Some time ago, buying a kimono for jiu jitsu was not complicated. This is because you did not have much to choose from. Today there is a growing sector dedicated to jiu jitsu business, including a lot of success offering gis of all the different styles, materials and sizes.
So, which is the most suitable kimono for you? Here's what is considered:
Not too big, not too tight
First of all, your gi needs to adapt well. If you're a longtime veteran of the arte suave, you're probably already know it.But if you're just starting your journey, it's easy to spend too much time searching and in the end not get good fit, especially in trousers. This is because the only reference you have is from your everyday clothes. The problem is that normally you do not roll on the ground in your daily clothing. So when you're shopping, you have to test the shape. Make a full squat to check that your pants are not too tight. Rotate your arms in all directions to make sure the fabric around your shoulders does not obstruct the range of motion. The IBJJF and UAEJJF deposits require at least 7 cm of free space between the skin and the fabric.
The length of your gi is largely a personal preference. Many professionals prefer the more traditional style, in which the edges end under the wrist or the ankle joint. Others like their gis a little shorter. The shorter the gi, the more your opponent has to stretch to grab it. Sizes "L" (long), will give you a few inches more without having to consider that you look like you are wearing a tent. However, if you are, or are going to be a competitor, your gi has to be approved by one of the guidelines from IBJJF and UAEJJF. For example, IBJJF requires that the edge of your sleeve shouldn't be more than 5cm from your wrist when your arms are outstretched in front of you, and your pant shouldn't be no more than 5cm up from your ankle. If you do not compete, you do not have to worry about this.
Cotton or ripstop
Cotton is the most suitable material for jiu jitsu gis, but today many companies offer style with ripstop. As the name suggests, ripstop is a durable polyester or cotton fabric that resists tearing,much better than a normal cotton fabric. It also tends to be lighter and resists shrinkage. If you are a competitor, keep in mind that only your pants can be ripstop; for the most competitions , your jacket must be made of cotton (or a cotton-like fabric, ie not ripstop). On the other hand, cotton is shrinking in warm or hot water and tumble dried, which could be a good thing, depending on what kind of fit you want your gi to be. Many players usually buy a slightly larger gi and then wash / dry it so it fits them bettert. Even the fabrics feels different in touch, both when they are dry and wet.
Well,what about hemp? Yes, today there are kimonos with hemp fabric on the market. Just like cotton, the hemp can be shrinked; however, it is much better in moisture absorbent than cotton, and has anti-microbial properties, so if you leave a kimono in your gym bag too long during training, you do not risk bad smells.
White or colored kimono
This is also a personal preference. However, please note that you may be in specific colors from your academy or tournament regulations. Many academies these days limit you to wearing only a white gi during class, so if you’re a fan of color, you’ll have to wait to wear your colored gi during open mats or tournaments. The IBJJF and UAEJJF allows competitors to wear colored gis, but limit your options to blue and black, and your gi top must match your gi pants
GORILA FIGHTWEAR kimonos are designed for competitors and complies with Federal requirements UAEJJF, JJIF and IBJJF