Apparel

karategi

Karate Suit
A karate or dogi (gi for short) is the white uniform worn during practice. If you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush into purchasing the kit until you’re sure you wish to continue so give it a few weeks first. Until then, tracksuit bottoms and a tee is fine.

For junior beginners, expect to pay around £35 for a reasonable quality lightweight karategi, teens and adults can pay around £45. The best quality karate suits are made to order in Japan by the likes of Tokaido, Hirota and Shobu among others, and are an investment, just like a top-quality brand of jeans.

When you are ready to buy, read up on the various options available. Your instructor will usually have some in stock and be able to advise you on which might be the most suitable.


softshell

Softshell Jacket
A club jacket isn’t essential but they look good and are easy to throw on before and after training (or during, if you join in the run on Sunday mornings!). Cosy, easy-care softshell fabric with fleece-lined inner. Cut to sit comfortably over your karategi. Made to order. Kids get cool, reflective details.


tees

Tees
Designed to be worn instead of your gi, not underneath it, these tees are for sporting outside the dojo. Perfect for showing support to loved ones at competitions, gradings and courses. You can also be smug in the knowledge that while looking good, the kanji characters actually make sense unlike those on the some other well-known sporty brands.

We source the best-quality cotton t-shirts possible. Always limited edition. Watch this space!

Learn authentic Shotokan karate as taught by the Japan Karate Association. Come and join our karate classes in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead and Stanmore.

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