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Old 08-06-2016, 02:39 PM   #1
John McBride
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Yet Another Dogi Question

Hello all,

I am reading here, catching up as it were. I am returning to the Mat after many, many years.

I used to have a few wonderfully thick and heavy Dogi/pants sets back in my younger days. These were purchased through my old Dojo, and I think they were the "Old" Bujin company IIRC.

As I mentioned, I have been reading here and doing my due diligence regarding dogi purchases. However, I find that a LOT of the threads are old, and that a lot of the links do not work.

My question is this,

Since I am obviously going to need new Dogi for my reemerging journey, could some of you help me with locating a high quality, all cotton, hard wearing Dogi? I am going to be buying at least two, One for colder months, and one for summer, and I would like to get some input on what is considered to be of high quality, comfortable, and hard wearing these days.

I may also be buying additional pants as well. i like to spread the wear and tear over several pairs.

I like the old Bujin Dogis, but I am reading less than stellar reviews of some of their products post Boulder Colorado days. Is there another brand/manufacturer who can approximate these?

I like the thicker material, and I like the reinforced/harder wearing pants.
I am as of this writing, standing 6foot 3in tall and weighing in at a .... ahem ...."Svelte" 245 lbs.
I am assuming that for an all cotton Gi, I will need to be buying a size 6 or maybe a 7? Any input here?

Also,I am in the USA, if that helps any.

Any Colorado Aikidoka with insight into local sources that are good, please do chime in.....gives me a chance to meet some of you all!!!!

Any help is very much appreciated.

Domo,

John
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Old 08-08-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
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Re: Yet Another Dogi Question

Why don't you see what your local dojo recommends. Should be plenty of 'samples' worn around the mat. If not, quite a few places you can order from.

I use Kiyota Co. in Baltimore MD. Big selection, and the owner can help you select what might be best for you.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:48 PM   #3
John McBride
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Re: Yet Another Dogi Question

Thanks Larry!

Exactly the type of info I was hoping for.

Domo,
John
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Old 08-11-2016, 05:43 AM   #4
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Re: Yet Another Dogi Question

Ive got about 7 'new' Bujin jackets that I currently use and about 4 or 5 older original Bujin ones. The new ones are better made. They've held up just fine for the past several years of use.

John.

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John

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Old 08-11-2016, 02:30 PM   #5
John McBride
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Re: Yet Another Dogi Question

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John Burn wrote: View Post
Ive got about 7 'new' Bujin jackets that I currently use and about 4 or 5 older original Bujin ones. The new ones are better made. They've held up just fine for the past several years of use.

John.
Ok John, that is actually a welcome bit of news. I had always lived my old gi's, so maybe I gi with new bujin. I had been looking at some of the other offerings online and was more than a little flummoxed. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 08-13-2016, 01:28 PM   #6
Michael Hackett
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Re: Yet Another Dogi Question

I purchase my dogi from Kiyota as well and have been very, very happy with the service and prices. I personally choose the heavyweight Biesu dogi. They are expensive to purchase (about $ 225-$250), but cheap to own. Most of mine have lasted close to ten years before retirement.

Michael
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