Getting a Karate Suit - Gi

When you first come to the club, please don't waste your money buying a karate suit. You only need a t-shirt and a loose pair of trousers, e.g. jogging bottoms, to start with. Only if you decide to continue to train and join the club is it worthwhile buying a karate suit (which is called a gi).


General Training


  • No shoes (unless for medical reasons)
  • No jewellery, including rings
  • No external piercing
  • No watches or bracelets (except medic-bracelets)
  • No hats
  • No shorts
  • Long hair (especially that which can cover the eyes) should be tied back or rolled up


  • Groin guards are permissible
  • Medic-alert bracelets are permissible as long as they are not loose or uncovered.


  • A t-shirt under the karate-do suit should be worn
  • Medic-alert bracelets are permissible as long as they are not loose or uncovered.
  • Chest and groin guards are permissible

Outdoor Training

  • Tabi or training shoes may or may not* be permitted if the ground is rough or unusual.
  • Fleece or warm clothing may or may not* be permitted if it is cold outside.
  • Waterproof clothing may or may not* be permitted if it is wet outside.

* The clothing that is permitted for outdoor training is dependent on what form of training is being undertaken and what the instructor(s) wish to achieve through that form of training. It is best to check with the senior instructor before attending such a session.


A karate-do suit is called a 'karate gi'. See either the senior coach or the Equipment Officer about getting a gi. You have three options:

  • Buy one from the High Street shops (most expensive option).
  • Buy from the internet (second most expensive option).
  • Get a discounted new one through the club (less expensive option).

If we don't have a spare suit and you wish to purchase one, the club would be happy to order it for you. Please contact the Equipment Officer.


We order these for students 3-4 times each year (i.e. every 3-4 months) to keep delivery costs down for the club (and hence keep the price of the suits down for you).  Orders are typically (but not always) placed on the following dates:

  • 1 November
  • 1 February
  • 1 May
  • With an occasional additional order placed at some point throughout the year.

No suit order will be placed until payment has been received.

Here is a list of prices (the general rule is whatever your height is, round it up to the nearest 10cm – that is the size of karate-do suit you will need):

Size of karate gi 0000 000 00 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Person Height (cm) 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 210
Members' rate £10 £11 £12 £13 £14 £15 £16 £17 £18 £19 £20 £21
Non-members' rate £15 £16.5 £18 £19.5 £21 £22.5 £24 £25.5 £27 £28.5 £30 £31.5

To get a karate-do suit:

  • An e-mail should be sent to the Equipments Officer, (cc the club into any such e-mail) indicating what your height is.
  • You will also need to submit a payment to cover the cost of the karate-do suit (see below).

The club will be asking the Uniforms Officer for the final list of sizes we need to order on the following dates:

  • The last class of October.
  • The last class of January.
  • The last class of April.

If the club does not receive your size request PLUS payment by this deadline, then I am afraid you will have to wait another 3-4 months before we place the next order (or you can obtain one from the High Street at the considerably higher costs).

Note: Karate-do suits tend to shrink a little bit in the wash, so you are advised to order one size above what your height is. For example, if you are 112cm in height, get a 120cm suit, not a 110cm one.

If you are still not sure which size is most appropriate for you, the Equipments Officer may have a sample suit (at that size) available for you to see.