How To Pick Your First Gi or Kimono

A while ago I posted Top 10 Gi or Kimono Rankings.  I have to say my rankings were based on empirical data from the three gis I owned and what I had observed as the most valued by those around me and in videos.  Since then I have found a much more scientific approach at Aesopian.com.  He posted  Ranking Gis from Best to Worst.  The data is based off of a far larger sample size of readers to his blog.  Oh and his comes with cool graphs!  I have done some gi reviews.  They are:

  1. Koral MKM vs  HSU Kodokan
  2. Atama Mundial #5 vs Koral MKM

But neither of my reviews compares to the one done by Meerkatsu entitled "Great British Gi Review".  I know they are British makers.  I know we are all not in Britain.  But the quality of the review is a standard to look for in other reviews.  Lets not forget the ladies when we talk about reviews for gis.  If you want superb gi reviews for women check out Georgette’s World.  She did one not so long ago entitled Women’s Gi Review: Fenom Gi, A1.

So you are out shopping for your first gi and you don’t want to put down your hard won cash for trash.  These links should help you start figuring out what you want and why.

Balancing the Family and Jiu Jitsu Training

I don’t want to sum this whole post up in one sentence. You should know where I’m going with this before you even read it.  Family comes first.  That has been the theme for my holiday season, well the entire month of December (as it should be).  Meerkatsu in his post "BJJ Frequency Spousal Happiness Slide" talked about his experience with it.  FightWorksPodCast.com did a poll entitled "To What Extent Does Your Spouse, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Significant Other Support Your BJJ Training?"  that gives some statistics.  They are both very interesting.  When it comes down to it I love my family more then BJJ.  Yes, its hard to hear that any one could love anything more then BJJ when it comes down to us true addicts.  I made 3 of the 10 classes I would have normally made this month.  When I went to those 3 classes I felt like I was already behind.  Those who are single or don’t have an attachment fill their time with BJJ and I feel like I’m falling further and further behind.  But I don’t know what else I can do.  I usually resort to my Submission Master Grappling Dummy.  But even that is of no use when my 2 and 3 year old join in.  Its a good laugh and we have a great "royal rumble" but I don’t get much training in.  When I try to slip away to watch some videos I have to lock myself in my office.  That doesn’t last long before the wife is knocking wondering why I don’t come spend time with the family while I’m off for the holidays.  As a last resort I use my iPhone apps and watch some GrappleArts.com videos.  At least they are quick and portable.  I can snatch a moment to watch them now and then.  If only the itch to do instead of just watch would go away until I had time to try them out.  Oh well, I think the balance is tipped heavily in the direction of the family but for good reason.  When my children get bigger we will all go as a family but until then its catch as catch can.