer via unanimous decision (30-27 on all) FIGHT OF THE NIGHT

Matt Brown defeated John Castaneda via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jocelyn Lybarger defeated Rebecca Ruth via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Dan Moret defeated Jordan Griffin via submission due to rear naked choke at 3:09 of the 1st round

Abel Cullum defeated Carl Deaton III via submission due to rear naked choke at 3:43 of the 2nd round

Jake Collier defeated Gabe Checco via submission doe to rear naked choke at 4:27 of the 1st round for the RFA championship belt

Zak Ottow defeated Nate Howe via submission due to arm triangle at :54 of the 2nd round

Now go find video of the fights you mised dummy!

Listener Mail- JJAD #20- 10/10/14

jjadSwitched it up this week and just did a little Q&A with listener mail. If you didn’t like the questions, send more email. Complicated, I know. Oh, and someone did the audio for me, so let me know how it sounds.

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Product Review: Fuji Sports Kassen MMA Shorts (Black)

20141002_081129-1The last time I was in for a physical, my doctor said that he was concerned about my weight. Now, I know that the Body Mass Index is a load of s*** since your weight relative to your height doesn’t take into account muscles mass or body fat percentage, but still, when a doctor says something like that, you tend to take issue.

I’m about six feet tall and at the time just over…never mind…leave me alone, my daughter was just born and I was eating a lot of homemade cookies. Regardless, I was a little heavier than I would like to be, like say, about 20 pounds above my preferred weight class, still a long way from obese.

Anyway, my doctor said that he was concerned at the year to year fluctuations in my weight. I looked at the dates of my physicals. One, showing me twenty pounds lighter about three years earlier was literally a day before a competition, the next year, about 15 pounds heavier was about a week after a competition.

Doctors get these far away, confused look when you mention weight cutting. Not that I’m an expert by any means, but doctor’s sure as hell don’t know anything about weight cutting.

Unfortunately, neither do many clothing companies.

I’ve owned more than a few board shorts for grappling over the years and one thing that many have in common is a rigid waistband, by which I mean there is no give. So the shorts you train in between competitions probably don’t fit as well as when they do right before you compete. Or vice versa.

Then there is Fuji Sports Kassen board shorts. The beauty of these shorts is the elastic paneling at the back of the shorts. It isn’t much, but it can create I’d say as much as an inch or two of variation in waist size, which is huge for athletes who cut weight.

Or grapplers with poor impulse control and new children.

I want my shorts to feel comfortable every day, not just days when I could say no to pizza.

Additionally, the shorts have a side split seem to offer added range of motion, which is great for days when you are working triangles, or lets face it, anything else in jiu-jitsu. Even the inner thigh panels have some added give to assist in range of motion…or to help me defend against my banana split submission nemesis.

Then there is the combination of Velcro and drawstring closures. Some shorts only have a small patch of Velcro that can easily wear out over time, but Kassan shorts have longer vertical and horizontal Velcro strips to help reinforce the drawstring closure.

Because, let’s face it, no one wants to see that…

If you need a cherry on top (or three), the shorts are also sweat repellent, antimicrobial and have reinforced stitching. This is a game of years, not days. Personally, I don’t want to have to spend a ton of money replacing gear when I can make one purchase that I know will last me hour after hour after hour on the mats.

Available in sizes 28-44, if there is one thing about these shorts that makes me even a little bitter, it’s that I didn’t know about them sooner.

Check them out at

And, thru October 15th, get 15% off with the checkout code: ROYLER

See you on the mats.

Erik Paulson- JJAD #19- 10/02/14


Erik Paulson, BJJ/JUDO/TKD black belt and trainer to some of the biggest names in MMA generously gave me some time between his jetset schedule to talk about grappling, being a good person and ghosts. Yes, ghosts. Surprised the s*** out of me too. Really fun interview with a great grappling mind and personality. And if you haven’t subscribed to itunes, do that too.

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