We all know about the dangers or MRSA in grappling and how important it is to take a shower immediately after training and to wash one’s gi every time we train, but what about the mats? What about the mats, I ask you!
A while back we asked folks their subjective impressions of how clean their academy is, but today I wanted to drill down a little more into things. Back in December when I visited the Gracie Academy in Torrance for the Rorion Gracie interview (part 1, part 2), there were a lot of people on the mats. Maybe 35 students or more. And as they have classes several times a day, that is a lot of folks out there grappling on the same mat space.
To my relief, as class ended Ryron Gracie had a small crew of students assist in sweeping and spraying down the mats. I was on the sidelines watching and asked Reylan Gracie how often they clean the mats like that. “After every class,” he responded. Nice!
Now if you’re like most folks you say, “Well of course they clean the mats after every class, Caleb!” Yes. But sadly, we all know not every school out there cleans up after every training session.
So how about your school? How often are the mats cleaned? I will leave it to you to decide whether that means “swept up” or “swept and sprayed with disinfectant”.
Also, don’t answer how often you think they should be cleaned. We all know the answer to that.