When buying a Jiu Jitsu Gi there are many things to consider, and fortunately there is a type Gi for every BJJ players needs. Here are some if the things to consider:
- Style of weave
- IBJJF legality
Buying a BJJ Gi based on price.
As with any type of product there is a wide range of prices available the suits every size of wallet.
Which BJJ Brand should I buy?
All BJJ Gi brands provide you with the same product a Gi - however each brand will use a slightly different cut, design, or colour. My advice is to speak to some of your Jiu Jitsu team mates, read reviews and see which is best for you depending on what you want.
What weight Gi should I buy?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kimonos come in a range of different weights, mainly related to the style of weave. For me when choosing the weight of the BJJ Gi I want to buy I consider the following:
- Do I want a light Gi for Summer wear?
- Do I need a light BJJ Gi to compete in as I am close to a competition weight limit?
- Do I want a heavier Gi to make it more difficult for my opponents to grab me?
What colour BJJ Gi should I choose?
Again Gi colour comes done to personal preference HOWEVR please note that in IBJF regulated competitions you can ony wear Blue, Black or White BJJ Gis and you cannot split Jackets and Pants i.e wear a White Jacket with Black Pants.
What is the difference between the weaves?
I will hand over to BJJ Blogger Meerkatsu to explain:
"In general, there are three types of weave: single, double and gold. Manufacturers will dress up these three types with all sorts of fancy names and make it sound like the next miracle of textile technology. I've personally sampled gis made out of: 'pearl' weave, 'carioca' weave, 'crystallised' cotton weave, 'platinum' weave, 'honeycomb' weave and loads of others, and while I am not a textile expert, those amazing weave types are still basically one of the three types of basic gi weaves......
Single weave is the thinnest and lightest of the three types.
Double weave is a pretty heavy material.
Goldweave gis were designed as a halfway house between a single and a double."
How do I know if the BJJ Gi is IBJJF Legal?
To compete in International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) you have to make sure that the BJJ Gi you wear conforms to their rules:
" ARTICLE 8º – KIMONO
COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO USE KIMONOS UNDER THE FOLLOWING SPECIFICATIONS
A. Constructed of cotton or similar material and in good condition. The material may not be excessivly thick or hard to the point where it will obstruct the opponent.
B. Colours may be black, white or blue, no combined colors (white kimono with blue pants, etc.)
C. The jacket is to be of suficient length down to the thighs, sleeves must reach the wrist with arms extended in front of the body. The sleeve should follow the oficial measures according to CBJJ, and IBJJF.From the shoulder to the wrist.
D. Belt width 4-5cm, with colour corresponding to rank tied around the waist with a double knot , tight enough to secure the kimono closed.
E. Athletes are not permitted to compete with torn kimonos, sleeves or pants that are not of propper length or with t-shirts underneath the kimono (except in the female divisions).
F. Is not allowed to use paint kimonos, except for the teams."
Of course if you have any questions please contact me direct - I am always happy to help.