Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI – BJJ GI, Jiu Jitsu Belts, Gear | BJJ Blue Belt
The GI, a term is used for outfits (Gear) in Japanese martial arts system, especially for “JuJutsu.” Mainly, dress consist of three items (1. Jacket, 2. Trouser, 3. Belt), which are made of cotton and reinforced material. Colour of a belt is always decided by rank or position of player and format of the game. Belt works well, to keep jacket and trouser tight. Sometimes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi is often referred as Kimono or Jiu Jitsu Dress.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu GI – General Guidelines
- The collar of Player Jacket shouldn’t be thicker than 1.3 cm.
- Player’s wrist and sleeve’s end part should be at least 7 cm apart.
- The collar of Player Jacket should be at least 5 cm wide.
- GI should be made of high-quality fabrics and should be colored with high-grade colors.
- During competitions, GI should not look old and worn.
- During tournaments, Only Black, White and Blue colored Jiu Jitsu GI are allowed.
- A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player cannot paint his Gi by himself (exceptions allowed).
Fabric of BJJ GI
Pants / Trousers
- Traditionally, Gi pants are made of good quality Denim or Cotton.
- Lightweight and excellent quality pants are the first choices of Jiu Jitsu athletes.
- Nylon pants have become quite popular in recent times.
Nowadays, BJJ GI is manufactured by three top notched kinds of cotton 1. Single Weave Cotton, 2. Gold Weave Cotton and 3. Double Weave Cotton. Many European players also love to wear silk, polyester and nylon jackets.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI: How To Wash
Wrestling is a game which involves sweat and body touch, which may include transmission of bacteria easily. Many athletes prefer cold water for washing of cotton BJJ GI, to avoid shrinkage. It is a standard Physics of Heat & Cloth, which says “Cotton can shrink in contact with hot air and hot water.” Many athletes prefer bleaching, but they change their dresses after 2-3 matches. But, new Jiu Jitsu students avoid dry cleaning and bleaching to save their clothes from any harm.
The odor is the biggest problem when you don’t wash your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI, but thermal dying in the presence of sunlight could be helpful for players to remove excessive odor and bacteria’s. But, you must remember that direct contact of sunlight may break fibers of your dress and may make it look worn or old. But, thanks to the technology, that number of safe chemicals out there in the market for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI. Here are two techniques for you to wash your gear-
- During the wash, add the half cup of lemon juice into water and then let it get diluted naturally. This process is easy to perform as well as lemon juice doesn’t weaken fibers of cotton.
- Other process is washing with home-made vinegar and may hurt a lil your cotton. But, indeed this is far safer than washing it in hot water. Its mechanism is simple, add 2 cups of vinegar to wash and dry your cloth in sunlight.
How to Dry Jiu-Jitsu GI?
Well, it is advised to dry your BJJ GI in sunlight but not in a dry cleaner. The dry cleaner may interact directly with fibers of cotton may end up losing it. With dry cleaning process, there are sure shot chances of losing color too.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu GI looks similar to Judogi (Judo GI), as both the games were originated in Japan. Jiu Jitsu GI is available in various fabrics e.g. Cotton or Nylon. Only Blue, Black, and White colors BJJ GI are permitted to use in higher level tournaments.
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