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This is a collection of posts that followed the GUMA Reserve Membership that Shoyoroll made available for a year starting in December 2011. You can skip to the different sections by clicking on these links:
Shoyoroll just sent out it’s second member’s package for GUMA Reserve Members this past weekend.
We’ll have a lot more coverage on it in the upcoming days, but we wanted to make sure you guys got a quick look at everything that was included.
This week, we’ll have a full 1751 gi review and video, our thoughts on the members package, and a chance for *you* to let everybody know what you think!
In the meantime, here’s some pictures!
But, a lot of you don’t prefer so much bling. Or maybe you want to transfer some patches from your old gi to a new gi.
Since we have a total lack of expertise regarding de-blinging a gi, we decided to contact an expert.
Without further adieu, I present, Can Sönmez.
Shoyoroll hinted at a special membership option for fans of the brand a while ago and recently they released the details of the Shoyoroll Guma Reserve Membership. Here’s the deal:
Cost: $379 (nets you a membership until Jan. 01, 2013)
Where to buy it: Shoyoroll online store
When to buy it: December 24th @1pm Pacific time
Other: 1 Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership per person. Spaces are limited.
1 gear bag
1 patch and sticker set
10% off all SYR purchases
Access to special members-only releases
Allocated gis for all future releases
Ability to purchase gis before general public
Future kimono releases for 2012
– Rio Koi (limited edition artist series)
– Original Competitor (lightweight white and blue new weave )
– The Ring (limited edition athlete series)
– Special Forces (limited theme release kimono)
– The Roc (rare limited collectors release)
– Deluxe (heavy duty limited release)
– Navy Skies (rare limited collectors release)
– Pharaoh (Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membershipmember only release)
– Flamingo (Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership member only release)
– The Kingpin (athlete edition limited release)
– Rolls (rare limited release)
These are only some of our future release we plan to put out in 2012. Note names and styles are subject to change.
When will I get my membership package? March 2012
How many can I buy? ONE.
Can I come pick it up? Sure!
Will there be more member-only gis than just what is listed? Yes!
When will I get my SYR discount code? After Jan 1.
Click here to check out our Shoyoroll Gi Reviews.
A lot of people are probably going to scoff at this deal when they first see it. But if you do the math, it’s really not that bad.
Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership price: 379
Minus cost of the gi: 165 (estimated cost based on batch 11 price)
Minus cost of two t-shirts: 50
Minus cost of sweatshirt: 50
Minus cost of gear bag and patches: 50
Total remaining: $64
Now, let’s say you are also going to buy two SYR gis and a rashguard during the next calendar year. The 10% discount will save you 10% of $380 (estimated cost for two gis and a rashguard), giving you another $38 in savings.
Total cost of Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership: $26
The great equalizer is that all of these gis are going to be super rare and valuable and to gi collectors, worth quite a bit. If for some reason, you aren’t happy with the Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership, you can always sell some of the rare stuff and make your money back.
Frankly, I think it sounds like a really cool concept and Shoyoroll is the first to try it, so I’ll definitely be grabbing a Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership on December 24th.
To tell you the story of my first BJJ gi, I need to tell you the story of how I got into BJJ…
For the first two years of grappling, I did exclusively nogi training. It wasn’t until I had moved to the Chicago area after college that I ever even entertained the idea of using the gi. Heck, the only place that I had ever even seen one was on Royce Gracie.
My first day training with UFC fighter Miguel Torres in 2006, I was given the choice to train in jiu-jitsu or mma. At the time, the bjj class was an older gentleman and two women going over armbars from the guard. MMA, on the other hand, was fifteen guys sparring with no equipment save shorts and four-ounce gloves. Needless to say, there wasn’t much of a choice.
I never even considered putting on a gi for those first 6 months.