I picked up a red Atama Mundial #5 (Size A3) and promised I’d do a post comparing it to my Koral MKM Urban Camo (Size A3). I haven’t had as much time with the Atama Mundial #5 as I have with my Koral MKM Urban Camo but so far I’m liking it. Here are some of the key differences I have noticed so far:
The Mundial #5 gi top is longer by a good 2 inches then the MKM. That keeps it in your belt a little longer while rolling and I have decided I like that. Its sleeves are about 1/2 inch longer too and have a little more room then the MKM. I don’t mind that.
The Mundial #5 is a little better quality. Why I say this is little details are done. For example: Notice how on the red Atama Mundial #5 they have folded over the end and sewn it for the draw string. On my Koral MKM Urban Camo I did the sewing on the end so it wouldn’t fray over time. The patches also look like they have better borders for the Atama and are sewn to the gi better. I have already had to sew part of a patch back on for my Koral.
The Mundial is heavier and not as soft for the gi top. Notice the difference in the weave of the two from the pictures. Don’t ask me what the difference is. I just know what I feel. Because I wear a long sleeve rash guard the coarseness doesn’t bother me. The added weight of the Atama is good for the winter right now. I wonder if it will be much hotter come summer.
The pants of the Atama are softer and a hair longer then the Koral. I think they have about the same fit for me and I like them both. There was one big difference I noted. The cuff is sewn different. Notice how the Koral MKM really will last with all those lines of reinforced stitching. The Atama only has the stitching need to sew on the black strip with their name. I don’t think this bad just in the long run I expect the Koral pants to out last the Atama.
For those of us who don’t use the dryer after washing our gis, to extend their life, the Atama gi top takes much longer to dry out. Like I said it is heavier. I sat mine out all night in my arid house and it still didn’t dry out by noon the next day. The Koral MKM dries out over night. This worries me because I don’t want a stinky gi but I don’t want it to wear out quicker from the dryer.
When all is said and done they are both fine kimonos and have different qualities that make them a top brand. Over all I like the Atama but think my Koral wins out for now.
I am giving away a new long sleeve Sprawl Rash Guard shirt (Retail Price: $38.50) for the best original name for my Submission Master grappling dummy. So far the names submitted by my family are:
Dummy (by my 3 year old)
Grap (by my 6 year old)
Grawp (by my wife) Hagrid’s giant brother.
Thud (by me) Its the sound he makes each time he falls over.
Submit your name in a comment to this post. A name will be chosen in time for the Sprawl Rash Guard to be shipped to you before Christmas.
Have you seen a Submission Master Grappling Dummy before? If not here is a picture of mine: I’ve only had it for about 3 days now and I must say over all I’m liking it. I’ve started a morning and evening drill routine with the Submission Master. I used my post entitled Improving Muscle Memory with a Solo Daily Drill routine to help me outline what I want to do and accomplish. For starters it has already improved my Triangle Choke. I always hate seeing the guy I’m trying to practice on go beet red. You want to work at your Triangle Choke to get better but you know how uncomfortable it is for the guy you are doing it on. With the Submission Master I can work at it and try new things out over and over without the live partner.
Don’t pick the first school you see. Not all Jiu Jitsu schools are created equal, shop around. Visit the schools that look interesting. Most schools offer a free class or two. Take them up on it before you sign up.
Don’t start with a gi or kimono that doesn’t fit. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gis or kimonos are cut for Jiu Jitsu not Karate or Judo. You first kimono can be inexpensive but should fit properly.
Don’t start without purchasing a mouth guard. Chances are you are going to get banged up at first. You don’t need a chipped tooth or dentist bill to remind you that a $5 mouth guard would have saved you a $1000.
Don’t start without purchasing some knee sleeves. They are cheap and save on bruises around the knees which come with being inexperienced and having your guard passed frequently. Know one likes knee pain.
Don’t start without purchasing a rash guard. It acts like a work glove and helps keep bruising to a minimum plus protects you from skin to skin contact. Some unsavory opponents could have ring worm or some other fungus. You only want them to share their technique with you.
Don’t think you are going to be Helio Gracie in the first month. You will get tapped all the time at first. Tell yourself you are going to try for a year before you decide if you are going to stop.
Jiu Jitsu is life and life is Jiu Jitsu. By avoiding these six common mistakes you will enjoy both more as you begin the thrilling and rewarding path to BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) enlightenment.
Sprawl wins hands down and here is why. I bought both the Sprawl Rash Guard long sleeve shirt and the Under Armour HeatGear compression long sleeve shirt for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I found that the Under Armor shirt was thin and tended to ride up. Because it is a compression top it just stayed up. I also felt like a sausage. Whats worse is when I was in a crunch or being smothered having any constriction around my chest didn’t help. I didn’t notice that much change when it came to “moisture transport” as I wear a heavy cotton gi. Also the “bolstering of muscle support” didn’t seem to matter. It did provide good abrasion-resistant. That was its one redeeming quality. Sprawl Rash Guard was thicker and I feel would last longer especially with its double stitching. It has a loose fit and falls down if it gets pushed or rolled up. It has a very pleasant silky feeling and doesn’t compress your already struggling lungs in a good match. It provide the same level of abrasion-resistant as the Under Armour did. I knew I’d be staying with the Sprawl Rash Guard when I realized it hadn’t been washed from my last practice and I would have to wear the Under Armour HeatGear shirt. Sprawl’s Rash Guard taps out Under Armour which really was never made for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
What’s a rash guard? It is a shirt or leggings that are made of a spandex type of slick material. They are used to reduce skin abrasion and bruises in grappling. I started like most beginners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a.k.a. BJJ) with just a t-shirt and sweats. I came home each time bruised like a Dalmatian. I soon got my Gi, the traditional uniform in most martial arts. As anyone who works with their hands knows a good pair of work gloves keeps you from getting blisters. When it come to BJJ, a Gi is the equivalent of work gloves. But I found I was still getting some bruises. I noticed that some of the others had shinny shirts. That is how I found out about Rash Guards. When you wear a rash guard it gives you added protection by decreasing the friction between you and what ever comes in contact with you. With my new rash guard I stopped being bruised. Yes, some of the bruising was due to inexperience in grappling but after I got the Gi and rash guard my bruises all but went away. It also helps protect you again the dreaded ring worm that come from grappling the “unclean”. A rash guard in my opinion is a must.
What brand of rash guard is best? I stared with Under Armour. Their Heat Gear line is what is sold all over the web in MMA, Mixed Martial Art, sites. I use a compression long sleeve top. I understand that a loser fitting shirt can be better as the compression tops tend to roll up in grappling. I am waiting on a lose fitting long sleeve top from Sprawl to see if it works any better. I also have ordered a pair of their shorts to see if their claims at being the best are true.