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BJJ Gi Almanac

BJJ Gi Almanac

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The Jiu Jitsu Gi Almanac

The Jiu Jitsu kimono (Gi) culture has come a long way from the days when the Gracie family owned their own kimonos, held them and washed them for their students as part of their Gracie Jiu Jitsu package deal. The industry started wide-spreading in the early 1990’s with BJJ Gi brands approaching high profile fighters to sponsor, thus associating the fighter’s image to their brands. The biggest examples at the time were possibly the more traditional standards of say M Kimonos supporting more reserved fighters such as Royler Gracie or Shaolin Ribeiro opposing the Bad Boy brand which chose to subsidize wilder characters such as Walid Ismail and Tererê. Today the BJJ Gi has become not only a valuable weapon in combat, but also a way for practitioners to show off their flamboyance.

As the sport grew and expanded through the world, these countries to which BJJ expanded to opened up their culture and added their own flavour to the Jiu Jitsu Gi, this is seen in brands like Bull Terrier and Reversal (Japan) and also in Break Point and Gameness (US). The variety of brands out there is astonishing, and in this article we try to decipher which BJJ Gi is best for your body type or your needs, BJJ Heroes does not pass judgement on to the design of the gis, I have my own ideas of what a BJJ Kimono should look like and they don’t always match what is out there, what is shown here are some common conceptions that may help you get a Jiu Jitsu Gi that is more suitable for yourself, meaning what you should expect from certain brands and certain models. This is not a BJJ Gi review page, though there are links here to websites that dedicate more of their time to this particular aspect of Jiu Jitsu, I also recommend you have a look at them before making your final decision.

Best BJJ Gi For Lanky/Tall & Skinny Body Type

They say Jiu Jitsu was created with the purpose of the smaller/weaker person defeating the heavier/stronger opponent, and indeed the slim and long legged body type has been highly successful in Jiu Jitsu, e.g. Roleta, Braulio Estima, Marcio Cruz. With that in mind, a few brands started focussing their Kimonos cuts on this taller and leaner frame. Here are a few of the common choices for the taller grappler.

Brand

Model Fit Score Review Where to Buy
Keiko Limited Edition Lanky 7/10 n/a Click Here
Shoyoroll Americana Lanky (A3S) 7/10 n/a Click Here
Keiko Gold Lanky n/a n/a Click Here
Gorilla Slim Cut Lanky n/a n/a n/a

Best BJJ Gi For Stocky Body Type

Another common body type in Jiu Jitsu with great competitive success, the heavyset grappler is also has its own cut in BJJ Gis. Again, due to the success of many thicker grapplers such as Walid Ismail, Garth Taylor, Leo Leite and many others out there, certain brands have designed their Kimonos in such a way to facilitate the broader athlete. Here are a few of the styles out there.

Brand Model Fit Score Review Where to Buy
M Kimonos Paladium Stocky/Regular 8.5/10 n/a Click Here
Vulkan Pro Light Stocky 7/10 n/a Click Here
Gameness Pearl Regular/Stocky 6/10 Gear Review Click Here
Padilla & Son Ultra Light Stocky n/a BJJKR n/a
Black Eagle Predator Stocky n/a n/a Click Here

Best BJJ Gi For Standard Body Type

This section is set for the standard grappler out there, the average guy, not stocky and not the tallest, slimmest either.

Brand Model Fit Score Review Where to Buy
Atama Classic Gold Regular 9/10 BJJ Weekly Click Here
Shoyoroll Batch 9 Yin Regular 9/10 Click Here
Koral Classic Regular 4/10 n/a Click Here
Koral MKM Regular 5/10 n/a Click Here
M Kimono Hybrid Stocky/Regular 7/10 BJJKR Click Here

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Best BJJ Gi For Competition (Lighter Kimonos)

Many of you struggle with getting your weight right and live on the border between one weight class and the next when competing. This is a list of the lighter BJJ Gi’s out there that may help you chose your next competition kimono.

Brand Model Fit Score Review Where to Buy
Koral MKM Regular 5/10 n/a Click Here
Atama Mundial Regular 7/10 Gear Junkie Click Here
Tatami Zero G Regular 6.5/10 Meerkatsu Click Here
Sub. Fight Co. Light Regular 6.5/10 Meerkatsu Click Here
Gameness Pearl Regular/Stocky 6/10 Gear Review Click Here

BJJ Gi For Women

Although I am a bit clueless about BJJ Gi’s for women, this section you will find a few brands that have dedicated lines to the female body shape.

Brand Model Fit Score Review Where to Buy
Atama Mundial n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Keiko Girls n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Bull Terrier Ladies n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Gameness Feather n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Bull Terrier Queen n/a n/a n/a Click Here


BJJ Gi For Children

As mentioned in the women’s section, I cannot assess the quality of the kids BJJ Kimonos, but here are a few brands and the models they have dedicated to the future Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champs.

Brand Model Fit Score Review Where to Buy
Fuji Childrens n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Gameness Platinum n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Keiko Kids n/a n/a n/a Click Here
Vulkan Light n/a n/a n/a Click Here

 

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