Whenever you start a new endeavor, especially one athletic in nature, what is the one thing that always makes you so much more excited to stick with it? That’s right, a new set of clothes to go with it! No matter what the activity, having the right clothes can make all the difference. Whether it’s clothes to practice or compete in, you need options that are going to work with you. This is even more true with jiu-jitsu, as you need to be free to move around to get all of the holds, guards, and tackles just right! Plus, you’ve got to serve looks on and off the mat, right? In this article, we’ve gathered our top 7 favorite jiu-jitsu clothing brands into one article for you, so take a look and see if one of these could work for you.
What makes good jiu-jitsu clothing?
So, what should you be looking for when it comes to clothing for your jiu-jitsu practice? Well, that will partially depend on whether you are performing Gi or No-Gi jiu-jitsu. For No-Gi, you will want to wear training shorts and a rash guard shirt. With Gi, you will most likely wear a traditional white or blue uniform over the top of those items. Later down the line, once you’ve developed your own style, you may be able to choose your own Gi color and style. More often than not, for your first class you will be provided with temporary Gi. After you decide if this is the sport for you, you can pick out your own Gi.
The basic requirements of your training clothing are that it protects your skin from the mat, it flexes and moves as you go through your practice, and it’s strong yet breathable. This goes for training clothes as well as competition clothes, so keep that in mind as you peruse our list.
Some things to avoid with your jiu-jitsu clothing are pockets, zippers, loops, and belts. These make it much easier for you to be grabbed, but also can put you or your opponent at a much higher risk for injury.
- Flowhold: This San Diego based company specializes in clothing ideal for MMA, surfing, and any type of grappling sport. With a variety of Gi, shirts, shorts, and accessories you can find something perfect for your sporty needs! You’ve got casual tees, rash guards, ¾ sleeve tees, and tanks. The Gis from this company are a major vibe, decorated in a cool SoCal style. The shorts are the “fundamental” style that are perfect for jiu-jitsu, and then you have hats, sweatshirts, and even flags! With high-quality, cool clothes at fair prices, Flowhold is definitely our top pick.
- Gold BJJ: This is another US based company, designed by martial artists for martial artists, that sells both Gi and No-Gi training clothes. With long and short sleeve rash guards, training shorts, and spats (a base layer…like leggings), you’ll be able to find plenty of comfort and mobility. As far as Gis are concerned, they have a few options, one of which is one of the most lightweight on the market. Of course, you also will have a variety of accessories to choose from to complete your Gold BJJ collection.
- Origin: Made in Maine, USA, Origin has clothes for on and off the mat, and are meant to be worn hard. There are a variety of gis, rash guards, shorts, and spats to choose from, both with and without compression. You can tailor your wardrobe to your own training style and needs, easily! This company is big on keeping as much of their stock American-made as possible, so if that’s your thing, then this may be your brand.
- ShoyoRoll: If you are a big fan of streetwear style clothing, then this luxury jiu-jitsu brand based in Los Alamitos, CA may be right up your alley. Many of the gis that ShoyoRoll sells are limited edition styles, and they’re released in drops just like high-end streetwear. While these are very high quality, they are typically not used as often on the mat. However, their shirts, shorts, and rash guards are also a great quality and super fashionable without the “limited edition” attachment that would keep you from wearing them during practice.
- FUJI Sports: Since 1969, FUJI Sports has been keeping martial artists well-dressed during competitions and practices. Part of their team is made up of Olympic champions, so you know it’s good quality. From gis to shorts, tee shirts to rash guards (and all sorts of accessories), you can find whatever you’re looking for to outfit yourself for your jiu-jitsu practice and competitions.
- Venum: Whether you’re looking for training, competition, or loungewear clothes, Venum has a bit of everything in some fun styles. With team member from all sorts of martial arts backgrounds, these clothes will work as hard as you will and will hold up under the pressure. You will be able to find gis, accessories, and a variety of shorts and shirts that will make you look and feel like you can take on the world.
- Tatami Fightwear: This is a neat European brand, for any out there looking for a great jiu-jitsu clothing brand in Europe. Tatami Fightwear offers stylish and high-quality clothing options for Gi and No-Gi competitors, from rash guards and shorts to spats and gis. They also like to create collaboration collections with musical artists and associations, so there are always some cool designs to look out for.
With so many options to choose from, finding the right jiu-jitsu clothing brand for you and your style shouldn’t be too hard. Feel free to test out a few from our list or branch out and explore some other options! With a little bit of time and patience, your new favorite brand of clothes for your jiu-jitsu practice will reveal itself. Just remember that you need to find a brand that fits your budget, that has clothes that will fit you well and move with you, and that will make you feel your best in and out of the cage!
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