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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 suited for your body type or your needs, BJJ Heroes does not pass judgement on to the design of the gis, we all have our own ideas of what a BJJ Kimono should look like and they don’t always match what is available. Focusing on the function of the gi, 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, we also recommend you have a look at them before making your final decision.

Best BJJ Gi For Lanky/Tall and 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 focusing their Kimonos cuts on this taller and leaner frame. Here are a few of the common choices for the taller grappler.

BrandModelFitScoreReviewWhere to Buy
KeikoLimited EditionLanky8/10Click Here For Best Price
GamenessEliteLanky/Standard8/10Click Here For Best Price
Bull TerrierSuper MaterialLanky7/10Click Here For Best Price
Lanky FWCommanderLanky7/10Click Here For Best Price

BJJ Gi For Stocky/ Short and Broad Body Type

A very common grappling body type, the stalky guys have made history in the sport, just look at ADCC champion Roberto Cyborg, the Cuban Tree Stump – Orlando Sanchez, or even one of the greatest of all time, Marcelo Garcia. Here are a few comfortable jiu jitsu gi’s for the broad back BJJ practitioner.

BrandModelFitScoreReviewWhere to Buy
FujiAll AroundStocky7/10Click Here For Best Price
VenumEliteStocky7/10Click Here For Best Price
Moya BrandCalifornia SunStocky7/10Click Here For Best Price
GamenessPearl 2015Regular/Stocky6.5/10Gear ReviewClick Here For Best Price
KoralClassicStocky6/10Click Here For Best Price

Best BJJ Gi For Standard / Regular Body Type

For the average sized grappler, no extreme measurements are required though you should be careful not to buy a kimono designed for someone outside the norm. Here are a few good quality Brazilian jiu jitsu cut gi’s that will set the tone for fun time on the mats.

BrandModelFitScoreReviewWhere to Buy
GamenessEliteStocky/regular8/10Click Here For Best Price
ScrambleRebelLanky/regular7.5/10Click Here For Best Price
MantoClassicRegular7.5/10Click Here For Best Price
TatamiEstiloRegular7.5/10Click Here For Best Price
HayabusaPearl WeaveRegular7/10Click Here For Best Price
ScrambleAthleteLanky/regular7/10Click Here For Best Price

Best BJJ Gi For Competition (Lighter Kimonos)

Many of you struggle with cutting weight and live on the border between one weight class and the next when competing. Starvation is not always the answer, and having an adequate gi may help you with the struggle. In this section you will find the lighter strain of gi’s, those designed for competitors.

BrandModelFitScoreReviewWhere to Buy
ScrambleAthleteLanky/regular7.5/10Click Here For Best Price
Moya BrandSpider R.Stocky/regular7/10Click Here For Best Price
KeikoSummer EditionLanky8/10Click Here For Best Price
VulkanPro LightStocky/regular7/10Click Here For Best Price
KoralClassicStocky6/10Click Here For Best Price

BJJ Gi For Women

Struggling to find a gi that actually fits a woman? For years jiu jitsu had one fitting for all practitioners, this has changed over the years with brands adapting to the changing times and the surge of female athletes. Here are some top jiu jitsu gi lines dedicated to the female body shape.

BrandModelFitScoreReviewWhere to Buy
TatamiEstilo 5.0Female7.5/10Click Here For Best Price
VulkanPro LightFemale7/10Click Here For Best Price
AtamaLeticia RibeiroFemale6/10Click Here For Best Price

BJJ Gi For Children

Here are a few brands and the models dedicated to the future Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champs.

BrandModelFitScoreReviewWhere to Buy
Kaizen AthleticChildrens GiKids8/10Click Here
TatamiEstilo KidsKids7/10Click Here
FujiChildrensKids7/10Click Here
VulkanPro Light KidsKids7/10Click Here