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devastat
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Beginner - should I get a heavy weight Karate gi? Reply with quote

Hello,

I have experience of doing 3 months of goju-ryu karate before and now after 2 years I have just started a beginners course on Shorinji-ryu.

I am about to get a karate uniform, and did some research and found out that Kamikaze America (14oz) is a good karate gi that will last for a long time. My only worry is that is there any disadvantages on getting a heavy-weight karate gi while being a beginner and learning basic technique? Would it be better for me to get a middle- or light-weight karate gi first and would I learn the basic technique more correctly with light weight karate gi, as the instructor might correct my postures more easily?

Thanks!
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JusticeZero
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main issue with a heavy gi is heat. I don't know that it has any effect on technique (I certainly didn't notice any difference) but it will last longer, withstand throws and the like better, and also cook you like a roast hen under sustained inefficient exertion in a warm and/or humid space.
Debating on your training space and personal attributes, this may or may not be an issue.
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beagstkd
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JusticeZero wrote:
The main issue with a heavy gi is heat. I don't know that it has any effect on technique (I certainly didn't notice any difference) but it will last longer, withstand throws and the like better, and also cook you like a roast hen under sustained inefficient exertion in a warm and/or humid space.
Debating on your training space and personal attributes, this may or may not be an issue.
I agree. The only difference I've noticed is more durability and "heat" with a heavier gi.
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tonydee
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally find a canvas gi much nicer to train in than a cotton one, but the weight of canvas doesn't matter much. The cotton ones are prone to clinging to your limbs when they get damp and sweaty, which isn't a good feeling. Canvas ones might give you a bit of a sandpapering for a couple weeks until your skin gets tougher, all good, no? .

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd go for the heavy. I think that they wear better than a lighter one.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not much of a gi guy for a lot of my training, BJJ excepted. But I do prefer a heavier weave when I do have one one, even in stand up arts. But again, it's just preference.

I do think that much of it comes down to durability.
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barryives
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always used to train in a Heavyweight Gi, but having tried a Mediumweight I wouldn't train in anything else now.
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rogue2257
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I have to recommend the heavy gi. I used to train in a light one, but I wouldn't use anything but the heavier material now. The heavy is a stronger material, so it'll last longer. On top of that, when you do your punches and kicks well, the gi makes a nice popping sound that you just don't get with the lighter material.

Of course, I have to tell you how I lost my lightweight gi. I was sparring another black belt in class and right in the middle of the match, he ended up stepping on the very bottom of my gi pants as I was stepping backwards and the pants tore all the way up to my thigh (I'm a tall guy, so that's quite a ways.) It wasn't my most spectacular moment in karate, to say the least. Funny though.
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shinobitribe
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buy a heavy Gi. The Gi talks to its owner.When your doing your techniques eg your punches, the Gi will make a rustling sound when your hikate hand comes back and the zuki hand will make a snapping sound.This will tell you that your punches are moving in a straight line and close to your body.So as I said before your Gi will talk to you.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As pretty much everyone else has said, a heavyweight gi is hotter and more durable, but I would also add that they tend to be more expensive. If you KNOW you are going to be training for a long time then the investment in a good, heavyweight gi makes sense, but if you don't know for sure if you'll stick with it then you would probably be okay just buying a cheap middleweight gi.
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