Judo Uniform: Judo Gi – All You Need To Know!
The Japanese Judo Kimono also known as The Judo Gi is the traditional uniform worn by Judokas (Judo practitioners) for practice and competition and was the first modern martial arts training uniform.For Judo competitions, the Judogi must fit the athlete according to the IJF rules of Judo. These rules help to prevent a Judoka from gaining an advantage by wearing an improperly sized Judo Kimono, usually smaller. A referee can disqualify a Judo competitor for their Kimono not obeying to the size requirements. The referee may check your Judo Uniform by using an official measuring device called the Sokuteiki.
The Judo uniform consists of pants, a tunic, and a belt. Both the pants and the tunic are white, and the belt color varies according to the Judoka’s rank. Although the official belt colors are black for the 1st to 5th Dan (degree), red-and-white for the 6th to 8th Dan (with a different pattern for each rank), and red for the 9th Dan and higher (8th Dan and higher in women’s Judo), a black belt may also be used by those with ranks of 6th Dan or higher. Although those with ranks below the “Dan” class normally wear a white belt (in women’s Judo, belt colors other than white belts have a 1-centimeter wide white line in their center), regulations stipulate a brown belt for 1st to 3rd Kyu (grade), and a purple belt for juniors ranked from 1st to 3rd Kyu.
Each part of the Judo uniform has a name which often precedes a technique (waza) name. It is therefore useful to memorize these uniform part names.
How to Wear the Judo Uniform and tying the belt:
- Place the belt center at the front.
- Wrap the belt around the body with the two ends crossing at the back.
- Bring the two ends to the front and make the first tie.
- Make the second tie so that the belt ends are facing toward the sides.
- Pull the knot tight so that it will not easily loosen.
Illustrations Credit: judo-ch.jp