Buggy Choke – The Latest BJJ Fade Technique

Buggy chokeThe buggy choke is the latest fade technique to hit the Jiu Jitsu world. Since it was introduced, the buggy choke has been attempted in everything from Jiu Jitsu competitions and MMA. It has caught on like wildfire and now just about everyone is trying to do the buggy choke. Since everyone is going for […]

Buggy choke

The buggy choke is the latest fade technique to hit the Jiu Jitsu world. Since it was introduced, the buggy choke has been attempted in everything from Jiu Jitsu competitions and MMA.

It has caught on like wildfire and now just about everyone is trying to do the buggy choke. Since everyone is going for it, a breakdown of the buggy choke seems to be needed. 

Here is everything you need to know about the buggy choke. From who invented it, how it works, and important details you’ll need to remember for locking it in.

Who invented the buggy choke? 

There are two different people that claim to have invented the buggy the choke. The first was a Ralph Gracie white belt named Austin Hardt that showed after tapping all of his teammates with it.

Austin and his professors claim that he came up with the move in 2016. After tapping all of his teammates, Hardt uploaded a buggy choke instructional and the BJJ community loved it.

Then after the buggy choke first started getting popular, black belt named Jacob Sebastian Magee claimed he invented the buggy choke. Claiming that he started doing it 5 years before Austin’s video was uploaded to Youtube.

There’s no way to confirm Magee’s claim, but either way the buggy choke has become quite popular.

Now, there are currently three different variations of the choke and many variations will be developed in the future. The choke has now been pulled off multiple times within both MMA and BJJ competitions.

How does the buggy choke work? 

The buggy choke is basically a variation of a reverse triangle choke from bottom side-control. It has caught a lot of grapplers off guard, because having side-control is one of the most dominant positions in grappling.

In this choke, you lock up your triangle with your arm in. Your arm blocks off blood to one side of your opponent’s neck and your legs block off the other part.

It comes on quickly and before your opponent realizes it, they’ll have to tap or go to sleep.

Ruotolo bros buggy choke 

The Ruotolo bros buggy choke from on bottom in side-control starts with you getting on your side and turning into your opponent. While you’re turning, you also bring your outside arm to the other side of your head.

It may feel like you’re giving up an arm triangle, but if you stay on your side, you should avoid the choke. When you turn in, your opponent will naturally react by trying to flatten you back down with force.

This is the reaction you want for your opponent to get as close as possible to you. If they’re really strong, you can cup their shoulder and lift up to relieve some of the pressure.

You’re going to stay on your side and bring your outside leg to your arm. Taking an underhook right under your knee to make the buggy choke tight.

Make sure to do a side crunch when grabbing your leg to keep your opponent’s head in place. Now, to lock in the choke, Gable grip your hands, triangle your legs, and pull your opponent in as you squeeze.

Buggy choke variation #2 

The original buggy choke that Austin Hardt came up with has exactly the same steps as the Ruotolo brother’s version. But Austin’s original buggy choke, he doesn’t triangle his legs or locks his hands together.

You start out the same in side-control on the bottom and frame on your opponent to get on your side. Pushing on them as you bring your outside arm to the other side of your head.

Your opponent will instinctively try to smash you back down to the mat. When they do this, stay on your side and bring your outside foot to your hand.

Grab the top of your foot and pull down on it to try and get the finish. The Ruotolo brother’s version is better with triangling your legs and palm grips, but the original is effective.

Buggy choke variation #3

There is another version of the buggy choke that was developed, that’s done turning away from your opponent. Austin Hardt also developed this version to attack the buggy choke from both sides.

For this one to work, you can’t let your opponent establish control of your inside. If they control this arm, then you won’t be able to do this buggy choke variation.

A good way to start this variation is to do the first steps of the normal buggy choke. Frame on your opponent’s neck and elbow escape out to make space.

When you make this space, you can pull your inside arm away and turn to your outside hip. Generally it’s a critical error to turn away from your opponent, but you’re using it as bait.

They will instinctively follow you and try to smash you to the mat. Your inside arm is going to go over your opponent’s neck as you’re basing on your outside elbow.

Now, bring your inside foot to you hand and grab your foot as you sit up. Your opponent will base out with their hand to defend this, which allows you to triangle your legs together.

To finish, scoop your hips, connect your hands, and squeeze to get the tap.This video demonstrates the last two buggy choke variations detailed above.

How to defend against the buggy choke 

BJJ grapplers have been getting tricky with the buggy choke, so you really have to watch out for it now. Here are some techniques that you can use to defend against the buggy choke.

Drive your head up

When your opponent brings their arm over your head, that is a clear sign that they’re going for the choke. If you keep your head down, this will allow them to continue their buggy choke set up.

But as you see them bring their arm over, you need to drive you head up towards their head. Driving your head up will create more space and prevent your opponent from continuing their set up.

Block opponent’s hip

If your opponent is already locking in their buggy choke, you have to react quickly to prevent being submitted. What you can do to try and defend it is block their hip using your elbow.

As you block their hip, you’re going to drive your head forward. Doing this will help open space between your neck and shoulder, which will take off the pressure.

Bend opponent’s neck

This is your last line of defense when your opponent has their buggy choke locked in. You’re going to do the same defense as the second option with extra detail added.

Take your far elbow over your opponent’s head and push it back into their neck. This bends their head away from their body, which makes their body unaligned with their head.

It is extremely hard to finish chokes when your head and body aren’t aligned. This video demonstrates the details of all three of these defenses.

Tips to remember for doing the buggy choke

The buggy choke is a great move to add to your arsonal, but you will need to get the details down. Here are important tips that you will need to remember when going for a buggy choke.

  • Get on your side: For any variation of the buggy choke to work, you must get on your side. If you stay flat on your back, your opponent will get pressure on you and prevent the choke.
  • Clear the head: When you do an elbow escape to make space, your arm needs to clear your opponent’s head. Your tricep needs to press down on the side of their neck as you stay on your side.
  • Side crunch: Before you try to bring your leg over, do a side crunch to push your opponent’s head down. This will make it easier to underhook your leg and help make the choke tight.
  • Arm under knee: To make the buggy choke tighter and harder to escape, make sure to underhook at the crook of your knee. Picture doing an uppercut to shoot your arm under your knee.
  • The Locks: To finish the original buggy choke, you just grab your foot, but the locks make it tighter and harder to escape. After under-hooking your leg, triangle your legs, and Gable grip your hands together to make your choke even tighter.(Also harder to escape)
  • The finish: You finish a buggy choke just like you would a traditional reverse triangle choke. Try to turn onto your outside hip as you squeeze in to get the most pressure possible.
  • Base on elbow: Also, when doing the buggy choke variation on your outside hip to base on your elbow. If you do not base on that elbow, your opponent will flatten you out or even go for a back take.

Closed Guard vs Open Guard

In Jiu Jitsu, practitioners use two different kinds of guard in the martial art. Either closed guard or a variation of open guard. There are different camps in the debate of these BJJ guards that one style is superior to the other.  Here is a short breakdown of the closed guard vs open guard debate. […]

In Jiu Jitsu, practitioners use two different kinds of guard in the martial art. Either closed guard or a variation of open guard.

There are different camps in the debate of these BJJ guards that one style is superior to the other. 

Here is a short breakdown of the closed guard vs open guard debate. Going over the history of both guards and the positives and negatives of each style of guard.

The history of closed guard vs open guard

Before we lay out the positives and negatives of closed guard vs open guard, we have to detail their histories. The stories of these BJJ techniques intertwine and symbolize evolution of Jiu Jitsu and grappling

The open guard

Many grapplers may think that the closed guard came before the open guard, but that would be incorrect. The open guard is one of the oldest grappling techniques in existence.

When a fight would go to the ground, early grapplers would use primitive versions of open guard. Using unrefined sweeping techniques to reverse their opponents and get on top.

The person responsible for refining the guard and open guard was Helio Gracie. When he and his older brother began developing Jiu Jitsu, it was Helio that began developing the open guard.

His reasoning behind developing early open guard techniques was to help weaker grapplers beat bigger and stronger opponents. Using leverage and timing to beat bigger opponents.

These open guard techniques help lay the foundation for BJJ and the importance for knowing how to fight on your back. Through open guard, different types of guards would be developed in the years to come.

The history of closed guard

The closed guard would actually not be developed until decades after BJJ was first being developed. This style of guard began being developed during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

BJJ historians pinpointed that the closed guard first started to be developed in Master Osvaldo Alves’ school. Alves was actually a Judo practitioner, but didn’t want to pay licensing fees to call his gym a Judo school.

He chose to say he taught “Jiu-Jitsu” at his school that was in a rec center. Which was actually just a front for an illegal casino run by an organized crime group.

Alves was also friends with members of the Gracie family, which made cross training at his academy. Two Carlson Gracie students named Otávio Peixotino and Marcio do Santos would routinely go train at Alves’ school.

Osvaldo’s students Sergio Penha and Pascoal Duarte would share guard concepts with Carlson’s students. These brainstorming  sessions would lead to what we now refer to as the closed guard.

The four grapplers would begin testing closed guard at different competitions. Peixotino would submit Sylvio Behring with a closed guard armbar in competition. Pascoal Duarte would submit Royce Gracie using the closed guard and Sergio Penha would become an all time great BJJ athlete.

They showed that the closed guard was incredibly effective and was widely adopted by almost every BJJ school.

The positives of open guard

Open guard has many positive qualities, which is why it is the most used style of guards in BJJ. Here are the most positive aspects of open guard.


In an open guard, you are far more maneuverable than you are in a closed guard. Your hips are more free to move around and create space to do sweeps and submissions. 

Endless possibilities

In an open guard, there are endless possibilities for evolution. As we’ve witnessed, there are constant innovations made to the open guard. 

There are now numerous types of open guards used in Jiu Jitsu along with even more sweeps and submissions.

Types of open guards include:

The positives of closed guard

Close guard has some really good positive aspects, as well. Here are some of the biggest positives of the closed guard.

Best Guard For Self Defense 

The closed guard is one of the best guards that you can use for self defense purposes. In a closed guard, you make the distance shorter between you and your opponent.

Making it easier for you to hold onto their arms and keep them from hitting you. Also stopping them from creating distance to try and land a knockout shot.

Easier & Tighter Submissions

Not only is closed guard better for self defense, but submissions from the guard are easier to get and tighter. In closed guard, there is less space to cover to get submissions and they’re tighter than closed guard submissions. Also making them harder to escape than if they were done in an open guard.

The negatives of open guard

Even though open guard allows for better maneuverability and has endless possibilities, they do have flaws. Here are some of the biggest flaws with playing an open guard.

More space

To pass any type of guard, you need to create space in order to pass it. When you play open guard, there is a large amount of space already given to your opponent. 

They have less steps in order to escape your guard and can also easily strike you.

The negatives of closed guard

Hard to play if you’re small or against a bigger person

If you’re a smaller grappler going against someone that is quite larger than you, closed guard isn’t the best option. Especially if you can’t lock your ankles together to close your guard.

You will not be able to move well and highly unlikely to submit your larger opponent. The larger opponent will also more than likely drop heavy pressure on top of you, which can be unbearable.

Stalling position

Sometimes a person that is playing closed guard realizes that they can’t submit or sweep their opponent. When this happens, they will usually just resort to holding their opponent in their guard.

Doing this turns the closed guard into a stalling position, where no advancements happen and is boring to watch.

Belt Whipping In BJJ – The Belt Gauntlet

Belt Whipping in BJJYou may have seen belt whipping ceremonies on videos or unfortunately been on the receiving end of one. Belt whipping in BJJ, also known as ‘The Belt Gauntlet’ is an old tradition that is used by many old school Jiu Jitsu academies. Not many know where the tradition comes from, but let’s see if we […]

Belt Whipping in BJJ

You may have seen belt whipping ceremonies on videos or unfortunately been on the receiving end of one. Belt whipping in BJJ, also known as ‘The Belt Gauntlet’ is an old tradition that is used by many old school Jiu Jitsu academies.

Not many know where the tradition comes from, but let’s see if we can learn more about belt whipping in BJJ. Going over how it started, when they are done and different opinions about the practice.

We’ll also detail other types of ceremonies that are practiced within BJJ.

What is belt whipping in BJJ called?

In English, the ceremony of belt whipping in BJJ is known as “the gauntlet.” The name they use for the gauntlet in Brazil is the “Corredor Polonês” that means Polish corridor or just corredor.

When is the belt whipping in BJJ done?

The belt whipping in BJJ or belt gauntlet as some called it is done only on two special occasions. Either whenever teammates get belt promotions or it’s a teammate’s birthday.

Who came up with belt whipping in BJJ? 

Many assume that the ceremonial belt whipping in BJJ was first practiced in Brazil, but it actually wasn’t. Many old school BJJ black belts credit black belt Chris Haueter with coming up with the practice. One of the first 12 non Brazilian black belts in the world, who was an early student of the Machado brothers.

Haueter tells the story that he started doing this practice in the early 1990s at the Machado brothers’ school. Chris was running classes while the brothers were away filming a movie, when he got this idea.

He just got back from military training and felt that the gym needed a sort of hazing ritual to build comradery. Haueter admits that the idea was a bit dumb and did get out of hand after a while.

Nonetheless, the practice spread to other gyms and belt whipping in BJJ became a thing.

The rules for belt whipping in BJJ

From videos you’ve probably seen, the gauntlet looks chaotic free for all. But there are actually rules set in place, so nobody gets seriously hurt.

  • Teammates make two lines with a path in between for the person walking the gauntlet.
  • The person walking the gauntlet has to walk down and back one just one person.
  • You are only allowed to hit them in the body and back.
  • No head shots, face shots, or groin shots.
  • The person walking the gauntlet has to cover their head with their jacket for protection.
  • Participants are only allowed to use their BJJ belt.

Critics against belt whipping in BJJ? 

There are many critics of belt whipping in BJJ that see the act as violent, unnecessary, and kind of dumb. One of the biggest critics of this act is world champion Caio Terra who spoke out against belt whipping.

Stating that there was no reason to be doing this violent act in BJJ

Other types of BJJ ceremonies

The gauntlet isn’t the only type of BJJ ceremony that schools practice within the martial art. There are quite a few different types of ceremonies that different gyms practice.

Shark Tank

When someone is about to be promoted, there are some Jiu Jitsu gyms that put them into the shark tank. The type of training, where you’re put in the middle of the mat and have to roll everyone without a break. Once you complete the shark tank, you are awarded your belt.

Throws and Takedowns

Once you get promoted, some gyms will put you through the ringer, where everyone gets to do a takedown on you. Your teammates will all get in line and get to do one takedown or Judo throw on you without you resisting.

Promoted at the podium

Then of course, nearly every Jiu Jitsu school does the ceremonial promotion at the podium. Whenever a student competes at a big event, their instructor will surprise them with a belt promotion on the podium. Many of the best BJJ athletes in the world have been promoted to black belt on the podium. 

Should belt whipping in BJJ be done away with?

Some grapplers believe that belt whipping has no place in BJJ and should be done away with. Many like Caio Terra don’t see the need for practicing this act within the martial art.

Is belt whipping in BJJ dumb, violent, and probably unnecessary? Probably, but the Jiu Jitsu schools that do belt whipping do it out of love and comradery between the students.

There is no malice behind the act and they aren’t trying to seriously hurt their teammate. Belt whipping of course isn’t a thing that is done at all BJJ gyms and only done at certain schools.

Not everyone is a fan of the practice, but it isn’t going anywhere and BJJ gyms will continue the practice.

Guard Passes In BJJ

Guard passes BJJPlaying guard is one of the most popular games played within Jiu Jitsu. Not only is it one of the most popular, but also one of the most complex games to beat. In BJJ, there are now numerous types of guards that you need to learn to defend against and pass. That is why we’ve […]

Guard passes BJJ

Playing guard is one of the most popular games played within Jiu Jitsu. Not only is it one of the most popular, but also one of the most complex games to beat.

In BJJ, there are now numerous types of guards that you need to learn to defend against and pass. That is why we’ve put together this list of guard passes.

Below is a list of techniques to pass just about every type of guard within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Closed Guard Pass 

A closed guard pass is one of the very first passes that you learn in BJJ and that includes opening the guard. The knee post method is one of the most effective ways to pass the closed guard.

Your first step for this pass is close your knees and press them against your opponent’s hips. This keeps them from easily breaking your posture to set up a sweep or submission.

Next, take double lapel grips and push them into your opponent’s armpits. Once you take these grips, your opponent will have to break the grips before trying to break your posture.

For the next step, you’re going to keep your grips and come up to your feet. Then you’re going to put your knee between your opponent’s legs and begin to open their guard.

You then step back with your other knee and bend your knee to open your opponent’s guard. From there, you can do any type of open guard pass you wish.

Half Guard Pass

One of the best ways to pass half guard is with a knee cut pass. There’s various ways to do this pass and their all effective.

For this variation, start by grabbing a sleeve grip on your opponent. This grip will help prevent your opponent from turning on their side and posturing up..

Next, step to the side and drive your knee in half guard to the mat. Then grab above your opponent’s elbow and slide into side-control.

Lockdown Pass

The lockdown half guard can be annoying to deal with and it stalls the action of a roll. But it is beatable when you use a pass like this one.

Your naturally reaction will be to move up, but you need to start the pass by moving your body down. Then from here, all you do is bend your knee our and switch your base.

Now, you’re in a reverse half guard and have broken the lockdown. Pass reverse half guard by pulling your opponent’s top knee up, while kicking their bottom knee away, and back stepping.

Butterfly Guard Pass 

Butterfly is a super effective guard to use, but it’s pretty easy to pass. One butterfly guard pass you can do is the wheel turn.

While in butterfly guard, cross grab your opponent’s knee and behind their back to their far shoulder. Once you establish these two grips, all you do is turn your opponent like a wheel and pass to side-control.

Collar-Sleeve Guard Pass

Collar and sleeve guard is a basic guard that you’ll often run into while training. Here is a method to defend against it.

When someone used a collar and sleeve guard, they’ll often put their foot on your bicep. The first step is to break the sleeve grip by turning your hand out and taking your own grip.

Your other hand is going to come inside your opponent’s leg and take a pant grip. Now your open just has an open guard that you can pass with any type of pass you like.

Deep Half Guard Pass

Deep half guard is widely popular and hard to pass. This deep half pass is simple and effective.

Your first steps are to get the knee that’s in half guard to the mat and control your opponent’s arm. Using two grips at your opponent’s sleeve and above their elbow.

Now, with the opponent’s arm controlled, take your free leg, and swing it over your opponent’s head. Once you pass your leg free, you’ll begin to pass half guard and go into side-control.

Take a collar grip and drive your opponent’s head away from their body as you side into side-control.

De La Riva Guard Pass 

The De La Riva guard is widely used ib BJJ at all levels. It is a guard that you must know how to pass in order to advance your Jiu Jitsu game.

The first detail for passing the DLR is to keep your posture and break your opponent’s sleeve grip.  Once you break the collar grip, you’re going to grab a collar grip and a grip on your opponent’s pants.

Next, you’re going to do a small backstep to take their foot off your hip and then step back. When you come back, you need to squat down on your opponent’s leg to secure your posture.

Once you’ve secured your posture, push your opponent’s knee as you loop your hand collar gripping over the knee. Now, drive your knee in between your opponent’s legs, drive it to the mat, slide out, and go to side-control.

Reverse De La Riva Pass 

You’ll not only have to deal with De La Riva guard, but also reverse De La Riva guard. A knee cut is a great way to pass reverse DLR guard.

Start by driving your knee in and take your grips. One grip on your opponent’s collar and a cross grab on their knee.

Pull the collar grip up as you push the knee grip down to lock your opponent in place. Now, you’re going to drive your knee in and then quickly out over your opponent’s shin.

Keep your grips and connect your knee to their hip to complete the pass and take side-control.

Spider Guard Pass 

The spider guard is a very popular guard among guard players in Jiu Jitsu that is quite effective. Luckily, there are various ways to pass spider guard, which includes this easy pass.

In spider guard, start by pushing one of your opponent’s knees forward and pulling the other back. Next, circle your hand under the knee you pushed and counter grab their with inside knee grip.

Now, you’re going to take a big step to the side and do a leg drag and walk towards your opponent’s hips. Keep pressure on your opponent’s hips and take a collar grip.

Then, drop your head down, hold the opponent’s head, put down shoulder pressure, and pass.

Rubber Guard Pass

If you train in No-Gi Jiu Jitsu, then chances are that you will run into rubber guard. Here’s how you can pass the basic mission control position in rubber guard.

Put your hands on the mat and hop to your feet as you bring your head over your partner’s head. Once you’re up, youre going to turn your elbows down towards the floor.

Now, you’re going to limp arm out and stand straight up to get out of the rubber guard. Ending up in an open guard position and ready to pass.

Lasso Guard Pass 

Lasso guard is highly technical and can be difficult to try and pass. This lasso guard pass is a good one for when the opponent has a tight lass with their foot on your back.

Start by pushing your opponent’s knee down and drop into the knee slice position. Don’t try to pass just yet or you’ll be put into a bicep slicer or swept.

Instead, take a collar grip, drop your shoulder to your opponent’s chest, and step to the side. Now, hug the head, put down heavy shoulder pressure, and slide out your knee to complete the pass.

Lasso/Spider Guard Pass 

Some guard players will even mix the lasso guard and spider guard into a variation of both guards. But a stomp and slide pass is a great option to get out of this guard.

Start by taking a collar grip with your arm that is stuck in the lasso. Then grab a pant grip on the spider guard side and turn the opponent’s knee towards you.

Now with their leg in place, you’re going to stomp on their leg to break the spider guard grip. After you stomp, take a c grip on your partner’s leg doing the lasso, and step around their leg.

Your opponent will react by throwing their leg back over, so you let them. As they take it back, you’re going to knee cut pass right into side-control.

Lapel/Worm Guard Pass

Lapel guard or worm guard is one of the most annoying guard to get stuck in. More people are playing this guard now more than ever and you must know how to deal with it.

When you’re standing above you’re opponent and they go to pass your lapel, this is when you must react. Take a wide stance that will force your opponent to sit up.

This is the reaction you want to take a grip on the back of their Gi. Next, you’re going to take two steps to pass your opponent’s guard.

Step out with your inside leg and place your knee on their elbow, and then do a backstep with your other leg. Now, use your grips to pull your opponent down and take side-control.

X Guard Pass

X guard is another widely popular guard that allows for multiple sweeps and entries to the back mount. That is why you need to know how to defend against this guard.

Take a pant grip on the leg that’s the top hook and put your weight on your back leg. Then in one motion, you’re going to step your lead up and loop it over your opponent’s leg.

Bringing your leg between your opponent’s legs and then stepping to the side to take side-control.

Single Leg X Guard Pass

Along with x guard, you will have to know how to defend against the single x guard. The variation of x guard that many grapplers commonly transfer to for sweeps and leg locks.

Start by driving your knee down on your opponent’s body to create pressure and take away space. Next, you’ll have to address the foo that is on your hip.

Grab the top of your opponent’s foot as your bring your hip forward to clear the foot away. Right you take the foot away, you need to drop your hip and close the space, so they can’t put it back.

Next base on the mat and bring your knee in and slide back to land in half guard. Now, turn your toes down as you back step out of half guard and into side-control.

Shin To Shin Guard Pass

Shin to shin guard is a guard that is used for sweeps and often as a transition to x guard variations. Your first step is to not let your opponent connect their shin to your shin.

Pass shin to shin guard by stepping between your opponent’s legs, getting an underhook, and knee cutting out.

Z Guard Pass

More grapplers are playing half guard more than ever and one particularly popular version is the z guard or knee shield.  Here is a great knee shield pass option in the Gi.

Start by taking a collar grip on your opponent and rolling your elbow in to pull them forward. Then, take your other hand and slide it between your opponent’s legs palm down.

Next drop your head down and start to put heavy on your opponent to keep them in place. Now, you’re inside knee is going to cut across your opponent’s shin as you keep the pressure with your head.

Pull your collar grip in and keep downward pressure on your opponent as you walk your hips out to side-control.

Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

Judo vs Jiu JitsuAs many know, Jiu Jitsu was created based on the teachings of Judo. The two martial arts have many similarities, but are very different from one another. Let’s do a comparison and list the differences between Judo vs Jiu Jitsu. Going over everything from how they were developed, their principles, belts, Gis, and competition rules. […]

Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

As many know, Jiu Jitsu was created based on the teachings of Judo. The two martial arts have many similarities, but are very different from one another.

Let’s do a comparison and list the differences between Judo vs Jiu Jitsu. Going over everything from how they were developed, their principles, belts, Gis, and competition rules. We’ll also go over the positives of cross training between Judo and Jiu Jitsu.

History of Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

The stories of how Judo and Jiu Jitsu are incredible stories that coincide with one another. Here are the histories of Judo and Jiu Jitsu and how each martial art was developed.

The history of Judo 

Judo was created by Grandmaster Jigoro Kano. Grandmaster Kano became a protege of Fukuda Hachinosuke when he was a teen. Learning a grappling style called Tenjin Shinyo-ryu style of jujutsu. 

When Kano was just 21 years old, he began developing his own martial arts form. Mixing the jujutsu techniques that he came up with and mixing it with his own techniques that he developed.

What Kano created would be known as the art of Judo. Opening his first Judo school in 1882 with just 9 students in the school’s first year in existence.

Judo was able to grow at an exponential rate thanks to the brilliant idea of Kano. He wanted to spread his art of Judo just like how a religion spread.

Kano tasked his top students with the mission of spreading the art of Judo. Jigoro along with his top students would travel the world teaching the art of Judo.

Before anyone knew it, Judo was practiced on nearly every continent in just 50 years. Today it is even bigger than Grandmaster Kano could have ever imagined.

The history of Jiu Jitsu

Through the spread of Judo, the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was able to be created. A few of Kano’s top students, including Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda.

Maeda immigrated to Brazil with the help of a Brazilian politician named Gastao Gracie, who he befriended. Gracie helped Maeda put on Judo demonstrations in different cities within Brazil.

At one of these demonstrations, Gracie’s son Carlos Gracie was in attendance. Carlos became one of Maeda’s first students along with Luiz Franca, who also helped create Jiu Jitsu.

For a few years, Carlos learned under Maeda for a few years before showing his brother Helio different Judo techniques. They were both small in stature, so they began developing their own style based off of Judo.

What they helped create would become known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. BJJ practitioners would fight to prove the effectiveness of their martial art over the years within Vale Tudo fights.

Then after the first UFC event aired, the world was exposed to the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu. Today, it is one of the most popular and fasted growing martial arts in the world.

Main difference between Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

Both Judo and Jiu Jitsu are grappling martial arts, but there is one big difference that sets them apart. That is their different objectives

The objective of Judo is to grab a hold of an opponent and take them down with a throw, sweep, or trip. Judo does also teach ground techniques, but they are secondary to getting an opponent to the ground.

For Jiu Jitsu, the main objective is to control an opponent on the ground. Then once you establish control, you finish the fight with a choke or attack an opponent’s limbs.

Jiu Jitsu also teaches takedowns that it adopted from Judo and wrestling, but their secondary to the ground techniques.

Judo belts vs Jiu Jitsu belts 

Both Judo and Jiu Jitsu both have a belt system, but they are very different from one another. The Judo belt system has 7 belts and the Jiu Jitsu belt system has 5 belts.

Judo belt system 

  • White Belt
  • Yellow Belt
  • Orange Belt
  • Green Belt
  • Blue Belt
  • Brown Belt
  • Black Belt

Jiu Jitsu belt system

  • White Belt
  • Blue Belt
  • Purple Belt
  • Brown Belt
  • Black Belt

How long does it take to get a black belt in Judo vs Jiu Jitsu?

It takes around the same amount of time to earn a black belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu. To earn a black belt in either, you’re looking at around a timeframe to get a black belt in either one. Around 8-10 years to earn either a Judo black belt or Jiu Jitsu black belt. 

Judo Gis vs Jiu Jitsu Gis 

A Judo Gi and a Jiu Jitsu Gi are made of the same material and look similar from a glance. But they’re noticeably different from one another.

Judo Gis 

A Judo is a bit heavier and more baggy than a Jiu Jitsu Gi. This is because the Gis are designed to be grabbed, so a Judoka can execute throws and sweeps.

The sleeves and pant legs are also far shorter on Judo Gis than with Jiu Jitsu Gis. They also usually only come in blue and white, because those are the only permitted colors within Judo competitions.

Jiu Jitsu Gis

Jiu Jitsu Gis are a bit slimmer and lighter than standard Judo Gis. The jacket sleeves and pant legs are a bit longer on standard Jiu Jitsu Gis. This allows for Jiu Jitsu practitioners to grab hold of their opponent’s Gis and play different guard styles. 

Jiu Jitsu Gis also come in a wide variety of colors compared to Judo Gis. But only white, blue, black Gis are permitted within IBJJF competitions.

Top organization/federation between Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

Judo and Jiu Jitsu share a big similarity that both martial arts competitions are dominated by two different federations. The International Judo Federation (IJF) and the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).

The IJF is the top Judo federation in the world that oversees the world’s biggest Judo competitions. This includes the Judo World Championship and the Judo matches that are held within the Olympics.

In Jiu Jitsu, the IBJJF was originally the Confederação Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu(CBJJ). They created a new organization called the IBJJF when they went international in the early 2000s.

The IBJJF oversees the Jiu Jitsu World Championship and the No-Gi Jiu Jitsu World Championship.

Judo matches vs Jiu Jitsu matches  

Judo matches are very different compared to Jiu Jitsu matches. Both have different rules and objectives to win a match.

The rules of Judo matches 

  • No Striking
  • No Stalling
  • No Touching Opponent’s Face
  • No Intentionally Hurting Opponent
  • No Joint Attacks(Other than elbows)
  • No Kawazu Gake Techniques(Leg Entanglements)
  • No Kani Basami Techniques(Foot Sweeps)
  • No Time Limit

The rules of Jiu Jitsu matches

  • No Striking 
  • No Stalling
  • No Feet Inside Opponent’s Gi
  • No Spiking Opponent’s Head
  • No Neck Cranks
  • No Spinal Locks
  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes(Black Belt Level)

Judo point system vs Jiu Jitsu point systems 

Jiu Jitsu has a point system, while in Judo, there are two ways to win a match.

Judo point system

To win in Judo you must either score an ippon or two waza-aris.

Ippon: An ippon is a perfect throw performed with control and power, where the opponent lays flat on their back. Also a pin lasting for 20 seconds, a strangulation or armlock attacking the elbow.

Waza-Ari: A waza-ari is a half point, where a Judoka performs a throw, but it isn’t perfect. Also a pin lasting 10-19 seconds and a Judoka will win if they’re awarded two waza-aris.

Jiu Jitsu point system

The Jiu Jitsu point system is far more diverse than in Judo. It includes:

  • Takedowns/Sweeps/Throws: 2 Points
  • Knee On Belly: 2 Points
  • Guard Pass: 3 Points
  • Mount/Back Mount: 4 Points
  • Advantages: Near Sweeps/Submissions/Guard Passes

Ways to win in Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

Judo is also very different in how a Judo match is won compared to a Jiu Jitsu match. There are two specific ways to win a Judo match and three ways to win a Jiu Jitsu match

Ways to win a Judo match

To win a Judo match, you can win by either a successful ippon or two waza-aris. You can also win by disqualification if the opponent is penalized by the official.

Ways to win a Jiu Jitsu match

There are three ways to win a Jiu Jitsu match. You can either win by:

  • Submission(Chokes or Limb Attacks)
  • Points
  • Referee Decision

You can also win by disqualification like in Judo if the official penalizes your opponent for an infraction.

MMA fighters with background in Judo vs Jiu Jitsu

Both Judo and Jiu Jitsu have produced some great MMA fighters. Here are some of the most prominent fighters that each martial art has produced.

MMA fighters with Judo backgrounds

  • Ronda Rousey
  • Kayla Harrison
  • Karo Parisyan 
  • Rick Hawn
  • Yoshiihro Akiyama
  • Manny Gamburyan
  • Satoshi Oishi

MMA fighters with Jiu Jitsu backgrounds

Is it beneficial to cross train between Judo and Jiu Jitsu?

Yes, it is very beneficial to train in both Judo and Jiu Jitsu. Especially for Jiu Jitsu, because it will allow you to get your opponent to the ground. It will also benefit you and make you an overall better martial artist to know both grappling styles.

Gi Size Chart

Gi Size ChartGi size charts are some of the most confusing size charts to navigate through. They’re supposed to help direct you towards your Gi size, but they’re not all the same. Each Gi company uses their own variations of Gi size charts and they don’t all fit the same. That is why we have put together […]

Gi Size Chart

Gi size charts are some of the most confusing size charts to navigate through. They’re supposed to help direct you towards your Gi size, but they’re not all the same.

Each Gi company uses their own variations of Gi size charts and they don’t all fit the same. That is why we have put together a list of Gi size charts from each major Gi company.

We also added a section detailing the different types of Gi size charts for men, women, and kids.

What does a Gi size chart consist of?

BJJ Gi companies make their Gi sizes by doing 3 different measurements. Those are:

  • Height 
  • Width
  • Weight

The different Gi size charts

Originally there were only Gi size charts that were designed for men. But as BJJ has expanded, so have the size charts as women and kids got their own size charts. Here is a quick explanation for each Gi size chart.

Men’s Gi size chart 

The first Gi size charts were designed for men that are represented by the letter A for adults. Generally going from A1-A5 and then later on more sizes would be added depending on the BJJ Gi company.

As time has passed, different BJJ Gi companies have added different sizes to their Gi size charts

Women’s Gi size chart 

As more women began participating in Jiu Jitsu training, many BJJ Gi companies realized women couldn’t wear their men’s Gis. These companies had to create a whole new line of BJJ Gis that would correctly fit women.

These sizes would be categorized under the letter W for women. Making W0 to W5 Gis and everything in between depending on the company.

Kids Gi Size Chart

Then along with women, more kids began participating in Jiu Jitsu training, which prompted more companies to make kids Gis. Unfortunately BJJ Gi companies do not use the same letter to categorize their kids Gis.

Depending on the company, they use various letters from C, K, and M to categorize kids BJJ gis.

Do all Gis fit the same?

No. Different Gi design their Gis differently from each other and will hardly ever fit the same. These companies also make certain types of Gis that have a very distinct fit that isn’t the same as other Gis. An athletic fit Shoyoroll Gi will not fit the same as an old school heavy Atama BJJ Gi.

Different types of BJJ Gis.

BJJ Gi companies make all different styles of Gis that fit differently and usually come with their own size charts. Here is a quick rundown of the different types of BJJ Gis.

Single Weave(Beginner Gis)

Single weave Gis or beginner Gis are the type of Gis that is the first kind you purchase. They’re made from cheaper materials and have a tendency to shrink after you first wash them.

Lightweight(Summer) Gis

Lightweight or Summer Gis are the preferred type of BJJ Gis for those that live in hotter climates. They usually weigh less than 400gsm and are fresher, but like single weave Gis tend to shrink and can tear easier.

Competition Gi

These are the top notch styles of BJJ Gis that you would use for competitions. Gi companies offer them in a variety of sizes and they are designed to fit perfectly and last a long time.

Premium Gis

Along with Competition Gis, premium Gis are the best made of all the types of BJJ Gis. They’re made from the best materials and have a tailor made feel to perfectly fit you.

Variant Gi Sizes

As BJJ Gi companies have evolved, so has the Gi sizes they make. Many Gi companies now make alternative Gi sizes to go along with their regular sizes, which are lanky and husky fits.

Lanky(Tall) Fits

Lanky or tall fits are alternate sizes made for a taller grappler. They may be the weight of an A1 size, but the length is too short for them. This is why many companies will make A1-L, A2-L, and A3-L sizes to meet the needs of taller grapplers.

Stocky Fits

Another type of alternate sizes are those for stocky grapplers that are short, but have wide frames. Companies will even make Gis designed for stocky grapplers like how Tatami made their Estilo 6.0 Gis.

Are the Gi size charts the same for all Gi companies?

No and that’s what adds to the confusion of trying to understand Gi size charts. Each Gi company has their own Gi size chart that is completely different from the other.

For Example, let’s say you buy an A1 Gi from Fuji and another A1 Gi from Storm Kimonos. They most likely won’t fit the same. This is why you really have to choose brands you know will fit right and stick with them.

Gi Size Chart List

The number of Gi size charts are so diverse that we have listed many below from the top BJJ companies. Be sure to read all of the size charts below before purchasing a Gi from one of these companies. That way, you’ll know exactly what size you’ll need before buying one.

Tatami Gi Size Chart

Tatami Fightwear is a very popular brand that makes top notch Gis at a reasonable price. They currently make Gis in seven different sizes from A0 to A6. Check out their in depth chart to see what your Gi size is for the Tatami brand.

Classic and Tank Measurements

Please use the chart to estimate the correct size you will need.

A0 A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6
A 157 158 162 171 178 185 189
B 75 76 80 83 88 91 92
C 53 54 56 61 65 69 74
D 90 92 95 99 102 106 110
E 54 58 62 65 67 69 72

NOTE: Please allow 1-2cm Discrepancy for all areas.

Gi Size Chart
Height Feet
& Inches
Height in CM
Weight (lb) 121 132 143 154 165 176 187 198 209 220 231 243 254 265 276 287 298 309
5’5″ A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 165
5’6″ A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 167.5
5’7″ A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 170
5’8″ A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 173
5’9″ A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A3 175.7
5’10” A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A4 A4 A4 178
5’11” A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A4 A4 A4 A4 180
6′ A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 183
6’1″ A3 A3 A3 A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A5 A5 185.5
6’2″ A3 A3 A3 A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A5 A5 188
6’3″ A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A5 A4 A5 A5 190.5
6’4″ A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A5 A5 A5 A5 193
6’5″ A4 A4 A4 A4 A4 A5 A5 A5 A5 A5 195.5
6’6″ A5 A5 A5 198
6’7″ 201
Weight (Kilo) 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 105 110 115 120 125 130 135 140

Elite Sports Gi Size Chart

Elite Sports is one of the most popular brands for grapplers that want a more affordable brand of Gi. They currently make over 10 Gi sizes that are sure to fit BJJ students of any size and shape.

Size Height Weight (lbs) Wingspan Trouser Height
A0 4’10” – 5’1″ 95 -110 61.5″ 35″
A1 5’2″ – 5’5″ 110 – 140 63″ 37.5″
A2 5’5″ -5’9″ 140 – 170 64″ 38″
A2L 5’10” -6’0″ 140 – 170 67″ 41″
A2H 5’5″ – 5’9″ 170 – 190 66″ 37.5″
A3 5’9″ – 6’1″ 170 – 200 67″ 39″
A3L 6’2″ -6’4″ 170 – 200 70.5″ 42.5″
A3H 5’9″ -6’1″ 200 – 220 69″ 39″
A4 6′ – 6’4″ 200 – 250 70.5″ 42″
A5 6′ – 6’4″ 225 – 275 75″ 43″

93 Brand Gi Size Chart

93 Brand has carved out a niche for themselves within the Jiu Jitsu community making Gis that fit just right. They currently produce their Gis in 11 sizes that includes variations to A1, A2, and A3 sizes.

Size to Buy Your Height Your Weight (lbs)
a0 5’0″ – 5’4″ 110 -140
a1F 5’4″ – 5’8″ 120 – 140
a1 5’4″ – 5’8″ 140 – 165
a1L 5’6″ – 5’11” 135 – 165
a2 5’9″ -6’0″ 165 -185
a2L 5’11” – 6’2″ 160 – 185
a2H 5’8″ – 6’0″ 210 – 240
a3 5’11” -6’2″ 190 – 220
a3L 6’2″ -6’5″ 195 – 225
a4 6’2″ – 6’4″ 220 – 260
a5 6’4″ -6’7″ 250 -275
93 Brand “Goose” Jiu Jitsu Gi

Fuji Men’s Gi Size Chart

Fuji is the one of the longest running grappling companies in the world that started out making Judo Gis. They currency make 11 different Gi sizes that includes alterations in A2 and A3 sizes.

Size Height Weight A B
A0 4’10” – 5’1″ 95 -110 lbs 61.5″ 35″
A1 5’2″ -5’5″ 110 -140 lbs 63″ 37.5″
A2 5’5″ – 5’9″ 140 -170 lbs 64″ 38″
A2L 5’10” – 6′ 140 -170 lbs 67″ 41″
A2H 5’5″ – 5’9″ 170 – 190 lbs 66″ 37.5″
A3 5’9″ -6’1″ 170 – 200 lbs 67″ 39″
A3L 6’2″ – 6’4″ 170 – 200 lbs 70.5″ 42.5″
A3H 5’9″ -6’1″ 200 -220 lbs 69″ 39″
A4 6′ – 6’4″ 200 -250 lbs 70.5″ 42″
A5 6′ – 6’4″ 225 – 275 lbs 75″ 43″
A6 6’2″ -6-6″ 250 – 300 lbs 75″ 43.5″

Shoyoroll Gi Size Chart

Shoyoroll is one of the first BJJ Gi companies to make modified Gi sizes that they sold in small batches. Many BJJ practitioners love the company and jump at the chance to get a new Gi from Shoyoroll. They make standard size Gis along with husky fit, tall fit, and athletic fit sizes.

Standard Chart

Size Height (inch) Weight (lbs)
A0 5’0″ – 5’4″ 110 – 140
A1 5’4″ – 5’8″ 140 – 165
A2 5’8″ – 6’0″ 165 – 195
A3 5’11” – 6’3″ 195 – 230
A4 6’2″ – 6’5″ 225 – 250
A5 6’5″ – 6’8″ 250 – 270

Husky Chart

Size Height (inch) Weight (lbs)
A0H 5’3″ -5’7″ 165 – 185
A2H 5’6″ – 6’0″ 220 -260
A3H 5’8″ – 6’0″ 195 – 225

Long Chart

Size Height (inch) Weight (lbs)
A1L 5’6″ – 5’11” 135 – 165
A2L 5’11” – 6’3″ 165 – 190
A3L 6’3″ – 6’6″ 170 – 205

Fitted Chart

Size Height (inch) Weight (lbs)
A00F 4’8″ – 5’0″ 85 – 100
A0F 5’0″ – 5’4″ 100 -125
A1F 5’4″ – 5’7″ 120 -140
A2F 5’7″ – 5’10” 140 -160

Venum Gi Size Chart

Venum is more known for their striking gloves and Muay Thai apparel, but they do make quality BJJ Gis. They currently make 7 Gi sizes that includes two tweener sizes between sizes A1 and A2.

Size Sleeves Length (cm) Sleeves Length (inches) Apparel Size Match Weight (kg) Weight (lbs) User Size (cm) User Size (inches)
AO 146 57,5 XS Less than
Less than
150 – 156 4’11” – 5’1″
A1 152 60 S 50 to 64 110 to 141 157 – 163 5’1″ – 5’4″
A1,5 158 62 S/M 57 to 71 126 to 156,5 164 – 170 5’4″ -5’6″
A2 166 65 M 65 to 77 143 to 170 171 – 177 5’6″ -5’9″
A2,5 172 68 M/L 71 to 95 156,5 to 209,5 178 – 184 5’9″ -6′
A3 178 70 L 88 to 102 194 to 225 185 – 191 6’1″ -6’3″
A4 184 72,5 XL/XXL 102 to 113 225 to 249 192 & more 6’3″ & more

Hayabusa Gi Size Chart

Hayabusa is known for making high end combat sports products, which also includes a ew BJJ Gis. Their Gi size chart currently has 6 different sizes from A0 to A5.

Size Height Weight Wing Span Jacket Width Jacket Length Pant Waist Pant Length
A0 5’0″ – 5’4″ 110lbs – 140lbs 59″ 22″ 28″ 18″ 37″
A1 5’4″ – 5’8″ 140lbs – 165lbs 62″ 23″ 29″ 19″ 38.5″
A2 5’8″ – 5’11” 165lbs – 190lbs 65″ 24″ 30″ 20″ 40″
A3 5’11” – 6’2″ 190lbs – 215lbs 68″ 25″ 31″ 21″ 42″
A4 6’2″ – 6’5″ 215lbs – 240lbs 71″ 26″ 32″ 22″ 44″
A5 6’5″ – 6’8″ 240lbs – 270lbs 74″ 27″ 33″ 23″ 46″

Korral Gi Size Chart

Korral is an old school BJJ Gi company that still makes the same four sizes like they always have. This chart isn’t the best, but this is how they measure their Gis in inches.

in Inches
AO A1 A2 A3
A 20.87 21.65 22.44 23.23
B 22.44 22.83 23.22 24.01
C 17.71 18.50 19.29 2007
D 26.77 27.55 28.74 29.52
E 21.25 22.04 22.83 23.62
F 35.03 36.22 37.79 39.37

Sanabul Gi Size Charts

Sanabul makes everything within the combat sports world at an affordable price, which includes BJJ Gis. They have a classic Gi size chart that goes from A0 to A4.

5’1″ 5’2″ 5’3″ 5’4″ 5’5″ 5’6″ 5’7″ 5’8″ 5’9″ 5’10” 5’11” 6’0″ 6’1″ 6’2″ 6’3″ 6’4″ 6’5″
115 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0
120 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0
125 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0
130 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A1 A1
135 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A1 A1 A1
140 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
145 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
150 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
155 lbs A0 A0 A0 A0 A0 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1
160 lbs A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2
165 lbs A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2
170 lbs A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2
175 lbs A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3
180 lbs A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3
185 lbs A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3
190 lbs A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A4
195 lbs A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A4
200 lbs A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A4
205 lbs A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A4
210 lbs A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A4
215 lbs A2 A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A4
220 lbs A2 A2 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A4
225 lbs A2 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A4
230 lbs A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A3 A4
235 lbs A3 A3 A3 A3 A4 A4
240 lbs A3 A3 A4 A4 A4
245 lbs A3 A3 A4 A4 A4
250 lbs A4 A4 A4
255 lbs A4 A4
260 lbs A4 A4
265 lbs A4 A4
270 lbs A4

Moya Brand 

Moya Brand has established a loyal following of customers that love their Gis. They currently make 10 different sizes, which includes 3 variations to sizes A1, A2, and A3.

Size Weight Height
A0 115 – 140 lbs 5’1″ – 5’4″
A0L 115 – 145 lbs 5’4″ – 5’7″
A1 140 – 165 lbs 5’4″ – 5’8″
A1L 135 – 165 lbs 5’7″ – 5’11”
A2 165 – 200 lbs 5’8″ – 6’0″
A2L 165 – 190 lbs 5’11” – 6’3″
A3 200 – 230 lbs 6’0″ – 6’3″
A3L 165 – 210 lbs 6’3″ – 6’6″
A4 230 – 250 lbs 6’2″ – 6’4″
A5 250 – 275 lbs 6’4″ – 6’7″

Kingz Gi Size Chart

Kingz Kimonos sponsors some of the top BJJ athletes in the world and makes a solid Gi. Their size chart currently consists of 11 different sizes with variations for wider and taller grapplers.

Size Weight Height
A0 140 – 155 lbs 5’3″ – 5’5″
A1 155 – 170 lbs 5’5″ – 5’7″
A1L 155 – 175 lbs 5’7″ – 5’10”
A2 170 – 190 lbs 5’7″ – 5’10”
A2L 170 – 190 lbs 5’10” – 6’2″
A2H 220 – 245 lbs 5’7″ – 5’10”
A3 190 – 225 lbs 5’10” – 6’2″
A3L 190 – 225 lbs 6’1″ – 6’4″
A3H 230 – 260 lbs 5’10” – 6’2″
A4 230 – 260 lbs 6’1″ – 6’4″
A5 260 – 300 lbs 6’2″ – 6’5″

Gameness Gi Size Chart

Gameness is another old school brand that has evolved and now makes various Gi sizes. As of now, Gameness makes Gis in 10 different Gi sizes and 2 alternative sizes they offer for their pearl Gis.

Size Weight (lbs) Weight (kg) Height (inches) Height (cm)
A0 100 – 130 lbs 45 – 58 kg 4’11” – 5’3″ 149 – 160 cm
A1 130 – 165 lbs 58 – 74 kg 5’3″ – 5’7″ 160 – 170 cm
A2 165 – 190 lbs 74 – 86 kg 5’6″ – 5’9″ 167 – 175 cm
A2S* 175 – 215 lbs 79 – 97 kg 5’7″ – 5’10” 170 – 177 cm
A3 190 – 215 lbs 86 – 97 kg 5’10” – 6’2″ 177 – 187 cm
A3L* 190 – 245 lbs 86 – 111 kg 6’2″ – 6’6″ 187 – 198 cm
A4 170 – 240 lbs 77 – 108 kg 6’2″ – 6’4″ 187 -193 cm
A5 210 – 275 lbs 95 – 124 kg 6’4″ – 6’6″ 193 – 198 cm
A6 240 – 325 lbs 108 – 147 kg 6’5″+ 195+ cm
A7* 325+ lbs 147+ kg 6’7″+ 200+ cm
*Pearl Only

Maeda Brand Gi Size Chart

Maeda is another quality BJJ company that has been on the scene for a while. They currently make 8 different Gi sizes, including an A1L, A2, and A3 for taller grapplers.

Size Weight (lbs) Weight (kg) Height (inches) Height (cm)
A0 110 – 140 lbs 45 -64 kg 5’0″ – 5’4″ 152 -163 cm
A1 140 – 165 lbs 64 – 75 kg 5’4″ – 5’8″ 163 – 178 cm
A1L 135 – 165 lbs 61 – 75 kg 5’6″ – 5’11” 168 – 180 cm
A2 165 – 195 lbs 75 – 88 kg 5’8″ – 6’0″ 173 – 183 cm
A2L 160 – 195 lbs 73 – 88kg 5’10” – 6’2″ 178 – 188 cm
A3 195 – 225 lbs 88 – 102 kg 5’11” – 6’3″ 180 -191 cm
A3L 190 – 225 lbs 86 – 102 kg 6’1″ – 6’5″ 191 – 196 cm
A4 225 – 250 lbs 102 – 113 kg 6’2″ – 6’5″ 188 – 196 cm

Hypnotik Gi Size Chart

Hypnotik is known for making athletic fit style Gis that usually fit just right. They make 5 different Gi sizes and provide a really in depth Gi size chart for you to find your size. 

Badboy Gi Size Chart

Badboy is another old school brand that still makes Gis in sizes A0 to A5. Their Gi size chart shows both the metric and imperial measuring systems.

Size Height (cm) Weight (kg)
A0 152 – 165 cm 49 – 63,5 kg
A1 166 – 177 cm 64 – 75 kg
A2 178 – 181 cm 76 – 86 kg
A3 182 – 185 cm 87 – 97,5 kg
A4 186 – 192 cm 98 – 109 kg
A5 193 – 198 cm 110 – 122,5 kg

Atama Gi Size Charts

The old and dependable Atama brand has evolved with the times. They make Gis in 7 different sizes, which includes A1-L and A2-L for taller grapplers. Their Gi size chart is also really in depth, so you can see exactly what your size is.

Height (ft) Height (m) Size Weight (lbs) Weight (kg)
5’3″ – 5’8″ 1.60 – 1.72 A1 110 – 140 50 – 64
5’6″ – 5’10” 1.67 – 1.78 A1-L 130 – 145 59 – 65
5’7″ – 6’0″ 1.70 – 1.83 A2 141 – 176 63 – 80
5’10” – 6’2″ 1.78 – 1.88 A2-L 170 – 190 77 – 86
5’10 – 6’3″ 1.78 – 1.91 A3 176 – 209 80 – 95
6’2″ – 6’5″ 1.87 – 1.95 A4 200 – 250 90 -113
6’5″ – 6’9″ 1.96 – 2.05 A5 251 – 280 (+) 113 -127 (+)
Size A1 A1-L A2 A2-L A3 A4
Sleeve 1 16cm 17cm 18cm 18cm 18cm 19cm
Sleeve 2 25cm 26cm 27cm 28cm 29cm 31cm
Length 158cm 166cm 170cm 172cm 182cm 184cm
Height 73cm 79cm 80cm 82cm 83cm 86cm
Size A1 A1-L A2 A2-L A3 A4
Length 51cm 52cm 53cm 54cm 55cm 58cm
Height 92cm 96cm 97cm 100cm 102cm 105cm


Scramble makes slimmer more athletic fit Gis that fit snuggly. But out of the 8 Gi sizes they make, your sure to find one that fits just right.

A0 A1 A1L A2 A2L A3 A3L A4
A 150 161 167 168 172 173 178 179
B 72 75 76 80 81 83 84 86
C 50 51 51 54 54 57 57 60
D 93 96 96 100 102 103 104 106

Ronin Gi Size Chart

The east coast based Ronin makes 8 different sizes and 3 variations for taller grapplers. Check out their Gi size chart to see what your size is in a Ronin Gi.

Weight Height
A1 110 – 150 lbs 5’3″ – 5’7″
A1L 150 – 165 lbs 5’6″ – 5’9″
A2 165 – 190 lbs 5’6″ – 5’11”
A2L 165 – 195 lbs 5’11” – 6’3″
A3 190 – 225 lbs 5’11” -6’2″
A3L 195 – 230 lbs 6’2″ – 6’4″
A4 225 – 245 lbs 6’0″ – 6’4″
A5 245 -270 lbs 6’2″ – 6’7″
A1 156 69 58 75 16 54 27 97
A1L 167 75 58 78 16 54 27 103
A2 177 77 62 80 17 56 28 103
A2L 174 78 62 82 17 56 28 108
A3 177 79 66 82 18 60 30 108
A3L 182 80 66 84 18 60 30 113
A4 183 81 71 90 20 65 32 113
A5 189 84 77 90 21 70 34 113