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Old 11-30-2001, 02:04 PM   #1
Dojo: Aikido of Norwalk
Location: CT
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 205
Breaking in a new gi

Does anyone know a good meathod for breaking in a new gi? I just got one and it is so stiff I can barely move in it. I have heard people say that using fabric softner is bad for it. I can't really just wear it to class to break it in gradually since I can hardly bend my arms (as if my technique doesn't suffer enough ). Any suggestions?

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Old 11-30-2001, 03:13 PM   #2
Dojo: Michigan Technological University
Location: Houghton MI
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 27
Where do you think unbendable arm comes from?

Depending on how much shrinkage you can tolerate, washing it in hot water and drying it in a hot dryer works pretty well.

And then (of course) there's practice, practice, practice...
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Old 11-30-2001, 05:19 PM   #3
Dojo: North Bay Aikido
Location: Santa Cruz
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 12
Fabric softener.

If you bleach it once that will help too. I've also noticed that my gi's feel good if I don't overdo it on the soap when washing them.

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Old 12-03-2001, 01:12 AM   #4
Dojo: City Aikido
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 178
Originally posted by aikifish
Fabric softener.

If you bleach it once that will help too. I've also noticed that my gi's feel good if I don't overdo it on the soap when washing them.
I heard somewhere that fabric softener actually reduces the absorption of the fabric... so you may want to check on this before doing that.

Don't know about the bleach -- I would think that would make it less durable? Probably once wouldn't make too much difference, gi's are pretty tough....

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