Whether you’re just starting your jiu-jitsu journey or just looking to add another affordable gi to your collection we have compiled the ultimate guide to help you out. Training in Jiu-Jitsu can get costly over time and everyone would like a closet full of gis in every different weave and color. However, that isn’t always possible.
Not many of us can afford that luxury but there is an exception. You can save money by building out your collection with affordable BJJ gis now.
First, it’s important to understand there is a difference between BJJ gis and kimonos from other martial arts. For example, Karate or Taekwondo gis won’t hold up to being grabbed and pulled while rolling. These gis are constructed using thinner materials that will likely tear the first time on the mat. Contrast this with Judo gis. Judo gis are made using much more durable material however, they have wider sleeves and are baggier. The extra material gives your opponent more fabric to grip onto. Not good! In BJJ, you want your opponent to have as little to grab onto as possible.
Single Weave: This weave tends to be the lightest and least expensive. Due to using less material, it is also great for training in warmer climates. These gis ranges in weight between 300 – 550 gsm.
Double Weave: As you may have guessed a double weave uses more material and is twice as dense as a single weave. These gis tend to last longer but also retain heat.
Gold Weave: The Gold Weave is a hybrid between a single and double weave. You get the lightness of a single weave with the durability of a double weave. These gis ranges in weight between 650-1050 gsm.
Pearl Weave: This type of weave is the most popular for competition purposes. It is the lightest weave allowed but is still durable enough to hold up to tough grappling sessions. These gis are comparable in price to single weave but last a bit longer.
Learn more about single vs. double weave and gain an understanding of all the fabrics.
When you first look at a BJJ gi size chart it can be very overwhelming. However, once you understand what you’re looking for it is easy to determine what size gi you should purchase. Below is a guide to help you quickly determine your jiu-jitsu gi size.
Here is a collection of some of our favorite affordable BJJ Gi’s. These gis are affordable, durable and above all won’t have you looking like a clown during training.
Manto is a high-quality martial arts brand that is focused on the grappling arts. The Manto Clasico V2 is a great entry level jiu-jitsu gi that doesn’t sacrifice quality for the price.
Multiple Drawstring Loops
This gi is perfect for every day rolling sessions or competitions. The FUJI All Around Gi offers a simple, aesthetic and practical gi that is both durable and stylish.
Tatami Fightwear is one of the best brands in the game right now. They have built a reputation offering both affordable gis built using premium materials. The Nova is a lightweight gi with a high tech weave jacket crafted from a single piece of fabric.
10 oz. Cotton Pants
Reinforced Knee Padding
The Sanabul Essential Gi is great for both the weekend practitioner or the serious competitor. Sanabul offers a gi that is the perfect combination of durability and comfort all at an affordable price point. The gi comes IBJJF competition safe with four different colors to choose from black, blue, white and grey.
Tapered Athletic Cut
The Panda 3.0 is a gi designed for those who are interested in a more playful aesthetic. It comes embroidered with pandas and offers a simple, fun, solid bjj gi for all. The Panda 3.0 is built using Pearl Weave fabric with an eight-loop belt system.
Pearl Weave Fabric
Heat Safe Label
12 oz. Rip Stop Pants
8 Belt Loop System
Reinforcement at Seam Split
If you’re just starting out Gracie offers the perfect starter jiu-jitsu gi at an affordable price. The Classic Gracie Gi is 100% cotton and IBJJF safe.
Belt Not Included
Logo Embroidered on Shoulders and Pant Leg