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When you think about buying a new martial arts uniform there wouldn't be that much to consider. While I will admit that it's not rocket science, there are still a few things you should think about before you spend your hard-earned money. I hope that this article will help save you from making some or all of the mistakes that I have made over the years during my martial arts training.

What is the Intended Use?

This may sound like a dumb question at first but hear me out for a minute. You intend to use your new martial arts uniform to work out/train in. That's a given. But, if your training hall is like mine it is old and lacks adequate air conditioning and heating. Last year we didn't even have air conditioning. As you may have guessed, the last thing I wanted to be wearing in that oven was a heavy-weight canvas judo uniform. So training environment has a lot to do with the weight of the martial arts uniform that you buy.

Another thing to consider with canvas uniforms is the shrinkage. I have bought more than one canvas uniform only to have it shrink so much that I could just about give it to my granddaughter (she is 7 years old). Canvas is great for cold weather and competitions, but if you buy one you need to make sure that it never gets put in a dryer. You must also be sure that it gets washed in cold water. If you follow these two rules your canvas uniform should keep its original size and last you many years.

Cotton uniforms are comfortable and usually less expensive than heavy-weight uniforms; however, you still have to be careful about throwing them in the dryer as well. Especially if they are 100% cotton. Most lightweight uniforms are made of a cotton mix today so shrinkage is usually minimal. But I have still had them shrink on me. As a result, I have started hang drying all my martial arts uniforms. If the weather is inclement I hang them inside.

The middleweight (mediumweight) uniform is as the name implies. It is a slightly heavier material that is a bit more durable but still breathes fairly well and gives less resistance than the heavyweight gi. Most times I will recommend this uniform to new students ages 16 and up. The cost is still reasonable and it provides the older student with better durability so that they replace them less often. This is an excellent choice for most novice practitioners within the arts. The drawbacks are similar to the lightweight in that these will also be more prone to wear and tear under heavy training, but for the average student who only trains a couple of hours a week and does not know if this will be a lifelong endeavor, it is a great choice that will serve them well.

Color uniforms will fade over time. I think black probably fade faster than any other color. However, if you get a colored uniform in something other than cotton you will find fading isn't that much of a problem. Be careful not to wash your colored uniforms with anything that they could bleed on. The same holds for white uniforms; don't wash them with anything that has color in it.

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