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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?

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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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Click here to check out the availability of the Estilo 5 from Tatami Fightwear

Hypnotik Base Gi

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Click here to check out the Hypnotik Base gi

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 check out Kingz Kimonos and get free 2 day shipping!

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.

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:

Hypnotik Base Gi (USA availability)

Tatami Fightwear Estilo 5 (USA Availability)

DFKC

Kingz Kimonos

Gorilla Fight Gear

Koral / Atama

Shoyoroll A2H – 5’8″ – 6’0″    220-250

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Brrr says August 14, 2013

Good list. I would add one more:

Kingz. I tend to suffer from the “gi always coming open around the midsection because there isn’t enough material for my belly” syndrome in all of my A2 gis. The Kingz A2H solves that problem perfectly! I use the Ripstop version — very light and breathable too.

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Gorilla Mike says February 22, 2014

Hey Brendon,

Just wanted to let you know we’ve gone even bigger with the Rick Ross gis LOL. So we have a new labling system with our new sizes. Our old A5XX is the same as our current B-3XL. So now our sizing for big dudes runs from B-2XL up to B-5XL. We did forget the little guys on the last batch and plan to bring in a B-XL in the next few months.

here is a quick little video comparing the 2XL (formally labeled as A5) to our new B-5XL which should cover most people up to 460lbs. 🙂

http://youtu.be/PZdQ5pvTsl4

take care buddy

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    Brendan says March 3, 2014

    Thanks so much for the update Mike! Will you have full stock on all the big guys by summer?

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      mike says January 12, 2015

      We are constantly in and out of stock, however we now expanded our big sizes to all our models and 3 out of 5 models are currently stocked up. We will soon have B3XL up to B5XL in rashguards and mma shorts. i’m starting to really lean my business model to this smaller market.

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Helena says January 8, 2015

Ladies face other issues finding a good fitting gi. Personally, the fit of the pants is usually all wrong. The people designing women gi’s doesn’t seem to consider the average female body type. Many of us have short legs (compared to men) and fuller thighs and bottoms. This means that if the pants fit over the thighs, they’re to long and way to big at the waist. And I’ve heard many women saying that they need to use tights underneath since there’s not enough material to cover the bottom in many grappling situations (myself included). Flashing people isn’t always a good thing. Best gi so far is, no surprise, Fenom. They have a curvy option that is the best fitting I’ve found so far and I’ve tried several brands.

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    mike says January 12, 2015

    I’m going to have to start looking deeper into creating a female size chart. thank for the info

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    Faithe says April 30, 2016

    Thanks for mentioning this! I too have had the same exact problem. There needs to be about 2 more inches of height in the back to cover everything. I’l check out Fenom.

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    Manda says October 5, 2016

    Same issue with pants being to tight in the thigh and not enough coverage in the rear. Also I have a bigger chest up top… yet to find a gi top that closes properly with my breasts. I weight 148 (try to lose weight) and 5’1… so far Da Firmas the only brand for my size but still doesn’t fit quiet right

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Cedric major says November 18, 2015

I’m 6’7″ 340 lbs and I’m completely lost and have no idea wat GI size I need

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    Brendan says November 20, 2015

    Hey Ced! I think for you, the best bet would be to get something custom made from a company like Killer Bee. They do great work!

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      A says September 23, 2016

      If you have a big chest 58″ then killerbee will not fit.

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El abayarde says June 7, 2016

What’s happen to the short people who are short and stocky like an A0h. Only gi company I know who carry these are shoyoroll, And any one who affiliates with them like AP, illest, and cukui. Another great company who makes that size for a lot cheaper is 93brand.

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    Brendan says June 7, 2016

    What’s your height and weight? I think some other companies might make those gis, like Do or Die?

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      El abayarde says July 15, 2016

      I’m 5’4″ and weigh 165. I’m stocky. Tried a bunch of A1 and they fit tight in the armpit area. I only have one gi that is a A1 that fits me perfect and it’s the keiko Japan. All the other ones are tight.

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        John says September 22, 2016

        Hey I’m 5’3″ and 160. I have a ronin brand Gi they are from NY. That fits me pretty good. Also have a war tribe. But these are between or around $150. Also try hayabusa sizes as well. Good luck

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Hywel says August 21, 2016

I’ve just ordered a Tatami Nova + Plus in A5 as my very first BJJ gi. I’m 6’1″ and just shy of 130kg. I received great feedback from the crew at Tatami, I’m hoping the A5 will be big enough on e to survive the expected shrinkage (me AND the gi!). I can’t really afford the Estelle, but If I have to I will upgrade using their -reportedly excellent- returns and exchange policy.

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Quentin says September 12, 2016

ok, I have been looking and looking, the charts are real confusing as to when I convert my size from what I wear into metric, there are no sizes that even come close. so maybe and Hopefully someone can give me better insight to understand whats going on. My statistics are: 6’3″ 52″ chest, 46-48″ waist, Im both muscular and with a belly, my reach is approximately 72″…. in which size would I find at least a fit where the pants will fit and i can close the top properly. I appreciate the reply and this useful website

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AB says September 21, 2016

Does anyone know of anyone in California who makes Gi’s or can alter them. I have tried Killer Bee Gi. But the Gi was more of like an A3 than an A5 (so it was way way too tight, I could not get the lapel over chest.) I do fit in Vulkan A5, (a little roomy in Shoulders and Arms and I have to get the arms shortened. I do need to get the skirt fixed (cut off about 3-4 inches, my normal tailer is not well versed in doing it so he does not want to touch it.)Any how I am willing to pay for a the work. Maybe the person can size me once and I can order Bespoke Gis regularly. 🙂

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