Cauliflower Ear- Badge of Honor or Gross Deformity

What's up guys! The name of our company probably let's you know our view point on the subject of cauliflower ear but if it's not blatantly obvious to you here's our view point!

It is a BADGE OF HONOR. I'll admit when I first started Jiu Jitsu I thought it was less than appealing looking. I looked at fighters like Randy Couture and BJ Penn and thought, "how can someone let their ears get like that?". It didn't take me long to realize what cauliflower ear really represented, at least in my mind. When you start grappling your ears are nice and normal looking. The more time you put on the mats the more and more your ears start to look like somebody cracked you in the ear with a boulder over and over. When you hit black belt level you should look like a baby embryo is growing out of your head. I wouldn't say cauliflower ear is the epitome of sexiness, at least to the general public, but I would say what it represents is sexy as hell. Cauliflower ear means you spent time, blood, sweat, and tears to hone your craft. You have spent hours training to get to where you're at. The thing is, now you have a permanent reminder of everything you have put into Jiu Jitsu. Knowing what I know about cauliflower ear, I would think twice about picking a fight with someone that has gnarly cauliflower ear.

 If cauliflower ear just isn't your thing and you want to remain a secret badass there are a few different things you can do to stop cauliflower ear.

Head Gear

I personally don't like head gear. I feel like my head gets stuck in position because I can't slip out of certain holds. Head gear is a good inexpensive way to stop cauliflower ear completely though. As long as you remember to wear it it will stop that constant friction that happens over time in Jiu Jitsu. Then you'll be able to keep your super powers a secret, as long as you're not like us and aren't constantly talking about Jiu Jitsu and choking people. 

Technique Over Brute Strength

I've seen it time and time again. When someone starts Jiu Jitsu they will grab a hold of your head and hold on for dear life. I was in a tournament where I passed the guy's guard and he knew there was only about 30 second left. I wanted so bad to go for the kill but my head was stuck because he held on until time ran out. I didn't care if I got cauliflower ear so I tried to rip out but he was too strong. My point is if you refrain from trying to rip your head out then the chances of your ears blowing up are significantly less. Technique is always King so figure out a better way to escape than using the Jester way out. 

Proper Draining

Unless you're really good about wearing your head gear and not ripping out of submissions there's a pretty good chance your ear will blow up. That's where draining will come in. When cauliflower ear really swells up it looks like a balloon full of blood. Cauliflower ear happens when blood collects between the ear cartilage and the skin so a good way to relieve that pressure is to take a hypodermic needle and drain it. It may take a couple times of doing it because typically blood will continue to flow into the area causing it to swell up again. I'm not suggesting you do it yourself but allegedly people skip going to the doctors and either do drain it themselves or have a buddy do it for them. Having a doctor do it is also an option but you might have to pay a bit more to get the same result and you most likely will be instructed to take some time off the mats. You can also just leave it alone and not be able to sleep on that side of your head for a few days but that won't stop your ears from becoming deformed.


Maybe you were too late to prevent cauliflower ear but you do still have the option of getting corrective surgery. I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you have decided Jiu Jitsu isn't for you or you really plan on wearing that head gear. I'm not sure how much the cost of surgery runs so you would have to consult a specialist and see what that would cost you but that is an option as well. We live in a vain society so looking pretty does matter to some people. 


Every person is different and I won't look down on anyone if they agree or disagree with me about how awesome cauliflower ear is. Cauliflower ear doesn't make your Jiu Jitsu better. To me it is a representation of all your hard work. So whether you have cauliflower ear or not makes no difference. The main thing we have in common is we train and absolutely love Jiu Jitsu. So keep training and I hope to see y'all on the mats!


Brent Smith

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