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  1. D-Meister is offline

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    Best Karate Gi.......

    Right so I'm busy working toward my Shodan grading early next year since I'm on my 2nd Brown now.
    Promised myself a NICE Gi when I reach my Blackbelt but alas which Gi to buy.
    Some suggestions would be great.

    Right now have two of these modern material(similar to Adidas) Gi's for Kumite which serves me well but for Kata I would think a Tokaido??

    Will look at anything so links would be appreciated and off course personal knowledge!!
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    6/30/2010 7:08pm


     Style: shorin ryu/bjj

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    http://www.shureidousa.com/faqs.html
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    or a century heavy weight gi works nicely....
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    6/30/2010 9:24pm


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    I would go for a gi made for kata since it presents better for both kata and kihon while holds only a very minimal disadvantage in kumité.

    I imagine with modern material, you mean the lightweight kumite gi with ribs? I like them a lot when doing kumite but I'm not a fan of the feel of it during kihon and kata.
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    6/30/2010 9:34pm


     Style: shorin ryu/bjj

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    i cant use a light weight gi for kumite, they get ripped apart in short order. I prefer the heavy weight, they are sturdy, can handle the abuse of throws and grappling. As far as striking you wont notice any disadvantage imo.
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     Style: Muay Thai, Savate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciscodog View Post
    i cant use a light weight gi for kumite, they get ripped apart in short order. I prefer the heavy weight, they are sturdy, can handle the abuse of throws and grappling. As far as striking you wont notice any disadvantage imo.
    Those rib suits, at least the ones I have, are quite sturdy. I've done some jiu jitsu with them as well and they held up without any problem.

    For kumite, I find that heavyweight kata suits hinder my movement a bit.
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     Style: Uechi Ryu, Judo

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    I have a Europa from these guys - great gi. I`ll be going back to them. This is the North American operation - they are Kamikaze in Europe, I believe. Note Kamikaze in NA is not the same company (long story).

    http://www.tokon.com/shop/shop/
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     Style: Bits and pieces

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    Kwon and Isami both make excellent karate gi.
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     Style: Muay Thai, Savate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Jenkins View Post
    I have a Europa from these guys - great gi. I`ll be going back to them. This is the North American operation - they are Kamikaze in Europe, I believe. Note Kamikaze in NA is not the same company (long story).

    http://www.tokon.com/shop/shop/
    Don't know if Kamikaze is the European corporation but they do make high quality gi's.
  9. D-Meister is offline

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    Thanks guys I appreciate the input!
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    Posted On:
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    Keep in mind that when you get up there, it might not be about the best Gi, but the one people say is the best.

    Frankly I think the Euro Judo Gi's are better, and I like them better. But in Judo, you need a Mizuno if you are going to "set the image." So I have one.

    I have been out of Karate WAY too long, but I suspect the tokaido (sp?) or surgado (sp?) are the classic ones people are looking for.
    "Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back." -- Hericletus, circa 500 BC
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