When I saw this gi on sale at the Isami shop in Seoul I just knew I had to have it. It's a $200.00 gi (well, a little over $200.00) and I got it at almost 50% off. BJJ gis here in Korea are insanely expensive. I wanted a Koral MKM, but didn't feel like spending $300.00 on my gi fetish.
To start, apparently the worst aspect of this gi here in Korea is the strategically placed patch of Japan on the left shoulder:
Japan isn't the most popular country around these parts, and one of the first things my instructor did was point to the patch, laugh, and say,"not good".
I am 5'7 140 pounds (64 kg). I wear an A-0. I purchased a 3L, which is basically a size between A-0 and A-1. A 4 would have been way too huge for me. If you go to chokesports.com you can get exact measurements, gi shrinkage rates, and even get a customized gi with your own measurements. I put this gi in the dryer, because it was still a tad too large for my liking. It shrunk a little bit.
Right away I noticed that the gi is cut like a Judo gi. The sleeves are really wide. This is actually a plus, because during practice I can just complain about not being able to break grips due to the size of the sleeves and not my crappy technique. Here are some tips:
1. While rolling complain to your partners that your sleeves are too long.
2. Afterwards, say, "I could have passed your spider guard. It's just this damn gi".
I like my gi jackets to be a bit more form fitting, but despite being a little roomy in the in the arms and the armpits, this is a beautiful gi and the most comfortable gi I have ever worn. To be honest, it doesn't even feel like a kimono. It feels like a soft bathrobe.
This is also the finest crafted gi I own. Those crazy Japanese and their eye for detail and obsession with quality control. The stitching and craftsmanship are superb.
Let's see what my cat Iyagi, who just happens to be a high level grappler, thinks of this kimono.
Can this gi stand the scrutiny of one of the most respected and feared BJJ gear critics on the web?
・Quality craftsmanship (best-made gi I own)
・ Soft material; most comfortable gi I have ever worn
・My cat seems to like it
・Still holding up great after six months of continual use
・drawstring on pants isn't a pain in the ass
・Sleeves are cut too big
・A little roomy under the arms and in the chest