As you may have noticed in the dojo, Sensei Sandra & I have been trialling some different light weight uniforms in the dojo. So far we are quite happy with them although they are taking a bit of getting used to as the material is quite different than gis we have worn in the past.
Here’s what I’ve found with the gi I’ve been testing.
SIZING: The sizing is very different than other gis I’ve worn and what we currently stock. I should have looked a little more closely at the sizing chart when I ordered. Normally I would wear a size 7, but I ordered a size 6 after a quick look at the sizing chart. In fact, I’ve even taken up the arms and legs a bit. I probably should have ordered a size 5, maybe next time… Here’s a copy of the sizing chart (click on the image to enlarge).
STYLE: The style of the gi is designed for kumite competitors. Long jacket, long arms, long legs. I’ll been wearing my gi most classes for now, if you’d like to take a closer look.
MATERIAL: The material is very light weight and has a little bit of stretch. I get quite sweaty when I train (especially this time of year), so I was worried that the gi might stick or become see through. Neither of these things are a problem. The material is also quite strong. Before took the sleeves up, I was doing some weapons training and got my sai caught in the sleeve. I thought I had ripped it and put a hole in it, but no sign of even being marked. There are also special sweat panels under the arms and around the shoulders which work really well in allowing your body to breath more naturally.
BONUS: No ironing required and they dry really quick. Both of these things are really useful if you train anywhere near as much as we do, or if you just don’t like ironing.
We have decided to do a special order for anyone that is interested in getting one (or more) of these gis. The normal cost will be $150 each, but if you order and pay by Sat, 18 Mar 2017, you can order at the special price of $110 each. We’ll order them the following week and they should be ready in time for the Sunshine Coast tournament (2 April) once the embroidery is done.
If you’d like to order, get them to us before the deadline to get the special price. And of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.