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BJJ uniform code policies?

niradnirad Posts: 52
edited March 12 in Jiu Jitsu Discussion
Recently a buddy of mines school implemented a new uniform code where you can only wear school gis. I'm neutral on the whole school dress code policies but wanted to get your guys opinions on it. I know ATOS San Diego and AOJ have a white gi only policy. Is it good or bad? Thoughts? 

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  • Tyharris14Tyharris14 Posts: 3,418
    I don't mind color specifications but it's annoying to me when gyms require certain gis or a school patch
  • honkytonkhonkytonk Posts: 225
    I understand it.it does look good but let's not pussyfoot about its normally a way for the instructor to make money selling GIs.I don't think that's too bad either for two reasons firstly I don't mind people trying to make a few more quid out of the business but also its not like most teachers are raking it in all the overheads of a gym you have to do things to make the business work if we are looking for people who are being over paid for what they do I don't think bjj instructors would be high on the list.
  • jackjitsujackjitsu Posts: 19,353

    If I had a school, I would require standard, very cool, team GI's, and would sell them near cost.

    I lean extremely toward being an individual, but in this case, standardized uniforms really create a feeling of team/family for new students.  Its just good business.  

    Its hard for new people to walk into a school full of new people, where many upper belts that typically ignore them because they assume they will wash out soon.

    Humans are tribal.  Youre forming a BJJ tribe if you are smart, as an instructor. Symbolism matters.  ;-)


    Gracie Barra was my first school.  Wearing the same uniform from day one, and looking like everyone else really instills that feeling that you are welcomed/accepted on this new team.
  • stevebuyshousesstevebuyshouses Posts: 5,738
    As long as the requirement is white gi then I am in #whitegimatter and Shoyoroll I guess :)
  • I really think that color being dictated is not bad,  Personally white gets dirty so I would say all BLUE gis for example.  Then set up several options for new students including a cost conscious one (say Fuji Judo Gi for $50).  I would have 1 gi be part of my initiation fee up front so everyone starts with it.  Then support them in finding brand/s that work for them.

    My big issues with "you must wear X gi" is 2 things.  1. They tend to be mediocre quality for high price and 2. They will not fit everyone well.

    All this said my school is open to whatever, have trained with people wearing:
    white
    black
    blue
    light blue
    navy
    red
    yellow
    orange
    pink
    camo
    olive green
    gray
    charcoal
    aqua


    I am probably even forgetting some.


  • niradnirad Posts: 52
    Interesting thoughts. I'm sort of neutral on this. I believe in team uniformity but I also believe in self-expression. 
  • nathan barleynathan barley Posts: 1,714
    edited March 13
    I'm against it, and all other things being equal I'd take my business elsewhere. What if I don't like the fit of the team gi? What if I want something thicker/lighter? What if I want to spend more/less? What if I just plain don't like the style? That said, I can see the benefits from a school owner's point of view. For me the best way is to allow students to wear whatever they want (within reason!), but have club stuff too. If there's genuine team spirit in the club people will wear the team gear out of choice. For example, my gym doesn't have a required uniform, but I bought all the club rash guards etc. and so did everyone else. 
  • scifigalscifigal Posts: 1,941
    I'm against it. Part of it is my situation - military dependent. We are going to move every few years. This means if I move to a place that requires me to purchase their gis, I can't use the 6 I already own, and I have to sink more money into a gi that I would feel weird about wearing at another gym. 

    I like the "Wear what you like" places.
  • BearUMbowlOHBearUMbowlOH Posts: 1,215
     at my club the only rule is blue/white Gi's only, unless you are a black belt than you earn the right to wear whatever color you want.

     
  • stevebuyshousesstevebuyshouses Posts: 5,738

    I'm against it, and all other things being equal I'd take my business elsewhere. What if I don't like the fit of the team gi? What if I want something thicker/lighter? What if I want to spend more/less? What if I just plain don't like the style? That said, I can see the benefits from a school owner's point of view. For me the best way is to allow students to wear whatever they want (within reason!), but have club stuff too. If there's genuine team spirit in the club people will wear the team gear out of choice. For example, my gym doesn't have a required uniform, but I bought all the club rash guards etc. and so did everyone else. 

    This is what we do, we can wear whatever but have team gi and everyone owns one
  • jackjitsujackjitsu Posts: 19,353
    I would sell team patch kits at cost, not a full GI.  Fit is a big deal.


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  • jackjitsu said:

    I would sell team patch kits at cost, not a full GI.  Fit is a big deal.



    We do that with Team patch...most of us have it on some/all of our gis.  I have it on 6 of my 7 in rotation.  I purposely have a White plain ripstop for travel and visiting elsewhere that may have gi restrictions.
  • chucksmanhoodchucksmanhood Posts: 251
    edited March 17
    I never understood the fascination that most BJJ dorks have with gis.
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  • halfguardianhalfguardian Posts: 776
    Some gi brands are fitted for different body types. Sometimes someone might want a good quality one that they think will last them longer.. I can see both sides
  • rediskarediska Posts: 1,265
    White or Blue Gi for me. None of those purple or black ones.
  • Brand is more important than color but not for quality (most every gi out there is good quality).  It is all about fit and to a lesser extent weave.  Once you find the brand that fits you (cheap or expensive), other gi's will be less interesting.
  • JoyJoy Posts: 478
    Fucking stupid. If you want to buy or wear a club gi awesome, but to have them be a mandatory purchase/attire to train is asinine.
  • JoyJoy Posts: 478

     at my club the only rule is blue/white Gi's only, unless you are a black belt than you earn the right to wear whatever color you want.


     
    Our club rule is "we are adults not children. train in what you want, as long as it's clean and doesn't have zippers/snaps/buttons that could scratch or injure your partners." One of our best blue belts wears basketball shorts and threadbare tshirts pretty much all the time.

    Club Gi's/Rashies are available to purchase if you want them. Always optional. We realize that when it comes to jits, owning a gold threaded special grand poobah cheetah lined mink edition shoyoroll with team logo doesn't make you better at jits. Imagine that.
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