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Gi: The Duds of Discipline
People often joke that the robes worn by martial-arts practitioners resemble pajamas, but that may not be such a far cry. Read on to learn more about these ancient garbs.
Though its proper name might not spring to mind, the customary outfit of a dojo sensei, commonly known as a gi, is eminently recognizable: a jacket called an uwagi tied by a belt (or obi) over a pair of short pants (shitakabi), the whole ensemble draped loosely to allow for swift and acrobatic movements. The particular materials used to make the gi follow the needs of specific martial-arts styles. A karate master who relies on quick strikes and powerful blows, for example, will likely don a lighter gi, whereas a judo fighter might enlist heavier, more durable fabric to endure the endless grapples and throws. In Japan, the catchall term for the customary robe isn't gi but rather keikogi—keiko translates to "practice." The name might also take on a prefix according to its intended discipline: judogi, karategi, aikidogi, and so forth.
Despite being a symbol of martial-arts culture for centuries, the gi's origin remains unclear. Some speculate that the airy uniform was simply designed to accommodate the lifestyle of the Okinawan farmers and fishermen who invented it. Others contend that, in light of a 13th-century imperial ban on the possession of weapons, warriors trained at night to avoid detection. In a pinch, the robes could pass for sleepwear, concealing their transgression.
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About Max Scruggs Karate Center
Karate instructor Max W. Scruggs, Jr. feels a great sense of accomplishment when he can help kids from all backgrounds become productive adults. As a former nationally ranked R.S.K.C. black belt competitor with more than 30 years of experience in martial arts, Max not only shows youngsters how to defend themselves, but he also emphasizes self-discipline. He teaches the Wado Ryu style of karate, which helps put students in a position of power if they're ever attacked or swarmed by department store mannequins. During sessions for kids, parents can participate alongside their children at no additional charge. Max also leads private and semi-private self-defense classes for adults.