SELECT THE PROPER KIMONO FOR YOUR SPORT
Firstly, remember that each kimono was made for a specific sport and should follow the rules of that sport (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Karate, etc…).
You should select the one that is compatible with your sport.
Keiko offer kimonos for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo (all ages) and Karate kimonos (for kids).
“Look for a kimono/gi that will fit your body type. A kimono/gi that is too small or too large will hinder your game.” Below are suggestions, based on height and weight:
Height (ft/in) up to 28"
Weight 15 - 22 ibs
Height (ft/in) 2'4" - 2'8"
Weight 22 - 28.5 ibs
Height (ft/in) 2'8" - 3'1"
Weight 28.5 - 35 ibs
Height (ft/in) 3'1" - 3'5"
Weight 35 - 42 ibs
Height (ft/in) 3'5" - 3'7"
Weight 42 - 48.5 ibs
Height (ft/in) 3'7" - 3'11"
Weight 48.5 - 55 ibs
Height (ft/in) 3'11" - 4'3"
Weight 55 - 66 ibs
Height (ft/in) 4'3" - 4'6"
Weight 66 - 77 ibs
Height (ft/in) 4'6" - 4'9"
Weight 77 - 88 ibs
Height (ft/in) 4'9" - 5'
Weight 88 - 105 ibs
Height (ft/in) 5' - 5'2"
Weight 105 - 120 ibs
Height (ft/in) 5'2" - 5'5"
Weight 120 - 130 ibs
Height (ft/in) 5'4" - 5'9"
Weight 130 - 140 ibs
Height (ft/in) 5'5" - 5'11"
Weight 140 - 165 ibs
Height (ft/in) 5'11" - 6'1"
Weight 165 - 185 ibs
Height (ft/in) 6'1" - 6'3"
Weight 185 - 215 ibs
Height (ft/in) 6'3" - 6'5"
Weight 215 - 245 ibs
Height (ft/in) 6'6" and up
Weight 245 - 300 ibs
MATERIAL WEAVE AND WEIGHT
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kimonos have different weaves and weight for different aspects of the sport. Pick the one that will hold up to your game and training amount.
Tip: Kimonos made of 100% cotton are more durable and hypoallergenic than those that are made with raw materials and were not dyed.
Summer Gi: 650gsm (Gramatura 410g) This kimonos is preferred by many because of its lightweight and durability, especially when making weight for tournaments. The material gives easily which makes it easier to learn technique and movement. It’s also great for someone who trains often because it will dry quickly in between classes.
Limited Series Gi: 800gsm (Gramatura 500g) This kimono is one of the most traditional due to its weight and look. It’s a bit thicker than the Summer Gi, making it difficult for your opponent to grip, taking you to that next step.
Gold Weave Gi: 1,000gsm (Gramatura 550g) This kimono is one of the thickest you’ll find, preferred by many top names (especially the bigger guys in the absolute division that have a stronger grip) It’s definitely top of the line, allowing for rigorous training, ultimate mobility and extreme durability like no other.
KIMONO TO TRAINING RATIO
It’s not magic, if you train more than once a day or more than once a week, you’ll need to have more than one kimono.
Make sure that your kimono is completely dry before you train in it, this will help to keep it clean and make it last.
Trust us, your training partners will thank you for showing up in a clean kimono.
FREQUENTLY WASH YOUR BJJ KIMONO
Sweat is a very corrosive acid as are washing detergents and bleach on your BJJ kimono. We recommend you wash your kimono frequently
(at least once a week) depending on training. Also, after each training session we recommend that you air out your kimono in a cool,
dry place for better ventilation. This will help make your kimono last longer.
CAREFUL WITH WASHING DETERGENTS
Do NOT use bleach on your kimonos at any time. Be careful with the washing detergent you use as they may be corrosive and will eventually
cause your kimono to lose color or even tear. Choose gentle detergents that won’t harm your kimono.
When washing your kimono, make sure to turn it inside out and wash it in cool water. Hot water will cement in stains.
DRYING YOUR KIMONO
Do not hang dry your kimono in direct sunlight, place it in the shade. The sun will discolor your kimono. Do not dry your kimonos in the dryer,
if you can avoid it, the extreme heat of the dryer will shrink your kimono.
YES, YOU CAN USE SOFTENER ON YOUR KIMONO
You may use a bit of softener on your kimono. Of course we suggest not showing up smelling like daisies to your gym.
DON'T USE DRYING MACHINES
Avoid drying your kimono in dryers, they can cause shrinkage of the same.
DON’T KEEP YOUR SWEATY KIMONO ROLLED UP
Do not leave your sweaty kimono in the trunk of your car, rolled up in your gym bag or thrown in the corner. Not only will that smell
stick to your kimono but a sweaty kimono is a haven for bacteria and fungus to grow and multiply.
TIPS FOR WASHING COLORED KIMONOS
Avoid using washing machines when you can, wash it by hand and use a brush to scrub stains. If you must use the machine then use the cool wash
cycle and gentle detergents.
TIPS FOR WASHING WHITE KIMONOS
You may use baking soda (1/2 cup of baking soda per kimono in the wash along with a gentle detergent and softener) this will
help to keep your kimono white, while not disturbing the material.
SEWING PATCHES ON
Never glue patches to your kimono, always sew them on securely.
Tip: Wash your kimono before you sew patches on so that the shape of the kimono won’t change after patches are sewn on.
ALWAYS TRAIN IN A CLEAN KIMONO
This is a sign of respect to your Professor, training partners, your team and to yourself.
DON’T LEND YOUR KIMONO TO ANYONE
Don’t lend your kimono out; it’s your personal armor. If you ever do this make sure not to use it until it’s been washed well or you could
risk a chance of spreading/catching bacteria and fungus.