The Jiu Jitsu Gi
The Gi is used throughout many different martial arts in the world of combat sports. Each requiring a different adaptation of the Gi. Judo, Karate and Taekwondo Gis are formed quite vastly differently from a Jiu Jitsu Gi.
The Jiu Jitsu Gi has evolved with the sport. The fabric is constantly being used, pulled, grabbed and tugged by both the athlete and opponent. The fabrics and manufacture used by non-grappling based martial art Gis would see Gis torn within moments of a bout or sparring. Not only the toughness of a Gi should be taken into account but also the actual design. A common mistake would be a Judo practitioner wearing his Judo Gi for Jiu Jitsu. Whilst the actual Gi may be strong enough to withstand the test of a Jiu Jitsu fight, the wider sleeve design associated with Judo Gi would put your opponent at a distinct advantage, enabling manipulation of the wrist and arm.
With the design of the Gi taken into account, the second most important attribute of a Jiu Jitsu Gi is the weave. By weave we refer to how much material is used and how it is sewed together. The weave of a Gi will greatly affect it’s weight, thickness and durability.
The weight of a Gi can be differed for training purposes, dictated by climate or training style. A Gis thickness changes how well an opponent can hold on to your Gi and it’s durability will determine the life of your Gi.
- Single Weave Gi are some of the most popular. They’re lightweight and usually more affordable. Most beginners in Jiu Jitsu tend to wear these Gis. Not only are they relatively strong, they will keep you cooler whilst grappling due to less fabric than other weaves, they also weigh less if the athlete is close to weight limits in their category.
- The double weave is the same weave as single, just done twice over. Proving considerably more durable but being heavier and noticeably thicker. Being made of more material they are most expensive but considered advantageous in competition as they’re harder to hold on to.
- Gold Weave Gi are a combination of both double and single weave. With strength, durability and thickness of double weave, gold weave Gi maintain their lightness of single weave. Elite Jiu Jitsu practitioners opt for Gold Weave for competition.
Ensuring your Gi is properly measured and fit to you body is crucial. Our Venum Gi range come in a variety of sizes and are made with the highest quality pre-shrunk material.
The IBBJF will only allow white, blue and black Gi for competition, despite this there are a range of colors available – be sure to check the school or gym you train with for the most appropriate.
Our range of Venum Gi have been designed in collaboration with Rodolfo “The Black Belt Hunter” Vieira, a true veteran of the sport of Jiu Jitsu, having been through countless Gi – his knowledge and experience funneled through to your new competition quality Gi!
Find our range of Gis in our online store: Venum Store.