As the home of BJJ, you’d think it would be easier to buy a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu kimono in Rio de Janeiro. But there aren’t as many stores as you think and most people buy them online or in the gyms.
How many gis do you think you can you fit in your suitcase? If your airline luggage allowance doesn’t let you carry too many it makes sense to travel light and buy one when you arrive. It’s possible to buy team kimonos in local gyms, but then you will be representing them wherever you go. And maybe your professor back home might not be so happy to log onto Facebook and see you repping another team in all the pics of you training BJJ in Brazil.
Where to buy a Jiu Jitsu Kimono in Rio de Janeiro
You can track down one of the few shops dotted around the city, or buy one in a gym as mentioned. Or, you simply arrive at Connection Rio house and buy one right there and then.
Connection Rio will now be selling Senki kimonos direct to guests – as there will be no retailer pushing up costs, we’ll keep the price low making them the most affordable jiu-jitsu kimono in Rio de Janeiro.
Senki have been making BJJ gis since the 1990s. At the time a blue belt, Senki founder Ze Luiz did research with competitors and instructors to learn what they wanted from the perfect gi. Now a 3rd degree black belt from the world-famous Gracie Tijuca, he has created a gi that is light, resistant, fits well and has been approved by many top champions.
“If it’s good for them, it’s good for everyone because they are always competing and training everyday,” says Ze Luiz. “Senki is a good choice if you want a lightweight resistant gi that fits well and comes at a reasonable price.”
Senki will also be sponsoring selected Connection Rio athletes, with Torryn Heffelfinger and Sean Coates the first to receive their new training gear. “The gis themselves are surprisingly light for how solidly built they are, the collar especially is super hard for my opponents to grip,” says Sean. “The rash-guards may be my favourite part of the package as they look great and are different to anything else on the market.”
Take home a special souvenir of your time in Rio de Janeiro by buying a kimono made 100% in Brazil, the homeland of the arte suave. Ask us when you arrive and we’ll help you choose the right size.