Make Sure You're Purchasing the Right Gi

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What size should I buy? What weight? What color? What style? The questions can go on and on. Purchasing a gi seems like a daunting task. Uniforms are a vital part of martial arts training. We understand that getting the right one is important. This guide will help take away the confusion involved in purchasing a gi, so you can be confident you're getting the gi you need.


Before you get started, it's always a good idea to talk to your instructor. Many instructors have strict guidelines on the types of gi's they will allow in their school.

What Style Do I Pick?

The first thing you may be wondering is whether or not there is a difference between the uniform types. The answer is yes; there is a difference. The one you should go with depends on the type of martial arts you are practicing.

Karate and Tae Kwon Do uniforms are a lot lighter than Jiu Jitsu uniforms and usually weigh around 8 oz. They get their lightness from the limited stitching around the sleeves and collar and from the thin, straight, and tightly woven cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric they are constructed from. The biggest difference is that Karate uniforms have tie straps on the inside of the jacket. This ensures the jacket will not fly off during intense striking and kicking. The karate uniform has been maximized for a more limited range of movement. It was designed to stay in place during standing strikes, while maximizing speed through its lightness.

A Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, and Judo uniform is heavier and has been optimized for the intense movement involved in gripping, pulling, and turning. The tough weave reduces tangling with limbs and is easier to grapple with. Unlike a Karate gi, a Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, and Judo gi do not have tie straps on the inside. Ties would be easily torn off from the intense pulling and twisting movements involved in practicing these martial arts.

What Color Should I Go With?

Most traditional styles are white, but with a wide selection of colors available out there, you may be tempted to explore your color options. The safest thing to do is talk to your instructor first. A lot of schools have specific colors they want you to wear. Your instructor will let you know your school’s color guidelines.



What Weight is Best for Me?


When we talk about weight, we mean how heavy a uniform is; weight is not the same as size. Personal preference comes in to play when choosing the weight of your gi. There are many factors that influence a martial artist’s weight preference.

Entry level students often prefer a lightweight uniform, weighing around 7oz. This weight helps students get comfortable with practice. They can get used to movements without being distracted by a super thick and heavy uniform. Plus, lighter weight uniforms are less expensive. With young students growing or just starting out, the less expensive and lighter option is ideal.

High level and competing martial artists often prefer a solid middleweight uniform, such as the 8.5oz. It has enough weight and substance to make the correct snapping noise when doing forms and is light enough not to restrict movement or hinder balance. A well-constructed middleweight will last a long time.

Heavyweight uniforms are often reserved for advanced students and master instructors who prefer the traditional fit and feel. Since they are well-trained martial artists and wear uniforms several times a week, the solid heavyweight gi offers optimal durability and is great for training and demonstrating forms. The traditional thick fabric construction with more stitching around the sleeves and lapel gives the uniform a great “POP” during movement. That satisfying snap is important to well-trained martial artists when they are demonstrating a form. It can add energy and a feeling of power to strikes.

What Size am I?

The most important factor in purchasing your gi is fit. So how do you know what size will fit you best? There are three major measurements to take into account: height, weight, and circumference.



Take these three numbers and compare them to the sizing charts available throughout the Macho website.

Are you tall and thin? Or short and stout? There is a trick to helping you find a size that will best fit your unique shape. The most important thing to consider is height. Most gis provide room to fit your circumference and weight despite the size, but if it’s too long or too short, then it won’t work for you. You don’t want to be swimming in sleeves that are too long, so always accommodate height first!

We hope this guide helped answer your questions, but if there is something you’re still not certain about feel free to contact our customer service at 800-327-6812. We are here to help you succeed on your martial arts journey.


Make Sure You're Purchasing the Right Gi

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What size should I buy? What weight? What color? What style? The questions can go on and on. Purchasing a gi seems like a daunting task. Uniforms are a vital part of martial arts training. We understand that getting the right one is important. This guide will help take away the confusion involved in purchasing a gi, so you can be confident you're getting the gi you need.


Before you get started, it's always a good idea to talk to your instructor. Many instructors have strict guidelines on the types of gi's they will allow in their school.

What Style Do I Pick?

The first thing you may be wondering is whether or not there is a difference between the uniform types. The answer is yes; there is a difference. The one you should go with depends on the type of martial arts you are practicing.

Karate and Tae Kwon Do uniforms are a lot lighter than Jiu Jitsu uniforms and usually weigh around 8 oz. They get their lightness from the limited stitching around the sleeves and collar and from the thin, straight, and tightly woven cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric they are constructed from. The biggest difference is that Karate uniforms have tie straps on the inside of the jacket. This ensures the jacket will not fly off during intense striking and kicking. The karate uniform has been maximized for a more limited range of movement. It was designed to stay in place during standing strikes, while maximizing speed through its lightness.

A Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, and Judo uniform is heavier and has been optimized for the intense movement involved in gripping, pulling, and turning. The tough weave reduces tangling with limbs and is easier to grapple with. Unlike a Karate gi, a Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, and Judo gi do not have tie straps on the inside. Ties would be easily torn off from the intense pulling and twisting movements involved in practicing these martial arts.

What Color Should I Go With?

Most traditional styles are white, but with a wide selection of colors available out there, you may be tempted to explore your color options. The safest thing to do is talk to your instructor first. A lot of schools have specific colors they want you to wear. Your instructor will let you know your school’s color guidelines.



What Weight is Best for Me?


When we talk about weight, we mean how heavy a uniform is; weight is not the same as size. Personal preference comes in to play when choosing the weight of your gi. There are many factors that influence a martial artist’s weight preference.

Entry level students often prefer a lightweight uniform, weighing around 7oz. This weight helps students get comfortable with practice. They can get used to movements without being distracted by a super thick and heavy uniform. Plus, lighter weight uniforms are less expensive. With young students growing or just starting out, the less expensive and lighter option is ideal.

High level and competing martial artists often prefer a solid middleweight uniform, such as the 8.5oz. It has enough weight and substance to make the correct snapping noise when doing forms and is light enough not to restrict movement or hinder balance. A well-constructed middleweight will last a long time.

Heavyweight uniforms are often reserved for advanced students and master instructors who prefer the traditional fit and feel. Since they are well-trained martial artists and wear uniforms several times a week, the solid heavyweight gi offers optimal durability and is great for training and demonstrating forms. The traditional thick fabric construction with more stitching around the sleeves and lapel gives the uniform a great “POP” during movement. That satisfying snap is important to well-trained martial artists when they are demonstrating a form. It can add energy and a feeling of power to strikes.

What Size am I?

The most important factor in purchasing your gi is fit. So how do you know what size will fit you best? There are three major measurements to take into account: height, weight, and circumference.



Take these three numbers and compare them to the sizing charts available throughout the Macho website.

Are you tall and thin? Or short and stout? There is a trick to helping you find a size that will best fit your unique shape. The most important thing to consider is height. Most gis provide room to fit your circumference and weight despite the size, but if it’s too long or too short, then it won’t work for you. You don’t want to be swimming in sleeves that are too long, so always accommodate height first!

We hope this guide helped answer your questions, but if there is something you’re still not certain about feel free to contact our customer service at 800-327-6812. We are here to help you succeed on your martial arts journey.