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    Shaving legs for grappling tournament: Yay or Nay?

    Going to that SoCal pankration thing. It'll be my first tournament. I've heard about shaving legs being some advantage to escaping submissions and such, but is it really a notable advantage. Any bullshido folks do this?
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    Shave your entire body and wear a Ken Shamrock speedo.



    Serious answer: I don't think leg hair will make much of a difference.

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    one of the guys on the ultimate fighter shaved all his body hair off before his fight... so it MUST be a a good idea :eyeroll:

    i'm a hairy bastard and i don't notice that it gives anyone an advantage (except my teacher who will pull leg hairs to escape a submission attempt. that bastard and his dirty tricks... he gets me distracted just long enough to escape.)
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    It's not that it gives people an advantage, but that it gives you a disadvantage. Mainly that the leg hairs create friction, making it harder to slip out.

    I remember folks doing it on the wrestling team back in high school, I'm just wondering if anyone has ever really noticed a difference.
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    I use grappling as an excuse to wax my entire body.

    Seriously though, give it a try, see if it helps you. I know some guys who swear by it, some who wouldn't do it for a million dollars. But give it a try, it always grows back.

    And don't forget the arms.

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    I vote nay.

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    Hey JohnnyS, any personal experince (either doing it yourself or against guys who have done it)?

    Thanks for the heads up on arms as well Ka-Bar. Didn't know whether to consdier them or not.
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    I have no choice in the matter, and I've never noticed anything about it. But I grapple gi, mainly, so -- less important to have the manly feel of slick naked skin next to mine.
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    I think that women should not save their legs before grappling. It will freak out the guys and they will just tap to have it over with.

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    I second the Ken Shamrock speedo idea.

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