The material that your BJJ pants are made of can be crucially important, because they must not impede your movements on the mat. A durable, yet lightweight fabric is recommended. Th...
How BJJ Pants can affect your mat strategies
The material that your BJJ pants are made of can be crucially important, because they must not impede your movements on the mat. A durable, yet lightweight fabric is recommended. The fastening of these pants is also important. They usually tie up with a strip of material, or even an outright rope, which can go around the waist one or more times.
Ways to assess quality…
BJJ pants usually also have a number of loops, and the tailoring of these loops can be an indication of the overall quality of the trousers themselves. If they are not strong and well-made, they are bound to come lose during training sessions, leading to your having to repair your trousers regularly session after session. Good BJJ gi pants will also usually include padded knees to provide comfort through long sessions grappling on the mats.
Your local BJJ shop should have all the options. Check out what you like, and buy it online to save money.
I am a strong believer in buying gi that are designed specifically for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
This is because other arts like Aikido or Karate rarely place the sort of stresses on a gi that BJJ does. A really good BJJ gi is made with maneuverability in mind, as well as durability and fit, so that an opponent cannot easily use your own gi against you in gi-based moves.
Good BJJ gi pants, then, will be made of cotton, and of heavy fabric.
It goes without saying that such pants could be used for an art like Aikido, but it would be overkill, in a way, since the durability required by Jiu Jitsu would rarely be needed in another art. The seams of the trousers must be heavily reinforced, as must the knees of the trousers. They should also have quilting reaching from hip to ankle. This quilting is a cross-stitched pattern that adds strength to the trousers.
Then there’s the heavy drawstring, which is traditional, with loops in the front to hold the drawstring. Pants this well made will rarely ever wear out, since the main stress in BJJ is on the jacket of the gi.
Some people deliberately choose to buy their BJJ trousers in a different, lighter material from the jacket, as this allows for softer fabric and more comfortable grappling and rolling. Where you live is also an issue – if it gets extremely warm during workouts, you would be well advised to go in for lighter trousers that allow for more comfort. If you choose a good fit, lighter material in trousers should wear and last as long as heavier material, as this is a part of your apparel that is not going to be put under direct stress by your opponent.
So, when choosing the weave (which is, in short, the durability) of your trousers, you need to bear all this in mind. Go for lighter weaves for coolness and comfort, for more heavy weaves if you need extra durability.
When choosing sizes, those who are tall should be sure to choose a size whose pant length is compatible with their physique – nothing looks as out of place as trousers that are too short. For those who are on the heavy side, they should ensure that the waist will not be too tight – there should be some leeway, for the various contortions that grappling on the mat requires.