How to buy your first BJJ Gi

By Arete BJJ Malta,

  Category: Training

Arete Malta gi buying guide

You’ve signed up for BJJ classes, you’ve gone through the basic moves but now you want more out of your training. Like Arete, most academies divide their classes into No-Gi and Gi. This is because the BJJ Gi is super important in BJJ for the grips it provides and the new games it opens up, and it’s a lot of fun to have the choice when you train.

A practical guide to purchasing your first BJJ Gi

Buying your first Gi can be a little overwhelming… There are a lot of brands, colours, materials and sizes you’ve never heard of. This guide is going to make the process of buying a Gi easier for you. This is specifically aimed at adults and if you want help purchasing a children’s Gi, we’ve got another guide for that! It is worth mentioning that not every kimono has a belt included… So make sure to check whether you need to obtain the belt separately.


If you are looking to buy a children’s kimono, please see

Where can I buy a kimono?

If you’re living in Malta, or almost anywhere else in Europe, you’re best bet is to head to They have a wide selection of Gis which we trust, and the shipping time is between 4 to 8 days. Maltese students will recount how much of a pain it is to get items shipped here by most companies, so really helps solve that issue. They also accept many common payment methods such as EAL, Bancontact, Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Sofort, Giropay and PayPal, as well as a manual bank transfer. Lastly, they have a 14 day consideration period so you can also return your kimono if you’re not happy.

IBJJF legal colours and patch placement

If you’re feeling it, you can pick up an “avocado green” or “sexy pink” kimono… However, we would recommend that you probably shouldn’t be so ambitious. If you’re planning to compete, you’re going to need a Gi that is white, black or navy blue, these are the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) legal colours. Please note that the pants and the jacket should be the same colour and the collar of the Gi can’t be different to the rest of the kimono.

There are some restrictions when it comes to patch placement so please see the image below:


Let’s discuss BJJ Gi sizes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi have their own sizing formula which typically goes from A0 to A6. ‘A’ refers to adult, but you might also see ‘F’ which means female. Zero is the smallest size and Six is the largest size. Children’s Gis often have their own sizing guides which can be unique to each company. Also, an A3 kimono from one company might be a different length or have a different intended weight than another, so it is very important you look at the individual sizing guide for that specific company. In the example below, you can see the women’s smallest Gi, marked by W0. You can also see a small hyperlink which would show the sizing guide for it.

Example of BJJ gi sizing, Arete Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Malta

These are the things you need to look at… And because the Gi is a long term investment, there’s no shame in contacting customer support if your unsure!

Materials are important

In general, it is best to choose a kimono that has a pearl weave jacket, and pants that are made of ripstop material. The ripstop is the most durable material and the pearl weave is the most comfortable one. For Arete Malta students, since it does get very hot in Malta during the summertime, it might worth getting a lightweight Gi. Lightweight Gis are easier to travel with, but are also a brilliant choice if you are competing and you want to save yourself from shedding a couple of extra kilos for the weigh-ins since most competitions make you weigh-in wearing your gi!

You can read more about different gi materials from here.

Time to select your brand!

There are several Gi brands available at the, but here is some in-depth information about our tried and tested favorites.

Gr1ps – The premium choice

The price range for Gr1ps is around 100e for an entry level, and 180e for a top-level gi, with sizes ranging from A1 to A4. The entry-level Cali 99 is highly durable with triple stitching and 100% cotton build; it will last a very long time. The AMADURA Gi is ergonomic and wraps to the wearer’s shape, it also has sublimated padding mesh to prevent friction (which can be very annoying with some other gis). It looks insane as well so if you are serious about training, this BJJ Gi is going to assist you greatly.


Tatami – Trustworthy kimonos for both males and females

Tatami is a truly classic and highly popular brand. The number of students who use them speaks volumes. They have so many items including various No-Gi ranges as well as mixed casual apparel. The Zero G is a reliable choice for your first Gi, and we’ve seen it on sale for 50 EUR before. The Tatami Wave No-Gi bundle is a solid choice on the side. Tatami have more sizes than most other companies and you will find variants such as A2 and A2XL – again, just make sure you look at the sizing guide with these. If you’re planning to travel, the Zero G V4 Advanced Lightweight adaption of the original costs a little more, but it’s super convenient. Certain other brands produce Gis which are arguably a higher quality than Tatami, but this brand gives you affordable and safe options so you can’t really go wrong.

Fuji Sports – Strong budget option

Fuji is the other alternative to Tatami that first time Gi buyers usually turn to. They’ve got a great range of products and you can find Gi’s for under 100 EUR. They’ve also got a pretty decent kid’s range and your going to find students who use Fuji Sports in most academies! Fuji BJJ Gis have the ripstop pants which we always look for, they’ve also got a durable weave and the stiff collar which retains its original shape more effectively. Another safe choice.

The bottom line when it comes to buying your gi

Make sure you choose a reputable brand, do a little research and take the correct measurements which relate to your brand choice. Aside from this, it’s not really something you need to overthink, the BJJ Gi is an investment and 100 EUR is a normal initial budget; after all, this is something that’s going to completely change your training cycle and allow you to progress more efficiently. As long as you’re getting time in on the mats and you are consistently working on using the grips that the Gi provides, its not going to matter which one you go with.

We hope this guide has helped you 🙂 We would love to know what your favorite BJJ Gis are and some details about why you like them. Shoot us a message!