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RipStop, Kingz and CK Fightlife Gis on SALE

Is your winter wardrobe in order? We’ve got some great deals on gis to warm you up to training! We’ve got Kingz Kimonos and CK FightLife are available patched with Gracie Humaita Logos or not and the Gracie Humaita Ripstop gis all at great discounts. All of these are available in white, sizes A1 – A3, while they last.

 

You won’t find a better deal than this!

You can get these kimonos in house @ Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and online @ GracieOnlineStore.com.au

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What is a Competition Legal Gi?

For anyone who competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, competition legal gear is essential. The IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) sets the standard for what is and isn’t competition legal. We summarized the particulars of the rules for you below. If you’re interested in getting competition legal kimonos we have some from premium distributors KINGZ and DO OR DIE Hyperfly in our Online Store HERE.

A quick run down of the Gi and No-Gi uniform rules with illustrations:

Gi:
• Material must be a woven cotton or cotton like fabric. EVA or foam inside collars is permitted.
• Only white, royal blue and black gis are permitted. Pants and jacket as well as jacket collar must all match in uniform colour.
• Patches may only be present on certain spots on the gi. (see image below). They must be properly seamed on to the gi. No loose or half stitched patches. Patches not fitting these criteria will be removed.
• Belts must be 4-5cm wide with a black sleeve at the end or red sleeve for black belts. They must be able to wrap around the waist twice and tied in a double knot. Belt tails should hang down 20-30 cm from this knot.
• Gi jackets should reach the thigh. Sleeves can be no more than 5cm from the wrist when arms are stretched out straight ahead.
• Gi pants should be no more that 5cm above the ankle bone.
• Official measurements for gi: Gi lapel thickness (1.3 cm), width of gi collar (5 cm), opening of sleeve at full extension (7 cm) (see image below).
• Males can not wear a shirt or rashguard under their gi top. Females can if they chose to. Females can wear a sports bra and rashguard or just a sports bra.
• Pants can not be worn under the gi pants.
• Underwear must be worn. Only brief style is acceptable. No cups.
• Gis must be clean and dry, free of any rips, tears, or mends.

No-Gi:
• Board shorts that are black with up to 50% of the belt rank colour on them. No pockets, metal or plastic. They must reach at least halfway down the thigh, no more than 15cm from the knee (see image below).
• Pants, shorts, or trunks of black elastic fabric may be worn under the shorts. Underwear must be worn. No cups.
• Rashguards must cover the shorts waist band, be black or white and show from 10-100% of the belt rank colour.
• Women may wear board shorts, lycra elastic shorts, or spats that are black with up to 50% of belt rank colour. No pockets, metal or plastic. They must reach at least halfway down the thigh, 15 cm from the knee.

NEW Hyperfly PREMIUM and Competition PRO gis

The NEW Custom Gracie Sydney Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) HyperFly Gis arrived today! Both the Competition Pro and Premium Style of gis in sizes A0-A2. These gis are the best available on the market!! Complete with our team colors, heaps of special details, comfortable fabric in a fantastic cut. You’ve never see anything like this, you’ve got to come in and take a look for yourself! Profs Bruno and Marcos love it. You can also check out these and other gis in our Online Store HERE.

Hyperfly Humaita Gis back in stock!

We just received our latest shipment of Custom Humaita Do or Die- Hyperfly Premium Gis! These custom gis also come with custom carry bags and lots of nice little details. We currently we have size A2 and A3 in stock with A1 and A4 soon to follow. Come in an see why people feel they are the best gis on the market- from how they look to how they feel on you! You can also order online at the Gracie Online Store here. Oss!

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Know your weave- BJJ Gi Weaves

Know you weave.

Before you buy your next gi, take a minute to get to know about the various types of weaves available so you know what kind of a gi you’re going to end up with! You may have seen gis described as having ‘Pearl’, ‘Gold’, or ‘Ripstop’ weave followed by a number rating like ‘350gsm’. For all gis, their fabric weight will generally ranges from 350gsm (Grams Per Square Meter) to over 1000gsm of 100% cotton. This rating refers to the density of the fabric that they are made out of. Below is a breakdown of all the different kinds of weaves most commonly used in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi industry:

 

Single Weave: Single weave Gis are generally what your first student gi will be made out of. They tend to be the lightest and therefore least expensive of the weaves. These gis are great for hot weather training but can wear out faster as they are thinner and loosely woven. They can also be easier for an opponent to grab because of the thinner material. So while these gis are great for summer and beginner training, they are not recommended for heavy trainers or for competition. These gis range in weight between 300–550gsm.

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Double Weaves: Double weaves are the doubling of single weaves. They are twice as dense with twice as much fabric per square meter. They are heavy material that with last a long time and their thickness makes it harder for opponents to grip easily. Because these are a tighter woven fabric they will retain heat, and if you intend to use them for competition they will add extra weight to your total weigh-in amount. This weave can also be more abrasive to your skin.

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Gold Weave: The Gold weave gi is a hybrid between the double and single weaves. The next step in their evolution. Gold weave has the lightness of the single weave and the durability of a double weave. It was the standard for competition gis before other weaves such as Pearl and Ripstop came along. These gis range in weight between 650–1050gsm.

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Pearl weave: Pearl weave gis are now the most popular weave for competition gis. The pearl weave is the lightest gi allowed in competition but they are still durable. Their weave is light enough to allow air to pass through. It can be recognized by its tight weave that make the fabric looks like tiny pearls or bumps. These gis are often comparable in price to single weave but tend to last a bit longer.

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Ripstop Gi: This weave began to become popular in the mid 2000’s. Though there are gis that have materials other than cotton or cotton and another material woven together to make the ripstop weave, they are not, on the whole, IBJJF legal. Ripstop is the thinnest and lightest of the Gi weaves. Originally just a weave for pants, a jacket variant weave of ripstop has also been developed recently. Pants can still be seen to have the highly recognizable ripstop square pattern created by one set of thicker stitching woven through in a grid over the smaller stitching. One of the main advantages of ripstop besides it ultra lightness is that is designed to stop rips and tears before they spread through the weave. This paper thin material is very easy for an opponent to hold but can become slippery through a training session and as it is so tightly woven that it does not breath. These gis are great for packing for travel training and some summer training situations. If you are thinking of competing but are at the top of a weight division rip stop gis can be your answer but makes sure the ripstop gi you get clearly states it is IBJJF legal.

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Cotton Drill: This weave is a flat, strong, and heavy weave of diagonal ribs used traditionally for gi pants only and not for jackets. This was the most popular pant material till ripstop pants came along. These pants do tend to last a long while but when they begin to fray or get a hole they can rip very easily often ruining the whole pair of pants. These pants can range greatly in gsm as they are used for everything from Karate uniforms to BJJ gis.

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Want to get a hold of some new gis including Storm and Hyperfly brands in a variety of cuts? Check out the Gracie Sydney Online store here

Interview with the Family behind Do Or Die- Hyperfly

Gracie Humaita Sydney recently started a relationship with the Brand Do Or Die- Hyperfly. We love this brand and in this exclusive interview you can see why- From their beginnings with the son training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, to their desire to support up and coming competitors who show heart in their matches, to their excellent quality and performance gis, you need to check them out! To read the interview with Do Or Die co-founder, Kersti Pakter, click here.

To see the Hyperfly Custom Humaita gis for yourself, click here!