All you competitors know that the IBJJF likes to keep it pretty boring when it comes to gi colors: just white, blue and black. That leaves little wiggle room when it comes to repping your personality on the mat, you style-diva, you.
Thankfully, we don't have to follow IBJJF rules all the time. So we've compiled a list of our favorite IBJJF illegal gis for you to get wild and wacky with:
Even when Kingz deviates from the standard color scheme, they keep it classy. That's what they did with their Kingz Balistico 2.0 Limited Edition, available in military green and a stone gray. The Balistico is one of their all-time best-selling gis, featuring a nice 100% preshrunk lightweight 480 GSM pearl weave jacket with NO-Grip sleeve technology and Cool Max shoulder lining, and super durable 8 oz cotton/polyester ripstop pants. With the distinct military inspired embroideries that the gi already sported, it only makes sense that Kingz would do military-inspired colors with this one.
Moya is another brand that usually keeps it pretty classic when it comes to gi colors, though they do like to include fresh fashion-forward details in their embroidery and patches. With the Moya Disruptive Gi, they've given their fans something to get excited about: a sweet stormy gray jacket made from the same Lightweight PRO Tek Pearl Weave they're known for and matching 10 oz canvas twill pants. True to form, they've kept the detailing fresh and sharp, with pops of bright red color.
UK-based Progress brings some Manchester style to the line-up with their Progress Be the Change gi. Just as solidly built as the rest of their gi lines, with a lightweight 450 GSM Pearl Weave jacket and 10 oz cotton drill pants in a sleek competition cut, the Be the Change kimono features a navy blue base with a sharp-looking gray lapel and trim. Not one to be out-done in the details, their shoulder lining displays a sweet pop of orange pattern, matching their custom-styled gi bag.
New York has always been on the front lines of fashion innovations, so it's no surprise that New York-based Loyal Kimonos was one of the first brands in the market to release an off-color lapel. First with their navy version, featuring a lightweight 450 GSM Pearl Weave jacket, mid-weight 11 oz cotton twill pants, a bold black contrasting lapel, high-quality gold embroideries, and a shoulder lining depicting a sick illustration of the Nemean lion from Greek mythology. Then they put out their gray version, featuring a contrasting black lapel, with navy lapel piping and embroidered details.
Like its namesake - the Ronin samurai who has no lord or master, defying the societal norms - Ronin Brand Kimonos does just that with their Yozora jiu jitsu gi. With a lightweight 450 GSM pearl weave jacket in a custom colored graphite gray with matching mid-weight 11 oz twill canvas cotton pants, the Yozora features a super bold purple contrasting lapel. The interior of the jacket features a fully sublimated mesh lining, illustrated with a night sky scene depicting the silhouette of a lone ronin samurai warrior.
UK-based Scramble always does things their way. Renowned for their crazy styled no-gi grappling gear - remember their iconic Rainbow Spats? - it's surprising that their gis have remained pretty tame... until now. With the Toshi gi, Scramble took their highly-popular Athlete gi, with its tailored fit lightweight 450 GSM pearl weave jacket and 10 oz twill cotton pants, and made it a dark charcoal gray, featuring a bold, contrasting black lapel with white kanji lettering embroidered directly on it, black embroideries on the rest of the gi, and their distinct Scramble patches in pops of red.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, grab yourself one of these sweet gis. Unless your academy has strict uniform requirements. In that case, you might be SOL, my friend.
Train on. Oss!