The uniform for judo is called a judogi or "gi" for short. They are made entirely of cotton and come in 3 pieces:
- A jacket that is either a single weave or a more durable double weave. Judogis are designed for the rigorous pushing and pulling demanded by the sport and are far more durable than uniforms for other martial arts like karate or tae kwon do.
- A pair of matching pants of pants that has drawstrings at the waist on each side to tighten and extra padding sewn into the knees for added durability.
- A belt in a colour indicating the students rank which is long enough to wrap around the students waist twice and leave approximately 15-20cm after it's tied.
The short video on the right explains how wear a judogi and the basic way to tie a judo belt.
Judogis come in two colours white and blue. The blue judogi is for competition to help officials tell teh difference between competitors during competition. Most tournaments below a national & international levels do not require competitors to have a blue judogi and instead blue & white coloured belts are used. All competitions REQUIRE A WHITE judogi, therefore we STRONGLY reccomend new judoka purchase as white gi first. All competitors should have a back-up at any competition in case there is a need to change a gi. Judoka who have been promoted need to wear a judo belt for their current judo rank colour. New judoka who have not been promoted will wear a white belt.
Judogis require special cleaning. To avoid shrinkage, they should be washed in cold water and hung up to dry. Also, never use bleach on a judogi as the cotton fibres will weaken and compromise the durability of the gi.
Sizing & Pricing
Judogi sizes have their own scale generally starting at 000 though size 8. Sizing greatly depends on the manufacturer and the cut of the gi. Also, different models can shrink more than others. Pricing for judogis varies widely with the sizes and style. Small single weave gis start at about $40-50 and durable double weave gis at larger sizes cost $200 or more. It's therefore recommended that students consult with a sensei for their judogi needs.