Pacific Sports Australia Martial Arts Products Guides
Canvas Karate Uniforms - Weights
12oz Canvas Gi
When you have been training for several years you’ll probably have several gi’s in various conditions, from falling apart to brand new. Your favorite gi is the one that’s softened with constant wear, it’s been through hundreds of training sessions with you and feels so comfortable you just can’t part with it. It’s true that you can feel almost sentimental about your ‘special’ gi, there’s a lot of good memories there.
For some people, putting on their canvas karate uniform can symbolize the transition between their casual everyday clothes and mentally preparing themselves for the focus and discipline of martial art training. It is a tool, and its effect can be instantaneous. But that doesn’t mean you want to pay an outrageous price for it. You can get a great quality well-cut canvas gi without having to break the bank.
All Pacific Sports canvas karate gi’s are made in top quality cotton canvas and include a wide range of weights... lightweight 10oz, medium weights 12oz and 14oz and heavyweight karate gi is available in 16oz and in 18oz canvas. These are hardwearing gi’s made to a European ‘cut’ that’s comfortable and a perfect fit for all body shapes. The seams are double stitched for long-lasting durability and best of all, they are great value for money.
The medium-weight 12oz canvas gi is perfect for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced practitioners. 12oz is a tough fabric without being uncomfortably heavy for beginners or anyone preferring a lighter uniform. These offer a superior cooling effect as they absorb more sweat keeping it away from the body during tough training sessions and deliver a crisp ‘snap’ sound with a well-carried out kick or punch.
The jacket is cut to allow plenty of room through the shoulders and chest, for a full range of movement, for a variety of martial art disciplines. The pants are designed for deep stretches and high kicks, without straining the seams. They are fitted with elasticated waist and drawstring for extra adjustment around the waist.
Pacific Sports canvas karate gi’s are made with a shrinkage allowance so appear large before washing. The gi will shrink to fit after washing.
Belts are not included with canvas karate gi’s but may be ordered separately.
16oz Canvas Gi
Pacific Sports 16oz karate gi’s are designed in a professional European cut for experienced martial art practitioners. Made in high density 100% cotton canvas with double-stitched seams this is a tough long-lasting gi made for rigorous training sessions and competitions. This gi will be a favorite for many years.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression. That’s why all Pacific Sports canvas Gis are tailored with the European cut; meaning they are cut generously and with full-length arms in the jacket and legs of the pants, providing an excellent fit for all body shapes.
The weight also means the fabric is stiffer, contributing to three necessary design improvements. Firstly, it’s a cooling effect. The rigid cloth allows air to circulate around the body more effectively, but also, the fabric can absorb more sweat away from the body than that of a lighter fabric.
Secondly, there is no substitute for good technique, but a heavier fabric is more likely to make a pronounced ‘snap’ when a maneuver is performed correctly.
Finally, it’s agreed by many athletes, that a heavier canvas Gi simply looks better aesthetically. The stiffer canvas has a more defined shape, which many experienced martial artists prefer.
Belts are not included with canvas gi’ s. Please order separately if required.
18 oz Canvas Gi
Pacific Sports have tailored a highly sought after heavy-weight canvas karate gi, designed with experienced students, instructors, and professional martial artists in mind.
An 18oz gi can be difficult to find on the market, and Pacific Sports brings this to you with quality and great value at the core of their design.
The 18oz karate uniform is made to a professional European ‘cut’ to fit comfortably with full-length sleeves and pants and good length to the jacket. This modern design is preferred by most martial artists.
It’s double stitched seams, and heavy-duty material makes it suitable for tough training sessions and competitions alike. The extra stiff canvas means better air ventilation around the body, and will absorb and wick more sweat, and as a result cooling the wearer faster than lighter weight gi’s.
The dense fabric also means that correctly performed maneuvers create an audible ‘snap’
The jacket is purposely cut to give plenty of room through the shoulders and chest, to allow a full range of movement without hindrance, while the pants have been designed for ease of movement through lunges, stretches and high kicks without straining the fabric.
The pants include an elasticated waist, as well as a drawstring for tighter adjustment.
Belts are not supplied with canvas gi’s. Please order separately if required.
1. Guide to Kick Shields and Muay Thai Pads
When taking up a martial art such as Taekwondo, Muay Thai or Kickboxing, that incorporates punching, kicking and sparring you will probably need some training equipment. Kicking shields and focus pads give you something to practice on and can help you develop fast powerful kicks, punches, and strikes. Shopping for these products for the first time can be confusing when you lack the experience to know exactly what you need.
Ultimately what you want is some good quality equipment that meets your current needs, is hardwearing and will not break the bank. This is definitely possible if you know what to look for and you don’t get sidetracked when you are ready to buy.
There are two main types of equipment that will allow you to practice your kicks. They are shields/pads and focus pads.
Kick shields are widely recognizable. Even if you are new to martial arts, you have probably seen people practicing on kick shields at the gym. They are usually square or rectangular shaped padded foam pads, from about 8cms to 12cms thick. Handles on the back allow your training partner to hold the shield while you practice your kicks on it.
Kick shields are available with a vinyl cover or leather cover. Some people link vinyl to cheap but that ’s not so these days. Vinyl has come la long way in the past few years and heavy duty, top quality vinyl is extremely hardwearing and reasonably priced.
The size of the shields varies from jumbo-sized shields to more moderately sized. They are usually used to develop power so are made to absorb the impact from full contact kicks and strikes. Kick shields are usually purchased and used individually.
If you are buying a shield for home use, think about who will be holding it for you before you purchase it. If it’s over-sized it can be hard to move about to alter kicking direction for a smaller, lighter person.
Consider these points before buying….
- Know who will be holding and kicking the shield - the size of it should provide adequate protection for the holder and be easy to hold, not so big and bulky to be unmanageable.
- Think about the weight of the shield for the same reason as above.
- Is the shield for light contact or full contact – do you want a very high impact filling or something lighter? If you use a shield with lighter filling for full contact the fill can break up making the shield virtually useless.
Muay Thai Pads
Muay Thai pads are smaller than kick shields. Traditionally they are made with a leather cover so the majority of pads you check out will be made in leather. Lower cost pads with a vinyl covering can work equally as well.
Muay Thai pads, either leather or vinyl are usually quite solid to kick. They have a dense center padding made to take a pounding. They may be straight or have a slightly curved shape. The back of the pad is fitted with straps that can fasten either with a buckle or Velcro. Being worn on the arm makes them able to be moved quickly. The holder can quickly alter the direction of the pads making them versatile for knee and elbow techniques, turning kicks, head height kicks and jumping techniques. For or this reason think about the size and weight of the pads before you purchase.
2. Focus Pads & Paddles
Focus pads are excellent training aids for general fitness training as well as martial arts. Focus pads can be known by different names....focus pads, focus mitts or hook and jab pads. They all do the same job, being worn on the holder’s hands while you make contact on them with punches, strikes, kicks and even elbows.
Focus pads may be of leather or vinyl construction. While vinyl pads are considerably cheaper than leather they can be very good quality. They come in a variety of shapes too, round, oval, square, straight and curved, some are quite long to cover the holder’s wrist while others are micro pads – made small to encourage focus. It’s a good idea to work out exactly what you intend to use the pads for before you purchase.
The material used in the inner construction or filling of the pads also affects how they are used. Ideally, the pads should have some substance to them especially if being used by experienced practitioners that want the feel of strong contact. However, if the pads are too solid they may not suit less experienced students, especially if they are punching without gloves. So make sure you know if the pad is being used with or without gloves and by beginners or advanced students.
The other point to consider is how they are held. There are a couple of variations, some have a glove-like fitting on the back while others are made with a handle and velcro strap that may be tightened so it stays securely in place. Some are made with a ‘palm ball’ that fits neatly into the holder’s palm. Focus pads are reasonably priced now so if you are buying a set for adults and children to practice on, it may be worth investing in two economical sets that suit everyone, rather than spending a lot on one set.
The versatility of focus pads makes them a ‘must have’ item for martial art training. They are easy to transport, small enough to fit in a gym bag, can be used in a confined space and are simple to use. Even a non-training friend or partner can be shown how to hold focus pads, changing the position and angle to suit you.
Consider these points before buying….
- Focus pads should be close-fitting at first as they will stretch with use – but don’t buy them too tight as you will want to get them on and off quickly.
- Know if they will be used with or without gloves. Check that the punching surface and consistency is suitable, neither too hard or too soft.
- Look for reasonable weight pads, - you don't want to be holding bricks.
Focus pads come in different shapes and sizes
- Curved focus pads are useful for focusing the punch/strike in the centre of the pad.
- Traditional, flat focus pads are good for basic and more advanced training, kicks, punches and jumping kicks.
- The longer focus pads that cover the holder’s wrist area are good for beginners that can miss the centre of the pad.
- Smaller sized focus pads are excellent for experienced practitioners practising high speed punches as they encourage focus on the vital point you’re aiming at rather than hitting the general area.
Basically, the size, weight, shape, and quality of the pads you purchase depend on your needs and what you want to get out of your training.
Paddles are useful training aids for practicing techniques where the holder needs some extra distance to keep away from the technique. For example a fast spinning heel or reverse crescent kick. Paddles are easy to control, can be used for high and low kicks and useful for children when first learning to hold a pad for a partner.
All paddles look much the same, a padded ‘bat’ area with a handle. They are available in single or double style, (single bat or with an added bat that ‘claps’ when struck) – and with or without a wrist protector for the holder. They all have the same application, which you choose has to suit your personal needs.
Choosing A Karate Uniform
Part 1 - How to Choose Your First Uniform
Looking for your first martial art uniform? It's easy to feel confused when you see all the different brands, fabrics and styles. This guide aims to make it easier for you.
The first step is to make sure you know which style of uniform you need, the V neck style was worn only for Taekwondo - or the traditional wrap-over style worn for karate and in some Taekwondo schools?
Pacific Sports stock all sizes of Taekwondo uniforms and karate uniforms from size 000/110 to size 7/200.
The rest of this guide is focused on the wrap over style karate uniform
A karate uniform can be referred to as a karate gi, karate gi, dogi or karate dogi. They are all same style of uniform, a wrap over jacket with ties at each side and a pair of pants. The karate uniform may or may not come with a belt depending on if it is a lightweight karate uniform or a canvas karate uniform.
The Korean term for the uniform is Dobok so if you are learning Taekwondo your uniform, either V neck or wrap over is known by the word 'Dobok'.
The 'cut' of the karate uniform or gi refers to its individual styling. The most common terms are 'European' cut, 'Japanese' or 'Tournament' cut and 'Traditional' cut.
European Cut - this is the cut used for most uniforms now. Full-length sleeves to the jacket and full length in the pants. The jacket can be hip length or in some brands a little longer - to mid-thigh. The pants usually have an elastic waist with an inner drawstring for extra adjustment.
Japanese Cut or Tournament Cut Karate Gi - this is a more specialized design. It has shorter sleeves and shorter legs for greater ease of movement. Some tournament cut uniforms can be 3/4 length in the sleeves and legs. The jacket can be either regular karate uniform length or mid-thigh length, depending on the brand you choose.
Traditional Cut - this is similar to the European cut with full-length sleeves and pants. The jacket may be wider across the back and the pants wider at the thigh for a looser, less modern fit.
Material We used in Manufacturing of our products
The fabric of your karate uniform depends on personal choice and if you are a beginner or an experienced student.
Lightweight uniforms come in either a poly/cotton blend fabric or 100% cotton fabric. The uniform can be made in 6oz, 7oz and 8oz weight fabric. The lightweight 6oz is a very light fabric and lacks durability. We believe it's suitable only for children's uniforms but it is your choice of course.
The basic Pacific Sports karate uniform is made in 8oz fabric. It is the best choice for beginner's, both adults and children. It has some strength to it, it is hardwearing, it soaks up sweat and does not become see through as the thinner fabrics do. The 8oz 100% cotton is especially good if you are training in a hot climate. 8oz poly/cotton and 100% cotton uniforms are sold with a white belt.
Pacific Sports canvas uniforms are available in 10oz, 12oz, 14oz 16oz and 18oz weight. The most commonly worn is 12oz. It is known as lightweight canvas. 14oz is a medium weight while 16oz and 18oz are heavyweight canvas. Canvas uniforms are sold without belts.
The stiffer feel of canvas fabric prevents it lying against your skin in the way a lighter softer fabric does. So although the fabric feels inflexible at first it absorbs sweat and keeps it away from your skin very well, leaving you feeling cooler and more comfortable. Pacific Sports canvas uniforms last for years. They become more and more comfortable over time as the fabric wears in and becomes softer with constant use and washing.
If you are used to wearing a lightweight uniform and trying canvas for the first time, it is best to start with the lightest weight. When brand new the fabric feels stiffer than cotton but not especially heavy or thick. After washing and shrinkage (see part 2 of this guide about shrinkage) the weave will be closer and feel thicker.
If you progress from 12oz to 14oz canvas you will know what to expect.
Part 2 - The Size and Brand
Karate uniforms are manufactured to fit people of average height to weight ratio. Most people are taller, shorter, slimmer or chunkier than average so it is normal to have to make some minor alterations to your uniform.
Size charts usually suggest a size according to your height and weight so make of note of those details and keep them handy when you are ready to purchase.
You will be most comfortable if you choose a uniform to fit your largest measurement on the chart. For example, if you are 163cms tall and weigh 90kgs choose size 5/180 uniform - and if you are 190cms tall and weigh 60kgs choose size 6/190.
|Height||Weight||Regular Clothing Size||GI/Uniform Size|
|180-190cms||90-104kgs||X Large adult||6/190|
|190-210cms||104-120kgs||XX Large adult||7/200|
Shrinkage - There will be some shrinkage to your uniform. Almost every brand provides for the shrinkage in the sizing, so if you try on your uniform before washing it seems about one size too large. After washing. Iit will be a comfortable fit. Poly/cotton uniforms shrink by approximately 3-5%, 100% cotton and canvas uniforms shrink by approximately 5-10%.
To reduce shrinkage wash your uniform in cold water and let it dry naturally, avoid using a clothes dryer. If you must dry in a clothes dryer use the warm setting only and check the uniform regularly.
Karate Uniforms - So Many Brands, How Do I Know Which is Best?
Almost every brand of karate uniform has some good points and some bad points. After training in martial arts for 35 years I believe the most important point is the fit. I want my uniform to fit correctly. Personally I don't care if it has a fancy brand name, I just want a uniform that does it's job well. So, well known expensive brand or less known lesser expensive brand, it really does not matter providing if it has all the qualities needed. Basically these are:
- It should be made in a good quality hard-wearing fabric, cotton, poly cotton or canvas.
- It should be well-constructed - double stitched using good quality thread and reinforced at the stress areas.
- It should be correctly cut - no skimping in the use of fabric.
- Look for good length to the jacket and pants and check for the width fitting too. The jacket should have a good overlap at the front so the ties meet easily. The pants should have plenty of room in the thigh area so you can raise your knees and train at full pace without feeling any restrictions or straining of seams.
- Minimum of 5 rows of stitching at the cuffs. Much is written about the rows of stitching being responsible for the uniform 'snap'. Our consideration is for the aesthetic look of the uniform, the rows of stitching are a traditional and so necessary part of the uniform.
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A Guide for Buyers of Taekwondo Shoes
So you’ve made the commitment to learn Taekwondo as your chosen martial art. You will have attended a few sessions and are now looking to purchase your own taekwondo gear. You will need a uniform, protective padding and of course some Taekwondo shoes. This is a short guide on how to go about selecting your first pair of Taekwondo shoes.
Why Buy Taekwondo Shoes?
There are many martial arts which require no footwear to practice. Karate, Judo, Aikido and Jiu-Jitsu are amongst those that require only a two-piece gi and bare feet.
This is because most of your training will take place on a Tatami mat. However, in Taekwondo, most of your training could take place on hard wooden surfaces such as in a gym or sports hall. With this in mind there are a number of reasons to buy Taekwondo shoes:
- Protection – as mentioned, venues for Taekwondo clubs are varied, some are well provisioned sports halls, but others can be nothing more than a hired room in a church or local hall. This means the floors can present hazards. Shoes will protect you from splinters, stones etc.
- Hygiene – any location where bare feet are the norm carry the risk of infection spreading, fungus and skin conditions can easily be picked up at a weekly taekwondo class.
Choosing the Right Taekwondo Shoes
Taekwondo shoes should be light and comfortable, if you're buying them specifically for training then check they meet the requirements of your school before you go ahead and buy them as some schools prefer students to purchase directly from them.
The basic points to check when buying Taekwondo shoes are:
- The design and shape of the shoe - look for a design that fits snugly so it stays secure during training yet is quick to slip on and off.
- Check for soft flexible shoes, made of good quality materials, preferably leather. The shoes need to be pliable for quick action footwork yet hard-wearing for rigorous training.
- Well-made shoes with strong stitching to take the constant impact of bag and pad work.
- Good quality non-slip soles with a pivot point for fast pivot action when needed.
- Comfortable fit - shoes can vary in size depending on the brand so check the actual measurements of the shoes as well as the size marked on the shoe.