Let’s face it, the past year has been tough on the entire jiu-jitsu community. But not to worry, we’re starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel! Academies are opening up, tournaments are coming back, and BJJ gi companies are launching some hot new models.
We’re particularly excited about the last one, because, well… we’re passionate about BJJ and just as crazy about BJJ gis!
So what’s new? What’s exciting? And what should YOU buy to refresh your jiu-jitsu collection? Read on…
Hands down, Kingz Kimonos puts out some of the best, well-made and stylish gis out there. And they’ve outdone themselves with the Relentless Jiu Jitsu Gi.
At 450 GSM, the pearl weave jacket is relatively mid-weight. Not too light that it feels flimsy, but not too heavy that you feel weighed down on the mat. Likewise, the 10 oz cotton drill pants are sturdy enough to withstand the most rigorous training sesh. What’s really nice about this gi is the styling. Clean embroideries in an Old English script and two fresh colorways: navy and grey.
And we must mention that Kingz is one of the most size-friendly brands out there, with sizes as small as A00, as large as A5, and several H (husky) and L (long) in-between sizes.
Maeda has made a name for producing some of the most beautiful gis on the market, that incorporate classy little details that somehow blend both traditional class and modern flavor. The Maeda Kintsugi Gi is no exception.
The Kintsugi is inspired by “kintsugi”, the Japanese practice of repairing broken pots with gold and other precious metals, preserving and celebrating its story. Phrases like “Embrace Imperfection” and “Perfection is Built Upon Flaws” are embroidered and incorporated into the woven labels. The same kintsugi mindset can be applied to your own jiu-jitsu journey.
Featuring a lightweight 400 GSM pearl weave jacket and 10 oz cotton pants, it’s a great gi both both everyday training as well as competition.
A jiu-jitsu gi made in tribute to one of the most iconic martial arts quotes in history? Yes, please! The VHTS Be Water Kimono is inspired by the Bruce Lee words: “Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
VHTS puts out a solid gi, featuring a mid-weight 450 GSM pearl weave jacket with rounded side slits, and 11 oz cotton rip stop pants. Based out of New York, VHTS also puts a little of that fresh city street style into their aesthetic, with bold pops of color, clean fonts, and modern graphics.
VHTS does tend on the fit a little on the slimmer side, which is something to keep this in mind. However, they do cater to the taller practitioners, with their A1T and A2T intermediate sizing.
Looking for something a little different? Fuji takes you there with their sweet collaboration gi, the Fuji x BJJ Fanatics Suparaito Gi.
This gi departs from the traditional styling with bold embroidered logos, contrasting stitching, external seam taping, and two cool colors: a light dove gray (with red contrast details) and a Levi blue (with gold and white contrast details). A perfect gi for the competitor – or a hot summer day – the Suparaito is extra lightweight, featuring a 350 GSM pearl weave jacket and rip stop pants.
Whatever your style, there’s a jiu-jitsu gi – or brand – for you. And at FightersMarket, you can trust that we’re giving you the best options out there.