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Can you wear a helmet in BJJ tournaments?

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment Discussion' started by liquidsub, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. liquidsub

    liquidsub White Belt

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    I'm getting a cochlear implant but I understand that head gear is not allowed in competitions.

    What about as a medical device though? Is it possible for me to make an exception?

    I only train in BJJ (3 years now) but I want to do other (competitive) martial arts eventually.. judo, karate, etc..

    I want to do so many things before I can never do them again after CI surgery.

    Thanks.
     
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    Mumrik Silver Belt

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    Man, that is a good question.
     
  3. Chalito

    Chalito Purple Belt

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    Guess it would be up to the head ref to decide that.
     
  4. What about earguards?
     
  5. chino3

    chino3 Purple Belt

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    of course not. do you have any idea how greatly that would hurt people like me who like collar chokes? There is a guy in my class that had a full face helmet thing going on (broken nose), and it was beyond irritating trying for lapel chokes, or any choke for that matter. The day it came off, was a very rude awakening...
     
  6. liquidsub

    liquidsub White Belt

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    Believe me, I love getting collar choked as much as the next guy.

    It doesn't have to be as ridiculous as a daido juku space helmet (Wow, wouldn't that be a convenient sport for me to take up if they have to wear space helmets unlike regular MMA competitions? Too bad it's incredibly non existent in New York).

    Yeah, ear guards are enough.
    Remember, it has to cover the area where the implant is.
    http://edubuzz.org/blogs/supportforall/files/2007/04/cochlear_implant.JPG
    Of course I would take off the hearing aid (processor) but keep in mind, there is a chip inside my head that is very vulnerable.
     
  7. nykayfabe

    nykayfabe Green Belt

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    Helmet or no, I just wouldn't risk it.
     

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