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How to Remove Patches and Stitching From your BJJ Gi

How to Remove Patches and Stitching From your BJJ Gi

Anybody who has been reading Gi Reviews for a while now knows that we love the bling.  Bull Terrier, Break Point, a yellow Vulkan, Tatami’s Terere Gi, Ronin’s Samurai Gi.. SIGN US UP!

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.

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Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership Details

Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership Details

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.

Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership


So what do I get with my Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership?

1 kimono

2 t-shirts

1 sweater

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.

Shoyoroll GUMA Reserve Membership FAQ

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.



My Opinion:

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.

2011 BJJ Holiday Gift Guide (Nogi Edition)

2011 BJJ Holiday Gift Guide (Nogi Edition)

Prefer grappling without wearing a bathrobe?  Have a Nogi enthusiast in your life?  Check out the list below for some do not miss holiday gift ideas!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I have personally purchased from, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products. If you have any questions about the links on this page, please email me!

1. Manto Beast Rashguard

One of the most aesthetically pleasing rashguards on the market, but according to recent reviews, it may not be very durable.  Which is very frustrating.  It still goes on this list because Dean Lister is awesome.

manto beast rashguard

Click here for more information on The Beast Rashguard by Manto


2. Scramble Rainbow Spats

If you have a list of nogi things you want as gifts and this isn’t on your list, then we aren’t friends.  The Scramble Rainbow Spats are awesome, flashy, and increase leglock finishing rate by 7.26%.

scramble rainbow spats

Click here for more information on the Scramble Rainbow Spats

3. Tatami Fightwear Shorts

Not only does Tatami make some sick Gis, but their shorts carry nearly the same style.  Very nice.

tatami fightwear shorts

Click here for more information on Tatami Fightwear Shorts


4. Shoyorolls ’90s Shirt

SYR’s rashguards would have made this list as well, but there aren’t any in stock anywhere and I don’t want to send people on a wild goose chase.  That said, their super-awesome t-shirt will work just as well.  Definitely a great item from the guys at SYR.

shoyoroll 90s shirt

Click here for more information about the Scramble ’90s T-shirts


5. Scramble Essentials Shirt

A second Scramble item?  You betcha.  This shirt has  very clean look but is also very ‘Scramble.’  Five stars.

scramble essentials shirt

Click here for more information on the Scramble Essentials Shirt


6. Datsusara Light Battle Pack

Gotta have something to carry all this stuff in, right?


Click here to learn more about the Datsusara Light Battle Pack



7. CTRL Industries ‘The Rook’

ctrl industries the rook

I know this list in for nogi items, but this gi is sick and I want one. I bet you do too.  Check them out here.


2011 BJJ Holiday Gift Guide (Gi Edition)

2011 BJJ Holiday Gift Guide (Gi Edition)

Prefer grappling with the gi to nogi?  Have a BJJ enthusiast in your life?  Check out the list below for some do not miss holiday gift ideas!

 Click here and use coupon code ‘blackfriday2011’ to save 15% on all of the items listed below!

1. 111 Half Guard Techniques with Caio Terra

Hands down, one of the most innovative DVDs put out in a long time.  I own this personally, and have trained with Caio Terra.  The DVD is incredible and the techniques are amazing.

Click here for more information on the 111 Half Guard Techniques DVD with Caio Terra


2. Estilo Premier 3.0 BJJ Gi by Tatami Fightwear

Same high quality Estilo gi, swanky new patches.  If you like the Navy, like I do, then double cool points for you.

Click here for more information on the Estilo Premier 3.0 Gi


3. Shoyoroll Batch 11 Gi

Do I really need to go into why this is awesome?  Didn’t think so…

Click here for more information on Shoyoroll’s Batch 11 Gis


4. BJJ Belt by War Kimonos

Voted the best bjj belt, hands down.  In our most recent poll and article, War belts won by a landslide.

Click here for more information on the War Kimonos BJJ Belts


5. Vulkan Lightweight Gis

The Vulkan Lightweights seem to be the new standard in lightweight gis.  Definitely a solid gi and guaranteed quality.

Click here for more information on the Vulkan Lightweight Gis



Not into grappling in your pajamas? Click here for our 2011 BJJ Holiday Gift Guide (Nogi Edition)


The best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Magazines

The best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Magazines

In the last 6 months, there have been a lot of cool new BJJ magazines to hit the market.

Below is a list of the top 5 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu magazines, including some old favorites.

1. Jiu Jitsu Magazine

The best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Magazines

Jiu Jitsu Magazine is a pretty cool magazine that is pretty comprehensive in terms a great overall BJJ magazine.  It has articles on strength and conditioning, techniques, events, and interviews.Continue reading

Where to order a Jiu Jitsu Gi

Where to order a Jiu Jitsu Gi

Not everybody who reads the site is from the same country, so I wanted to put together a list of the top BJJ and Grappling Shops around the world!  Here are a few definitely worth checking out.


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The Best BJJ Gi for Beginners

The Best BJJ Gi for Beginners

The Story of My First BJJ Gi

To tell you the story of my first BJJ gi, I need to tell you the story of how I got into BJJ…

Jiu Jitsu Or MMA: The Hard Decision

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.

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2016 Guide: How to Wash and Shrink Your BJJ Gi 101

2016 Guide: How to wash and shrink your BJJ gi 101

When people complete gi reviews, you always have to wonder if they’ve washed the gi first or if it is fresh from the retailer.

In the following paragraphs, we’ll be covering a few different things people need to be aware of.

  1. How you can secure color on a brand-new non-white gi
  2. How you can shrink your gi
  3. How to wash your gi without shrinking it
  4. How you can ensure it lasts as long as possible
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