Karate Gi: Get the Perfect Look and Sound
In Karate, higher grade students (mostly black belts) often prefer to wear heavier uniforms which are made of heavy drill cotton or canvas. These uniforms last longer as they do not tear as easily, they often look better and also you get more of a “snap” sound when punching and kicking.
Some tournament competitors, especially in Kata tournaments, are also aware of the show-effect of executing kicks and punches with an audible “snap”. Thus, a common practice is to starch the Gi, in particular the ends of the sleeves from the elbow down and the pants from the knee down. You’ll be one noisy Karateka in no time, and all your techniques will sound extra impressive!
Tournament competitors also favor longer jackets and belts to further their chances of impressing the judges. The idea is that when they are performing a low stance, where extra points are given for being extra low (eg. shiko dachi), the longer belt and jacket give the appearance of being lower to the ground.
Some styles of Karate, particularly the ones of Okinawan origin, often prefer to have their pants and sleeves shorter. In regular training these styles include a fair amount of close quarter partner work and long sleeves and pants would simply get in the way.