Live Love Fight is a, to my knowledge, new BJJ gi brand. I came in contact with their products thru mutual friend James Siddall and was lucky enough to get my hands on one of their latest productions: The Ultra light Black Diamond gi. (Thanks to "Live Love Fight" for the great photos of the gi - the ones that don't have me in it :) )
I have indeed been looking for a light weight gi after reading how quickly Christian Graugart's ultra light ones dried when he was travelling and how they made traveling the globe with gi(s) that much easier. A few of us from The BJJ Labs in Manchester are planning a weekend BJJ trip to London (and I'm travelling to Cape Town in September, where I will visit a few South African BJJ academies) and I'd rather pack less than more so it was only fortunate that Jimmy gave me this awesome gi (to buy, visit this link: Live Love Fight), and awesome it is:
- One piece jacket with no back seam, perfectly suitable for back patches.
- Lightweight 450g pre shrunk
- EVA Foam Collar
- Contrasting colour stitch
- Heavy reinforced Seams
- Tailored Fit - it made me look very skinny!
- 12oz Ripstop cotton pants with pearl weave flexible groin panel
- Red cotton drawstring
- Multiloop system (there must be 37 loops or something like that!)
- Contrasting color stitch
- Heavy reinforced Seams
- Double reinforced knees
- Tailored Fit
Check out their website on Live Love Fight for more details.
This is one sexy mofo of a gi, and it comes in white, blue and black. It's very simple, which is why I love it. The decorative embroidery is very selective (the lion on one arm and cross on the other) and, along with the contrast stitching, makes it a very classy martial arts uniform for BJJ.
As I mentioned above, the gi jacket back is left blank with plenty of room for gym or BJJ team patches. The inner tapings of the sleeve and leg cuffs, as well as the bottom of the jacket skirt are adorned with minimalistic art.
Is the combination of a lion with the big flaming cross everybody's cup of tea? Probably not, but as I said, I found it to be selective and very beautiful.
I wore the A2 size – I'm 175 cm tall and way 84kg. I have shortish arms and legs (not like a frikkin T-rex but you get the idea!). I haven't washed and hang-dried the gi yet but I have no plans to shrink it.
It is a very comfortable gi, if you look at the previous post you will see me showing side control escapes wearing the gi. I don't think my friends down at The Labs quite appreciated me constantly remarking that the gi was so light it felt like I was grappling naked but it's true! I weighed myself with and without the gi and the difference was exactly 1.7kg!! I have books heavier than that!
As I mentioned, I got the gi thru a friend, but when I checked their website and did some quick currency calculation (US$89.99 offer currently on), I realized that it's absolutely great value for money gi. Please do, however, keep in mind that if buying from the USA shipping and custom tax adds to the cost. Live Love Fight is a new brand and not many retailers stock it at the moment.
Check out Live Love Fight for more details.
So, out of 10 what would I give it? I would definitely give it a 9! The only thing I can say against it is potential shipping and taxes and that the embroidery might not be for everyone. I and a few others down at The BJJ Labs love it, but my coach Martyn had more than one or two comments to make :)
One more chance to take advantage of the sale at: Live Love Fight
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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