Do you have to buy team's GI?

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  1. 007

    007 License to Kill

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    Just curious how many BJJ schools make you buy "Their" Gi and over charge. $150 for a basic white GIwith team patches seems steep for a A2. Am I the only one
     
  2. EGDM

    EGDM Blue Belt

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    Lots of associations do this, unfortunately.
     
  3. AK Gerard

    AK Gerard Yellow Belt

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    Sadly it seems to be common practice in a lot of places.
    I've also noticed a lot of gyms require visitors to wear a plain gi to include no branding, which to me seems a little ridiculous when you're just looking for some place to train when away from home.
     
  4. TheMood

    TheMood Green Belt

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    This isn't too uncommon. I would have concerns if they only let you wear the school gi. You should be able to train in other gis if you're going a few times a week. Having a student buy three or more school uniforms is excessive in my opinion.
     
  5. mcdowels

    mcdowels Brown Belt

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    you should support your school, but they shouldnt rape you either.
     
  6. Pizdek

    Pizdek Green Belt

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    Nah we are just branded with hot iron rod in the shape of gym's logo.
     
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  7. Ton

    Ton The master of Potato Plata

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    We do not have a team GI. Our gym asks that we wear a GI with their patch (patches are 15-25$) on it when competing, however. I don't think i would join a school that had mandated a team GI for rolling there; I have 4 GIs.. I don't need any more for the time being.
     
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  8. kjg1672

    kjg1672 Brown Belt

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    My school bangs us for a $160 gi and a $35 rash guard for no-gi class. They also want us to buy their grappling shorts, but they're more lenient with this so far.
     
  9. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    Hell no
     
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  10. HtomSirveaux

    HtomSirveaux Blue Belt

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    Highway robbery
     
  11. Dogstarman

    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    That no branding thing is a but weird as well. A lot of gis come with a bunch of patches and stuff on them already. So we should buy a new gi with no patches to visit those gyms, seems a bit ridiculous.
     
  12. AK Gerard

    AK Gerard Yellow Belt

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    Agree completely, though I need to correct myself it's not "a lot of gyms" I've noticed with that requirement. A lot of gyms say no affiliation patches on a visiting gi (which I don't agree with, but can understand); it was just one gym I remember seeing with that requirement of a all plain white gi. Can't remember which one it was I was looking at that said that though, but am trying to find it now.
     
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  13. loyalyolayal

    loyalyolayal Steel Belt

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    They made one. No pressure though so no one ordered. LOL!
     
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  14. wordspeaker

    wordspeaker Blue Belt

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    Would not accept being told I have to wear a team gi when training
    would accept being forced to wear a team gi when competing
    Might accept being forced to buy one team as a part of sign up. But not if I am signing up to a long term contract.
    Would not accept being forced to sign a long term contract for bjj.

    The gym I train at does none of the above.

    They do sell gis. I brought one to support.
    They do sell patches. I have a few on my gis.

    I wear team patch with pride when competing most of the time.

    One coach I trained with did require his students wear team gis, but did not impose this on visitors. I was a visitor. It did create a nice team atmosphere, and he was very kind to his poorer students. It felt okay to me, and I MIGHT accept it from him.
     
  15. Darwinambrosius

    Darwinambrosius Thought you had a friend, boy?

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    I've never had to do this, and I wouldn't unless I had no other (good) options.
     
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  16. Karihtala

    Karihtala White Belt

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    I think it's bullshit to force someone to use school gi's. I have two gyms in my city, the other is an Alliance gym, they have to wear their Alliance gi in every competition. I just don't understand that shit.

    My gym does have team affiliated rashguards, t-shirts, hoodies, spats and shorts, but they are completely optional. I usually buy them when they make an order, but it's because they are a whole lot cheaper than buying some un-affiliated stuff on my own. And it's nice to rep when it's not forced
     
  17. Ninjapunch209

    Ninjapunch209 Purple Belt

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    Yeah, but fortunately I am down with Gameness.
     
  18. drivesrf

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    This would be the Mendes Brothers AOJ academy.
     
  19. AK Gerard

    AK Gerard Yellow Belt

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    My academy recently did up a custom team gi, but it wasn't mandatory to get one. Nonetheless at least half the students there did order one. Different experiences in different places...
     
  20. Matsukaze

    Matsukaze Blue Belt

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    You know to each his own especially if it's your business you're running but what eats my crawl is when you're out of town on business/vaca whatever and you call to see what the drop in/visit fee is and the gym owner tells you that you can't use a colored gi has to be a white gi... For the life of me I don't understand that one..
     
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