Welcome to the Jiu Jitsu Gi blog, this is my first post of many to come! I will tell you a bit about myself at the end of the post, but for now will just get to the point, which is…
Four things a beginner to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu should consider when buying his first Jiu Jitsu gi:
If you are a total newcomer to the sport please stick to a white or a blue jiu jitsu gi to start. Of course I cannot stop you from buying a red or camouflage gi (personally I don’t mind but many think its kind of flashy for a newcomer). Usually the guys wearing colored gis can back it up on the mat, and if you walk into an academy wearing a camo gi you might as well wear a target on your back.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from starting brazilian jiu jitsu, it’s a great great (did I say great?) sport. However, the sad truth is that many quit after a few weeks or months. Having said that there is nothing wrong with buying a relatively inexpensive jiu jitsu gi to start with. I would recommend the Fuji Jiu Jitsu Gi. (see sidebar) I can say from first hand experience it is a great durable “first gi”, and you cannot beat the $69 price tag! If you stick with BJJ then you can totally get a “pimped-out” second gi, trust me you will need it, as washing one gi a few times a week is just too much work! And you don’t want to be “that guy” with the stinky gi.
You can purchase a single-weave or double-weave jiu jitsu gi, however double-weave is usually a bit more pricey, see my comments about “price” above. There are many single weave gis out there that are very durable, and I would recommend going single-weave until you know how often and how hard you will be training. Also, if you live in a hot weather area you may want to consider sticking to a strong single-weave gi. Trust me air conditioning probably wont help you and comfort is important! A double-weave gi can get pretty heavy and thick when full of your sweat.
The Cut and Collar
Make sure you buy a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi. You could probably get away with a Judo gi, but do not purchase a Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Chuck Norris Do or whatever other martial arts style gi. It will be ripped to shreds in one week if you do. You need a gi with a thick collar (why a thick collar? you will find out fast ) and reinforced areas of padding (knees, shoulders, ect). Pay special attention to the cut of the gi you are considering, if you are “abnormally” shaped… meaning you have really long legs and a short torso, or long arms, ect… you may want to have a gi adjusted for you, and often this can be done for an extra $20-$30 if you notify the manufacturer.
So I hope that this little overview on the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi has been useful to you future BJJ-ers. If you are looking for a good begginer gi, again I would really recommend the Fuji Jiu Jitsu Gi, the price/quality balance can’t be beat!
A little about me… I have been training BJJ for a little over two years and am currently a blue belt. I started this blog for a few reasons:
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