When it comes to finding the best Gi for your children, there are a few things you need to consider. Don’t be blasé your decision as you’ll only end up having to replace a rushed-purchase-Gi within the year. If you invest in a quality Gi — and don’t worry, they’re more than affordable — then it will be a Gi that will last as long as your child can fit in it! On a side note, once your child grows out of the Gi, it should still be in good quality for you to pass down to a younger child, sell or donate.
The Best Kids BJJ Gi’s
Easy-to-remember 4 system to ensure that you know what to look for when purchasing the best kids’ BJJ Gi.
Compared to other Gi’s tailored for different martial arts, BJJ Gi’s are designed to be more durable. This is because fighters attempt to gain an advantage by grabbing and pulling their opponent’s Gis. This is a constant occurrence in grappling and rolling. You’ll want to ensure that what you’re buying is a Children Jiu Jitsu Gi, not a Gi more suitable to other martial arts, or even just a general MMA Gi. Remember, it needs to be BJJ-specific!
Lightweight v Thickness
The last thing anyone wants in physical exercise is to have extra weight pulling you down. A lighter Gi will help better agility and response, but if too light then your child will really feel the impact of an opponent’s strike! However, thicker Gi’s make it harder for a fighter’s opponent to grab onto and keep a firm grip. What you’re looking for is the Goldilocks “this Gi is just right!” between being too light or too thick. This is particularly applicable to the Collar Fill of the Gi, as this is what opponents try to grab onto. Ideal for children would be a somewhat lightweight Gi but with a fairly thick collar. We could go into the ideal weight to look for, but this is where personal preference should come into play. Take the time to encourage your child to try on a few different Gi’s to let them decide how comfortable it feels. If you don’t have any first-hand experience with Gi’s yourself, then don’t be afraid to ask your child’s Sensei for advice on the matter.
Sizing is a relatively simple process, but we need to stress the importance of this: We understand the temptation of purchasing a Gi a bit too big for your child, I’m sure you would execute the typical “don’t worry, you’ll grow into it” very well. However, we implore you to not be one of these parents! As we’ve advised above, if you invest in a high-quality Gi, then when the time comes that your child has grown out of it — it should still be in good condition to pass down or sell to get some money back to go toward the next Gi you’ll buy for them. It goes without saying but, at the very least, please ensure that what you’re purchasing is a BJJ Gi for kids! Something to consider in advance is whether the Gi you’re purchasing is pre-shrunk or shrink-to-fit, as this will impact your sizing choice. Since most Gi’s are made to not shrink, having already been shrunk, then you should be fine. However, be sure to look out for Gi’s that are shrink-to-fit, as you’ll need to wash and dry the Gi until it fits just right. This is a viable option that many would encourage, but ensure that you don’t over-shrink the Gi if you decide on a shrink-to-fit Gi!
We can’t tell you how many times that parents have found a very suitable Gi for their child, perfect fit, not-too-light not-too-thick, but have completely overlooked that they’ve chosen the inappropriate color — and have then had to start the process of finding a suitable Gi all over again! This may not matter too much for kids’ training and you can’t go wrong with standard White! However, it’s important to choose the appropriate color for your child’s training and competition requirements.
When looking to find the best kids’ BJJ Gi, it’s essential to follow the 4 ✔ system. You’ll need to ensure that you’re looking for BJJ-specific Gis. This is because the design of Jiu-Jitsu Gi’s is actually different from the Gi’s appropriate for other martial arts. They differ in the sense that Best BJJ Gi’s are thicker due to opponents constantly trying to grab and pull them. The next thing you should look for is a good balance between the Gi being light enough but thick enough. On the spectrum of light to thick, a child’s Gi should be more on the lighter side. You’ll also want to consider the sizing. If the Gi you’re looking at is shrink-t0-fit, then you’ll need to wash this until it fits well. For this reason, we recommend that you purchase a pre-shrunk Gi as it makes for a much easier process as all you need to account for is where your child fits on the size chart. The final consideration to make is the color of Gi to look for. This is dependent on your child’s training and competition requirements, and you should consult their Sensei about this before purchasing a Gi unless you’re aware of the appropriate color to buy.
When it comes to good quality and value-for-money, we’ve listed a solid best three: Jayefo Kids BJJ Gi, Sanabul Essentials BJJ Gi, and Hawk Children BJJ Gi. What tips these Gi’s over any others are the designs of them in particular; very cool, very smart, nice colors. Good alternatives to choose from, whether this is down to sizing, color, or simply a preference or stock issue — are the Vector Sports Kids BJJ Gi and the Elite Sports BJJ. They are very good quality Gis. However, if yours or your child’s preference is a ticker Gi, then the best midweight Gi we recommend is the Fuji Kids BJJ Gi, which is similar to the Venum Kids BJJ Gi making this a good alternative midweight Gi.