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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:30 am    Post subject: Seishin review Reply with quote

SEISHIN GIís
Short review: Okinawa edition
- function 5/5
- durability 5/5
- feel 5/5
- sizing 5/5
- price 2/5
Overall: canít recommend it enough. If you can afford it, I canít imagine anyone being disappointed. The only downfall is the price, as itís just too expensive.

Full review:
So I have both the original seishin gi, and the Okinawa edition. To my knowledge, the Okinawa edition is just more breathable, considering the weather in Okinawa. And I WAY prefer it over the original seishin gi.

The Okinawa edition doesnít wrinkle nearly as much. It sounds just as snappy, and itís a lighter weight, or at least feels lighter. I wore them both during my trip to Okinawa, and quickly found my preference (Okinawa edition). In short, EVERYTHING about the Okinawa gi was better for me. Itís even good for practicing grabs, as itís not so light where I feel like it could rip.

For both giís, the sizing is absolutely perfect. Iím approximately 5í10, average build, and went with the 175 size for both gis. It looks like I had it tailored. The sleeves are short enough that I can easily practice wrist grabs, but not so short that it looks weird. And the pants are the same - theyíre above my ankles and donít effect deep stances or high kicks.

The sizing, quite literally, is perfect. And the jacket is big enough to where if I gained some weight, I canít imagine Iíd have to buy a bigger size.

SEISHIN BLACK BELT (cotton)
Short review: 3/5
- feel 5/5
- durability (toon soon to tell, but I canít imagine a negative review)
- price 1/5 (no belt should be this expensive)

Overall:
other than the brand name, I canít think of a reason to justify the price. Itís about $100 before shipping costs (no embroidery). It feels like my other black belts (KI and Shureido). It arrived pretty stiff and loosened up fairly quickly, but I sweat a lot during training. Unless you just really admire Jesse and want to buy his stuff, I think youíre better off getting Ki or Shureido. Especially if youíre using an embroidery service.

Itís a fine belt. Just too expensive.

The gis are fantastic, but the Okinawa edition in particularly is perfect (for me) in every way.

I hope some finds this helpful!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great reviews, scohen! Thanks for taking the time to do them.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2023 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't Seishin owned by Jesse of Karate Nerd? I just can't justify paying the price when there are cheaper brands with comparable, if not better, quality.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2023 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

R5ky wrote:
Isn't Seishin owned by Jesse of Karate Nerd? I just can't justify paying the price when there are cheaper brands with comparable, if not better, quality.

Yes, I believe so.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2023 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really helpful review. Would be great if you are able to update in a few months on durability etc (obviously if you have the time!). I've always found it useful to see a review of the new product and one a few months down the line since these are relatively long term purchases
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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2023 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darth Penguin,

Iíve had the uniforms for around 6 months now. I alternate between them throughout the week, and I teach 5 days a week, where Iím very active and do a lot of demonstrations. Half the time in the adult class, I just do class with my students. Lots of kata, lots of grabs and throws, sweating, etcÖ Iím definitely putting this stuff to work.

The gis have held up very well! The black gis definitely look a little more ďwornĒ but I donít think itís in a negative way at all. Little to NO signs of shrinkage. Still fit perfectly. White gis have maintained their color as well.

I havenít worn the black belt in awhile, but thatís because I simply prefer the one I got from KI International. No other reason than that!

The quality of Seishin really is top tier. I still canít get behind the price for everything - itís ridiculously high, and thatís exactly why I wonít be purchasing from Seishin again unless Jesse can reasonably drop the prices lol.

Do I think Seishin should be more expensive than other options? Yes, I really do. The quality of everything speaks for itself. However, I just donít think it should be AS expensive as it is. I think his sales would skyrocket if he could just drop the prices a little.

I hope this helps!
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