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The Karate Uniform: Gi

Shortly after starting to learn Karate, the new student will want to purchase the appropriate uniform and look like everyone else in the class.

The Gi is the traditional uniform of Karate, and its main purpose lies in its functionality. This applies to all of the Japanese and Okinawan Karate styles. Judo uniforms are also called Gi.

Why wear a Gi in Karate?

A Gi has the advantage that it is very robust and comfortable at the same time. It will survive a substational amount of pulling, tearing and contact with the ground to a degree that other type of clothing cannot handle. Typically a Karate Gi comes with quite short sleeves and pants, so that you don’t get caught with your finger or trip over yourself. A Gi allows you great freedom of motion, which is required as in Karate you’ll kick and punch with both speed and power.

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For a Karate beginner, wearing a Gi also has a psychological effect, as it makes you feel more “real” when you wear the Gi, and you also feel as if you fit in better with all the other Gi-wearing students.

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There are several types of Karate Uniforms available, from light-weight to heavy-weight that suit different styles, climatic conditions and body weight. In general, most Karate schools and clubs (dojos) allow any type of white Gi but require you to attach their particular badge on the Gi.

A typical Karate Gi is made of three parts. The jacket, pants and belt.

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  2. orangebelt124 said:

    The Gi is very corfortable and robust but does get dirty very easily.

  3. Clerlic said:

    how do you wear a karate belt properly?

  4. RB said:

    there are tutorials on how to tie belts somewhere on the site

  5. BONIFACE UWGU said:

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  6. sasasas said:

    im trying to look for a gi with wide and short sleeves and pant legs.

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  9. Serejenka said:

    I still have a white belt(a little more than a year experience in karate training). The dirty feet of my colleagues kicking me form the front while learning a Maya Geri and the black gum from my back has turned my uniform and the belt in black(:-))). I washing my uniform once a fortnight but it doesn’t help.

  10. spud said:

    to tie a karate belt (obi) properly you should start with both ends behind your back so that the belt is half wrapped around you then cross them over so they come to the front. after this even them up and then tie left over right(or right over left) under both the loose end and the part wrapped around your waist , then tie right over left(or left over right). you should be left with two even ends in the quarter to three position. hope this helps.

  11. Ryno said:

    I do Karate Im Black Belt Ive Been Practising for 7 Years!!!! Its Fun Though

  12. wael said:

    this is my first year of karate and i hope it will be fun when i will kick the other boys` butts!!!

  13. abhishek said:

    it is very comfortable and feel less damage when attacked.
    i am red belt and i am a silver champ in fight (red belts)

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