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.
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 - Sanabul Essentials Gi
The Sanabul essentials gi is the perfect kimono for anyone looking for their first-time jiu-jitsu gi. The Sanabul Essentials gi is one of the few lightweight gis which come preshrunk, which means there should be minimal shrinkage during washing. The updated v2 comes with a rubberised collar, minimal embroidery and reinforced sleeves and trouser legs.
- 450GSM Pearl Weave Jacket
- 230GSM Cotton Ripstop Pants
- High Quality Finish
- Available in Blue, White or Black
- Comes with patches you can attach yourself
- Slim fit
- Minimal shrinkage
- Ripstop trousers can be scratchy
- Trouser cord can come undone easily
Tatami Nova MK4
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
- Stylish looking
- Hybrid weave jacket is durable
- Free white belt
- Trousers are not tailored
- Jacket can stretch during use
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)
- Fuji has made gi’s for decades so you know it’s a quality product
- Shorter jacket and tapered limbs
- Will last you years
- Belt not included
- Cotton can get warm during hot summers
- People said sizing could be off
Elite BJJ Gi
Elite have not been on the scene for very long but they have made an impact with this light, hardwearing gi, which comes at a very reasonable price! This gi is designed with a minimalistic approach, with a small design on the lapel and 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
- Durable jacket
- Short jacket skirt
- Minimal shrinkage
- IBJJF Legal
- Trousers are ripstop
- Trousers are not tailored and can run large
- No reinforcements in critical areas
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.