How to Choose Your Karate Gi?

Here are our tips to find the perfect karate gi for you or your child.


How To Choose Your Karate Gi?

How to Choose Your Karate Gi?


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Decathlon's combat sports brand offers useful suggestions for your sporting practice

There are two criteria to consider when choosing a karate gi: your height and your skill level.

1. Your Size
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Good news! Karate gis are unisex, so there’s no need to pick a certain style or shape – everyone wears the same.

Obviously, different people will need a different size. The height of the karateka determines the uniform size.

For a child: sizes range from 100cm to 150cm.

For an adult: sizes range from 160cm to 200cm.

2. Durability
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Because karate is a contact sport, the uniform fabric needs to be light enough for good freedom of movement.

We recommend the following fabric weights:

For novice children who are training: a supple and lightweight woven fabric of 190g/sqm.

For children who are competing: a sturdier ribbed fabric with a weight of 240g/sqm.

For novice adults who are training: a supple and lightweight ribbed fabric of 240g/sqm.

For adults who are competing: a thick and durable weight of 370g/sqm or higher.

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Karate Specialist

In accordance with tradition, kimonos are made from cotton and have a natural tendency to shrink several centimetres during the first three washes.

This is why we recommend choosing a kimono 5 to 10cm longer than the desired size.