Having the best BJJ gi magically makes you better at BJJ
Well no, or at least not a lot. But it does help a little.
So you want the best BJJ gi. But what does that mean for you? At a minimum, you want your gi to be durable, well fitting and within your budget. Additionally, you want it to suit any extra needs you have (such as competition, travel and weather conditions).
So in this hub I put together a collection of the best BJJ Gis in several categories:
- Best BJJ Gis for beginners
- Best lightweight BJJ gi
- Best Kid’s BJJ Gi
- Best cheap BJJ gi
- Best premium BJJ gi
- Best women’s BJJ gi
- Best BJJ gi for tall and skinny guys
Happy browsing and good luck finding the best BJJ gi for you!
Best BJJ Gi - The Ultimate Guide
beginner BJJ gi
If you’re a beginner, you likely want a gi that’s very affordable but still durable. You also want your gi to be acceptable by any dojo and legal in competition (just in case).
A good beginner gi will let you try out BJJ without worries and potentially accompany you all the way to blue belt.
Cheap BJJ gi
If you just want a plain gi, there’s no need to pay top dollar 💰. There’s very cheap BJJ gis out there nowadays.
If you’re looking for a cheap BJJ gi, it’s important that you still get one of good enough quality, and that you have realistic price expectations.
I used to think that premium gis were purely marketing, but I found out that some gis are actually much better than others.
A premium gi justifies its price by being way stronger and more durable because of specialized production choices. (And they can also be lighter and more beautiful 😍.)
Gi for women
Women are shaped different, so their gis need to be to. Fortunately, there’s more gis available in women’s sizes now than there ever were before.
A good BJJ gi for a woman is specifically cut to fit the female body, and other than that should just be a good gi.
Gi for tall & skinny guys
If you’re tall and skinny it’s hard to find a gi that fits your body. Most gis assume a more ‘standard’ body type.
Depending on just how lanky you are, you need to get a special gi size, or even a specialized brand for tall people.
The best gi for tall and skinny guys is a gi that fits their atypical body type well.
What color BJJ Gi should I get?
Most BJJ academies don’t have rules about the color of your gi (some do – Atos only allows white gis for hygiene reasons). But at big tournaments only white and blue gis are allowed. By far the most common gi colors are white, blue and black, and navy, purple and gray are rare, all other colors are extremely rare.
How many BJJ gis should I own?
It depends on how often you train and how quickly you can wash and dry your gis. If you train BJJ back to back days and you’re not blessed with a hot climate, you need at least 2 gis so you can wear a fresh one to each training. If you train BJJ once or twice per week you can get by with 1 gi.
Can white belts wear black GI?
Yes! There’s no rules in BJJ about the color of your gi in correlation to your belt. But in no gi, you can’t wear a ranked rashguard of a different color than your rank (so you can’t wear a ranked blue rash guard unless you’re a blue ‘belt’).
How long does a BJJ Gi last?
How long a BJJ gi lasts depends on the quality of the gi and how often you train. If you get a good quality gi and you train BJJ in it 2-3 times per week, it can last you about 2 years.
What do you wear under a gi?
A lot of people wear a rash guard under their gi, few people wear spats under their gi, and almost all people in BJJ wears underwear under their gi ;).
Can I use my gi from judo/karat/aikido for bjj?
It depends on how thick the gi is. Judo gis are thicker than BJJ gis and won’t break if you use them for BJJ. Karate and Tae Kwon do gis are much thinner and absolutely cannot be used for BJJ. Gis from Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Aikido lie somewhere in between, so for those you’ll have to judge yourself whether you think your gi is thick enough.