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Don't buy a gi for Brazilian jiu-jitsu before reading this entire article. There will be a pop quiz at the end so make sure to read and absorb everything you can! While there is another article on here about gi buying tips, this one is going to focus on the different levels of gis.
Some people just love bjj, they can't get enough of it. For others it's merely a way to stay in shape. Generally speaking, your level of love for the sport kind of leads you to a gi that fits your level of commitment.
What I mean by this is that if you train once a week, you probably don't need to go out and buy a $250 gi. On the flip side, if you want to make bjj a career, you will want to spend more than $90 on your first one.
Think of it like this - we have two people that enjoy computers. One guy is crazy about them, the other person simply likes them and tinkers around when he can. Obviously the first guy is going to have more knowledge but also his tools and equipment are going to be more technical, expensive, etc. What equipment do we have in bjj? Our brains, muscles, heart, and gis.
Let's get into it shall we? There are three categories below; the hobbyist, the in-betweener, and the competitor. These aren't only three but they make for the easiest divisions. You may be in between two of them, if that's the case, it's up to you which
one you want to lean more towards. If you like bjj more than a hobby you may want to put yourself in the middle category. First one up? The hobbyist.
This jiu-jitseiro might go to the gym once or twice a week, bjj is more fun than anything. Competition isn't on their horizon in the near future. This is the person that does not need to spend an insane amount of money on a gi.
Gi Brands and Price Ranges
Fuji - These are the workhorses, they are the gis sold to many new students as it is the most economical. The one drawback is that they are minimally decorated so if you wanted something with more flash or color, another brand might suit you better. For Fuji gis you can expect to pay between $80-105 for their most basic models.
Tatami - They have been mixing up their stitching recently and I kind of like the new
color schemes. They have broken away from the standard gi colors and put in some new