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Is there any gi in existence not made in Pakistan?

Scramble are UK. Origin, Kingz, CTRL, and Shoyoroll are US (I think some Shoyorolls get made elsewhere), Atama are Brazilian, and Isami gis are deffo made in Japan.

The Origin gis are so fucking cool but they’re about $300.
 
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Scramble are UK. Origin, Kingz, CTRL, and Shoyoroll are US (I think some Shoyorolls get made elsewhere), Atama are Brazilian, and Isami gis are deffo made in Japan.

The Origin gis are so fucking cool but they’re about $300.
Scramble are a UK based brand, but they say nothing obvious on their website about where they're manufactured. Usually this means Pakistan... possibly China.

Shoyorolls are definitely made in Pakistan.

Atama definitely used to be made in Brazil, but they seem to have stopped advertising on all but their high-end gis. Origin still advertise that they're made in the USA, Isami are definitely made in Japan and it shows in the price.
 
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Scramble are a UK based brand, but they say nothing obvious on their website about where they're manufactured. Usually this means Pakistan... possibly China.

Shoyorolls are definitely made in Pakistan.

Atama definitely used to be made in Brazil, but they seem to have stopped advertising on all but their high-end gis. Origin still advertise that they're made in the USA, Isami are definitely made in Japan and it shows in the price.

You’re right about Scramble, I just checked inside my Athlete and it says made in PRC (China). I never knew that.

Maybe it’s just Origin and Isami that are in the real minority by not being made in Pakistan or China.
 
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You’re right about Scramble, I just checked inside my Athlete and it says made in PRC (China). I never knew that.

Maybe it’s just Origin and Isami that are in the real minority by not being made in Pakistan or China.
Yeah, more or less.

It's why I'm always looking like this...

... when guys rock up at my gym in a new shoyoroll. They're very popular where I train, my coach loves them and won't have a bad word said about them. I'm just in the corner like "yeah, enjoy replacing the pants on that $300 gi in 12 months time, I'll be right over here in my $100 tatami that's built like a tank and probably comes from the same factory."

Almost any of the big name brands make great gis, but spending such a huge premium for some of the boutique brands is just insanity.
 
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Yeah, more or less.

It's why I'm always looking like this...

... when guys rock up at my gym in a new shoyoroll. They're very popular where I train, my coach loves them and won't have a bad word said about them. I'm just in the corner like "yeah, enjoy replacing the pants on that $300 gi in 12 months time, I'll be right over here in my $100 tatami that's built like a tank and probably comes from the same factory."

Almost any of the big name brands make great gis, but spending such a huge premium for some of the boutique brands is just insanity.

I’ve read quite a few bad reviews about Shoyoroll, tbh, whereas the Origin gis are the same ridiculous price but have a really good reputation for quality and customer service.
 
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I’ve read quite a few bad reviews about Shoyoroll, tbh, whereas the Origin gis are the same ridiculous price but have a really good reputation for quality and customer service.
I'd love one of their Axiom gis, but they're $300+ US, before shipping.
 
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I'd love one of their Axiom gis, but they're $300+ US, before shipping.


Yeah they’re fucking quality. Even their ‘cheap’ Jocko Willink gi is so nice.

Maybe if I ever get to blue belt and I’m in the US I’ll treat myself, it’s the sort of thing I’d want to try on rather than just buy over the internet.
 
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Had my first class last night. I fuckin loved it, I can see how it gets addictive to go, I'm aching from head to toe. It's a reality check to how fucked up I'd get on the ground though. I can't wait till the next one now.
 
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Had my first class last night. I fuckin loved it, I can see how it gets addictive to go, I'm aching from head to toe. It's a reality check to how fucked up I'd get on the ground though. I can't wait till the next one now.
An amazing feeling, ain't it? The sudden realization that there is a whole world within combat that you barely knew was even there. One of the more exciting things that I experienced.
 
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An amazing feeling, ain't it? The sudden realization that there is a whole world within combat that you barely knew was even there. One of the more exciting things that I experienced.
Brilliant mate, I've done thai boxing and boxing which were good as well but because I've never done anything like this it's great to be learning something new at 34. The only problem is trying go as much as possible whilst trying balance missus, kids, work and other shit.
 
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Brilliant mate, I've done thai boxing and boxing which were good as well but because I've never done anything like this it's great to be learning something new at 34. The only problem is trying go as much as possible whilst trying balance missus, kids, work and other shit.

I’m pretty much the same, mate. Started at 32 and I struggle to get there consistently but I love it.
 
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How often do you get to go mate?

It’s pretty much completely random, I’ve been to 3 classes in a week before, but right now I haven’t been to any for 3 weeks. My working hours are all over the place and I’ve got other commitments.

The best way I’ve found to maintain motivation is by remembering that it’s a long game, I genuinely think that I’ll be doing it for as long as I can, the same as my weightlifting, so there’s no rush. If you compare yourself to others then it’ll make you want to quit, there are lads who cross train with various gyms and manage 15-20 hours per week and get their blue belt in 6 months, but that’s just not viable for everyone.

Just compare yourself to how good you were a month ago. I didn’t really think I was getting anywhere until someone new started and I rolled with them.

Stick with it no matter what, even world champs break a leg and miss training for months at a time, so what’s a couple of weeks? I do watch a lot of jiu jitsu and submission grappling as well, so it’s in my head a lot even if I’m not getting to class, and that deffo helps.

Keep us updated in here as well, it’s always good to pop in here and see how much other people are learning and training.
 
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It’s pretty much completely random, I’ve been to 3 classes in a week before, but right now I haven’t been to any for 3 weeks. My working hours are all over the place and I’ve got other commitments.

The best way I’ve found to maintain motivation is by remembering that it’s a long game, I genuinely think that I’ll be doing it for as long as I can, the same as my weightlifting, so there’s no rush. If you compare yourself to others then it’ll make you want to quit, there are lads who cross train with various gyms and manage 15-20 hours per week and get their blue belt in 6 months, but that’s just not viable for everyone.

Just compare yourself to how good you were a month ago. I didn’t really think I was getting anywhere until someone new started and I rolled with them.

Stick with it no matter what, even world champs break a leg and miss training for months at a time, so what’s a couple of weeks? I do watch a lot of jiu jitsu and submission grappling as well, so it’s in my head a lot even if I’m not getting to class, and that deffo helps.

Keep us updated in here as well, it’s always good to pop in here and see how much other people are learning and training.
Cheers for the advise, I'll keep it in mind. I'm hoping get every Thursday in which is the beginner class and hopefully Saturday which will be dependant on childcare. I'm not overly arsed about belts tbh.

I train in my garage 4 days a week so i need try and adjust to that now too.

I will keep checking and updating in here. I haven't got no one else to tell in real life who has a clue what it is ha.
 
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Cheers for the advise, I'll keep it in mind. I'm hoping get every Thursday in which is the beginner class and hopefully Saturday which will be dependant on childcare. I'm not overly arsed about belts tbh.

I train in my garage 4 days a week so i need try and adjust to that now too.

I will keep checking and updating in here. I haven't got no one else to tell in real life who has a clue what it is ha.

Yeah nobody at work really follows MMA or grappling and I’m pretty obsessed with both sports at the mo.

I lift every day I’m not at BJJ. After class I might do some kettlebell stuff but I’m normally pretty fucked.
 
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I missed BJJ for almost a month due to work. I turned up tonight and we did ten mins roll-no-subs to warm up, then did 11 5-minute rounds of sparring.

I thought my lungs were going to fucking burst.
 
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How’s recovery @Primate? Have you still been watching BJJ even while you’re out?

Constant, obsessive watching definitely helped me with football.