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How to choose your Karategi

How to Choose Your Karategi - Model & Size

Although choosing one's model is relatively simple, especially with the explanations below, the choice of size of a Karategi may be more complicated. Due to its long-time expertize in the conception of high-end training suits, KuSakura is able to provide you with technical specifications and measurements on all its models. You will find all size tables on this page to help you make your choice.

Karategi Size Table

KuSakura offers different models including two high-quality made in China Karategi and two made in Japan models. Every Karategi are carefully checked to meet the strict quality standards set by KuSakura.

Light Karategi Kumite Size Chart (R9)


Your size Dogi size Jacket measurements Pants measurements
A B C D E F A A' B C
110 ~ 120 cm S0 52 cm 83 cm 35 cm 19 cm 14 cm 13 cm 58 cm 62 cm 36 cm 17 cm
120 ~ 130 cm S1 56 cm 105 cm 41 cm 20 cm 15 cm 13 cm 53 cm 67 cm 39 cm 18 cm
130 ~ 140 cm S2 60 cm 113 cm 45 cm 21 cm 16 cm 17 cm 69 cm 73 cm 45 cm 19 cm
140 ~ 150 cm 1 67 cm 121 cm 49 cm 22 cm 17 cm 19 cm 80 cm 84 cm 45 cm 21 cm
150 ~ 160 cm 2 71 cm 131 cm 53 cm 24 cm 19 cm 21 cm 88 cm 91 cm 48 cm 23 cm
160 ~ 170 cm 3 75 cm 139 cm 57 cm 26 cm 21 cm 23 cm 95 cm 99 cm 51 cm 24 cm
170 ~ 175 cm 4 82 cm 147 cm 61 cm 28 cm 23 cm 25 cm 103 cm 107 cm 55 cm 26 cm
180 ~ 185 cm 5 86 cm 155 cm 65 cm 30 cm 26 cm 27 cm 110 cm 114 cm 59 cm 28 cm
All measurements are taken before shrinkage. All models shrink of about 2 to 3%.

Semi-Heavy Karategi Size Chart (R2N)


Your size Dogi size Jacket measurements Pants measurements
A B C D E F A A' B C
150 cm ~ 160 cm S2 65 cm 107 cm 49 cm 24 cm 17 cm 17 cm 73 cm 77 cm 34 cm 19 cm
150 cm ~ 160 cm 1 70 cm 119 cm 53 cm 25 cm 18 cm 19 cm 79 cm 83 cm 38 cm 21 cm
150 cm ~ 160 cm 2 75 cm 131 cm 57 cm 26 cm 18 cm 21 cm 85 cm 89 cm 48 cm 23 cm
160 cm ~ 170 cm 3 80 cm 143 cm 61 cm 27 cm 19 cm 23 cm 91 cm 95 cm 52 cm 25 cm
170 cm ~ 175 cm 4 85 cm 155 cm 65 cm 28 cm 20 cm 25 cm 97 cm 101 cm 56 cm 27 cm
175 cm ~ 180 cm 5 90 cm 167 cm 69 cm 29 cm 21 cm 27 cm 103 cm 107 cm 60 cm 29 cm
180 cm ~ 190 cm 6 95 cm 179 cm 73 cm 30 cm 22 cm 29 cm 109 cm 113 cm 64 cm 32 cm
All measurements are taken before shrinkage. All models shrink of about 2 to 3%.

Heavyweight Karategi (R1N) & Black Karategi Size Chart (R3N)


Your size Dogi size Jacket measurements Pants measurements
A B C D E F A A' B C
150 cm ~ 160 cm 2 75 cm 131 cm 57 cm 26 cm 18 cm 21 cm 85 cm 89 cm 48 cm 23 cm
160 cm ~ 170 cm 3 80 cm 143 cm 61 cm 27 cm 19 cm 23 cm 91 cm 95 cm 52 cm 25 cm
170 cm ~ 175 cm 4 85 cm 155 cm 65 cm 28 cm 20 cm 25 cm 97 cm 101 cm 56 cm 27 cm
175 cm ~ 180 cm 5 90 cm 167 cm 69 cm 29 cm 21 cm 27 cm 103 cm 107 cm 60 cm 29 cm
180 cm ~ 190 cm 6 95 cm 179 cm 73 cm 30 cm 22 cm 29 cm 109 cm 113 cm 64 cm 32 cm
Same measurements as the black model, with a slightly larger pants.
This model is sanforized.(Do not shrink).
Karategi Sizing Sketch
  • A: Jacket length - From the center of the dogi to the tip of the sleeve.
  • B: Sleeves length - From one wrist to the other.
  • C: Jacket width - From lateral opening to lateral opening.
  • D: Shoulder vertical width
  • E: Sleeves width
  • F: Lateral vents height
  • A': Pants full length - On the back of the pants
  • A: Pants full length - On the front of the pants
  • B: Pants width - At the level of the waist, when the pants is fully open.
  • C: Leg width - At the ankle bone
  • D: Leg width - At the thigh

How to Choose Your Karategi - Which model

Which Karategi Model

- The "light" model R9 is a perfect fit for Kumite. The fabric is thin and extremely light.
- The « versatile » model R2N, is a semi-heavy model adapted to both Kumite and Kata practices. Made of thick slightly bluish fabric, this Karategi impresses with its durability.
The heavy model R1N is undeniably a valuable asset for Kata practitioners. Comparable to a single layer Judogi, this model is the shining stone in KuSakura's Karate line. Ideal for experienced practitioners.
- The black model R3N is made from the same fabric as the R1N model. Adapted for both Kumite and Kata, this Karategi is optimized for Taijutsu as well as Ninjutsu practices.

Like all other KuSakura's Dogi in other martial arts, our Karate models are all 100% made from high-quality cotton and cut according to the same traditional cut. We strongly believe that by ordering to a Japanese company, our customers request the best suits currently available the market and this is what we yearn to satisfy.

Choosing Your Karategi Size

First of all, you need to know you current size in order to be able to choose the appropriate Dogi size for you. Our size recommendation takes shrinkage into account, however, if you base your choice on the product measurements given in the size tables above, shrinkage is not taken into account but the manufacturing measures (taken out of the workshop).
Our sizes are made from basic standards. Consequently, we highly suggest to practitioners whose weight is or tend to be over their ideal weight or between two sizes to consider the bigger size higher.

Since we indicate all important measures for all models to limit mistake on the size choice. Do not hesitate to measure your current Dogi for comparison.

The Different Fabrics

Usually, Karategi can be made from two fabrics, cotton and polyester (which comes most of the time as a cotton/poly blend). Here is a brief overview of the specificities of both fabrics.

100% Cotton

Considered to be the fabric of high-end models, 100% cotton made Karategis are heavier than polyester blend ones and are consequently a perfect fit for Kata or Kumite practitioners fond of heavy Gi. As it is a natural material, cotton made models are likely to shrink when washed (around 3 to 5% depending on the model for KuSakura Karategi). Although cotton tends to be a rather difficult material to take care of, it is usually highly recommended for practitioners demanding one quality and comfort during their practice.

Polyester Blend

In Karate, a blend of Polyester and cotton is usually used mainly to produce lighter and less expensive Karategi. Usually made from 65% polyester/35% cotton, this material is said to be easier to maintain and less likely to shrink when washed. However, this kind of fabric may cause the Gi to cling on the skin during long practice and is not breathable preventing optimum comfort.

KuSakura's statement mission has always been to provide its customers with the highest quality of equipment as possible. This is why you will find only 100% cotton made Karategi on KuSakura Shop.

Additional Services for Karategi

Because perfection does not exist, we offer three services in order to make our products as close to your needs as possible. All these services can be ordered directly on the product page when putting your Karategi into your cart and are all made within 4 business days.

Chest and Hips Cord

This option allows women to order the "Munehimo" consisting of a set of chords around the chest providing a perfect fit in every condition. While the chest chord is usually recommended for women, the hip cords can be ordered regardless of gender. The cord does not affect the comfort of the Dogi in any way.

Magic Tape

A modern version of the above cords, this option consists of a set of velcro tapes providing a perfect adjustment of the jacket during practice. Nonetheless, we would rather recommend the classic cords option, more adapted to all kinds of situations.

Sleeves Cut

The name of this option is quite transparent. If you are interested in any model but would like a slight modification of the sleeves length to suit your needs, you may want to consider taking this option.

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