I was brought up by an old school jiujitsu junkie that trained in Relson’s garage, and as most of you probably know white Gi’s are a thing and more importantly that loyalty is everything. When my dad wanted to return to the mats he searched for 1. A Relson Gracie school, and 2. Relson’s approval. His loyalty never once wavered from day one in a small garage to finally achieving faixa preta (black belt). The most important lesson I have carried with me throughout my jiujitsu journey is that loyalty is an incredibly important yet forgotten value. Looking beyond the IBJJF tournaments, all the various branches and schools of BJJ, Jiujitsu is a martial art first and foremost. I think a lot of people have forgotten that. Remembering the true history of this martial art despite school spats, and disagreements, I think we can all agree that Jiujitsu has played a pretty significant part in our lives. To treat it’s history with anything less than the damn loyalty it deserves is ignorant and tactless. Train hard my friends, and let your actions reflect your art.
The Jiu-jitsu gi game is always changing and I’m picky to say the least, but my recent favorite is Daybyday, a brand by AJ Mendoza. AJ is a Relson Gracie black belt and a family friend, he started his business about three years ago and it took off. Hawaii started sporting Daybyday. I have one of the older versions the V.3 with black accents but that priceless tag on the inside saying, “Train, Wash, Repeat.” and the inside stitching saying, “Day By Day The Path To Black Belt.” makes for a subtle yet bad a** look. The gi is relatively light weight and I throw mine in the dryer with little to no change to size. This is an A0 but I think to be IBJJF legal I’m going to get an A1. I love the ripstop pants because its light weight and easy to move around in. I tried women’s cut gi’s but this regular adult size fits very nicely. They also make A1H and above for the wider men. Guys and girls if you’re looking for a stylish but durable gi to get your train on go check them out.