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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Atama Gold Weave Gi Reviews

atama gold weave review

Atama Gold Weave Gi

The Atama gold weave is the middle of the road gi from Atama.  It’s heavier than the single, but lighter than the double.  This means it’ll last longer than your single weave, but will be more mobile than the double weave.

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Fuji ADCC Pro Gi Reviews

Fuji ADCC Pro Gi Reviews

New from Fuji Sports are the Fuji ADCC Pro Gis made specifically for the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).  There are two versions: the ADCC Pro Gi and the Fuji ADCC All-Around Gi.

The ADCC Pro Gi is a summer-weight uniform made from pearl weave fabric.  It has the ADCC logo, Brazil and UAE flags and a super-cool ADCC fabric around all of the edges (including along the lapel, which you don’t see a lot of companies doing).  Like many other gis, the collar is made of rubber.

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Fuji ADCC All Around Gi Reviews

Fuji ADCC All Around Gi Reviews

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New from Fuji Sports are the Fuji ADCC Pro Gis made specifically for the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).  There are two versions: the Fuji ADCC Pro Gi and the All-Around gi.

The All-Around gi is a mid-weight gi that is good for regular academy training.  It has a lot less flash than the pro gi and the jacket has a shorter skirt and the arms are more tapered than the pro.  The pants and jacket are both built to be strong enough to handle a lot of hard training.  It has Brazilian and UAE flags on the shoulders and pants and a large back patch with the ADCC logo.

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Lucky Bamboo Series Fleur-De-Lis Gi Review

Gi Review: Lucky Bamboo Series Fleur-De-Lis

Summary

These new lucky gis have a new type of fabric never really seen before in BJJ gis: bamboo.  They claim to be stronger, softer, very lightweight, and carry a 1 year warranty.  That’s pretty cool because although many manufacturers will replace a gi if you call them, there really aren’t any written warranties out there, especially after youwash the gi.

The new gis also claim to be stronger than cotton and hemp and as soft as silk.  They also may hardor less bacter compared to their cotton counterparts.

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Lucky Bamboo Rude Boy Gi Review

Gi Review: Lucky Bamboo Rude Boy

via Georgette Oden

Finally, my review of the new Lucky Gi– I was entranced by the concept of bamboo fabric for jiu jitsu gis. Entranced, but also nervous about the $289 price tag. Could a gi really be worth that much? I loved my old-version Lucky (the Lovato model) and still do. But I bought it used on ebay for $67! Still, I was pretty curious when I read what Lucky has to say about it:

“If you live anywhere in the world you can get your new Lucky Gi shipped to you for free. We really want everyone to see how great this new Bamboo Fabric is. It has some amazing properties. Your gi will always smell better, it will be cleaner and much softer too. Best of all you will always look great and feel great!”

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Koral New Classic Kimono Gi Review

Gi Review: Koral New Classic Kimono

Koral New Classic Kimono

The Koral New Classic kimonos are the newest version of the older Koral Classic gis.  They’re still made of 100% cotton and should be preshrunk.  As one of the largest gi manufacturers, Koral usually provides a standard product generally free of major flaws and errors.

For the Koral New Classic changed their lettering around a bit (I liked the old style better) and you see that reflected on the new pants.  Also, there is no large back patch like the MKM Competition gi.

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Koral Light Kimono Gi Review

Gi Review: Koral Light Kimono

Summary

The Koral Light Gi is made is Brazil and is 100% cotton.  It’s approved for all CBJJ and IBJJF tournaments. As with all Koral gis, the belt is not included.

The Koral light gi is their new competition lightweight gi (typically used in IBJJF tournaments).  It’s 35% lighter than their main gis.  As always, its preshrunk and has the same high quality you can expect from Koral.

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Koral MKM Competition Kimono Review

Introduction

The Koral MKM Competition Gi is made in Brazil and 100% cotton.  Typically when people think of Koral, they think of this gi.  It has the most patches of any Koral gis and, if you’re like me and like that look, this is a great gi for you.  It has a bit more of a competition cut meaning its a bit thinner in certain areas with a shorter skirt making it more competitive.

This gi has been used by a lot of competitors for a long period of time and is tried and true.  A great choice if you’re looking for a new kimono.  As with all Koral MKM gis, the belt is not included.

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Subculture Red Dawn Lightweight Gi Review

Subculture Red Dawn Lightweight Gi Review

by James

SubCulture Lightweights are a durable cotton that’s pretty lightweight.  This Red Dawn offers a REALLY nice red contrast stitchin that DOES NOT bleed.  This was an issue with other kimonos from brands like Keiko Raca in the past, but I can personally assure you that the colors will hold.  The gi dries really fast and is really light at 2.8lbs.  It’s 100% cotton, features ripstop pants (similar to Atama ripstop Mundial 9 pants) and has a rubberized lapel.

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