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This was my very first karate GI (NOT suit!) which I had when I was about 10.
It is a lightweight style plain white gi - the only non-white part is the Blitz logo on the bottom-right hand side of the gi when tied.
The main reason for buying this as my first gi was that it was cheap. There was really no other reason. We decided to go to a local sports shop and find the cheapest gi possible considering had just started the martial art and therefore there were doubts as to whether I would continue (8 years and many gis later I am still doing it). I believe it was only around £15 which, when compared to the similar lightweight junior gis supplied by my club at £30 and the expensive heavyweight senior gis I now use at around £100, was a bargain!
The gi itself is not the more durable of gis, but for a beginner of the martial arts there isn't really much need for anything particularly strong as there is a much reduced chance of it breaking. The fact that it uses fairly thin material makes it far more comfortable for beginners and especially children to wear as it is light on their bodies and means that they will not get worn out as quickly or sweat excessively.
The top part of the gi ties up using 4 tags which tie together and the bottom half is elasticated with a drawstring to achieve a perfect fit for anybody wearing them.
As I was only small I cannot comment definitely on how it was to wash but there was often quite a bit of dirt from our dojo floor over the legs and back as well as the occasional blood drops. Both of which seemed to be off by my next lesson with no marks on it whatsoever therefore I assume it washed up good.
As a busy karate instructor with a 'Tiny Tigers' class on top of regular kid's classes, it's important for me to be able to order good quality products that won't cost me the earth, and to be able to recommend products to the parents of my young charges.
Blitz don't come much better suited to my cause. The suits arrive promptly (essential when you have a new class of 24 under tens, hugely excited for the arrival of their suit!). Being cotton, the suits wash wonderfully and don't shrink.
There is a wide range of sizes available, and the four-0 size is small enough for even the tiniest of my tiny tigers, who was exceptionally thrilled with her karate suit. She now believes herself to be quite the ninja!
Obviously, being aimed at kids, the quality of the material is important not only from a durability angle (very durable and machine washable - and grass stains come out evidently!) but from a touch angle. The soft material of these suits doesn't irritate tiny people's skin, essential when they are wearing them for an hour and a half at a time, and being very active in them. The quality of the stitching is excellent, hard-wearing under the grasping, pulling hands and feet of the young 'uns.
The suits come with a slightly longer jacket length, which stops it riding up when the kids are being particularly active (which seems to be every single lesson in my case!), and the trousers have an elasticated waist, as opposed to the crossing strings that many adult karate suits sport. This is great for when they need to use the loo (again, which seems to be often in my club!) and parents aren't around to help them untie and tie the trousers.
The suits come with slightly longer trousers, which is definitely a good thing as they are secured shorter easily with some wonderweb or light stitching, allowing the youngsters to grow into the suits, as they can be re-lengthened by removing the stitching/wonderweb. And the fact that the suits last long enough to do this emphasises the good quality of the material used.
Each suit comes with a white belt, and has the Blitz badge (small and classy) on the bottom of the jacket lapel. They arrive well packaged and perfectly white. They wash very well, and stay white for quite some time, especially considering the trauma they go through every lesson!
All of my students wear Blitz, including the adults incidentally (although in slightly bigger sizes obviously). Blitz karate suits are cheap enough that parents don't panic about shelling out for newer learners, and of a high enough quality to be recommended to all learners, kids and adults alike.
My oldest son is 6 years old and has been asking to do some time of martial arts for the last year. We finally enrolled him in a local dojo.
Most senseis, or instructors recommend that you wait a few weeks to make sure the child will stick with the sport before splashing out on the uniform. We had no doubt that my son would continue with the classes, so my husband went ahead and bought his uniform, or gi, at the first class for £13. It turns out this was a pretty good price as the exact same suit would have cost roughly £20 from Amazon, although I have seen some on ebay for as little as £12.49.
My first thought with this suit was wondering if it would last more than a couple of weeks. You see, a dirty stained gi is considered dishonourable, and from what I understand of the sport, and insult to your dojo. But my son just does not do white. This company does make the suits in other colours and I would really have rather gone for the black suit, or even red or blue, but we didn't want our child to be the only one in class with a different coloured suit. If you should decide to choose a more colourful gi, I would recommend clearing it with your child's sensei first.
At any rate, we chose white, and the following week my concerns about my son and white were confirmed. It seems the trouser legs were a bit to long, and he had walked through a puddle which not only covered the bottom these in mud, but also motor oil. With very little hope of saving them, I gave these a good scrub with fairy liquid, tossed them in the wash with a massive scoop of vanish and bleach as well. Wonder of wonders they came clean!
This suit is made of a very thick and heavy cotton which really tolerates very heavy scrubbing and seems to be less prone to staining then any other white clothes we have bought. The extra thickness of this fabric prevents my son from freezing in cold winter temperatures, but is also loose enough, I expect it will be quite breathable in the summer.
My husband bought this in the 120 centimeter size, simply because that was the only size the dojo had left unsold. This is a bit large for my son, especially on the legs ( My son has large shoulders so often wears larger tops then bottoms). No worry, it was easy enough to take up and can be let back down later if needed. These really will fit a wide range of sizes because of their loose fit. I expect this will fit my son for at least 2-3 years, although I suppose expecting anything to stay white that long is a bit of wishful thinking. This has a thick elasticated waist band with a draw string. The top ties on the sides and then is held in place more by the kyu, a tie on belt, which is of course white for beginners. My son says this is very comfortable, in fact so comfortable that he wants to keep on when he comes home. I am to mean to allow this though, and it is worn only for lessons.
In all honesty, I would say that this suit would work for Judo or other martial arts as well, but I would be wrong. I have had experts explain that each sport has a different cut for the suit, so I really would recommend buying this suit only for karate. If your child is taking Judo, Jujitsu, or any other martial art though, it is likely that this company will have the appropriate clothing, as they do stock a very extensive range for all sorts of martial arts, as well as boxing, for children and adults. Of course many will argue that a child could just wear loose fitting track suits etc.. While this may be true for the first few classes, to try it out, I really do feel a proper gi is worth investing in. After all, you could play football in running shoes, or run in football boots, but each one is designed differently for a different purpose.
I also believe the uniform adds to the experience for a child, helps them feel part of the group. A believe a young child will quickly come to associate the uniform with certain behaviour, and these leads to an increased respect for the dojo, and the art. I honestly do feel that karate is an art form as much as it is a sport.
I have nothing but good things to say about this gi. The seams are strong and well stitched, the material heavy and easy to wash and iron, and the price very fair. I will certainly be looking for this brand again when it comes time to buy a new one, or if my son should need other martial arts uniforms.
Our son has been attending a karate dojo for about a year now, and we have been pleasantly surprised with the wear and tear that his suit has withstood. Of course, Blitz aren't the only make of suit that is available, and there's nothing to force you to get this slightly more expensive suit over any other, but its quality speaks for itself.
I do not practice karate myself, so have never worn a suit, but there is a big difference to wearing trousers and a T shirt to wearing an official suit, known as a gi. Its design seems a little baggy at first, and I wasn't sure whether we had bought the right size. However, having watched week after week and helped him train in between lessons, both in and out of his gi, the reason for the bagginess becoems rather clear. The nature of karate involves a lot of movement, and it is important that nothing hinders this. The gi's design means that any fast movement such as a punch, a kick, a squat or a thrust is accommodated comfortably by the suit, without any excess material flapping about and hindering the move.
I would imagine that most gi designs are like this, and what I liked about the Blitz model is the durability. You see, it's not just the weekly karate 'lesson' that the suit gets worn for, but in order to be able to have the same amount of movement in practising at home, the gi should be worn. All kinds of movement on such a regular basis is sure to put excessive wear and tear on the gi, and I do worry about the suit being damaged, stretched or even stitches coming free and causing us to have to buy a new suit. However, nothing like this has happened, as the design is incredibly strong, and apparently has double weaves in places meaning that the extra protection is there. In fact, they are all over the gi, in all; the important places, and it also means that it has endured some high intensity washing as well.
In fact, the only drawback is the fact that it's white! There may be other colours available, but white is the one that Will's sensai requires him to have. They use their hall at school for karate, and the floor in there is often filthy. They regularly spend time sitting down during demonstrations, and warmups, and despite constant discouragement, they mess around afterwards and inevitably get dirty. He and his friends even start climbing around outside after they have finished while we parents trudge wearily after them laden with bags, etc. In short, the suits get very dirty, and light, low temperature washes just don't get the dirt out. Durability is one thing, but I was worried about the shrink factor: I needn't have worried at all. The cotton suits withstand not only the physical rigours of karate, but also the washing machine without any problems whatsoever.
The suit comes in two halves. The trousers are elasticated with a drawstring. The crotch is low for movement and there is plenty of leg room for the purposes of karate manoeuvres. The top is not like any regular top: it is open at the front, but without any buttons. Instead, it has ties on the inside of each side, just below the ribcage. These tie up quite easily, leaving the top quite loose, the last piece of kit needed being the belt, which acts to tighten the top around the waist as well as denote the level of grading the wearer has achieved. I have to say, it looks really comfortable on Will, and he loves wearing it. He says he feels comfy in it and that the movements are easy. To start with, the inside of the suit was rubbing against his bare top and giving him a bit of a rash, and so he wore a T shirt. Since then, we have tried the suit against his bare skin again without any problems. He visibly looks more comfortable now, and you can tell he's more at ease without the restrictions a T shirt obviously presented.
This Blitz suit costs around the £20 mark at best if you were to buy it outside the dojo, but sensai has them for £15. I know that other suits are available for around the £10 mark, but to be honest I haven't heard many positives about their durability, whereas this Blitz suit is certainly maintaining its original strength and colour. There are now a number of badges sewn on as our little man progresses through his stages. He probably still has another year at best before he's outgrown this suit, but when he does there's going to be a lot of unsewing to be done. Until then, I'm confident that no matter how dirty the suit gets, how intense the wash needs to be or how much movement he does in the suit, it'll hold its design and its shape comfortably to allow him to get better and better at the discipline. A definite recommended buy for any new karate kid!
My children had been banging my ears for the past two years to take up karate, thanks to watching animé and seeing characters partake in the martial art. I had no objection to this, but we live in a smallish town and I could not find a listing for a nearby dojo on the web. Then one day when we walked past the local primary school we noticed a flyer on their outside announcement board Seems there was an established dojo renting space at the school two days a week, and as it was the new term, they had put up a flyer to attract new students. Going to check them out, I was satisfied with their credentials and teaching methods, so my two duly signed up as regular students. So, we now had the desired class, but not the suit.
You might be forgiven for thinking that the suit is just a uniform and that anything you can move about in would do. A gi is not just a uniform though, it is actually just as much a piece of equipment as mats, head guards, kicking pads, and other paraphernalia. The gi's design is based upon traditional work wear from Japan, with loose fitting trousers and a short kimono top with long sleeves. The cut of the trousers is wide across the crotch, to allow free movement during stretches and high kicks. The top is constructed so that the torso, shoulders and arms can move freely yet not have bits of cloth flapping about, and is long enough to ensure that your torso does not become exposed. The obi, or belt, is there to help keep the kimono top on properly, as it fastens with only two sets of string ties. The colour of the obi also denotes the level of accomplishment the student has demonstrated by exam, of course, with colours denoting ranks.
Karate is not something you simply go to class once or twice a week for. You go to class to train, and then practice, preferably every day, at home to work towards mastery of the skills you were instructed in the lesson before. Just like you'd put on your running clothes and shoes for a training jog, you really should put on your gi and stand in your bare feet to practice at home so that you don't ruin your clothes or unintentionally restrain your range of movement nor affect your sense of balance as often you end up on one foot. I also have taken up karate, and can attest that even a loose tshirt's crew neck and arm construction hampers perfectly smooth feeling movement at times, so I much prefer to wear the gi. Of course, frequent wear means frequent washing, and let me tell you, these will get dirty. Warm ups and stretches means sitting on the floor or ground, practising your meditation for concentration and self discipline means sitting on the ground, practising falls...ground. High kicks, power punches even to just air, jogs to build stamina, all these things and more will work up a sweat. Sweat+dirt+ white cotton= a long hot wash to bring back to a pristine white, so you want fabric and stitching threads that will take this with frequency without shrinking or wearing thin, and with Blitz you get it.
This suit is the basic practice suit, not the heavy weight cotton edition, though it is far from thin. The cotton fabric is a cotton twill, and if you look closely, you can see the weave patterns in it. The kimono top has a reinforced shoulder area and seams, important against strain from reaches and occasional grapples. The closing edges of the kimono are sturdily sewn and suitably stiff, so they will not flap open. The ties are placed at the side vents and front edges of the opening, and are made of the same heavy duty material. They are placed so that when the kimono front is closed with the left side pulled over the right and tied, and then the left side over the right and tied, the shirt stays fastened securely and despite tying into a simple but tight knot, can be easily tied and untied without fear of pulling the ties off. The trousers feature an elasticated waist and an inner drawstring, so that children of different builds can adjust these to fit comfortably and not having to worry that if they are on the thin side, that they will have their trousers fall down round their ankles while doing trying a flying kick or bowing. The wide crotch area actually has a double in-seam area. This is an important area to reinforce as otherwise, sooner or later you will experience a quite embarrassing sudden rip when doing a stretch or power kick, and no one wants that to happen!
The average sports/martial arts shop charges about £20-40 for this suit depending on size, but it is worth speaking to your dojo as they can get these at a discount. We ordered ours via the dojo and paid only £15 for the complete suit, which comes with a white belt as a default, though if this is a replacement suit and your child has gained a coloured belt, they can of course wear it with the suit. My two have been kareteka for about a year now, and practice every single day in their karetegi, as well as attend weekly sessions at the dojo. The suits have not split, the stitching has not come loose or puckered from frequent washing, and the sizing is generous enough hat despite normal growth spurts, the gi still fit comfortably and do not yet need to be traded up for a larger size.
I did buy a cheaper brand of gi from eBay , and while it has the same reinforcements, the fabric has not held up so well, being prone to difficult creasing that is hard to iron out, and the seams on the kimono's bottom and front edges has puckered up enough that the "shirt tail" hems try to curl. For the sake of £5, I should have simply paid for a second gi from Blitz through the dojo, and when they need the next size up, definitely will do so. Blitz make these gi to fit children from ages 3-10, after which the sizes begin in the adult sized range. In addition to finding these at martial arts supply shops and from local dojo, you can also find these on eBay and even sold on Amazon through the sports and leisure section. In addition to white, it comes in black, red, blue, and a mixed set with black bottoms and a white top. White is traditional and is the only allowed colour for competitions, also many dojo do not allow colours, so check first before buying.