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IBJJF Gi Regulations Decoded

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What follows are the rules for the IBJJF in regards to kimonos.  Keep these in mind if you have read our reviews and are looking to purchase a new gi.  Unless you only want it for training, be sure to follow the guidelines.  If you’ve never been to an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation tournament, you have never seen the gi checks they do.  The checks are serious and there is no need to be disqualified ahead of time.

 

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Submission FC Light Gi Review

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Submission FC Light Gi Summary

The submission FC light gi is a fairly nice gi at the lower end of the bjj gi price spectrum. It offers a decent quality, further enhanced by its nearly $100 price tag. If you’re a gi buyer on a budget, but still want a decent gi, then this is the gi for you.

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Honey Badger Gi Review

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Honey Badger Gi Initial Thoughts

  • The pants are the same as the Tatami Zero G.  Very lightweight and it would be perfect to wear in a tournament.
  • The jacket is a single weave style jacket.  The collar isn’t the thickest but isn’t super easy for training partners to manipulate (like my Vulkan).
  • The stitching really pops and the pictures here barely do it justice.
  • Comes with a pretty simple, but cool, gi bag.
  • If you’re into other stand-out Tatami gis like the Terere gi, the Honey Badger gi is right up your alley.

Summary

The Honey Badger Gi is one of the newest offerings from Tatami Fightwear and is definitely a fitting addition to their collection.  It has very bold colors and design, but is also very functional as a tournament and training gi.

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Tatami Fightwear Estilo 4.0 Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

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Introduction

Tatami Fightwear is a very popular British, and now global, brand and the Estilo is one of their most popular models. In the past we’ve reviewed quite a few of their gis, including the Tatami Fightwear Enson Inoue Signature GiTatami Fightwear Estilo 3.0Tatami Estilo 3.0 Ladies Gi, Honey Badger Gi, Tatami Fightwear Zero G V2 Gi ReviewTerere Signature Gi, and the Zero G Lightweight Gi.

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Nicole Kirk has also written a review for the Women’s fit of the Estilo 4.0. Click here if you want to skip to her review.

This review is totally false and full of lies. Tatami Fightwear has promised me an endless supply of scotch and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in return for a positive review and I have happily obliged as long as they promised to also send me a copy of every Pride dvd to date and a bunch of stuff out of the SkyMall catalogs that you get on airplanes. On with the reviews!

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X-Guard Kamikaze Gi Review

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Introduction

 A very solid Kimono in construction and looks

X-Guard is one of those companies that dove right in to every aspect of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community as soon as they got in on the market. They pay close attention to their customers and because of that, have been moving more and more Gi’s. Folks like Vinny Magalhaes and Rodrigo Teixeira can be seen sporting X-Guard gear. With cool freebies and solid quality, you can’t go wrong with an X-Guard Kimono.

My first thoughts out of the bag were that the gi:

  • Has good stitching
  • Has very cool texture on the patches
  • Is a much better design than X-Guard’s past offerings
  • Appears clean, yet bold
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Ronin Brand Samurai Gi Review

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Summary

This new offering from Ronin Brand is very ambitious and definitely shows a big move outside of the standard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi market and into the market for more stylish BJJ kimonos.

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How to get a pre-sale Shoyoroll GUARANTEED

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I was all set to order my Scramble 1chiban.  I had hyped it up for a month here on the site and I was so excited to get one.

I logged onto Budovideos at the appointed release time, put an A3 in my cart, started filling in all of my important details: address, credit card info, etc.

The whole process took maybe 3 minutes.

Which was about a minute too late.

2 minutes. It took 2 minutes for them to sell out!

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GiReviews Presents: What is the strongest gi for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

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What is the most durable / toughest / strongest gi for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

At first glance, this is a silly question.  This is because the strongest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi is often times not a BJJ gi at all.  It’s a judogi.

While they may look alike, there are some significant difference between Judo gis and BJJ gis.  Typically, people don’t wear a BJJ gi for judo, or vice versa.  In official competitions, you must wear the appropriate gi for that type of competition.

The nature of Judo and BJJ is similar, but different.  Although both are jacketed grappling styles, the sport is opposite.  Judo is primarily concerned with throwing and standup grappling, whereas BJJ is essentially focused on grappling on the ground.  Therefore, the gis are constructed to meet the needs of their respective fighter.

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Scramble 1chiban / Ichiban Jiu Jitsu Gi

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Scramble, the clothing brand that originated from the UK, came out with their very first jiu jitsu gi almost exactly five years ago. This article was posted around the time when all the excitement that surrounded its release was at its highest.

Named 1chiban, after the Japanese word which means “Number 1”, this gi received much adulation from people who loved Scramble’s minimalistic yet stylish design.

The pre-order rush for the 1chiban was probably comparable to that of the latest Apple gadget. Only a set number of gis were prepared by the company, and pre-order was limited to a chosen few!

Below is the summary of our archived posts that tackled our anticipation of the 1chiban’s release.

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The best BJJ gi for your body type (2016 Short and Stocky Edition)

What is the best BJJ gi for short, stocky, or muscular grapplers?

Looking for a specific gi review?  Check out our reviews here.

Every day people are posting their height and weight into internet forums and asking what type of gi will fit them the best.  Lots of people answer but there’s never been one article that puts all of the answers together.  Until now.

In another recent article, we discussed the best gis for skinnier and leaner guys.  In this article, we’ll discuss the best gis for the big guys.

In this second half of the series, we’re going to take a look at the big guys.  This includes those of us who are just plain fat, as well as the guys carrying a large amount of muscle in our upper or lower bodies.  For some reason, gis never fit us right.  For the muscular guys, gis fit super tight and restrictive in the upper back, thigh, and shoulders.  For us chubby guys, the gi is always coming open around the midsection because there isn’t enough material for our bellies.  For both groups, their midsection fits one gi, and their arms and legs fit another.  Bummer…

But wait, there is hope.  In fact, there’s a lot of hope.  Here’s a two gis that are sure to fit you.

Tatami Estilo 5.0

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Hypnotik Base Gi

Hypnotik Base Gi

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Inverted Gear

Inverted also offers an awesome A2H gi that’s perfect for big guys! Check it out here.

Da Firma Kimono Company

Da Firma offers a bunch of cool sizes for bigger people such as:

A-3 (SHORT) — 5’8″-5’11” — 195-215 lbs

A3M (SHORT)   5’8″-5′-11″    220-235 lbs

A3M     6’0”-6’3″     225-250lbs

A5S     5’8”-5”-11” 260+

Click here to check out Da Firma’s gis for bigger guys!

Kingz Kimonos

Kingz Kimonos offers two cool sizes for bigger folks as well:

5′ 8″ – 5′ 11″
210 – 240 lbs.
A2H
5′ 10″ – 6’1″
210 – 245 lbs.
A3H
Click here to get your Kingz Kimono from Amazon

Atama & Koral

Next are two mainstream gis that get a lot of attention for fitting stout people as well as (sometimes) skinnier people.  These are Koral and Atama (sometimes Padilla and Sons is mentioned in this vein as well).  Typically, Atama has a longer skirt, which will favor guys with a bigger belly and will keep their lapel tucked into their belt whereas a smaller skirted gi will not.

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Shoyoroll

Next is, again, Shoyoroll.  Shoyoroll offers the size A2H (A2 Heavy) which fits guys between 5’8″ – 6’0″    and 220-250lbs.  They are a great option, but as stated in the first half of this series, they are often disregarded due to limited availability and a long wait time after ordering.  Still, the A2Hs are a good option for bigger guys and there are Shoyoroll gi reviews on this site for the Yank and White Mamba and reviews are forthcoming for the Yin, Yang, Compadre, and Americana.

Gorilla Fight Gear

Last is, surprise, Gorilla Fight Gear’s Big Guy’s Silverback Platinum Wave BJJ Gi.  Unlike just the A2H offered by Shoyoroll, Gorilla Fight Gear’s Big Guy gi offers a wide range of sizes for the big guys (like me).  So if you’re anywhere from 5’5” and 180 to 6’4” and 320+ lbs, see the chart below to figure out where you fit into their sizing.  Also, these big gis come with a rashguard liner on the inside  and “roomier in the shoulders, chest torso, and hips and thighs to allow you the freedom to move unrestricted like a big cat.” (quoted from their website.  Hilarious.).

Size Height Weight Sleeve 2 Sleeve Sleeve Width @ Armpit Gi Jacket Width GI Pants Out Seam GI Pants Waist Width Leg Width*
A2X 5’5″-5″8″ 180 to 210lbs 64″ 11″ 25″ 37″ 22″ 12.5″
A3X 5’8″-5’11” 205-230lbs 67″ 11.5″ 26″ 40″ 23″ 13″
A4X 5’11”-6’2″ 225-275lbs 70″  11.75″ 27″ 42″ 24″ 13.5″
A5X 6’2″-6’4″ 270-320lbs 74″ 12″ 28″ 44″ 25″ 14″
A5XX 6’2″-6’4″ 320+lbs 74″  12.5″ 29″ 44″ 26″ 14.5″

Here’s their beefy gi underneath their regular gi of the same size (both are A3s).

Summary for the big boys:

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2011