Inspiration for the Famous BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger

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The BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger.

Back in September I wrote about how I like to dry my Brazilian jiu-jitsu gi in hopes that someone else might find it useful. I introduced the BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger, which allows for quick drying of the gi’s armpits, which often remain wet for a long time and can get funky. It’s very high tech: take a broom rod and stick a giant hook in the center of it and you’re done.

As I was leaving our school’s open mat last night I saw my instructor Fabio Santos hanging up his gi and I figured it was time to give credit to my inspiration for the BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger. See the picture? Very similar to the BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger but no hook. Just a rod suspended between a closet and a box of BJJ DVDs!

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The Fabio method.

Fabio received his red and black belt in 2007 from Relson Gracie. As you might expect, his school has a lot of great old photos along the walls. Can you make out the photo behind his gi?

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Rickson punching some guy.

The BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger probably won’t win any prizes for engineering anytime soon, but it doesn’t mean its inspiration doesn’t deserve mention. Thanks Fabio!

The BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger

I don’t know exactly who this post is for. Probably not the larger audience of Brazilian jiu-jitsu family out there. But there is definitely a sub class of BJJ folks out there who are gi nerds and can talk all day about how many BJJ gis they own, or even gi care. So here goes.

I am one of the 60% of BJJ folks out there who personally insist on air drying my gis. I don’t know why exactly, but I prefer my gi to have a bit of a rough texture when I put it on. I think the idea of putting fabric softener on a gi is a little lame. The only time I can justify that is if you’ve gotten badly sunburned lately. I mean it’s not like you’re going to skip jiu-jitsu class just because you are really sunburned! (Not that adding a dryer sheet when you dry the gi will really make things more comfortable, but maybe psychologically you’ll feel better when you put it on.)

So if you put your gi in the dryer with no fabric softener sheet, it will be rough to the touch. If you air dry it, it’s even rougher, and I like that.

But there’s a risk in air drying the gi. When you air-dry your gi and it’s humid or slow to dry for whatever reason, it can sit there damp for longer than it should, allowing it to turn a little “ripe” if you know what I mean. We want to air dry the gi, but we don’t want it to take forever. While we can’t really control ambient humidity or temperature, there is something we can do: when the arms are allowed to hang loose as in this first photo, the air doesn’t circulate around it very well and places like the armpits of the gi will likely take longer to dry, possibly getting funky on their own.

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BJJ gi

So what do we do? From the same department that brought you the Gi Smell Pull Up, I now present to you the BJJ Gi Drying Hanger! We stretch the gi out so more surface area is exposed and more air flow can dry the gi faster.

But how do we accomplish such a feat? Surely there is either a) very advanced engineering at work or b) voodoo involved. It turns out that I did indeed rack my brain for a technological solution to the problem. I came up with the BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger, and I’m going to share with you how to make one so you can air dry your gi and minimize the drying time.


  1. Buy a cheap mop with the yellow sponge on the end from your local supermarket. When you are cleaning your kitchen floor sometime, trying to get a spot off the floor, apply too much pressure to the shaft of the mop causing the mop head to snap right off the shaft. Curse loudly and get so frustrated that you give up on cleaning and the spot on the floor likely persists till today.
  2. Go to the local hardware store and buy one big metal hook with a screwy part on the end. It should cost about 25 cents.
  3. Screw the hook into the center of the broken mop shaft.
  4. You’re done! Reflect on how smart you are, and give yourself a pat on the back.

There you have it! If you use the BJJ Gi Dryer Hanger instead of a normal clotheshanger you now can rest assured that your gi is air drying as quickly as possible. You’ll get that rough gi texture we all love while minimizing the chance that any ghost of gi funk returns.

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