Rebelz Ultimate BJJ Gi Guide
Here you will find tips and advice regarding sizes, materials, care taking and washing instructions for BJJ Gi’s. A BJJ Gi is a uniform used when training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. BJJ Gi is also known as BJJ kimono.
The first thing that differs from regular garments is the names of the sizes. Men’s sizes usually begins with an A and then a number. Example: A1, A2, A3, A4 etc. Women’s sizes usually begins with a F. Example: F1, F2, F3, F4 etc. Kids sizes can usually begins with an M. M1, M2, M3, M4 etc. Especially in kids sizes this can differ between brands. some brands uses K1, K1, K3, K4 or C1, C2, C3, C4.
What is the difference between men and women sizes?
Depends on what brand and cut. Sometimes women’s cut can have a tighter jacket and looser pants, sometimes normal jacket tighter pants. Sometimes it doesn’t differ at all. In general Tatami has a tight jacket and loose pants and Hyperfly has a looser jacket and tighter pants.
Are all sizes the same or do they differ depending on brand?
All brand has their own cut. Sometimes even the same brand has different cuts on gi modells. Example Hyperfly JudoFly X 2 has a different cut than Hyperfly Hyperlyte 2.0.
One brands cut can fit me good in A2 and another brands cut can fit me good in A3. So it is really difficult to generalize sizes. All gi modells has a sizing chart under the product text. Please read them care full. However these size guides are only guide lines and are not the absolute truth of sizing.
Sizes are very subjective. Two people with the exact same height and weight can have two completely different opinion on how a gi fits them. Same gi, same size, same height and weight but two different opinions.
How can I know what size that will fit me?
The best way is to test in real life but of course this can be really hard. If possible we alway suggest to test gi’s from your training partners. You will get good information as well when it comes to fabric ect.
We have +10 ears experience of helping customers with sizing issues. We train our selfes. We also have a database with size references that we have collected during the 10 last years. So if you have any questions please ask us. We are here to help you.
Normally men’s sizes are A0, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 and A6. There are also “in between sizes” such as A1L, A2S, A2H, A2L, A2XL, A3S, A3H, A3L, A4S and more. “In between sizes” become more common around 2013, before that there were normally only A1, A2, A3 & A4. The “in between sizes” letters can have different meanings depending on brand. Example: S can mean either short or slim.
If we would translate gi sizes to regular sizes it could look something like this:
A0 = X-small.
A1 = Small.
A1L (Long) = Small but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
2S (Short)= Medium but shorter in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A2S (Slim)= Medium but with a tighter fit.
A2 = Medium.
A2H (Husky) = Medium but wider in jacket and pants.
A2L (Long) = Medium but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A2T (Tall) = Medium but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A2XL (Extra Long) = Medium but extra long in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A3 = Large.
A3S (Short) = Large but shorter in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A3S (Slim)= Large but with a tighter fit.
A3H (Husky) = Large but wider in jacket and pants.
A3L (Long) = Large but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A3T (Tall) = Large but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
A4 = X-large.
A4S (Short) = X-Large but with a tighter fit.
A5 = XX-Large.
A6 = XXX-Large.
Normally women’s sizes are F1, F2, F3, F4 and F5. There are also “in between sizes” such as F1L, F2C, F2L, F3C, F3L, F4C, F4L. Some brands, like FUji, use W0, W1, W2 and so on.
F1 = X-small.
F1L (Long) = X-small fast med längre ärmar och byxben.
F2 = Small.
F2C = Small but wider in jacket and pants.
F2L (Long) = Small but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
F3 = Medium.
F3C = Medium but wider in jacket and pants.
F3L (Long) = Medium but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
F4 = Large.
F4C = Large but wider in jacket and pants.
F4L (Long) = Large but longer in the sleeves on jacket and pants.
F5 = X-large.
Normally kids sizes are M0000, M000, M00, M0, M1, M2, M3, M4. M0000 is the smallest size and M4 the biggest size. Some brands uses K1, K2, K3, K4, K5.
Adults BJJ Belts
From 16 years old we have these belt colors:
After black we also have red/black, red/white and red (the red belts we will skip in this guide).
The main difference of BJJ belts and other martial arts belts is the black bar at the end of the belt. The black bar (red bar on the black belts) is used for stripes. White stripes are put on the bar by the professor and indicates of long you have to the next belt. On white, blue, purple and brown belts has maximum of 4 stripes. So a blue belt with 4 stripes indicates that the athlete is close to purple belt.
Different bars on black belts…
Regular bar is the plain red bar. A red bar with white stripe at the end of each side of the red bar is a professor/instructor belt. And at last we have the black belt with white bar and it’s for competition use.
Kids BJJ belts
From age 4 to 15 we have these belt colors:
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