At first glance a jiu-jitsu gi (bjj gi) looks much like a gi used in other martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do. But upon closer inspection, you will notice that the bjj gi is very different. A quality gi will be much more durable and have features such as triple stitching, a heavier collar, and reinforcements in key areas such as the knees. Bjj Gis also have patches that add style and color to the gi. A traditional TKD gi wouldn't last any time in a jiu-jitsu program. Spending a little more money on the right gi can save an embarrassing episode in your next Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training session.
What's the difference between Bjj Gi weaves? Jiu-jitsu gis come in many weaves. A weave describes the process by which the cotton fabric is constructed. Some weaves are designed to be ultra-light weight, such as the Gameness Air Gi (a comb weave) and others are heavier double weaves such as the Gameness Platinum Gi (a gold weave).
A lighter bjj gi will help you hit your target weight before competition and provide for a more comfortable training session. A heavier jiu-jitsu gi can be almost indestructible and will last for a very long time. Some like the feel of a heavier gi while others like the freedom that a lighter weave gives them. You can also find weaves that are in-between, such as the pearl weave used in the Gameness Pearl Gi and Gameness Feather Gi.
In choosing a particular weave, it is important to consider variables like breathability, temperatures in which training takes place, and personal preference on fit and weight. A heavier weave is more traditional in BJJ. Some people prefer one weave for training and a different weave for competition.
What Color Bjj Gi should I get?
Most bjj gis are offered in white, blue and black. While most jiu-jitsu practitioners wear a white gi, a colored jiu jitsu gi can add a little flair and also hide dirt and stains more effectively. When selecting a color, you should consider what your training facility allows or simply select a white one to be safe. In certain schools, only advanced belts are allowed to wear a black gi, as an example. Tournament rules are also different but typically all three colors noted above are allowed for competition. Many people start with a white gi, and then purchase additional colors as their training progresses.