Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - A chess game on the mat

BJJ stands for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is a variation of the traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. It differs from the Japanese variant in that the focus is on ground combat and the techniques and leverage of many handles are much more effective and therefore also for physically weaker people are equally applicable.
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was developed as the name suggests in Brazil by the world famous Gracie family.The BJJ became famous through Royce Gracie from the Gracie family, who impressively showed in the first UFC events how effective the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is in martial arts by being the lightest fighter in the UFC tournaments, in which he partly won his 50KG heavier opponents (which in the At that time, they were only trained in standing combat) by lever techniques (so-called submission) on the ground.
The success of Royce Gracie through his fighting style was formative for the worldwide development of the BJJ.In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you fight and train in a traditional BJJ suit called Gi or Kimono. The BJJ suit is similar to the judo suit, which consists of a Gi jacket and Gi pants made of rice-resistant and stable cotton.
In our BJJ shop you will find a comprehensive selection of BJJ Gi suits for men from premium brands such as Venum BJJ Gis, Tatami Fightwear BJJ suit, Okami fightgear Gis and many more!

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What are the differences at BJJ Gis?

Well, the difference with the different BJJ kimonos lies in the details, more precisely in the types of weave and the types of fabric.
There are 2 different factors that play a role in the quality of the BJJ Gi suit, namely GSM and Weave.
GSM means grams per square meter and indicates the density of the cotton fabric used: the higher the GSM, the heavier but also more stronger the Gi suit.
The weave specification reflects the weave of the Gis, the more complex the weave, the more expensive the BJJ Gi is.
There are the following types of weave:
  • Single Weave: This is a simple woven fabric. The advantage is that it is relatively light and thin, which is particularly beneficial in warm temperatures. The disadvantage is that the fabric is not as robust as other weaves and thus the durability suffers Single Weave Gis are often entry-level Gis in the lower price segment. These Gis usually have a fabric weight between 300 and 550GSM.
  • Double Weave: Double-woven fabric for more durability, very tear-resistant and non-slip but also heavier than the Single Weave Gis. Another disadvantage is that the fabric is stiffer due to the double weaving technology and can impair movement, which is why you can hardly find BJJ Gis today Double weave fabric.
  • Gold Weave: Combines the properties of Single and Double Weave, so the Gold Weave BJJ Gis have the weight of a Single Weave Gis, but are again as robust as the Double Weave Gis. A major disadvantage is that the Gold Weave Gis tend to shrink The Gold Weave Gis usually have a fabric weight between 650 and 1100GSM.
  • Pearl Weave: Pearl Weave is the most widely used fabric for BJJ Gis these days. The Pearl Weave Gi is the lightest BJJ Gi approved in competition, but at the same time it is very robust and durable small pearls or bumps.
  • Rip Stop: This fabric has become increasingly popular over the past few years and is typically used for Gi pants; Ripstop is the thinnest and lightest of the Gi fabrics. Originally just a weave for trousers, a jacket variant made of ripstop was recently developed. The rip stop fabric is recognizable by the square grid pattern.

BJJ graduation and the Jiu Jitsu belts

As is well known, the BJJ suit or Jiu Jitsu Gi is worn with a belt. The belt symbolizes the respective "experience level" of the BJJ athlete, for adults there are 5 differently colored BJJ belts. The white belt is worn by beginners, followed by blue, violet, Brown and the highest level black.Roughly speaking, it takes 2 years to reach the next belt, i.e. about 10 years to the black belt.
The intermediate levels are rewarded with a white stripe on the belt, with 4 white stripes you are then ready for the next belt color, with the exception of the black belt, here you can reach up to 6 white stripes before you get the black red BJJ belt.In our range you will find Tatami Fightwear BJJ belts in all colors and sizes!

What should I look for when buying a BJJ Gi suit?

You should consider in advance whether you will participate in competitions, if so make sure that the BJJ Gi suit IBJJF is compliant and approved, otherwise it may happen that you are not allowed to participate in certain competitions.Furthermore, the BJJ Gis are different for each manufacturer.
Make sure to refer to the size table of the respective manufacturer.
The sizes are often given for men in A sizes, starting from A1 as the smallest size, over A2 and A3 up to A4 there are also short and long sizes at BJJ Gis where the sleeves and legs are correspondingly longer or shorter.Last but not least, it should be mentioned that the BJJ Gis always shrinks a little the first time.
The shrink rate is + - 5%, please take this into account when ordering.

Proper care of BJJ Gi suits

  • Unless otherwise stated, the Gis are machine washable at 30 degrees, but be sure to take a look at the manufacturer's care label.
  • We recommend washing the BJJ Gi inside out.
  • Very important: Under no circumstances put the Gi in the dryer, this can cause the BJJ GI to shrink considerably!
  • If the Gi is ironed, iron inside out.
If you follow the care instructions, you will enjoy your BJJ Gi for a long time!