Many people feel cohibited when choosing a kimono Jiu Jitsu, they do not know how those so rare sizes starting with the letter A work, the types of construction with so many variations with strange names such as Single, Double or Gold Weave and many other factors.
This guide will help you to solve the most frequently asked questions and give some useful tips to know how BJJ kimonos are.
Before choosing a kimono BJJ you must have some clear things:
– The price you want you spend. There are kimonos for initiation or less frequent use (the cheapest), medium and high-end (expensive).
– Color: standards and approved for competition are white, blue, black and navy. If it is to train in the gym can choose more bright colors like red or green, or even patterned kimonos.
– Graphic design: right after the color it is the most striking impact to the naked eye, what mkes a Brazilian jiu jitsu gi or jiu jitsu kimono to stand different of another are the patches and bearings the embroidered kimono. Choose one that suits your preferences: there are a lot of patches, with few patches, the patches can be very aggressive (Snakes for example) or rather simple in design and branded BJJ Kimono.
– the Cutting: Some Jiu Jitsu kimonos that have jacket longer or shorter than normal, as can occur with pants or sleeves can be these more tight and short on some models than others.
– weight: in this area should see among other things if you go to compete and these just weight or if you are going to use to train on hot days then choosing a light kimono (Single or Gold weave), or if you like a heavy kimono that looks like an armor and hinder your opponents power strangle, then choosing a heavier kimono and therefore normally always be a Double Weave.
Carvings BJJ kimonos for work:
The standard sizes for BJJ beginning with the letter A followed by a number of low to high depending less or greater kimono. So A1 size is usually for people who measure (approximately) less than 5’9 inches, A2 for people between 5’8 and 5’11cm. and A3 for people over 5’11cm. A4 size also exists in virtually all makes and models of kimono but is less common use because they are designed for fairly large people. Sometimes there are also sizes A0 (for very small people) and A5 (for very large people).
In short A0, A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 are the usual size, being as normal to see almost always kimonos size A1, A2 or A3.
However , we must be careful and try to try on a pair of kimonos of different brands to better know our size if the kimono we buy do not have it on hand for example because when we buy a kimono that no other partner has in an online store. If in doubt, always contact your usual shop and your rolling experienced partners to advise you and so succeed in carving seller.
Types of kimono according to its manufacture:
– Single Weave: They are lighter kimonos, have less of cotton. They are good to train hottest days or competitions where the weighing is done with kimono and the competitor goes right weight, but on the negative side usually therefore less resistant and durable than heavier kimonos are also easier manipulated by the opponent when we want to strangle or secure a position.
– Double Weave: they are heavier kimonos that Weave Single, therefore and having a greater amount of cotton, tend to be more expensive, but on the other hand are more durable and shatter resistant than before. Also to be heavier usually have ruffs (flaps) harder and so the opponent will be more difficult to manipulate to strangle or maintain a position of control.
– Gold Weave: It’s a kimono that supposedly has the hardness of a Double Weave but with Single Weave closer to the weight.
– Lately also appear called Pearl Weave models, Summer Weave, Diamond Weave, Weave Hybrid … these usually (but not always) tend to be Kimonos Single Weave.
Other factors to consider before buying your kimono:
– Choose a national brand or a foreign: National brands (your country) are quite cheaper because import costs and intermediate distributors that always push up the cost of the gi or kimono are avoided, although its cut and quality is often lower than the Brazilian brands.
– the jiu jitsu kimono comes or not preshrunk: If your height, weight or both of these between 2 sizes as happens to many practitioners of BJJ must be careful enough with this point . Kimonos pre-shrunken not usually shrink more than half inch after the first wash with cold water
– Competition: if you want to compete, you’ll have to obligatorily choose a kimono , White, Black or Blue; Blue Marine is manufactured much lately also is approved. Avoid red, camouflage or patterned kimonos. Remember that is usually not allowed to use a color jacket and pants of another. It is used for example a white jacket with black pants, it is not usually allowed in many competitions as examples those of the IBJJF.
Also be careful with patches bearing the kimono factory or with those who we place ourselves ( that of our team for example) that are not in places prohibited by the IBJJF.
Tips to increase the durability of your kimono:
– Never wash your kimono with hot water.
– Wash it frequently, but without going over frequency. If you use two or three times a week, wash over the weekend to prevent the accumulation of dried sweat deteriorating it ends. If you’ve sweated and you’re going to use the next day hanging upside down and leave it outdoors for ventilation. Avoid at all costs you forget in the closed case after training.
– Try to have a second kimono for not having to wear the kimono so very soon and so you can aerate longer after you use it.
– Do not miss hanging in summer the sun directly because lose more than normal color tone.