Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Reviews

Ronin Brand Insignia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

Gi Review: Ronin Brand Insignia BJJ


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.


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

by Ruben Coronado

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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6. Datsusara Light Battle Pack

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


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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.

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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)


Subculture Gold Weave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

Subculture Gold Weave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Review

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  • 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.


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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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.


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.


Beautiful gi, gross floor.


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

subculture brazilian jiu jitsu gi jacket

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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subculture gi gold weave lapel comparison

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.


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.

subculture usa


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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CTRL Industries Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gis

CTRL Industries Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gis

About CTRL Industries Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gis

CTRL Industries is a newer BJJ company and supports very clean designs and comfortable clothes.  Blayne and Billy, the owners, are brothers who are passionate about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gis and have produced a lot of cool gear so far, especially their new Carioca gi.

CTRL Industries has also got a good sense of humor as they specify that “you won’t find Dragons, Angel Wings, Skulls, etc, on our clothing(sorry).”

Thus far their offerings have been limited to some really awesome t-shirts and their super-popular Carioca brazilian jiu jitsu gi.

We have spoken with them personally as they are VERY active on their Facebook page and through the contact on their website.  Feel free to check them out and let them know you hear about CTRL Industries Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gis here on GiReviews.

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Predator Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Reviews

Black Eagle Predator Gi Reviews

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 accessable 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.

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Predator Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi Reviews:

Black Eagle Predator BJJ Gi Review

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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