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Kingz 550 Comp BJJ Gi Review

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Summary

The Kingz 550 Comp BJJ Gi is a pearl weave style gi jacket & 11oz cotton pants combo.  It has some cool flair added, but nothing too flashy .  It is a bit flashier than my Ronin Insignia, but only ever so slightly.  It fit me different than any other gi I own (more on that below!).

Introduction

My Kingz 550 Comp BJJ Gi came from Fighter’s Market.  I spoke with Bruno ahead of time via e-mail about the various gis they sell, and also about them offering their own brand of BJJ gis.

The first thing I noticed is that the Kingz 550 Comp BJJ Gi fit me a bit differently and I e-mailed Bruno and he replied right away(again, more on that below!).  Fighter’s Market offers really good customer service and I would definitely suggest that you send me or Bruno an e-mail (or just post below!) if you have any questions about the gi.

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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.

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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.
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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.

Black Eagle Predator Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

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Introduction

Predator is an English brand who is under the umbrella of Black Eagle Fight Company.

Their owner, Steve Turner, is really awesome and somebody whom we have dealt with personally.  He is very accessible via Facebook and their brand is storming onto the scene.

They have an awesome line of spats, rashguards, shorts, and some really cool, embroidered, brazilian jiu jitsu gis.

The Black Eagle Predator is a pretty solid Pearl Weave that offers contrast stitching and some top notch embroidery and is a great overall training and competition gi.

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Naja Extreme Gold Gi Review

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Gi Review: Naja Extreme Gold Kimono

Naja Extreme Gold Kimono

Naja, the makers of the Naja Extreme Gold Kimono, are based out of Brazil and I saw them in a few magazines before I ever considered buying one.  Not many people here in the United States have a Naja kimono either, so that was cool.

Because most everybody who owns a Naja lives in Brazil, I had no idea what to think.  Thankfully, I didn’t make a mistake with my purchase.  Naja is available through Budovideos.com for a pretty reasonable price considering it is one of the few brands still made in Brazil.

For a gold weave gi, the Naja Extreme Gold Kimono is pretty light.  It’s built just as solid as my Koral and the patches are big, but clean.  The collar is thinner than my Subculture Gold weave, which isn’t to my taste, so I assume the Silver Ultra Light’s collar is extremely thin.  The gi comes in all the traditional colors, including camouflage, which is pretty popular here in the U.S.

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Naja Silver Ultra Light Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

Naja Silver Ultra Light Review

About the Naja Silver Ultra Light

The Naja Extreme Silver Ultra Light gi is a fairly decent light weight gi.  You can find Naja at more and more companies, but it may be difficult to find them in stock.  As with other light weight gis, this one definitely earns its name.  Even though it’s listed as pre-shrunk, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to shrink it over time.  Most people contend that the gi is definitely one of the softest gis that it they own and it’s very comfortable to roll and train in.

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Naja Extreme isn’t as solid as some of the top brands like Koral and the older Atamas (new ones aren’t that great).  The collar is made out of rubber, not foam.  The pants are fairly thin, as to be expected in a light weight gi, and the Naja Silver Ultra Light has the traditional drawstring.  Priced similar to Vulkan light weight gis, the Naja Silver Ultra Light seems to be competitive with the Vulkan.

Despite being listed as pre-shrunk, the Naja Silver Ultra Light can be shrunk down a bit.

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UPDATE (Jan 9, 2017): This gi is no longer available.

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Break Point FC Brazlian Jiu Jitsu Gi Reviews

Break Point FC (Break Point Fight Company)

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About Break Point FC

Break Point FC are a well known as one of the flashiest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi companies.  They have tried to be different from everything else on the market and still continue to be a high quality product.  The flashy design has definitely made a lot of people fans of their brand (myself included).

They’ve been making gis since 2007 and have multiple black belts working for them.  They take pride in the fact that, in their company, everybody trains.  The time Break Point FC spent developing their gi (2 years) really made a difference to them because people were able to enjoy their gi from the first batch.

They’ve been strong supporters of the Texas Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene, despite being from California and have done a number of things to support Texas BJJ, including designing a custom BJJ Gi to help fund cleanup and restoration after the BP Oil Spill.

Break Point FC continues to make ‘blinged out’ gis such as the RVRSL and the Acai.

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Break Point FC BJJ Gi Reviews:

Break Point Lightweight Deluxe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi

Break Point Lightweight Women’s Gi

Break Point Acai Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi

Break Point RVRSL Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi

Ronin Brand Insignia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

Gi Review: Ronin Brand Insignia BJJ

Summary

The Ronin Brand Insignia is a high quality Pearl Weave that offers a very cool, clean look, but some very understated and classy added flair.

Introduction

My Ronin Brand Insignia came from Kinji San Martial Arts in Brooklyn, NY.  I had the great opportunity to speak with Doug from Kinji San for a while on the phone about the various gis that they carry, especially the Ronin Brand Insignia and I definitely suggest that if you live in New York, you get there right away, and if you don’t, give Doug a call because his customer service is top notch!

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Manto Single Weave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

Gi Review: Manto Single Weave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Manto Single Weave

The Manto single weave is a pretty basic gi overall.  The patches are big and bold, but not too flashy.  Definitely a nice alternative for those that dislike the flashiest gis, but also don’t want a super plain gi.  The Manto single weave is a slimmer cut built for competition.  The cut is slimmer ala a Kikskin an d the collar is very thin.  It’s a very light gi, the strength of the weave makes it appear very durable, and the stitching is really nice.

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Moya Brand Hawaiian Cloth kimono Reviews

Gi Review: Moya Brand Hawaiian Cloth Kimono

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The Moya Hawaiian cloth. Well let’s see where do I get started, there are so many great things to say about this Gi. My initial thoughts when I first opened the Gi was just “WOW” it’s a beautiful Gi, high quality, design and stitching is great.

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Subculture Gold Weave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

Subculture Gold Weave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

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Summary

  • Simple, sleek brazilian jiu jitsu gi.
  • Not too many patches and plenty of room to add them.
  • Solid color.
  • Fits perfect for an A3.
  • Great gi for training and competition.

Introduction

Subculture is a pretty cool company based out of Chicago.  I was able to purchase this gi from them in person instead of ordering it through the Subculture website.

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Fit

I really dig the fit of the gi.  It would definitely fit somebody even wider than me.  I’m sort of built like a large rectangle and the gi definitely has a ton of room to wrap around me.  The sleeve length is perfect for me as an A3. I mention this because they are very true to size.  Subculture’s sleeve length is perfect if you have an average wingspan.  It would probably also be fine if you have longer arms as well, but I’d be careful about drying it.

Design

The design on this gi is super simple.  It’s an excellent example of a clean gi that really let’s the color shine.  I wish I was a professional photographer and could do the color justice.  It’s really nice nicest charcoal gi I’ve ever seen and even after multiple washes, the color has held perfectly even though I did not soak it in vinegar or anything like that.

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Beautiful gi, gross floor.

Jacket

The jacket is super nice.  The stitching is consistent throughout and it’s made of one piece of fabric.

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All one piece of fabric

You’ll notice in the image below that the lapel is much thicker than some of my lighter weight gis (Shoyoroll Americana, Vulkan, etc).  This can be expected of a Gold Weave.  It’s not build like a suit of armor like the HCK Absolute, but the Subculture is a VERY solid gold weave.

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Note the thickness of the Subculture Lapel

I also want to add that the taping along the bottom of the gi is very well done and has not frayed or anything.  It is not scratch and really gives a nice look to the gi that is similar to what Atama did with their Mundial 5.

Trousers

The trousers are very nice.  The color is solid and the stitching is fantastic.  After the first wash and air dry, I noticed they fit higher on my legs, but nothing ridiculous so if you’re right on the edge of a3 and a4 because of height, go with the a4.

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Rolling Performance

Rolling in this gi was great.  The pants didn’t fall and the drawstring holds true.  The top rarely came untucked because of the larger fit on me, which was nice for a change since I wear my belt super low.  It didn’t stretch out and seemed to give fair play to both me and my opponent in terms of grips.

Subculture Conclusion

Here is where I can finally talk about the price of this thing. Honestly, if we slapped a Koral or Atama sticker on it, it would be a $200 brazilian jiu jitsu gi. If Subculture made it a pre-order only gi with a limited window, it would probably be 160-170. But, this gi is Subculture’s most expensive gi… $108 on the Subculture Facebook store.

Are you kidding me?

Their lightweights, that in my opinion rival anything that other companies have put out are only $99! Good job Subculture for working to bring back gi prices to where they can, and should, be.

Gi review format inspired by Meerkatsu.

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