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    Are Judo and BJJ Gi's interchangeable?

    I'm looking for a new Gi for bjj class and noticed that many Judo gi's seem to be cheaper than The bjj ones, what's the difference between the two?

    I looked a little myself and found mixed answers what do y'all think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudenoodle View Post
    I'm looking for a new Gi for bjj class and noticed that many Judo gi's seem to be cheaper than The bjj ones, what's the difference between the two?

    I looked a little myself and found mixed answers what do y'all think?
    BJJ gi tend to be shorter in kimono length and have narrower sleeve and pant leg openings. So while they are interchangeable when practicing at the gym or dojo, BJJ gi are not legal for Judo competition for the reasons listed above.

    Many BJJ guys think that Judo gi, with their larger sleeve/pant leg openings combined with the longer kimono give their opponents an unfair advantage, but unless you're a serious competitor, I doubt it makes that much of a difference.

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    I prefer the Judogi having worn both. It's heavier, but I feel more breathable and easier to move in.

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    Nobody minds when I wear my judogi to BJJ. It ruffles the feathers of some judo purists when I wear a BJJ gi to judo, but nobody has actually raised a stink. One BJJ school I went to actually used cheap judogi for the free-gi-with-signup. But as JNP says, they are not the same and do not follow each other's competition requirements.

    Judogi usually are longer in the "skirt", differ in seam locations, and roomier.
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    Just get a judogi if it's cheaper. It won't hamper you in BJJ class. When I do BJJ my judogi works just fine. I don't like tighter uniforms anyway. You could always get a smaller jacket if you want a tighter fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1point2 View Post
    Nobody minds when I wear my judogi to BJJ. It ruffles the feathers of some judo purists when I wear a BJJ gi to judo, but nobody has actually raised a stink.
    Is it the patches or the tighter fit?

    I wouldn't mind wearing my Judogi for a BJJ class as the looser fit is to my disadvantage but not sure I would do the opposite as I would feel cheeky

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    No offense, but unless you're competing above the Podunk Open with three guys in your class, it doesn't fucking matter about advantages.

    It's like some guy in Judo who wears a quintuple-weave gi with a collar stiffer than a fourteen year old at a Victoria's Secret show to club practice. That is an advantage. A slightly wider sleeve is no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faixabranca View Post
    No offense, but unless you're competing above the Podunk Open with three guys in your class, it doesn't fucking matter about advantages.

    It's like some guy in Judo who wears a quintuple-weave gi with a collar stiffer than a fourteen year old at a Victoria's Secret show to club practice. That is an advantage. A slightly wider sleeve is no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickosaurus View Post
    Is it the patches or the tighter fit?
    Both, but more the patches. NASCAR jokes are made.
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    If you're a beginner, don't be the guy with the flashy gi that has a dozen patches. There's some weird correlation between beginners that buy expensive and gaudy gi and students who end up quitting after six weeks.

    I realize this doesn't apply to the OP. Think of it as a public service message.

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