Gi suggestions

Discussion in 'Aikido' started by lifestudent1, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. lifestudent1

    lifestudent1 New Member

    Hello all, I started Aikido after years off of martial arts do to health issue's, at 50. I have been looking for Gi's and am leaning toward either Pirahna or Inverted Gear (gotta love the panda). They appear to be quality Gi. My question is, are they too much for Aikido, or should I get a "cheaper" model (suggestions)?
  2. aikiMac

    aikiMac boxing is fun Moderator Supporter

    Start with cheap, and spend more only as you stay with it. The instructors and senior students at your dojo can advise you on local sources for entry gis. Some aikido schools even stock entry-level gis for the new students to buy. I'm not familiar with Pirahna but it looks fine; Inverted is too pricey (I think) for a beginner. As an alternative, judogis (that's plural) .com single weave are fine for aikido and cost even less. E-bogu is another source at the same price range.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2016
  3. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth

    Inverted and piranha are bjj / grappling gis, and as such unsuitible for aikido and also against school rules.

    You'd be best off asking the dojo what they suggest for sikido and going from there.
  4. aikiMac

    aikiMac boxing is fun Moderator Supporter

    What do you mean "against school rules"? I've never been at an aikido school where the instructors said, "No judo gis! No BJJ gis!"

    That said, double-weave grappling gis are not a good choice for aikido.
  5. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth

    Most aikido schools are conservative, and general want a white, unadorned aikido keikogi.

    So a colourful, patched BJJ kimono may not be welcome.
  6. aikiMac

    aikiMac boxing is fun Moderator Supporter

    That is true -- patches and colors, both, are a no-no.
  7. Phantom Power

    Phantom Power Valued Member

    I used to regularly wear my blue BJJ gi to Aikido and no one cared, I did wear my Aikido gi to BJJ when I started which wasn't such a good idea, it ripped :)

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