Want to replace your old karate uniform with something a bit more ‘upmarket’ and thinking about a heavier canvas uniform?
If this is your first canvas uniform there are some points that you might want to be aware of.
1. First of all, although they are described as ‘canvas’ the large majority of canvas karate uniforms are labeled 100% cotton. Now before you feel ripped off by that, you need to know that these Buy judo gi
uniforms are definitely canvas and you are not being scammed… they are cotton canvas. Wikipedia has this to say about canvas… ‘Modern canvas is usually made of cotton or linen, although historically it was made from hemp. It differs from other heavy cotton fabrics, such as denim, in being plain weave rather than twill weave.’
2. You don’t have to be a genius to work out that the heavyweight karate uniform gets its name from the heavier fabric and obvious extra weight.
12oz and 14oz canvas karate uniforms are the most commonly worn in the heavier weights.
If you have been wearing a lightweight uniform, 8oz poly/cotton or 100% cotton you will notice the difference when you first begin wearing a canvas uniform but you will quickly get used to it and love it.
3. If you’re looking for a super heavyweight karate uniform then the 16oz or 18oz is for you. These are hardwearing, long-lasting tough uniforms. If you are new to martial art training or have not tried canvas before these may not be your best choice, they are more suited to experienced practitioners and instructors.
4. Another point to note is that although these uniforms are made in a tough fabric they are especially designed for various styles of karate, they are not suited to judo, grappling or any martial arts that involve grabbing the uniform and throwing the opponent. Those styles need the especially designed and reinforced ju-jitsu or judo uniforms.
5. All canvas karate uniforms are sold without belts, this is the same everywhere regardless of which brand you buy. If you need a belt it’s a good idea to buy it at the same time you purchase your uniform.
6. Many brands of canvas karate uniform are made with the traditional drawstring in the pants, not the elastic waist found in lightweight uniforms so make sure you know what you are getting. There is nothing wrong with either style, it’s just a personal choice. Some people prefer the traditional drawstring though it can become twisted inside the waistband and jam, and others prefer the elastic, though it can feel bulky. See what I mean? It’s all about your personal choice!
6. The cost of a heavyweight karate uniform varies hugely depending on the weight of the canvas and the brand name. As you would expect the heavier the weight of the uniform the more expensive it is. The same applies to the brand name, the internationally known brands are more expensive so it is worth shopping around for smaller companies offering the same product. They are out there and trying to build a reputation so you usually find they offer great products and service.
Margaret Dicks has been instructing martial arts with her husband Master Trevor Dicks (7th Dan) in Qld, Australia for several decades. She also operates an online martial arts store supplying martial arts uniforms to individuals and clubs around Australia and overseas. Their uniforms are manufactured to a high standard with an excellent cut and fit, a realistic price and sold with personal friendly service.