This is a review of the All Black Open Martial Arts Uniform.
Martial arts are, in most cases, the epitome of function over form. I mean this in the sense that in martial arts or combat sports, the function is so much more important than form, that the function determines the form in the first place. May that be a technique which gets modified to be more practical, or perhaps some equipment is changed to suit somebody’s goals better, it is a fact that everything has to be functional in martial arts for it to perform properly.
I noticed this in the years of martial arts training I have gotten in several different styles and disciplines, and this same logic applies to the clothing. The karate Gi we all know well was developed in a similar way as the judogi was by Jigoro Kano, the founder of modern Judo, and it was for absolute comfort and function, based on traditional Japanese clothing. It was meant to be the ultimate apparel for mobility, comfort, and agility.
This is why many martial arts clothing that doesn’t live up to a certain standard should be avoided, and quality should be of paramount importance. This is the line of thinking I wanted to analyze this martial arts uniform with as well.
I found the All Black Open Martial Arts Uniform made by Adidas to be a piece of martial arts equipment that did actually live up to the standard. Aside from checking off most of the boxes that a martial arts uniform should, it surprisingly also managed to implement an aesthetic dimension into the design which makes it stand out from the crowd.
In this review, I will go over the main reason s why I believe that this Gi is a great product, and what I believe are some of its pros, cons, and most prominent features. With this, my goal is to bring this product closer to you, the reader, in order to give you a better picture of what you can expect from buying it and thus help you make the ultimate decision.
If you are looking for high-quality martial arts uniforms that are open (not the Taekwondo-style closed gi), and also happen to look great, check out this review, and read on to learn more!
All Black Open Martial Arts Uniform Overview
A martial arts outfit like this one, which is generally called a “Gi”, is designed the way it is for a number of specific reasons. It tried to minimize any pockets or other creases where one’s limbs could get stuck, causing accidental injury, but without throwing out stability, firmness and function. This is why the main goal of a Gi like this one is to be a safe and comfortable way to practice all sorts of movements.
This is what the All Black Open Martial Arts Uniform is good at. Its comfort is on another level, and mobility is also fantastic. This is the point after all. If you take a look at the movements that martial artists perform, you will soon realize that you cannot really perform them in any type of clothing which is not comfortable enough, let alone learn them for the first time.
The All Black Open Martial Arts Uniform is a great martial arts uniform because it has almost all the traditional Japanese Gi should have, and it is also stylish, which is a rare (and sometimes looked-down-upon) sight in the traditional martial arts world.
Wide Range of Sizes
One of the best things about this product is not even necessarily the product itself, but the many sizes that it is available in. It comes in sizes from 000 all the way to size 8, and sometimes even up to size 10. This is a rare feature of karate or traditional martial arts clothing since Eastern Asian people tend to be shorter and smaller in build than an average European or American person, and it is often hard to find the right size.
If one of the main reasons you want to start training in a martial art is also to lose some weight, one of the traditional Gis you can find in larger sizes is this one. This allows many people to be able to start training who otherwise may have to custom sew themselves a Gi, which is often much more expensive.
The fact that Adidas makes this Gis is already a good sign when it comes to material quality, but not only looking at it through the brand-o-scope, it genuinely does have a great feel to it. The fabric is 55% cotton and 45% polyester, which is not the traditional setup of 100% cotton, but there are some advantages to it like increased durability and flexibility.
Durability and great material quality is something that hardly needs explanation, it is simply one of the most important parts of any product we buy. It increases the lifespan of the product, the feel, usability, flexibility, durability, and more, especially with this product.
One of the less important features (for most people), but still a prominent one, is the unusual or rather non-traditional design of these Gis. They are pitch-black, with small, golden Adidas logos here and there as accents, which gives the product a nice, luxurious and high-quality look.
Though the way a Gi looks isn’t nearly as important as how it feels when you do a split or some jumping kick, for example, it still is important, since it can affect your enthusiasm to train. If you like aesthetic designs, this product is definitely for you!
Pros and Cons
Overall, this Gi or martial arts uniform is a great product. Yes, the fact that it comes without a belt and the fact that it may be frowned upon in most traditional schools is quite a bummer, but that doesn’t mean that most people couldn’t make perfect use of it in their martial arts careers. The material quality is exceptional, the looks are great and the durability is also excellent, so if your dojo doesn’t mind that your Gi isn’t white, definitely check it out.
If you are interested in purchasing this product or if you just want to know more about it.