Judo and BJJ Gi Basics
A gi is traditionally worn in the practice of martial arts. It is usually loose fitting, made from light weight fabric and designed to be true to the form of the martial art being practiced. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) developed from Judo making the gi for both sports very similar. Judo and BJJ gis may look alike but they are different and it is not recommended that you wear a BJJ Gi for Judo or vice versa, especially if you intend to participate in officially sanctioned competitions since the governing bodies have different regulations for the gi.
Judo & BJJ Gi: Differences and Purposes
Judo is predominantly concerned with throwing whereas BJJ is primarily concerned with grappling and groundwork. The BJJ Gi is constructed to address the needs of the BJJ fighter. A BJJ Gi will have a tighter fit on the cuffs of the pants and jackets than a Judo Gi, giving the opponent less material which they can hold onto. The International Judo federation has very strict guidelines for the Judo Gi style and length of sleeves. International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation regulations for a BJJ Gi are more relaxed.
BJJ Gi Types
A BJJ gi is categorized by the type of weave used in its construction. The gi can come in single, double, or gold weave. The basic BJJ gi is made using a single weave. It is cheaper and lighter than a double weave gi. It is also less durable and easier for your opponent to hold onto. The double weave gi is similar to the single weave but is heavier and more durable. The double weave gi is stiffer and more difficult for an opponent to hold onto. The gold weave gi is a hybrid of the single and double weaves. They are durable but lighter than a double weave.