This isn't the instructors fault, if you paid to be taught martial arts or self defence then you want to be taught self defence. Folding a Gi is pretty low on the priorities list. So I decided to address this issue in the next few posts which will start with how to fold a Gi followed by the various different methods of tying a belt.
The Gi is the traditional uniform of many martial arts and resembles a kimono but with varying degrees of thickness depending on the practicalities of the martial art. It usually consists of a jacket, trousers and belt and sometimes sandals. Gi literally means “dress” In Japanese, it sometimes follows another word such as Keiko or Do which means “practice” and “way” respectively which will then mean “practice clothes”. Other pre fixes include the name of the martial art such as Jujitsugi, Karategi or Judogi which just describe the purpose of the clothes. Jujitsugi = Jujitsu clothes!
I will discuss more about types of Gi and some fun facts in another post (do you know why it's usually white, why it is right over left, or what's the point at all?)
Of course you could fold your Gi the way we fold the rest of our clothes but where's the fun in that! I will show you 2 different methods, one which I genuinely use and the other just because it looks cool! I do find these ways are better for packing, the first in a rucksack and the second in a suitcase, and it takes around the same time as the normal way when you get used to it.
Both methods start the same way:
So there you have it, 2 different methods of folding a Gi which is ideal for travelling, you could of
course fold it the normal way to fold clothes but that's not interesting and I do find folding this way
is easier to fit into bags, stays folded better and only takes a few seconds more than the conventional way!
Let me know how it went!