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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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. :-)
@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
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.
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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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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