Which Jiu Jitsu Gi is Best?

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“I’d like to buy a Jiu Jitsu Gi please” is usually the opening question and will always be followed by “What sort of Jiu Jitsu” A lot the time the customer will know but some of the time that leaves the customer stumped and needs a little more digging to find the right Jiu Jitsu Gi for them. I usually doesn’t just stop at which style of Jiu Jitsu you do as different association within a styles will wear different Jiu Jitsu Gi. Sometimes different clubs within the same style wear different Jiu Jitsu Gi. It can be very random. But which jiu jitsu gi is best?

which jiu jitsu gi is bestHere is a breakdown on the general types of Jiu Jitsu Gi out there and what the differences are and why. This is purely from my own experience being in and around the scene for 15 years and in and around Bristol in the main.

Enso Martial Arts Shop in Bristol stocks five main types of Ju Jitsu gi, catering for most of the Ju Jitsu classes in our area. Everyone always has a different preference or budget but let’s go through them.

Lightweight Judo Gi is designed for stand up Jitsu such as Jitsu Foundation and other traditional styles of Ju Jitsu. The name is slightly deceptive as it is rarely used by Judoka. It would be classed as a little lightweight for full on Judo. So it is mainly used as a Jiu Jitsu Gi and is also perfectly suited for Aikido. This Jiu Jitsu Gi has a lightweight cross-hatch style weave around the bottom, which keeps the weight down and a thicker weave top half with re-enforced lapel on the chest for throwing strength. Pretty standard for all Judo Gi.

The second style of Jiu Jitsu Gi out there are Heavyweight Jiu Jitsu Gi. These are similar in build compared to the Lightweight Judo Gi but everything has been thickened up. This is a seriously tough Gi and can be used for full on Randoori in Judo and Competition. Not many Aikidoka will wear these but many Jiu Jitsu practitioners will gravitate towards this Jiu Jitsu Gi as their training develops.

Black Heavyweight Karate Gi is a strange one to be added to the list but as you get to know more Jiu Jitsu clubs you’d be surprised how many out their have gravitated towards this Jiu Jitsu Gi. In the Bristol area it’s the reality based Ju Jitsu styles that use them but dotted around are some stand up Traditional Jiu Jitsu Clubs, especially the one’s that have had a history of being lined wit the Ninjutsu clubs. Black Gi’s are much more ‘traditional’s are dark blue’s a colour much easier to dye and to keep that colour in Feudal Japan. The Gi has the standard flat weave material from top to bottom but is surprisingly tough and it s brushed cotton so very comfortable to be in.

New onto the scene of Martial Arts is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi, having taken the ground game from Judo, changed the rules and massively increased the training drills and techniques. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi have been designed specifically for purpose. They don’Jiu Jitsu Git have the same level of reinforcement that the Judo Gi have, but the tight weave material extend from top to bottom, making the Jiu Jitsu Gi tough in all areas. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have broken the shackles of the ‘traditional’ concepts and these can come in a wide range of colours and styles. But the design and build is always the same, tough and long lasting.

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