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.
Editor's note: This is a repost of the blog Mapping my BJJ Journey by Matthew Corley. Thank you to Matthew for permission to repost. I hope this helps our lanky lean grapplers, not that they need any help. :)
At 6’4” and 195lb I have a real hard time finding kimonos that fit me correctly. If they’re the right size in the body, the arms and legs are 4 inches too short. When the arms are the right length the rest of the kimono fits like a moomoo. We’re in a sport with weight classes and one that tends to favor those with long limbs and lean athletic builds. So why is it so hard to find a quality gi that fits when you’re tall and lean?
This list is intended at a resource to help you find companies that made kimonos that will (hopefully) fit you better. The methods that I’ve used are straightforward. Using Aesopian’s gi survey as a starting point. I looked at each company website and their sizing charts to determine if they offer kimonos to accommodate those of us that a more lanky than the average person.
I am not including reviews for any gis (other than Aesopian’s excellent survey) at this time because I haven’t used the vast majority of the gis. I’ll be doing reviews for BJJ Legends and they will be included in subsequent posts so keep an eye out for them. I am only including brands that specifically include sizing for the tall and skinny guy. There are several brands that are cut to be more suitable for someone with a slim build but without actually trying a gi on I wouldn’t be able to give good information.