What is the Gi Color Etiquette in BJJ? | Easily Explained

Many students who have just began learning BJJ are always eager to know what Gi color they should purchase.

In this page we will cover the Gi Color etiquette, and what color to wear.

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Does the Color of the Gi Mean Anything?

The color of the gi does not mean anything at all, as that is exclusive to your belt. As you progress in skill, you will receive stripes on your belt, and advance up the belt ladder.

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Your gi color will only change in two instances. First, as you put in more hours on the mats and it begins fading. Second, when you decide to purchase a new gi due to yours being too faded in color.

Most Common Gi Colors

The most common gi colors that are worn by students include white, blue and black gi's.

Any other color, you'll want to run that idea by your instructor prior to purchasing as it will really come down to their discretion.

In the best case, you will have your instructor's approval, and you'll be able to wear your brand new gi. In the worst case, you will not have wasted your money.

Gi Color For Tournaments

If you're interested in competing, you should be aware that competitions only allow certain colored gi's.

Competitions typically allow the following colored gi's:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Black

If you want to be safe, always go with one of these three colors. On one hand, it would be a giant pain to have to purchase a new gi just to be able to compete. However on the other hand, it would be nice to have a fresh gi that you use only for competitions.


What to Wear Under the Gi

All students must wear some type of undergarment underneath the Gi pants.

However, for the top portion of the Gi, males can either wear an athletic shirt, or no shirt.

While females can wear an athletic shirt, or a sports bra.

In the end, it simply comes down to preference.

However, whatever clothing that you decide to wear underneath your Gi should be athletic gear.

Athletic gear not only does a better job dealing with sweat, but the fabric will prevent you from quickly overheating, as can happen with regular shirts.

You'll want to remember that the Gi is heavier than uniforms of other Martial Arts (to deal with the grappling vs opponents, rubbing on the floor, and students obtaining grips on the lapel).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can White Belts Wear a Blue Gi?


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