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Judo Uniforms

Written by Sierra Rein
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Judo uniforms are more than just an outfit to wear. They are symbols of a learning process, as well as a spiritual journey which a student is currently traveling. During competition, they also provide the student with pride and an identity within their special school, just like any sports uniform.

Judogis (the traditional name for judo uniforms) consist of three parts. The judo top, or joi is lightweight, but strong enough to endure a lot of falls, wear, and tear. The shitabaki (judo pants) should also be made this way, and allow full movement of the legs and feet. The obi, or belt, is used to denote rank in a color scheme which has been universally accepted(????).

Judo Uniforms

Traditionally, during competition, both competitors wore white Judo uniforms. In 1997 the International Judo Federation decided that two colors, blue and white, would be use, in order to distinguish the competitors and make it easier to see the techniques used. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the blue judogi were first used, and since then different colored Judo uniforms have been used as a standard for major tournaments, such as the World Championships.

For more Judo information, and where you can purchase Judo uniforms, please visit our recommended martial arts supplies store online! Judo movies, videos, and other equipment can be found there, as well as other martial arts information and supplies. If you have any other questions about Judo uniforms, please feel free to contact us.


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