When you first start Brazilian jiu jitsu the amount of gis available for the beginner can sometimes feel overwhelming. Cheap Brazilian jiu-jitsu gis come in all shapes, unfamiliar sizes and even colours so, even before you get your card out of your wallet, there are a whole load of things to consider. However as a beginner you don’t want to be going out and spending a lot of money on a designer gi, which may end up in the closet after a year when you decide and this isn’t a sport for you, so cheap and cheerful uniform is always best when it comes to buying your first cheap BJJ Gi. You can get the number of gi’s for under $100 that will last you almost as long as your jiu-jitsu to career.
Differences in Gi’s
Don’t be confused with a Jiu-Jitsu Gi, a Judo Gi and a Brazilian Jitsu gi. A Jiu-Jitsu gi is made from a single piece of cotton fabric is is not to be designed to be grabbed and pulled extensively. There is a similarity to BJJ and Judo gi’s, they are both made from a weaved fabric that is designed not to tear when pulled and manipulated. Judo gi’s are made from a thicker weave that is designed to be more withstanding, where are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi’s are more tailored to make it more difficult to grip.
Getting the right size
When you first look at BJJ GI sizes, the A size system can somewhat seem a little bit daunting. However, it’s a quick and easy way to determine what size should fit you best. Below, is quick and easy to understand guide to help you find your perfect Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi size.
Most BJJ gi’s are made with a pearl or single weave fabric, however there are exceptions, more premium gi’s come with a gold weave or a honeycomb weave. Judo gis are often made of a double weave, however there are a number of different type of weaves such as platinum, caricoa, crystallised or star weave.
Best Cheap Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi’s for Beginners
Here is a rundown of our favourite cheap BJJ gis for beginners. All of our Gi’s can be found for under $100, which is a steal for something will last your multiple sessions a week for a number of years.
EDITOR'S CHOICE - Scramble Standard Issue
The Scramble Standard Issue Gi is one of the most customisable gi on our list. The gi comes with branded Scramble patches that you can add to your gi wherever you like. It is advisable that you sew your patches to your gi, however they can be ironed to your gi. Like many other Scramble Gi’s, the fit of this gi, is a more tailored slim fit. Shrinkage is minimal and it’s light weight makes it perfect if you’re travelling.
- 450GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
- 230GSM Cotton Ripstop Pants
- High Quality Finish
- Available in Blue, White or Black
Hypnotik Vortex Gi
From the Gi sponsors of the king Gordon Ryan, comes a lightweight gi that is perfect for your first purchase. This gi, comes with minimal patches, apart from some logo embroidery on the arms are back. If you’re looking for a no-fuss gi that’s going to look great on the mat, then you can get this for under $90
- 425 GSM HI-Tech Weave Jacket
- 10oz Twill Pants for Long Lasting Use
- Rubber Collar
- Features Hypnotik Logo Patches
- New Improved Cut & Design
The Tatami Nova is our most well known cheap gi that is ideal for beginners. Designed with the beginner in mind, the Nova brings you a quality BJJ uniform at an affordable price. The Nova is tapered in all the key gripping areas to make it more difficult for opponents to grab. Even though this is a slim fitting gi, the Hybrid weave makes this gi extremely durable, the fabric does stretch slightly during rolling sessions but shrinks back to normal after washing. The collar also made from a lightweight and durable rubber.
- New Improved Cut
- 450 GSM Hybrid Weave Jacket
- 9oz Poly Cotton Pants
- Free White Belt
Fuji All Around Gi
The Fuji All Around Gi is a Single Weave uniform that is perfect for regular training and competition use. For under $100 this gi is incredible value for money, this is a medium weight gi, weighing around 1.7kg for an A1 gi. This is an incredibly comfortable and soft gi and features a rubberised collar. The cuffs are tapered and reinforced on the all key stress points.
- Strong pants, excellent reinforcements
- True BJJ cut with shorter jacket and well tapered arms.
- Intended to last for years and built with quality
- Made from 100% cotton
- Includes both jacket and pants (belt not included)
Meerkatsu Tranquility Gi
From one of the most influential BJJ bloggers ever, comes one of the best budget gi’s ever. Like the Scramble Standard Issue, this gi comes with a number of patches that allows you to customise it to your heart’s content. This gi is designed with a minimalistic approach, with a small design on the arm.
Made from 425GSM cotton pearl weave and 12oz twill cotton pants this gi comes at an appealing price point for beginners and seasoned practitioners.
- 425gsm Cotton pearl weave jacket
- 12oz twill cotton pants
- Minimalist BJJ uniform