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About Materials

The finest quality materials from Hirota, in cotton, pinack, and polyester. Choose the one that's right for you.

Medium Weight - MH-11

100% of the finest selected cotton. A cost effective and durable option for your suit.
The medium weight gi is about 12oz.


Heavy Weight - MH-10

100% of the finest selected cotton. Slightly thicker than the medium weight suit.
The heavy weight gi is about 14.5oz.


Very heavy weight - #163

100% cotton – This is the heaviest material from Hirota.
The very heavy weight gi is about 14.8oz.


Takumi Kata

This is similar to the Pinack Kata but the weave is harder so the suit keeps the shape of your body and has a good snapping effect.


Tsubasa Kumite

100 % Polyester. This is an ultralight Hirota material, that the Kumite National Team is wearing at the moment. It is good for competition because it is slightly rough on the reverse and so does not stick. Also this material can stretch diagonally by 5%. It may be a little transparent when perspiring during hard training.

Pinack

Pinack is a material specifically designed by Hirota. With their knowledge and expertise, they have researched the precise number of vertical and horizontal threads needed to create the optimal finish.


Pinack Kumite

  • A very light material, but very strong.
  • Designed to make you more aerodynamic.
  • Good for hot climates.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Quick to dry.
  • Very light to carry around.

As your technique improves you will notice that this material will give you a good and sharp thrust when delivering moves.
The Pinack Kumite gi is about 10oz.


Pinack Kata

  • Slightly heavier than the Pinack Kumite.
  • Light material, but very strong.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Quick to dry.
  • Still light to carry around.

As your technique improves you will notice that this material gives you a good and sharp thrust/snap when delivering your moves.
The Pinack Kata is about 12oz. 

 

 

Hirota materials - WKF approved!

Hirota materials are worn by world renowned karate instructors as well as national teams in Japan and around the world. Kata world champions: Antonio Diaz, Rika Usami, the WKF, and JKA national teams in Japan are wearing Hirota.
Hirota is constantly studying how to improve the materials, for comfort, durability, practicality and looks, to be the perfect suit for serious karate practitioners.
Hirota is now making a new Slim fit with high waist design for Pinack Kumite and Tsubasa Kumite which is very popular in Japan. See chart sizes for normal and slim fit design before you order.

 

Note:
All the Cotton, the Pinack and Polyester materials give an excellent comfortable feel on your skin. Each one of these suits can be worn for all the events: karate basics, kata and kumite. All Hirota suits are top quality – simply choose what is right for you based on your personal preference.
The choice is yours!

 

Size guide

Ichiban International size chart

Chart 1 - Ready Made (From Ichiban Stock)

 

Chart 2 - Ready Made - Slim and High Waist

 

Belt Formula

 

 

 

 

CHART 1 - READY MADE (ICHIBAN STOCK)

FOR READY MADE KARATE SUITS.
Please stretch out flat before measuring

 

 

Chart 1 - Ready-Made (from Ichiban stock) - for Pinack, Heavy Weight MH-10 and Medium Weight MH-11 gis.

All sizes are in centimetres

Assuming you order the correct size the arm sleeve length will fall one third up between the wrist and the elbow. The leg length will be just above the ankle. 

If you like wearing a shorter sleeve and shorter trousers Ichiban recommend you order a part made to measure suit (giving exact dimensions of sleeves and legs). The sizes go according to the person’s height. Every person comes in different shapes and sizes, therefore Ichiban has created the above chart to assist you in choosing the correct size.  Please note that this is only a guideline. Dimensions may vary slightly from one batch to another. Please e-mail Ichiban if you need further assistance.

 

 

 

 

CHART 2 - READY MADE - SLIM AND HIGH WAIST

FOR READY MADE KARATE SUITS.
Please stretch out flat before measuring

 

Chart 2 - Ready-Made - Slim & High Waist type (from Ichiban stock) - for Pinack and Tsubasa Kumite gis.

All sizes are in centimetres

Assuming you order the correct size the arm sleeve length will fall one third up between the wrist and the elbow. The leg length will be just above the ankle. 

If you like wearing a shorter sleeve and shorter trousers Ichiban recommend you order a part made to measure suit (giving exact dimensions of sleeves and legs). The sizes go according to the person’s height. Every person comes in different shapes and sizes, therefore Ichiban has created the above chart to assist you in choosing the correct size.  Please note that this is only a guideline. Dimensions may vary slightly from one batch to another. Please e-mail Ichiban if you need further assistance.

 

 

 

 

Belt length - see formula below.

Belt

When the belt is made up, lift both ends and ensure that they do not pass your chin.
This is to prevent it from slapping your face when kicking.

To assist you could apply the following formula:

for the Regular belt (4cm width) :
• (Waist in cm) x 2 + 110 to 120 cm (depending on if you want a standard length belt or long hanging belt. This can in turn be dependent on the amount of embroidery.)

for the the Wide belt (4.5cm width):
• (waist in cm) x 2 + 120 to 130cm (depending on if you want a standard length belt or long hanging belt. This can in turn be dependent on the amount of embroidery.)