Are you a big guy who loves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? If so, you know that finding a gi that fits can be a challenge. Most gis are designed for smaller guys and girls and don’t take into account the unique needs of big guys. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best BJJ gis for big guys.
Attention: I’m talking about BJJ gis for big guys here, not tall guys. If you’re tall but not broad, please reference my other post: the best BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys.
You are a big guy, but how?
Depending on what kind of big guy you are you need to get a different BJJ gi size. Because being fat, having wide shoulders, and just being very large overall are not the same.
|BJJ gi size||Maximum height||Maximum weight||Comparable size||Body type||GI recommendation|
|A0H||5’4”||170 lbs||XS (loose fit)||Stocky / Muscular / Fat / Very short||The Gold BJJ Aeroweaeve (shop this gi)|
|A1H||5’8”||190 lbs||S (loose fit)||Stocky / Muscular / Fat / Short||The Gold BJJ Aeroweaeve (shop this gi)|
|A2H||5’11”||225 lbs||M (loose fit)||Stocky / Muscular / Fat / Short||The Gold BJJ Aeroweaeve (shop this gi)|
|A3H||6’2”||250 lbs||L (loose fit)||Stocky / Muscular / Fat / Short||The Gold BJJ Aeroweaeve (shop this gi)|
|A4||6’4”||250 lbs||XL||Big||The Gold BJJ Aeroweaeve (shop this gi)|
|A5||6’4”||275 lbs||XXl||Big||The Gold BJJ Aeroweaeve (shop this gi)|
|A6||6’6”||300 lbs||XXXl||Big||Origin Everest (shop this gi)|
I’m big overall
If you’re a generally big guy, you should pick a big gi size, such as A4 (up to 6’4’’ and 250lbs), A5 (up to 6’4’’ and 275lbs) or even A6 (up to 300lbs and 6’6’’). Most gis these days are available in A4 and A5, but if you need an A6 gi you have less options.
I’m very muscular, stocky or husky for my height
If you’re very muscular, stocky or husky for your height you should probably get an A2H or A3H gi. The ‘H’ stands for heavy or husky. These gi’s give you more room for your broad shoulders and big torso and arms. More and more gis these days are available in these sizes.
If you’re fat you should also take an ‘H’ sized gi, which gives your torso more space to be. Now, if your belly really sticks out, you might have to search a bit more to find a BJJ gi that looks very good on you (because the ‘H’ gi’s give you more space for both your belly and your general torso). I notice that most fat guys wear Fuji and Origin gi’s, so you can look into those.
Also read: How (tight) should a BJJ gi fit?
Top 4 best BJJ gi for Big guys
1. Best BJJ Gi for short fat guys: GoldBJJ Aeroweave
The GoldBJJ Aeroweave is my favorite BJJ gi of all time and it comes in A2H and A3H. So if you’re a big guy but you’re not super tall (i.e. short, muscular, fat or stocky), I recommend this gi above all others.
And it also comes in A4 and A5, so if you’re a big guy (but not gigantic), I also recommend this gi.
2. Best A6 BJJ gi for Really big guys: Origin Everest
The Origin Everest is one of Origin’s best selling gis and it’s available in A5 (XXL) and A6 (XXXL).
It’s a little more expensive but you get a great looking gi for it that will last you very long.
If you’re huge and you need an A6 gi, I recommend this one.
3. Best Affordable A6 BJJ gi for really Big guys: Fuji BJJ Uniform
4. Best Budget BJJ gi for short and heavy guys: Sanabul Essentials
What’s the best BJJ gi brand for big guys?
The best BJJ gi brands for big guys are Fuji and Origin. These brands make their gi’s available in the A6 size. If you fit in an A5 you can use almost all BJJ brands because they all usually offer their gis in A5. (Oh and there’s a Canadian brand called Gorilla Gear that specializes in plus sized BJJ gis.)
1 bonus option for guys with broad shoulders
One last thing you can consider if you’re a guy with a very broad frame is to get a judo gi. Judo gis are much looser fitting. And no, this isn’t because all judo guys have wide shoulders (although they do). It’s because in Judo they want to make it easier to grab each other to promote attack oriented Judo.
What is the largest gi size?
The largest BJJ gi size is A6 (which fits people of up to 300lbs and 6’6’’). But the largest gi size that most BJJ gis are available in is A5 (which fits people of up to 6’4’’ and 275 lbs).