For each athlete, whether he is a beginner or holder of many titles and awards, the form in which he trains and performs at competitions is of particular importance. Such an sport as judo is no exception. It would seem that there is something incomprehensible? Judokas put on a kimono, which can be purchased at any specialized store, and tie a belt of a certain color corresponding to their status. However, not all so simple.
We will understand in terms
Today, there are many types of martial arts, each of which requires the use of special training clothing - kimono, or, as it is also called, keiko-gi. The name of the sports uniform corresponds to the name of martial arts. That is, for judo classes acquired judogi, or a special kimono for judo .
The composition of judogi includes respect (or jacket), jubon (or pants) and obi (belt). Color variety is not great. Either white or blue judogi is bought. Ob is purchased separately and is not included in the set of sports equipment of a judoka.
For training and amateur classes, there are no special rules when choosing such a kimono. It is important to choose clothes according to their weight and height, as well as pay attention to the fabric material.
If we are talking about competitions at professional venues, then the requirements for the form of participants prescribed in special rules are taken into account. We are talking about a certain length and width of the top and bottom of the suit, sleeves and belt. As well as the application of a special back number containing information about the athlete and sponsors advertising.
The back number number must be fixed as follows:
- It must be placed exactly in the middle of the judogi, stepping 3 cm from the edge of the collar;
- The number is sewn exclusively with white thread around the perimeter;
- You need to fix the written number so that it does not close with a belt when dressing judogi.
Special stickers are glued to the back number at the competitions. It is necessary to observe the rules for their application, so as not to spoil the judogi subsequently.
We select kimonos to fit
You can buy kimonos for judo classes both in special sports outlets and in online stores. When ordering, it is necessary to pay attention primarily to the growth of the athlete.
Sample size chart
It’s good if you can try on a kimono. In this case, you can clearly see the correspondence of the form to the growth of the athlete. If you have to make a purchase without trying on, it’s better to add 5-10 cm to the person’s height. This is necessary, since after the first wash the material will shrink and the kimono will be slightly shorter.
Ideally, judogi should "sit" on you as follows:
- Not too tight not to constrain movements during training;
- The length of the top should reach the mid-thigh of the athlete;
- When wearing the uniform, the lower corners of the jacket should completely cover the abdominal zone and freely reach the opposite side;
- The sleeve of the jacket should cover the wrist joint;
- The length of the trousers should reach the ankle joint;
- The belt must be chosen long enough so that after double wrapping the body of the athlete, the free ends in the knot hang down by 20-30 cm.
Features of kimono material for judoka
With the choice of material for judogi, special difficulties should not arise. As a rule, this form is sewn from 100% cotton, which is distinguished by excellent hygroscopic properties and is simply pleasant to the body.
More and more often today in the market you can find kimono, in the composition of the fabric of which polyester is added. This solution allows you to maintain all the positive qualities of cotton, but at the same time saves the consumer from problems such as strong shrinkage of the fabric, a yellowish tint, which manifests itself during repeated washing, strong creasing.
In addition, modern fabrics can be pre-treated with special tools that allow you to keep the fabric in its original appearance after washing, namely not to sit down. This is a very important factor, so pay attention to it when choosing a form in order to properly orient in size.
Separately, it is worth mentioning the density of tissue. Ugaz is sewn from a rather dense fabric, data about which can usually be seen on the label. The denser the fabric, the heavier the product itself will be, and the denser it will sit on the athlete. The fabric from which the jubon is sewn, as a rule, has a lower density.
For professional athletes, the density of kimono fabric will be higher than that of the uniform for children or beginners. For example, the rules of judo competitions regulate the density of children's kimonos in the range from 700 to 750g / m².
The nuances of choosing a kimono for judo classes
In addition to the above aspects of choosing a kimono for judo classes, there are several more nuances that will allow you to make the only right decision.
- If you are a beginner athlete or just an amateur, you just have one set of judogi in white or blue. It should be noted that due to the nature of production, blue kimonos are more expensive.
A minimum of two kimonos of both colors is a must for a professional. Athletes participating in high-level competitions have to buy uniforms of manufacturers that have received the approval of the International Judo Federation (that is, licensed).
- In order for the form to serve its master for as long as possible, the fabric of the uwani and jubon are additionally reinforced with special inserts. For the jacket, the appearance of additional protection on the chest, back, and also in the shoulders is characteristic. Pants reinforce in the knees.
- Pay attention also to the width of the lapel of the lapel of the judoka jacket. A high-quality product should have at least 4 lines, due to which it can be easily folded, and not wider than 4 cm.
- Separately, it should be said about the belt of trousers. It can be on an elastic band or on ties. A belt with ties is considered more reliable, and only such is sewn for the uniform of professional athletes. But for children's kimonos, options with a belt on an elastic band are quite acceptable.
As a result, it can be noted that the process of choosing a kimono for judo classes does not seem very complicated. The last determining factor will probably be the price of the kit. As a rule, kimonos for children and beginner athletes are quite accessible to almost all categories of our residents. The professional form in which all the nuances of the work of a judoka are worked out, by definition, can not be cheap. Among such manufacturers, one can distinguish the Japanese company Mizuno, the notorious Adidas, Green Hill.