Have you been grappling with the decision of buying a Women’s BJJ Gi? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a traditionally male dominated sport, has won more and more brave female Jiu Jitsu disciples over the last several years.
These female warriors sometimes discover that finding a gi that fits properly is almost as challenging as overcoming the prejudice they sometimes face on the mat.
Women need a kimono specifically made for them. A woman’s body measurements are simply different from a man, or a child. An ill fitting Gi can hinder movements and impede performance.
A loose or baggie Gi also identifies you as a newbie. A BJJ women’s gi should be fitted, without being too tight. You should be able to tie your belt at the waist without bunching the fabric of your top.
Also, the 80’s have come and gone, and so should the boxy shoulder pad look some women get wearing a gi designed to fit a man. A gi designed for a woman is narrower at the shoulders, because women are narrower at the shoulders.
The sleeve of the gi should stop at your wrist and not your hand. This is huge because extra material here can delay or prevent you from getting a good grip and the extra material gives your opponent more to grab onto. A well fitted Gi is a competitive advantage. In consideration of these factors here is a list of 8 gi’s cut for women.
Atama Leticia Ribeiro #2 Jiu Jitsu Gi
This gi fits an average (5’4”, 150 lbs, muscular) size woman well. The size complements an “A” shaped woman best, narrow shoulders, wider hips.
The jacket is slightly long, not overly so, however. It will cover your hips, if you like that in a gi. The gi is fitted in the waist so there is not extra fabric when tying the gi.
The bottoms have ample room in the seat and thighs, and a reasonably high rise if you are more curvy in this area, or you like the gi pants to sit at your natural waistline.
They are 100 % cotton if that is your thing. This makes the gi heavier, but some folks find cotton the most comfortable. They do shrink, about 5%, but stay within the size range on the chart.
This gi does not run small and should fit taller girls well. This gi has some fun and feminine embroidery detail. The material is soft and this gi makes for a comfortable roll.
Tatami Ladies Zero G V3 BJJ Gi
This gi is very lightweight, making it great for hot climates and practice training sessions. The pants are rip stop material which is light and durable. It will feel different if you are used to cotton.
Some ladies mentioned the pants were too small or tight, or did not fit their curves. If you have a curvy figure, this gi may not be the best, but for females with a boyish figure, especially in the hips, these would be right.
This gi has minimal shrinkage, about 3% over time with washing. User says the gi is very light and comfortable to wear while training.
Shorter ladies between 5’1” and 5’3” raved about this gi and were happy to find one that fit well.
Venum Women’s Challenger 2.0 BJJ GI
Just to set things straight from the start, as many women love this gi as hate it, and for the same reason. This gi is great for short or petite women.
Shorter women were surprised to find a decent fitting gi, and taller women were disappointed that the gi was too short in both arms and legs.
Ladies all around have complained that it is challenging to find a gi to fit a woman with a fuller figure. Well here you have it. This one is for you.
This gi is made of pearl weave cotton for a beautiful and durable finish. The pants are hard wearing cotton and feature a triangle crotch for ease of movement and range of motion. The gi top has a reinforced collar.
Tatami Ladies Phoenix BJJ GI
This gi also tends to have short arms and legs, but some ladies like that and less material makes it more challenging for your opponent to grab on to you.
This gi runs small and some shrinkage will occur in the wash so keep that in mind when choosing a size. This is an attractive and flattering gi with a fit that falls on the snug side.
Taller women will be wearing high waters with this gi, which is great for training and comfort, but might cause problems with competition regulations if the pants are not long enough.
The fabric of this gi is smooth, the waist is tapered and the top is form fitting without restricting motion. Many users said this gi was soft, comfortable, and enjoyed the feminine embroidery.
Gameness Pearl Weave Jiu Jitsu Gi
This is a gi for the taller ladies. The gi tends to run large. While technically a lightweight gi, it is a bit heavier then most lightweight gis. It makes up for this fact by being a very durable gi. This gi is good for pear shaped women, smaller on top and wider at the hips.
The gi is thick, but silky to the touch. The fabric does not shrink much so consider that when choosing a size.
There may be problems with the stitching and seam tape coming unraveled and the pants may feel a little uncomfortable after sweating a lot in them, which is why some people prefer cotton.
Break Point Women’s Gi
Soft and stylish, this gi is made to fit a woman. The top is single weave, and the pants are lightweight canvas.
The jacket will not shrink much but the pants will shrink up to 2 cm. The material is also soft on the inside, where it comes in contact with skin. The gi fits on the large size and it a good choice for taller girls.
Fuji IBJJF Women’s BJJ Gi
The gi is for average to tall women. They have a higher rise so you can wear them at the waist. The leg tends to run long so if you have long legs these will work well.
With that being said, it should also be noted that they are not too roomy in the hips so if you are curvy they can be problematic, however if you are slimmer in the hips they make a good choice.
The gi is designed with a woman in mind and has a modest amount of pink embroidery, including Fujis signature pink blossoms. Other colors, such as blue, are also available.
The jacket is rather large relative to the pants and can be long in the arms. The waist is tapered, but the shoulders can be a bit too wide. Overall good for taller women with longer arms.
Piranha Gear Pink BJJ Uniform Single Weave
This is a thick gi, not a lightweight one. It is undeniably a woman’s gi as the entire gi is pink. It has an elastic waistband for a comfort fit that accommodates many body shapes.
The material has a tendency to wrinkle when washed so if that bothers you and you don’t like to iron be aware. Users mentioned the color on these gi’s wash well and don’t fade.
While the market for a woman’s gi for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is limited, finding a gi designed for a woman’s body is worth the effort. The gi in BJJ is similar to a bat for baseball, it is a critical piece of equipment, more then merely something to wear on the mat.
It is also important that the gi is for BJJ and not another discipline. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi is more form fitting then other gis. They are tapered in the arm and leg and meant to fit close to the body.
This special gi is not suitable for other martial arts, and others gi’s are not meant for the hand to hand grappling that comes with Jiu Jitsu.
The right gi, with the correct cut and fit is out there for the woman with the will to find it.