When starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you will need a gi. There’s so many to choose from, and you may feel overwhelmed with weave types and sizing. You can also use a gi to reflect your personality with the colors, embroidery, and trim detail. Here are some things to consider when buying your gi.
Does my academy have a specific dress code? Some academies only allow you to wear white, ask the instructor what’s acceptable if you are unsure.
Do I plan on competing in the future? Some academies don’t care what color gi purchase, but some tournaments require you to wear only white, blue or black.
Single weave, double weave, pearl weave, honeycomb weave, etc. There’s so many! This can be daunting and a whole blog post can be devoted to this as well. If this is your first gi, you want to make sure it is a durable, comfortable fit. Some basic options:
- Single Weave-usually a light and affordable option.
- Double Weave-this is a more durable but more expensive option
- Gold Weave-this is a cross between the two, it has the durability of a double weave, but weight similar to the single weave.
I would suggest looking at other people’s gis & reading bjj gi reviews before making a huge investment.
Because of the popularity of jiu jitsu, there’s so many different body types gis must accommodate for now. Check to see if the gi you are thinking about buying has specialty sizes for you. Such as “L” or “T” for Long or Tall, someone who is tall and may have a more slender build. For me, specialty fits are more comfortable, but they aren’t as big of a deciding factor for me because some regular sizes fit just as well. It really depends on…
OK! Kimonos, the Original Kids! Kimonos brand is the best out there. (Jess may be right! – Brendan)
Okay, so I may be partial, but when looking for a brand, you want to look for good customer service, consistency in their product, and a quality product. I think everyone has a specific brand they are partial too, but if it’s your first gi, you want to make sure you are happy with your gi.
These are just a few things to consider when buying a gi!