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I seem to have been thaught a story similar to what Sardathrion explains, yet slightly different. Sadly, though, I have no reference other than "my sensei told me". According to my sensei, people wore the left side on top because the inside of the kimono became easily accessible with the right hand, a bit like a big pocket, allowing to dissimulate weapons ...


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In Brazilian jiu-jitsu with a gi you wear the funny Asian pajamas. In no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu you wear shorts and usually a t-shirt or rash-guard top. You can grab onto the funny pajamas but you can't grab onto any clothes in no-gi. The gi absorbs sweat, adds friction, and provides a wide variety of grips to choke, throw, and control from. Often the ...


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From the origin of belts and gis themselves: Kano apparently began the custom of having his yudansha wear black obi (belts) in 1886. These obi weren't the belts karateka and judoka wear today -- Kano hadn't invented the judogi (Judo uniform) yet, and his students were still practicing in kimono. They were the wide obi still worn with formal kimono. In ...


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I usually wash it at hottest possible temperature, and that does the trick (beware though, this might shrink a new dogi). If it is very dirty, I handwash it with plenty of washing detergent (making sure it gets in there), and then let it soak overnight, before I wash it. Back when I was a kid, my mom used to soak it with chlorine to get the worst grass and ...


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Gi, or more properly dōgi (道着) is wafuku (和服), or Japanese Clothing, and the handedness (for lack of a better word) of kimono is that it is worn with the left panel over the right. It is mostly out of tradition, likely with roots in the the codification of Shintō traditions in which an order of things must be observed (for instance, when praying at a Shintō ...


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BJ Penn and Demian Maia The training results of BJ Penn and Demian Maia cannot be replicated at will. Some people just have natural gifts. Luck also plays a factor, as does physicality, especially as relates to avoiding injury. Without discounting the tremendous amount of hard work that he put into training, BJ Penn was bestowed with natural physical ...


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To clarify on the use of bleach, as long as it is non-chlorine based (like borax or OxiClean) you should be fine to use it. Chlorine bleach will yellow your non 100% cotton clothes but color safe or oxygen based bleaches should be fine. Personally, I use baking soda (somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup depending upon your washer/load size/etc.) to keep my ...


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As far as I know the left side over right is for the living. Dead bodies get kimono tied right over left. Some sources include wikipedia and Japan Zone for example. So, unless you are an undead, there are no exceptions.


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I find wearing a 100% cotton undershirt helps if you can tolerate it. It acts as an intermediate layer and worse case can be swapped with another. For stains that manage to get past this using some sort of spray'n'wash product is useful but it needs to applied after a training session or soaked in combination to help remove the stubborn ones.


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White shows blood best, which is practical on the mat. You want to know if you or your partner has a cut or scrape. However, women recommend keeping a black gi to train in during your period (1, 2). Bleach is a non-factor because it weakens the fabric and will cause premature gi death by ripping. Blue and black look slightly more clean and sharp in more ...


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I find that my no-gi fighting has become an order of magnitude better due to wearing a gi. You will find a few benefits: It slows down your game considerably, which means that you can't just rely on raw speed and athleticism to get your moves off. Your grip strength will increase dramatically which will make your arm drags more effective as well as let ...


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When I first started training, I was expected to learn about the history of Karate and answer questions regarding the colours and symbols of our uniforms. One such question was: "Why is our gi white?" I believe that what I was taught goes well with what a previous poster stated: "The white uniform represented the values of purity, avoidance of ego, and ...


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What I used to do for me (Shotokan then Shukokai karate) and for my kids (Tae-Kwondo) was a round stitch twice round the perimeter of the badge and they never comes off. Grappling is going to cause more problems though - some areas of your gi will just never be good to attach badges (eg for judo the shoulders and anything too near the centre of the chest) ...


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Be more Zen. Wear the badge of no-badge. :-) I think that after my first gi, I didn't bother ever sewing any badges on. Maybe it's my inner British general1 rising up, but I never saw the point of them. My belt and my reputation says everything you need to know. 1 Several high-ranking British officers were renowned for eschewing insignia on their regular ...


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I had a off-white/cream coloured gi back in the day and that was great for not showing sweat stains. If you have to have a bright-white gi, there are non-chlorine, colour-fast bleaches you can get today. I'm not sure what my mother did about the blood stains, but that's a separate conversation. (Yes, I lived at home and was pampered. :-)


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Most patches on a gi are sewn on in the same way that they are for military uniforms so if there is a base near by, then there should be tailors or other such shops that should offer basic services such as sewing patches on uniforms, or on a gi. In terms of keeping them from actually coming off, if you them sewn on by someone else, they will most likely ...


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@Sardathrion has a nice chart. Only it doesn't work for me. According to the chart, I should have a 180 gi. But I have a 185. I have a matsuru gi and adidas. The Adidas is more for slim players. I recommend a j800 for normal training. ps. Adidas gi's are IJF certified http://www.adidas-judopak.com/adidas-judopak-champion-j800.html


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Nine circles has the following chart linking weight and height of gis. This may mean that you can get a smaller/larger gi than just your size. I am not sure how accurate it is but the dogi I got from them always fitted.


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Back when I trained more, I was nicknamed "tidal-wave" because of the amount that I sweat. A few tips I used: 1) wear an undershirt. Not fun when it's 8 zillion degrees out in the middle of summer, but it works well. 2) stash a small dishtowel up your sleeve. Between sets/exercises, dab at the sweat with the towel. 3) bring your gi to class and wear ...


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A quick way to gain a blackbelt in BJJ is basically to train in you Dojo at least 4 times a week with your sensei(the one awarding the belt) present. Compete in events representing your school/dojo and win Pay for it Ok now i will explain why. 1 and 2 is self explanatory. It is important the you train hard and be seen training hard. In the end when you ...


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I wouldn't compare yourself with BJ Penn unless you're a kid who can train several hours every day without fail. I think you need to evaluate why you are training in BJJ. If you are training to get your belts as quick as possible then I suggest you stop training as this is not the best mentality to have. BJJ is not something you will get instant ...


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Train More. The only real way to get better at anything, and especially Brazillian Jiujitsu, is to train more. That's the only answer. The reason Demian Maia, BJ Penn, Kid Dale etc got their black belts in a few years, is because they trained 2 or 3 sessions a day, 6 days a week at their prime for competitions etc. You can not only pack a lot of years of ...


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Agh heck, I'll post this as an answer: It may be something akin to button sides. This may explain the difference in death as well, as few corpses dress themselves (zombies excepted, of course ;). http://www.primermagazine.com/2010/field-manual/why-do-men%E2%80%99s-and-women%E2%80%99s-shirts-button-on-different-sides Mens’ buttons are on the right side ...


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You may have hard water that is yellowing them. I haven't had much success with reversing the process, but there are some palliative approaches like lemon juice, borax, and bluing agents.


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I use a Wipp-tube (you might know of this brand better as 'Persil'). It has a handy hard plastic brush that helps the rubbing. Wipp is also perfect for stained collars of regular shirts.



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