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Tips For Selecting Martial Arts Uniforms

Jun 27, 2008
Martial arts uniforms are another essential part of any self defense student's training apparel. The uniform, or gi, is usually white, but comes in other colors as well. There are uniform variations between martial arts styles, but all uniforms are designed to be lightweight, flexible, and durable. This article will help you decide which type of uniform is right for you.

If youre discipline is karate, than your uniform will be a karategi or gi. Most are made out of canvas and are meant to be lightweight and durable. The gi developed from the Judo uniform, which s slightly heavier and more fitted. Make sure that the uniform you choose complies wit the requirements of your school, since some dojos have begun to move away from the traditional white uniform in order to distinguish themselves. There may also be special patches or special arm bands or belts that are required.

Traditional Tae Kwon Do uniforms consist of light weight cotton pants and a loose v neck top. The more lightweight the fabric, the easer it tears, which is why the most lightweight uniforms are usually worn by beginners. As you move up through the ranks, you will want to purchase a more durable uniform, but in the beginning, the main thing is to make sure that the uniform you select conforms to the standards of your school or dojo. Many commercial dojos require uniforms with their logo embroidered on them.

The Kieko gi is the martial arts uniform associated with the study of Kendo. This garment is made out of thckly qulted fabric, meant to withstand the strikes of an opponent. Most are white or indigo blue, but again, it is a good idea to check with your dojo. The pants, the hakama, may look like a skirt with pleats, but s actually a pair of very loose fitting pants. The pleats symbolize the six fundamental virtues, which are Jin, or mercy, Gi or righteousness, Rei, or etiquette, Chin, or intelligence, Shin or trust, and Makoutu Chu Ko, which means loyalty and allegiance.

When you purchase your martial arts uniforms, be sure to try it on to ensure a good fit, or if you are ordering online, take your measurements and use the online sizing chart as a guideline. Keep in mind that your first uniform will not be your last, and so it isn't important to invest money in the highest quality right away. The important thing from the beginning is to make sure that you have a uniform that conforms to the standards of your discipline and dojo.
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The author recommends wearing high quality apparel for training and competition. He prefers to purchase his martial arts uniforms online.
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