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kheb3350
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 5:05 am    Post subject: tokaido vs shureido? Reply with quote

Any preferences here? I'm thinking of getting one or the other - their heavy weight cotton versions. Are there any differences or are they similar? Thx.
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knarfster
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't go wrong with either. make sure you have a good idea of the size though. I have a KI heavy wight brushed cotton Gi in a size 5, it took a 6 1/2 Tokaido to fit me.
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kheb3350
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you get the Tokaido TSA? How does it compare in terms of weight with the KI heavy weight? Would you also call it a heavy weight gi?
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patusai
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think either one is fine.
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Pacificshore
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a Shureido gi in a size 5, which is what i normally wear in most other brands, and it seemed quite large, although I have yet to do my wash and shrink on it, and even then I have no doubt that I will have to take it in to be altered properly
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NidaninNJ
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:26 am    Post subject: Re: tokaido vs shureido? Reply with quote

kheb3350 wrote:
Any preferences here? I'm thinking of getting one or the other - their heavy weight cotton versions. Are there any differences or are they similar? Thx.


Shureido isn't as good as Tokaido. I've heard good things about Hirota and Shobu but I've always worn Tokaido. I've seen Shureido and I wasn't impressed.
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Holland
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 3 white and two black shureido heavy weight gis and I love them. It seems that the martial arts world is split on which is better though. All of the black belts I came up with loved shureido, so I just grew to have the somewhat uneducated opinion that they are the tops. My kobudo instructor though, swears by Tokaido..and I respect his opinion as well.

I also use Kamikaze ( I have three of these as well ) and while they are comfortable, they do not look as good as the shureido by any shot.
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ramymensa
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have recently got a Tokaido Kata Master from a friend in Germany. It was a gift, I can't aford such prices. The karategi is awesome still, but I hear shureido also make great ones. i think you can have a great gi no matter the choice. Both are serious brands
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Jussi Häkkinen
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shureido is currently back to its original quality (i.e. similar - quality-wise - to Hirota, Tokaido and probably Shobu). While the quality dropped for a while (NidaninNJ probably saw an uniform from that time - those were not impressive, I agree), it's back up now.

However, re: Tokaido or Shureido...one really can't go wrong with either. On stock uniforms Shureido has a bit more relaxed cut. This is a matter of preference, of course. Also, they're not sized similarly - Shureido is bigger, when compared size to size.

It's also worthy to remind the difference between tournament cut and regular cut sizes. Generally, tournament cut is made larger - size 7 regular cut is size 6 tournament cut.


And please notice: "Kata master", "Kumite master", "Arashi", "Kumo", "Tsunami" etc. aren't real Tokaido uniforms. They are not made in Japan. Original Tokaido models are SAW, AW, BW, SAB, NST, TSA, TAW and KTW. See the last comment here to find more information about it.

Those copies can be good uniforms, too - still, they're not real Japanese made Tokaido.
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NidaninNJ
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramymensa wrote:
I have recently got a Tokaido Kata Master from a friend in Germany.


What's a 'Kata Master' ?
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