Piranha Gear’s entry into the tall and lanky gi market is a value priced (~$75) gi that is cut to fit even the tallest and longest jiu-jiteiros in your gym. Their gi is a simple single weave kimono that includes pants with a reinforced knee area and a “karate” style belt. This gi is intended for those just beginning their journey with BJJ. While the collar and material of the gi are much tougher than those in traditional martial arts it is not as stiff as those preferred by many competitors.
A few weeks ago Piranha replied to my request for a gi to review and within a few days I had gi in hand. I didn't have many questions for Bill but each email was responded to promptly and if this feedback is any indication Bill places a high priority on the needs of his customers. The gi came with a very detailed pamphlet on washing and taking care of your new purchase. While this may be redundant for many of you reading this, it's a great addition for this product's target audience, the neophyte grappler.
We enjoy using the same clothing and equipment we sell - that's why we started the company - so we could get good gear at reasonable prices. We were tired of getting stuff that wore out too soon, wasn't comfortable or just cost more than it should.
To date, the Tatami Estilo 3.0 Premier has been a gi that comes close to the top of my list throughout seven years of training. I am an avid an practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but my no means a gi aficionado or specialist. I’ve never actually owned a Shoyoroll gi or a “designer” gi for that matter and consistently sought “workhorse” gi’s to withstand the rigors of long training. I have since found that the more durable, economically sound kimonos tend to be less aesthetically pleasing than the rest.
Now for my thoughts specifically regarding the Tatami Estilo 3.0. “Balanced” is the first word that comes to mind when I consider this piece of Tatami gear. It seems to rest in right in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to all jiu-jitsu kimonos. It isn’t a thick, iron-clad workhorse gi nor is it a superlight competition gi. It has a desirable standard thickness for everyday training, and while it feels fairly breathable and light it is by no means flimsy. The Estilo is smooth gi, that feels comfortable to wear, but produces enough friction for proper training. In addition, it is a gi that provides for lots of motility. I attribute the movability of the gi to an ergonomic cut, particularly in the gi pants. A generous gusset in the crotch region coupled with the “Shoyoroll-style” elastic rope drawstring has allowed me to play a more dynamic open guard without fear of the dreaded “saggy-pant” sparring session.
This gi is priced right, durable, mis-matchable, giving back, customer serving and well fitting!
Newaza in their own words:
“What is NEWAZA? NEWAZA (ne-waza, nay-wah-zuh) is the Japanese term used to describe groundwork techniques. We are passionate about all types of grappling!
NEWAZA NATION: Our purpose is to connect grapplers with the ultimate grappling gi, and to use this as an opportunity to generate some $$ for a non-profit organization serving our returning service members.
We have chosen to focus all our efforts on doing ONE GI! Our philosopy is to have the gi that WE demand. Working closely with one of the best gi manufacturers in the world, we have designed a gi that is on a whole different level. We are truly passionate about it! Plus, we get to donate a portion of our sales to an non-profit organization that helps combat veteran unemployment, and that's the coolest part!
Submission Fight Co.'s Hemp Sensation has some good, bad, and ugly things about it. First the good: Well it's a 70/30 blend of hemp and cotton. I am a sucker for alternative materials for gis. After my first experience with a 100% hemp gi, I was wondering how SFCo was going to pull it off. The thing of it is, they do. The gi is durable. I put myself and the gi through some tough sessions on and off the mat. I had team mates pulling at from all positions, from the lightest to the heaviest team mates. Off the mats I washed it hot, cold and everything in between. I've even washed it four times in one week. For the most part hemp sensation held up well. I enjoy the cut of the jacket. Now I know that this is a personal preference and it also depends on your body type. I am 5'2" and 145 lbs, and the jacket fit me like a glove. No excessive sleeves for people to take advantage, and not too short to be IBJJF tournament legal. I also liked the look of the embroidery, not too loud and not too thick where it would inhibit my movement. It is a personal gripe of mine to have huge chunks of embroidery on the arms and legs.
In the amazing race to vaunt one's superiority on the battlefield, every athlete that has ever stepped onto the mat, has displayed a limitless supply of talent and capabilities to become a success in their profession. Creating a brand that caters to the competitive new breed jiu-jitsu fighters of today is Jotunn fight wear.
Launching in November of 2011 "Jotunn" a term that derives from Norse Mythology as a race with superhuman strength, the company strives to separate themselves from the flock by relating to one's experience and athletic pursuits through their progressive development as a martial artist.
Based on jiu-jitsu fighters predatory but stealth like approach to finishing their opponents the first edition to the Jotunn legacy appeal released unto the market comes in the form of the Assassin Kimono.
- Kimono Embodying the True Jiu-Jitsu Life Style -
Everything brought into creation always originates from a source. From a baby morphing into a man to the evolution of a martial arts practice the origin of something represents the central core of how it was created and how it has evolved into what it has become today. One standout franchise that embodies this principle into the development of their products is Origin BJJ.
Created by BJJ enthusiast Peter Roberts in 2008, driving away from the gory fight perception flaunted by other fight brands, Roberts envisioned a company that aims toward bringing out the true essence of beauty and elegance that the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is all about through producing well-constructed thought out merchandise that any practitioner would fall in love with.
Established in 2009, Tatami Fightwear is a brand that prides themselves on providing the best quality of service to the public. Since their emergence Tatami has answered the calling of many by providing their consumers with the best quality in BJJ equipment at prices they can afford. This profitable tactic has allowed Tatami to build a great reputation across the globe which has made them a powerful force in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community. Hoping to continue with the stream of success, the company has unveiled their new product in the form of the Estilo 3.0 BJJ Kimono. Transitioning into a new direction, the Estilo 3.0 gi is a stylistic change for the company. Striving to always make their products better than the last, Tatami has made some modifications to the new design.