Today I had to sneeze during class. I was not sick, nor did I have a lot of warning. I was left with a dilemma – where to sneeze.
Hand: no way. Gross. I learned long ago not to sneeze into my hands – it puts all the germs RIGHT THERE, plus in BJJ you’re also grabbing people’s clothes, heads, hands, etc.
Elbow: I was taught to sneeze into my elbow/sleeve. However, in BJJ this is not cool – I use my elbow for holding people in headlocks, my partners grab it, and it’s just really gross to think about grabbing a piece of clothing someone sneezed onto. Seriously eww.
So what is left? I have these 2 options:
Armpit: That’s right, open up your gi jacket and direct the sneeze toward your armpit! People shouldn’t be grabbing in there anyhow!
Chest: This only works if you are wearing a rash guard/t-shirt type thing. For a single moment your teammates will think you’re checking out your goodies, but after a split second when you sneeze, they they will understand. So you’re essentially sneezing on
your bare chest, under your shirt.
I went for the armpit option, since I was only wearing a long-sports bra.
So where do you put your sneezes when you have to quickly sneeze on
the mat? Does your gym have sneezing etiquette? Inquiring minds need