When you’ve started to find your feet in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the next thing to think about is the stresses of making weight and competing. Competing in any sport can be one of the most difficult experiences in anyone’s life, but when you make that a combat sport, increase the stress by tenfold when you have to make weight.
Best BJJ Gi For Competition
Below we have hand picked some of the best bjj competition gi’s that are popular with competitions are hobbyists alike
Tatami Zero G
From one of the most popular BJJ gi designers comes one of the original competition gi’s on the market. The Zero G changed the shape of the market forever and got BJJ Gi designers hankering for a slice of the lightweight competition pie. The Zero G was designed after months of long testing and the Version 3 edition of this kimono is one of the best in the world. An A2 sized Zero G V3 jacket and pants comes in at 1.5kg, weights will vary dependant on sizes.
- Zero G V3 brand patches are placed in areas compiling to IBJJF GI standards, and adding a fantastic look to this NEW range of superlight competition BJJ’s GI’s
- Jacket made from 475gsm Pearl Weave reinforced GI material
- Rubberised collar to stop moisture absorption during training and competition.
- Collar covered in ripstop material for added durability
- Single piece jacket for reinforced strength and comfort
- 10oz heavy cotton stitching on ALL areas of the jacket and pants
- Rubber collar
- 550 GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
- 280 GSM Ripstop Pants
- Meets IBJJF guidelines
Venum Elite Light
The Zero G opened the market for lightweight competition gi’s and Venum broke the market by designing a bjj gi that is the lightest ever on the market. The Venum Elite Light kimono offers the best weight to strength ratio that goes unmatched by other competitors on the market. Designed with a high-quality 350 GSM weave that’s super strong the Venum Elite Light is also reinforced in all the right places.
- Extremely durable yet light material.
- Jacket 340 gsm with rounded, reinforced slots.
- Col EVA foam soft: better resistance to bottlenecks.
- Optimal moisture management.
- Pants 250 gsm Ripstop with reinforced stitching at the inside of the leg and ankle circumference.
- Gi preshrunk.
Gameness Feather Gi
The new Gameness Feather gi takes everything great about the original gi and makes it better. Worn by world champions such as Caio Terra, the Feather Gi has become a firm favourite for competitors around the world. This gi is a fantastic mix of durability, comfort and performance, it features a preshrunk 450 GSM pearl weave jacket inlayed with a rubber collar and 250 GSM ripstop pants. This gi comes with minimal patches, so you can add your own club patches.
- 450 gsm ultra-quality preshrunk cotton for a lighter, softer Gi
- Pearl Weave
- Rubber collar with ripstop material
- Ripstop pants
- Seamless back
EDITOR’S CHOICE – Sanabul Highlights Pro Gi
The Sanabul Highlights Pro gi is the perfect first-time competition gi. Light enough so you don’t need to spend your last hours in a sauna, strong enough to withstand the toughest fights and difficult to grip so you can control the pace of the fight. This gi features Sanabuls patented Santec Fabric, which is a a 450 GSM weaved fabric that is comfortable enough to wear on the inside but rough to stop gripping on the outside. Featuring an athletic fit, this is also the perfect summer training partner.
- Perfect competition gi
- Patented Santec Fabric
- Athletic Cut and Fit
- Perfect for summer training
- IBJJF competition approved
About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition Gi’s
Competition BJJ gi’s are designed with weight in mind, they are designed to be lightweight, durable and make sure that when you stand on those scales, all those weeks of skipping seconds will make it all worth it. Competitions don’t just help you shave the pounds at competition, they are also great for keeping cool in the summer months when temperatures in the gym are hot enough to boil an egg.
Competition gi’s are normally made from single weave or the more modern pearl weave and will have a GSM of around 400, to help shave off those extra grams. The Gi’s are tapered and slim cut to help breaking your opponents grip, however the light weight structure of the gi does tend to it stretching a bit.
In order to stop people gaming the system the IBJJF set up a number of rules in order to make sure that all gi’s in competitions are deemed legal. Like Judo competition, the sleeve must reach the wrist of the fighter and the trousers must reach the ankles, tell that to the Miyao Brothers.
Gi jackets must be made of cotton or a cotton hybrid weave and should not be too thick that it might stop your opponent from gripping it. For Juvenile adult and masters categories gi jackets must be made from a woven fabric, where as trousers can be made from a cotton twill, or ripstop fabric. Collars must be made with EVA or a similar rubber fabric.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition gi’s should have a sleeve width that is wide enough to slip in 4 fingers easily without any resistance and the sleeve length should be no longer that 5cm away from the wrist when the arms are stretched out wide.
Competition Gi’s should come in white, black or royal blue. Different colour trousers and jackets are not permitted, as well as Gi’s with contrasting coloured collars.
Many bjj competition gi’s are sold with very little decoration, as competitions like to add patches from their clubs and sponsors for when they compete. The IBJJF are very specific on patch placement of the gi’s to ensure that no patches interfere with competitions gripping the jacket or pants.