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The traditional Japanese costume used for Judo practice and competition is known as Judogi.

A judogi is comparable to a karategi in that they both have the same origin. Around the start of the twentieth century, Jigoro Kano created the original Judogi using kimono and other Japanese clothes, making it the first contemporary martial-arts training outfit. The sleeves and pants have been longer throughout the years, the material and fit have altered, the traditional unbleached cotton has been replaced with a bleached white, and blue Judogi have become available; yet, the uniform is still extremely similar to that worn 100 years ago. Other martial arts, particularly Karate, eventually adopted the Judo-style training suit.

A judogi is comprised of three components made of various fabrics: a heavy jacket (uwagi), lighter canvas pants (shitabaki or zubon), and a cotton belt (obi). Although comparable to shorter kimono types, a uwagi is always constructed of heavy-weight cotton or cotton mix.

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All except the cheapest and lightest uwagi are made of woven cotton, which is akin to terrycloth but considerably more tightly woven. When finished, more expensive competitive and hand-made judogi might weigh several kilos. Because of the nature of judo training, they often include thicker stitching and double-layered knee patches to ensure longevity. The various colors of the obi represent the various judo ranks.

Judogi sizes and fit are rigorously controlled by the IJF rules of judo in competition (see below). These regulations specify sleeve and pant lengths, as well as the looseness of the fit; in competition, a participant can be disqualified for wearing an ill-fitting judogi that could be exploited. Various organizations and events also control topics such as the attachment of commercial and team/national patches, as well as the names of contestants. All judogi used in competition must be free of holes, rips, and excessive wear.

Only white or blue judogi are permitted in official national or international competition. Because one contender in each battle is assigned to wear a blue gi while the other is assigned to wear a white gi, competitors must have both colors on hand. Most judo courses will allow students to wear either color, yet white is the traditional color that is frequently chosen since it is more in keeping with judo and Japanese culture traditions. In less formal or specialized contexts, fewer frequent hues, such as crimson and black, can be encountered.

Judogi come in a variety of thicknesses, which are divided into two categories: single-weave and double-weave. Judogi with a single weave are lighter and thinner (the outer jacket textile fabric weight is normally 300″550 g/m2). Although thinner judo gi are less durable, some judoka (judo practitioners) prefer them for extended training since they are less prone to cause overheating. Judogi with a double weave are thicker and heavier (fabric weight is generally 650″1050 g/m2).

They are more difficult to grip than single-weave gis, which provides a competitive advantage. Double-weave gis shrink less, and high-quality gis are frequently offered completely pre-shrunk, which is vital to note when evaluating gi fit. In general, double-weave gis are more expensive than single-weave gis of equivalent quality.

Single-weave or double-weave pants should not be categorized as such since the term only relates to the weaving method used for the upper portion of the garment. Pants marketed with double-weave jackets, on the other hand, will typically be heavier than normal due to stronger fabric or huge reinforced areas.

Competition-style double-weave jackets normally have a conspicuous seam running down the back of the jacket, connecting the two parts of cloth. Some manufacturers began making this overlapping region quite wide in the late 1990s, thus doubling the fabric thickness for a substantial piece of the back.

The International Judo Federation banned the usage of a judogi with a rear seam region wider than 3 cm (a little more than one inch) in international competition in 2005 because it prevented the opponent from grabbing there. Depending on national laws, wider designs may still be acceptable in local contests. Back seams on single-weave jackets are frequently absent or small, joining only two fabric parts without interfering with grips.

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