A common question that often gets asked by people who are coming here to Rio to train is, how many BJJ gis should I take to Rio? Whilst there is no set number that applies to everyone, the amount that each individual should bring can be worked out pretty easily.
I would recommend that as a minimum, for any person coming to Rio to train, that they should bring as many gis as they are going to train per day plus one. So if your plans are to train once a day, then the minimum you should bring is one plus one i.e. two gis.
However if you are planning on training here three times per day then the minimum you should bring is three plus one i.e. four gis. Of course bringing a gi or two more than necessary is by all means a good thing, as is a spare pair of pants, especially for those staying for longer periods of time.
Of course when you’re training hard and frequently then gis need to be washed, a lot. Luckily here at Connection Rio there are excellent and very large washing machines that are available for Connection Rio house guests exclusively along with a large dryer, not to mention multiple drying lines and racks that mean it is easy to get gis fresh and ready to train in again as soon as possible.Also another major benefit of these facilities is the cost. To wash two pairs of gis five times here costs only R$35 (£10 / US$16) whereas to wash 2 gis just ONCE outside Connection Rio at a lavandaria would cost the same!
In more personal gi news, the guys at Senki Kimonos have just sorted me out with a great package of gis, rashguards and t-shirts. The gis themselves are surprisingly light for how solidly built they are, the collar especially is super hard for my opponents to grip. The rash-guards may be my favourite part of the package as they look great and are different to anything else on the market. The t-shirts are also a great slimline fit with classic Senki designs on them. I was super pleased to get everything from Senki as they are a trusted brand that has been around for a while and produce some genuinely different products than any other company today.