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What is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi/no-gi controversy?

Gi and no-gi have a long rivalry in BJJ and grappling that has changed character dramatically over the course of the art's history. Most modern jiujitsu practitioners from the US train both and don't ...
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean? Which should I get?

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). ...
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Why are traditional karate gis white?

Karate adopted the white uniforms of judo in the early 20th century for two complementary reasons: to increase its appeal to mainland Japan already familiar with its use in Judo as part of the ...
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What is the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi/no-gi controversy?

This is basically a matter of traditions. Traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners wear a gi, stemming from their origins in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu which uses the gi as the standard in most of its ...
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Why is a gi worn left side over right?

Origin of keikogi, and Japanese left-over-right dress tradition The uniforms of karate, aikido, kendo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sambo etc are derived from the uniforms of judo, which were themselves based ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Instead of doing a 'simple' belt knot, I use a variant where you put the ends of the belt between the two layers of the belt while doing the knot. This picture: shows how to do it starting with the ...
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Are there any differences between karategi, judogi, and aikidogi?

tl; dr Buy what the other people in your club buy. There are variations from brand to brand and art to art. I've done aikido in an aikidogi, a judogi and a karategi; none of them really affect my ...
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Beginning Jiu Jitsu, learning gi and no gi at the same time

Short answer to your question: There is no disadvantage to learning both variants at once. And now for some detail... Training as much as possible is ideal. If that means doing both gi and nogi, so ...
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Should I buy a Judo gi or BJJ gi for BJJ practice?

In terms of sizing you're probably best off just contacting the company you want to buy from with your measurements. They'll most likely be able to help you get the right size. In terms of which one ...
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Can jiu jitsu wear down your teeth?

In grappling, I think slow wear of teeth is very rare. Problems are much more likely to be sudden impact, when someone hits you in the mouth, either intentionally or unintentionally. Using a ...
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What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?

Take it to a dry cleaners that does repairs/alterations of clothes etc. They have really good sewing machines that get through the thick fabric.
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Not a knot style answer, but once you've tied the knot, rather than just pulling the loose ends, grasp the ENDS of the belt firmly, bring your hands together, then pull apart as hard as you can. This ...
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How can I tie my belt so that it doesn't come off during rolling/sparring?

Simple knot There are two common ways of tying a belt. The simpler is by wrapping one side under in a loop and then tying a simple knot with both ends: However in my experience this style is prone to ...
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Is the "baseball choke" legal in Judo?

Legal My personal understanding (sorry, no official guidance) is this use of the skirt portion of the jacket is legal. This is basically the same use of the opponent's gi as in kata juji jime. The ...
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Why was blue chosen to distinguish competitors' judo-gis?

One major reason for the change (in addition to making refereeing easier) was to make judo more appealing to TV audiences, and in this the IJF explicitly disavows any responsibility to adhere to ...
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Is it ok to sew the sides of my Judo gi?

Sewing machines won't work for sewing patches on your gi. I use a straight running stitch (basting) starting with the knot coming through the back of the material. That way, your thread stays inside ...
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Does good Karate gi make difference

Yes, you can really feel the difference in a gi made of heavier weight material. I own a few heavy weight gi I purchased once I reached dan rankings in their respective arts, and they held up very ...
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Does training in gi help to prepare for a no gi competition?

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 ...
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Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?

Slim Fit gis Judogis are generally unisex. Finding one which best suits your body type/you find most comfortable may be a case of trial and error, since different brands use slightly different cuts ...
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Judo gis for lanky players?

Adidas, Mizuno, Kappa, Fighting Films, Essimo, Ippon Gear etc all make "regular" and "slim" versions of their IJF Red Label gis (i.e. narrower jacket): Brand⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Size ...
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean? Which should I get?

The short answer to this question: jiu jitsu gi color means absolutely nothing. While BJJ gi belt colors carry some serious significance - primarily in alerting you to the level of shark you're ...
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What do the colors of Gi in Jiu-Jitsu mean? Which should I get?

Originally all gis were white, having been adopted from those used in Judo. According to Reila Gracie’s biography of Carlos Gracie, the first coloured jiu-jitsu uniforms were introduced by Reylson ...
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Can jiu jitsu wear down your teeth?

It depends of two things: How strong your teeth are If you have weak teeth it is possible you have a little of friction and waste of some of your tooth. How clean are your teeth It's possible you ...
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Should I buy a Judo gi or BJJ gi for BJJ practice?

Differences between a Judo and a BJJ Gi have already been explained by Tussles. About the size, here is the most important thing: get a Gi that fits you well. Check the manufacturer's website for a ...
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Convert white collar Dobok to black collar

Once I bought some black fabric and gave a tailor exact instructions on what to do, so that's doable. But that only saved a few dollars over ordering a ready-made black-trimmed top from the place my ...
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Does good Karate gi make difference

A good quality gi has the advantage of good quality: comfort, durability, and aesthetics. Heavier gis are generally best, but may get very hot in summer. Despite what so many say and practice, the ...
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Is the "Gerbi choke" legal using your opponent's jacket?

I assume that you refer to the technique where you pull uke's lapel under his armpit, diagonally across their upper back and around their neck. The rule says clearly that we are not supposed to apply ...
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Gi considerations for rank tests?

This is likely something highly dependent on her school. When I did Chun Kuk Do, the criteria for uniforms were: Clean Unwrinkled Bearing proper patches (we had specific patches that were required ...
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Beginning Jiu Jitsu, learning gi and no gi at the same time

Basically you have traditional (Gi) vs. every day (No-Gi). It really depends on what you want to learn. There is something said for learning the traditional and perfecting your technique from that ...
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What are the main differences between gi and nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

"Gi" refers to the uniform that is worn during most martial arts practice. Nogi means that you do not wear one, and instead wear shorts or spats and a rash guard or you are shirtless. There ...
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